FMS students visit campus to learn about HPER major

FMS students listen to Micheal Hall, professor of health, physical education and recreation, about the field of sports management.

Florence Middle School students and members of the Future Business Leaders of America organization visited UNA’s campus Jan 28. to learn more about health, physical education, and recreation at UNA. Senior Taylor Spano and professor of HPER Micheal Hall led the discussion.

Spano, a sports management major and intern with Huntsville Havoc hockey, told the students the logistics of his internship.

“I really enjoy it, and you get great hands-on experience during an internship. You learn how important it is to set up for game days and how much work goes into it,” Spano said.

Hall explained how UNA students take knowledge they have learned in classes and apply it in an internship setting. Hall said he encourages the FBLA students to choose UNA’s sports management program.

“We learn how to market and put on events,” he said. “Our things have an economic impact.”

Hall also told students about the variety of classes offered in the health, physical education and recreation department, from beginning swimming to golf for the business professional, which teaches students how to do business on the golf course.

Students were eager to understand how college hours work and what being an “undergraduate” is.

Florence Middle School FBLA sponsor Jill Johnson said she thinks the visit to UNA will be of benefit to her students and to UNA.

“I think that this will positively affect the students because it exposes them to both the atmosphere and terms of college,” she said.

“For the students who are sports and business-minded, I think that early exposure to the program at UNA will help them see what great things are available locally,” she said.