MS in Management Student Named Field Athlete of the Year
Amanda Denger, a student in the first cohort of the MS in Management, was recently recognized as “Female Field Athlete of the Year” in track and field.
Originally from Nazareth, Pennsylvania Denger came to Mason because she loved the area, the coaching staff, and the track team. She was a kinesiology undergraduate major with a minor in business and decided to pursue a graduate degree at Mason to continue her track career at Mason.
“I initially wanted to get my MBA but after a closer look, I realized the Masters in Management program was a perfect fit for me,” says Denger. “I was able to use my last year of athletic eligibility and finish out the one year program at the same time.”
Richard Klimoski, professor and area chair of management at George Mason’s School of Business, was instrumental in recruiting Denger into the program. Klimoski who met Denger at the Mason Field House, often served as a faculty resource for Denger’s coach, Andrew Gerard. Klimoski spoke to Denger on a few occasions about the new MS in Management program.
“This program seemed well designed for someone like Amanda,” says Klimoski. “It did not require a background in business education nor any set amount of work experience. And unlike a traditional MBA, it is a degree that can be completed in one year, something which is very important to those anxious to make a contribution to the world of work.”
Denger says the program was challenging, especially for her trying to manage both her athletic and academic commitments. As part of the MS in Management program, she is interning with a recent startup company called The Next Game Project, learning the ins and outs of how to get a business off the ground and running.
“It’s something that we talk about in theory in class,” she says “but now I am able to see the practical implications in an area that I am really interested in.”
After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in cooperate wellness as a fitness specialist, combining her strengths as a personal trainer with her knowledge of management.
“The professors pushed us to understand material at an accelerated pace but brought us valuable realworld knowledge in their field,” says Denger. “I feel as though my classmates and I are headed into the work force with a real advantage.”
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