Convocation Profile: Sarah Jevne

Getting a head start on career experience thanks to Faculty and Campus & Community Recreation student opportunities

Nicole Graham - 10 June 2019

When Sarah Jevne began her undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, she had no idea how much of a role Campus & Community Recreation (CCR) would play in her post-secondary journey. Joining the CCR student-employee ranks as a Recreation Facilitator (Rec Fac) with Intramurals, Sarah immediately gained practical skills and experience that have opened many doors for her.

One notable opportunity saw Sarah sitting on the Kin Games Planning Committee-an event that sees over 32 teams of kinesiology students from across Canada come together for a massive, three-day, multi-sport tournament-as the Athletic Coordinator. Sarah credits her success in this role to her Recreation Facilitator experience.

"I have learned so much about leadership, preparedness and the recreation industry through my experience as a Rec Fac. I wouldn't have been able to help run Kin Games successfully if I hadn't been in the Rec Fac role and had the opportunity to learn all these skills."

Sarah's committee experience goes beyond Kin Games and touches on many of the student-involved committees the Faculty and CCR encompasses. Over her four years at the University of Alberta, Sarah has held roles on the Recreation Advisory Committee, the Campus Recreation Enhancement Fund Committee and on the Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Student Society. It's the hands-on learning of being involved with the Faculty and CCR that has reaffirmed her passion for recreation and will see Sarah pursue a career in the sport and recreation field for many years to come.

"I'm so grateful to have been given the opportunity as a student to gain and strengthen my professional skills that I know I'll depend on moving forward into my career. I hope to give to the field as much as it has given me."

Sarah is poised to give back to the field she has come to love so much as she takes on her new role as a promotions team coordinator with the Edmonton Eskimos. But first, the Edmonton product will focus on walking across the Convocation stage on June 13th as she accepts her Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) degree. While many of Sarah's classmates will be graduating with their Bachelor of Kinesiology, Sarah will proudly accept her BPE as the last four-year undergraduate to do so in the Faculty's history.

"It's important to me to graduate with a BPE as it fits my degree, interests and experience better. Pursuing a career in sport and leisure management has been a goal of mine early in my degree program, and I am grateful for all the opportunities I've had to learn outside the classroom throughout my time at the University of Alberta."