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Classroom Connections: Mercer
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Release: 04/11/2019
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Mercer baseball player Kyle Dockus and Professor Pam Burkhalter

About Kyle Dockus:
  • 6-0 redshirt junior
  • Infielder from Loveland, Ohio

About  Profesor Pam Burkhalter: 

  • Professor in the Stetson School of Business
  • Owns a BS and Masters from Georgia Southern University
  • Has been teaching for 35-plus years, six at Mercer

Kyle Dockus and Professor Pam Burkhalter on Mercer's campus

Q&A with Kyle Dockus

  • What do you like most about Professor Burkhalter's class? My favorite part of Professor Burkhalter’s business communications class was her applications to real-world issues. Her class was interesting because it could be applied to so many aspects of my life. From the first day of class, she forced me to go outside of my comfort zone to accelerate my growth as a student. In addition, she helped me learn how to use my strengths and how to strengthen my weaknesses. Her class was focused on building applicable learning experiences instead of just receiving a grade and moving forward. 
  •  What makes Professor Burkhalter a good teacher? Professor Burkhalter is a great teacher because she is genuinely interested in her students. She truly cares about getting to know her students and where they come from. Her personality is contagious in the classroom and allows students to become comfortable being uncomfortable. She was able to create a classroom culture where nobody was afraid of failure within the learning environment. Professor Burkhalter’s class amplifies the personalities of her students, which made me look forward to coming to her class each day. 
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? Outside of class and sports, I really enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. I am an avid hunter and it consumes most of my free time during the off-season. 
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? I manage my academics, athletics, and a social life simply by modeling my life after my parents. I have been blessed beyond measure to be raised by two of the hardest working people I have ever met, and they instilled in me a work-ethic that allows me to keep up with my tasks as a student-athlete. I was never overwhelmed by my work load as a student-athlete because it really does not compare to what my parents do every single day. They have made working hard easier for me because it is all I have ever known. My key to good time management is prioritizing what is important. I think it is extremely important as a student-athlete is to understand what aspect of your life needs the most attention at a specific point in time so that you can create a healthy balance of your academics, athletics, and social life.
  • What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is probably the baseball team room. It serves as a refresher in between classes, practices, and work outs where we can hang out and be normal college kids at least for a little bit. It’s definitely where you start to see everyone’s true personalities on our team and build relationships that will last a lifetime. 
  • What are your plans post grad? I am still unsure of my exact career path after graduation, however I am considering business careers in the agriculture and insurance industries.  Additionally, it has always been a goal of mine to own my own cattle farm and I look forward to pursuing these new opportunities after the completion of my career as a student-athlete.

 Q&A with Professor Burkhalter:

  • What was it like having Kyle in your class? Kyle was always prepared and willing to participate in discussions.  He was also good natured and ready to laugh at my attempts at humor.
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? What do you like to do in your free time? In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and community theatre.
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? Sitting at the UC, watching the world go by and talking to students.
  • How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? Not nearly enough.
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? I actually like my students. They keep me up to date. They keep me learning and growing. Seeing them after they have left my class and knowing I might have helped them in some way is the best.

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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