Senior Reflects: Sports Communication Major Austin Michael Jones Graduates with Pro Team Aspirations

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Today we feature Austin Michael Jones, a Sports Communication and Media major from Franklinville, NJ (Gloucester County). This first-generation senior, who transferred from Rowan College of New Jersey, lives off campus. Austin shares his future plans and favorite Rowan moments, including meeting a basketball Hall of Famer.

Exterior shot of Austin Michael Jones on Rowan Boulevard with the Rowan Shuttle behind himTell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes?

My favorite moment with a faculty moment was going to Atlanta, Georgia for the NCAA Inclusion Forum with Professor Yannick Kluch. Rowan students Thomas Cardona, Kayla Santiago and Alexandra Brooks also attended the event. We got to learn and make connections with fellow professor and students who are devoted to make a cultural change about diversity.

What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan?

When I got to meet basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. He gave us students such great advice about life and the obstacles he had to overcome. The coolest thing was I was literally sitting next to Barkley.

What are your career aspirations?  How did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations?

My career aspiration is to work front office with an NFL or NBA team. The Pizza with the Pros helped me because I got to make some connections that have been able to help me with my future career. Also, speaking with Yannick Kluch and Neil Hartman have allowed me search for positions that best fit me.

Austin Michael Jones (in center) celebrates his graduation with members of his familyDo you want to give a thank you shout out to your family, friends, advisors or mentors?

I want to give thanks to my family, friends and all the faculty members that have helped me through my educational path. I also want to say thank you to my late mother who has been watching above me. Lastly, thank you Rowan University for being part of my life.

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