Sport Management Alumni Reunion 2015

The Wichita State University Department of Sport Management held its second alumni reunion. The reunion was held Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7, 2015 and was held in conjunction with the Sport Management Recognition Night. This is the annual event where the department celebrates the Undergraduate and Graduate students of the year, the Practitioner of the Year and the Alumni of the Year.

The keynote speaker for the February 6 alumni reunion dinner was be Nikki Epley, Director of Stadium and Game Operations for the College Football Playoff.

Nikki Epley joined the College Football Playoff after spending five years with the University of Kansas Alumni Association. Epley has served as the Director of Operations and Events for the South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee, Director of Special Events for the Jacksonville Super Bowl XXXIX Host Committee and was an Associate Director for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at the NCAA. She has also worked the past four Super Bowls with the stadium operations team. A graduate from Wichita State University, she earned a BA and MA in Sports Business/Administration and was a middle infielder for the Shocker softball team, wearing #8 after her childhood idol, Cal Ripken. She is member of Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA), Stadium Managers Association (SMA) and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). Epley grew up just outside of Wichita in Valley Center, Kansas.


Sport Management Alumni Association

The mission of the Sport Management Alumni Association is to create, maintain and enhance relationships among sport management alumni, students, faculty and other constituents that will foster loyalty, interest and support for the program and one another.

The Sport Management Alumni Association attains its mission by:

  • Generating funds in support of the program (e.g., student scholarship)
  • Alumni reunion for program alumni and students
  • Mentoring program

If you would like to become a member click this link to pay the membership fee online.

Or, click this link to access the mail registration form.
2014 Alumni Association Membership Form

Or contact the Department of Sport Management at (316) 978-5445 or sport.management@wichita.edu.








Sport Management Alumni Directory




Electronic Newsletter Distributed Eight Times Annually




WSU Sport Management Gift  



Lifetime Member Recognition Plaque  



Recognition at Sport Management Alumni Events    



President: Korey Torgerson
Executive Vice-President: James Nicas
Vice President - Special Events: Kristy Bansemer
Vice-President - Marketing: Jordan Bass
Treasurer: Sheri Light
Secretary: Megan Morgan

The 2014 Sport Management Alumni Association Annual Report is now available.

2014 SMAA Annual Report

The 2014 Sport Management Alumni Association Directory is now available.

2014 Alumni Directory


Thank you to our Shocker-Level members in the Sport Management Alumni Association:

Michael Argabright

Jason Ault

Jordan Bass

Paul Colwell

Nathan Delzer

Aaron Dietz

Tyler Harrison

John Krogstrand

Sheri Light

Kevin McCormick

Megan Morgan

Darren Nelson

James Nicas

Kevin Olivett

Adam Spratt

Amy Stratbucker

Carol Swenson

Korey Torgerson

Mentoring Program

The Sport Management Alumni Association (SMAA) and the Sport Management Student Association (SMSA) are partnering on a student-alumni mentoring program. Interested SMSA members are paired with WSU sport management alumni working in jobs related to the students' interests. Mentors and mentees will communicate on several occasions throughout the year regarding job opportunities in the field, resume development and navigating the job market. To sign up, please contact Dr. Mark Vermillion, Department Chair, at 316-978-5444 or mark.vermillion@wichita.edu.