When Norkus joined the Quinnipiac family 20 years ago, the athletic training program was a new endeavor at the university, but she knew that it was destined for great things.
“When I first interviewed, I could tell that the institution was committed to excellence, and that included every program and every faculty member,” she said. “The administration at Quinnipiac ensured we had the necessary resources to become a high-quality, nationally recognized program, and graduate students who were going to become highly successful practitioners”.
Since that first interview, she has overseen the development of many new initiatives in the athletic training program. Perhaps most notably, she coordinates and oversees the program’s preseason football program, which places students with a football clinical rotation at institutions across the country. Norkus has built and fostered relationships with some of the largest and most impressive college sports programs in the country, and it has greatly benefited her students.
This past summer, Norkus placed students with football programs in the Big Ten, SEC, PAC-10, ACC, Mountain West Conference and Patriot League.
“These experiences allow students to live in the world of a Division I football program, integrate their knowledge and skills and develop a professional network,” she said of the program.
Norkus also supervises the program’s academic graduate assistants, and acts as a mentor to many of her undergraduate students. She is sensitive to the fact that every student comes from a unique background of experience and knowledge – and strives to help everyone.
“Each semester I receive emails with the subject line: ‘life talk’, ‘catch up’, or ‘chat’,” she said. “It’s rewarding to know students feel comfortable to review a concept, seek counsel, or just talk.”