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Release: 02/14/2019
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ETSU track and field athlete Yohana KoKo and Dr. Mark Steadman

About Yohana KoKo:
  • Senior
  • competes in the triple jump
  • from Alcoa, Tenn.
  • Majoring in accounting

About Dr. Steadman: 

  • Professor, Accountancy
  • Owns a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Accountancy from ETSU, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee
  • Has been teaching 30 years, all at ETSU

Yohana Koko and Dr. Mark Steadman after class

Q&A with Yohana Koko:

  • What do you like most about Dr. Steadman's class? Dr. Steadman is a straightforward teacher. Every day in class, he gets straight to the point, goes through what we need to know in the book and may teach us a little life — and then we go home. Also, he actively engages with his students humorously, and we do not waste much time in class. He makes clear what need to know and we are dismissed early, often.
  •  What makes Dr. Steadman a good teacher? We don’t waste much time in class and often go home early. I also like his ability to be objective to every student. Further, he definitely does not pick favorites and is brutally honest. 
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? I served as a preview and orientation leader (POLO) my last two years. I enjoy being the first face new students see so I can immediately give them a great first impression of our campus and student life. The future of our university is in their hands, and I love having the chance to be a stepping stone on their path to success. Also, I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, incorporated, where I serve as the chapter treasurer. 
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? Discipline. I understand completely when it’s time to be productive and when it’s time to enjoy yourself. I’m a social butterfly, but I go into 'do not disturb' mode when there are deadlines. My friends, sometimes, may contemplate my existence for my lack of responses.
  • What is your favorite spot on campus? I would 100 percent say the Mini-Dome, and not just because it feels like i spend 40 percent of my time in there. I love the Mini Dome because of how important it has been to my success. I will go in the morning for a lift, come back to the track for a running workout, receive treatment in the training room and be back later that afternoon to print papers off. I have also had numerous tutors and academic help who have been available to me within a day or two of notice. Even though i have not utilized all the aspects of the Dome, it is beneficial to every athlete at East Tennessee State University.
  • What are your plans post grad? I plan to attend graduate school where i will be pursuing a Masters in Accountancy. I have a redshirt year in track and field so I may be back at ETSU. I hope to eventually pass the CPA exam where i can practice accounting independently. 

 Q&A with Dr. Steadman:

  •   What was it like having Yohana in your class? Yohana is a very good student who attends class regularly and exhibits a strong work ethic. I had him in class last fall semester, and have him in a second class this spring. I admire all the student-athletes I’ve had in class because of the time demand they face. Most of the athletes I’ve had in class have been very good students who take academics seriously, and Yohana is a perfect example.
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? What do you like to do in your free time? I watch all sports but especially love to watch football as a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. In my free time, I like to work on my family farm, attend concerts, travel, exercise and read.
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Amphitheatre outside our student center.  I have seen several shows there over the years and it’s a great, small venue.
  • How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? I have been to ETSU football, baseball and basketball games, but unfortunately have not been able to attend as many events as I would like to.”
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? Interacting with the students and watching them succeed after graduation. I am constantly running into former students and almost all of them are having very successful careers. I guess I take pride in knowing I may have played some small part in their success.

About Classroom Connections: Classroom Connections is a new, bi-weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor. 

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