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California University student has a future in golf management

​Shaina Hilsey is planning a lot of golf during her “summer vacation.” But the sport management major at California University of Pennsylvania won’t often be playing 18 holes.

Instead, she’ll be helping to stage and plan major events — such as the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Senior Open — as in intern with the U.S. Golf Association.

It’s another important step for Hilsey, a native of Garnet Valley, Pa., who came to Cal U because of the university’s concentration in professional golf management.

“There aren’t that many schools with a professional golf management program,” she said. “Cal U was financially feasible, and I fell in love with the campus the first time I saw it. It’s a good fit.”

Hilsey, who plans to graduate in May 2018, also has a minor in business administration. Her career goals include earning an advanced degree in business and working in sports at the corporate level.

Already, her leadership resume is stellar.

Hilsey received a grant from the American Association of University Women to attend this year’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. She is president of the Student Government Association at Cal U and has been appointed to the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

The 20 members of the Board of Governors are appointed by Pennsylvania’s governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Three student members are chosen from among the 14 state universities’ student government association presidents and serve until they graduate.

The Board of Governors has overall responsibility for planning and coordinating the development and operation of the State System, which comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities. The Board establishes broad fiscal, personnel and educational policies under which the universities operate.

“I attended the State System Advocacy Days in Harrisburg when I was a freshman,” said Hilsey.

“I was able to take a picture on the Senate floor with Sen. (Dominic) Pileggi, who represented my home district (in Delaware County), and I told him I would like to be on the Board of Governors one day.

“It’s definitely something I wanted to achieve and have worked hard to accomplish.”

Hilsey is a member of the Student Association Inc. Board of Directors, which oversees the student activity fee budget at Cal U and supports student clubs and activities. She also is a member of Student Cabinet.

In these positions, she is involved in making important budgetary decisions for clubs, organizations and other campus activities.

“It provides invaluable experience and unique opportunities,” Hilsey said.

The leadership positions have paid off in other ways, too.

“I have definitely benefitted from leadership training and mentors who have helped me along the way. I’ve also honed my decision-making and problem-solving skills. You have to work closely with other students, learn how to delegate and keep everyone on the same page.”

Hilsey is a member of the Cal U Professional Golf Management Student Society and a member of the university’s women’s golf team. She served internships with the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., and the Wildwood Golf and Country Club in Cape May Court House, N.J., and she also works in the Office of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at California.