NASHVILLE – It was a busy and exciting offseason for members of the Lipscomb women’s basketball as the Bisons had more going on than just the usual grueling workouts, day-long camps, and summer classes that make up the period between seasons.
Internships, mission trips, and, basketball tournaments had the Purple and Gold spread out across the globe on and off the court over the past several months.
Seniors Riley Northway and Auriana Broughton and junior Morgan Turner earned positions that had them working in their potential future career fields over the summer.
Northway, a senior Computer Engineering major, interned with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in Huntsville, Alabama, her home state, where she worked on the Redstone Arsenal. She was one of 16 interns selected from the College Qualified Leaders program.
“In the internship program, we’re assigned a mentor that we report to every day,” Northway said. “My mentor is Josh Smothers, and he’s a Rapid Response Airworthiness Manager, or a liaison between two organizations in AMRDEC: the Aviation Engineering Directorate (AED) and the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF).”
Northway did a little bit of everything in Huntsville. She observed aircraft modifications and different engineering work, attended meetings with her mentor, worked on a research project that was presented at the end of the summer, and helped the budget office by creating a database to store their information.
“This opportunity definitely helped me discover what career path I want to take when I
graduate, and what I see myself doing 10 years down the road,” Northway said. “Needless to say, I am super thankful for this experience.”
Broughton and Turner, who are both Marketing majors, used those skills in different capacities over the summer.
Broughton worked at the Buckle corporate office and retail location in Atlanta in her home state of Georgia. She said that her days consisted everything from shadowing her supervisor through team projects and meetings and visual merchandising to working management assignments and sales.
“The most important thing I have learned thus far is that failure is a part of life, and to accept it, learn from it, and keep going,” Broughton said. “I made some mistakes during my internship, but I have also done a lot of things right, and my supervisor noticed my ability to continue to move on, and he put me into the LIT program for a future leadership position when I graduate.”
Keeping with the theme of returning to their home state for the summer, Turner interned with Kentucky Representative Brett Guthrie, who represents District 2.
“It's pretty hectic,” Turner said. “Everyone is always in a rush. I have to ride the Metro to and from work which is a big change from my Nashville and Guston, Kentucky lifestyle.
“Living on my own in an apartment has given me a look into what life will be like after college. My job itself has taught me so much on how the legislative process works, and how congressmen deal with the chaos of the current political climate.”
Out of all the things she learned over the summer, Turner says that the most important thing she took away from the internship was that congressmen are people too.
“I think we lose that when we are watching them on TV,” Turner said. “There has been a dehumanization of them in the media. They all have families. Some have young children that they choose to leave Monday through Friday in exchange for representing people that they don't really know because they care about our country. Most fly home every single weekend, and while they are at home they are still working.”
“It’s a great opportunity,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “It’s difficult for student athletes to find the time to be able to do internships, so it’s a testament to how hard they’ve worked to be able to be put in these positions. These are going to lead to some great opportunities when they graduate, and ultimately what we’re trying to do is prepare them for that. It’s exciting to hear their stories.”
Senior Laure Assena suited up for the Cameroon Women’s National Basketball team in August, competing at the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament.
Assena played in all eight games for Cameroon, who placed third in their group and finished eighth overall after making it to the quarterfinals.
She tied for the team lead with 15 points in a group stage victory over the Central African Republic and averaged 4 points per game.
Graduated senior Alex Banks began her 11-month-long journey with the World Race in August, an organization that sends a selected group of participants out on an 11 month, 11 country mission trip.