A unique way for recent TU grads to make an impact and stay involved with Golden Hurricane Athletics.
Name: April Mitchell
Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science; Master of Arts in Foundations of Education (All at TU)
Graduation Year: Undergraduate: 2009; Graduate: 2011
1.) What did it mean to you to be a TU student-athlete?
Success! I felt that the opportunity to represent The University of Tulsa as a Track & Field student-athlete was a huge personal achievement. Through being a student-athlete at TU, I could show both my athletic and academic talents. Tulsa gave me the opportunity to thrive in athletics and academics equally. I'm very proud to say I was a TU student-athlete.
2.) How did you benefit from the support shown by TU fans and members of the Golden Hurricane Club?
Having competed in an Olympic Sport, I always knew that the support of the Golden Hurricane Club and true blue TU fans was important. I never felt overlooked by the university, and continually saw the outpouring of support from the GHC and fans in my daily experiences on campus.
3.) What was your most memorable moment as a Golden Hurricane student-athlete?
My most memorable moment was having the opportunity to compete at a TU hosted C-USA Track & Field Championship to finish up my senior season. You can't beat being able to compete in front of your hometown crowd!
4.) What was your favorite TU tradition?
I've continued to be partial to the playing/singing of the alma mater after TU home contests. I love the feeling of cohesiveness and family that this tradition brings to TU athletics.
5.) How did being a student-athlete at TU prepare you for life after college?
I would not have discovered my love for and career aspirations within athletic administration had I not been given the unique opportunities TU offered me. Being a student-athlete within the small, yet wonderful, TU Athletic Department taught me just how important a strong network of colleagues can be!
6.) What have you been up to since graduating from TU?
After one year (2011-12) as an Assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach for Tulsa's incredible track team, I became the Director of Operations for the TU Athletic Department in July 2012.