Allison Kunkel - Class of '01

Allison Kunkel
Allison (Barhight) Kunkel - Class of 2001

BS in Sports Medicine
Currently employed by: York College of PA
Job Title: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Contact Information:

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What was your favorite class at Pitt-Bradford? And why?

My favorite class at UPB had absolutely nothing to do with my major. I took an art history class my senior year to meet the liberal art criteria of the college. It was the most interesting class and it gave me the opportunity to study something other than athletic training. It is easy to get enclosed in the walls of your major. The class helped me realize it is important to look outside the box and be a well rounded individual. There is life outside of sports!

Who most influenced you while you were at Pitt-Bradford? Why?

There are two people that influenced me greatly while I was at Pitt Bradford, both professors. Dr. Linda Lyman is no longer at UPB but she was a professor in the sport and recreation management major. She demanded excellence all the time and encouraged her students to think outside of the box. She always stressed the importance of networking and it is a professional value I strive to do everyday.

Dr. Bridgett Passauer was a huge influence on me throughout my years at UPB. She was someone I strived to be. She was so supportive and helpful in every aspect of the educational process whether it was professional, academic, or even personal. I make it a point to visit Bridgett every time I am on campus. She is still very important to me today.

What is your fondest memory from your years at Pitt-Bradford?

I have so many great memories from my years at Pitt-Bradford; it's hard to pick just one! Most memories revolve around the friendships that I formed while there. I made so many great friends. I still keep in touch with many to this day. I loved being a member of Lambda Xi. I loved being a student athletic trainer. All foster many fond memories!

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while at Pitt-Bradford?

I learned that my capabilities are endless and so are the possibilities. I can change any situation with some hard work and dedication.

What advice do you have for prospective students who may be considering Pitt-Bradford?

You will be hard pressed to find a better small college with a big name. The campus is beautiful! The one-on-one attention you receive from professors will be life long. The faculty, staff, and alumni are dedicated to helping you become successful in any way. This type of life long support is hard to come by.

What was the best part about attending Pitt-Bradford?

Everything! It was some of the best times of my life and I will always look back on it fondly. I am proud to be a member of the Alumni Association from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford!