Women in Sports Night an Empowering Opportunity for All


Gracie Thies, Editor

For the second year in a row, Marian University students attended the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Herd Women in Sports Night. The event started at 4:30pm on Monday, February 4th at the Menominee Nation Arena. Senior Erin Butzke helped coordinate the event as she has been completing an internship with the Wisconsin Herd this semester.

There were a few changes made from last year which include a different location in the arena where it is easier to hear the panelists, complementary lanyards with name tags and a folder of networking questions, a schedule, and information on the panelists. All in all, some minor improvements proved to be major for the evening.

Seven panelists attended the event along with students from schools across the state of Wisconsin. Kelly Price, the moderator for last year and this year, is a University of Florida graduate and is currently working at NBC26 WGBA in Green Bay. She hopes to eventually return to team reporting like she did back in Florida. Victoria Stimac is also a panelist from last year. She is in her eighth year as the UW-Oshkosh Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Administrator for the department’s 19 sports.

Katina Shaw works for the Milwaukee Brewers as Vice President of Community Relations. She has been with the organization for a total of 12 years now. Jamie Morningstar is the Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service for the Milwaukee Bucks. She has been working for the Bucks for almost five years and previously worked for Madison Square Garden as the Director of Retention.

Sidney Dobner is a coaching and video assistant at the Wisconsin Herd. She joins the Herd following playing professionally oversees. Liz Kern is the Vice President of Big Top Baseball and works primarily with Human Relations, payroll, and special events. She has been working with the organization for 11 years and was the first female General Manager in Northwoods league history. Maggie Smith is in her ninth year as Assistant Director of Sports Performance. She has a long history of experience with training throughout her career.

Students and staff in attendance from Marian University include: Tirria Smith, Gracie Thies, Erin Butzke, Jacob Schneider, Jillian Saiberlich, Michaela Derenne, and Dr. James T. Gray. There was low attendance for Marian so it can be assumed that not enough students were informed about the event. If anyone is interested in hearing about more opportunities and events like this, contact Dr. James T. Gray, the Sports and Recreation Management Program Director, and he will be more than willing to assistant in the matter.