Bove Accepted To N4A Professional Development Institute
Written by Caroline Nihart, LSU Athletics Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – Lauren Bove, a learning specialist at the LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, has recently been accepted into the N4A Professional Development Institute (PDI).
The institute’s mission is to create and maintain a learning community that transmits, creates, and preserves the knowledge that defines the academic advising profession. After completion of the program, PDI continues to educate its graduates as it is designed to provide continuous professional development.
Bove’s learning specialist track at the PDI is designed to aid the professional development of those advisors who work with student-athletes who are either at-risk and/or diagnosed with learning disabilities through support service units located around the country.
“I loved the idea that there were a lot of people there for my specific field of interest that were from all different places so that we could all learn from each other,” said Bove. “Learning specialists are a fairly new field and are growing a lot in athletics, so it’s important to learn about what other conferences or institutions are doing.”
Bove will begin the institute in the Spring prior to the 2019 N4A National Convention in Orlando in June. Prior to the convention, she will complete different assignments and assessments, and then participate in a two-day pre-Convention workshop filled with specialized seminars with speakers from across the country.
Bove started her professional career at the University of Arkansas where she worked as a graduate assistant learning specialist in the Office of the Student-Athlete Success. She played collegiate basketball for four years at Wofford College from 2011-2015 and served on the Terriers’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as the women’s basketball representative. In addition to being a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, Bove earned the Southern Conference Commissioner’s Medal and was a four-time Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team member.
For the future, Lauren is excited to continue to aid our student athletes in their educational journey. “The culture of Baton Rouge is so exciting and welcoming. I love the people and the food and the energy here. This position is perfect for me because it combines my love for academics and athletics.”
Being a part of the N4A Professional Development Institute will be a great way for Bove to continue the great work of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes.