Student Focus: Kyle Nicholas
Aerospace Management at Eastern Kentucky University has found a true Colonel in Kyle Nicholas!
Nicholas, an upcoming Spring ’15 graduate, not only takes part in this demanding program, but has the privileged honor of being Student President and Student Regent. Naturally, the role comes with its hardships, but Nicholas sees only the positives of the position.
“In my time as President and Regent, the Cabinet has accomplished a lot. We’ve managed to rewrite the Constitution and by-laws of student government. The last several times these documents have been up for revision, they have failed to pass. But this time was special because we really brought the campus community together. We spent the entire summer in five or six hour meetings. It was a great accomplishment,” Nicholas elaborated.
Now the focus seems to have shifted to the new Colonel Up program. The program rewards student attendance at athletic events and encourages students to support their peers.
When not busy with his presidential duties, Nicholas is dedicated to his studies. “The reason I chose Aerospace Management is that it opens up a very large world. A lot of the fields available are ones that most people have never heard of: airline technology, management, law, military service, government. It’s specialized, but the market is rapidly opening up.”
Nicholas looks to Professor Tony Adams for guidance within his chosen major. “He’s a great teacher and very personable. He really knows how to relate the material. He’s also my adviser, which is a huge benefit.”
"I have known Kyle for about four years as a student and as his academic advisor. Having him in class has always been a pleasure,” Professor Adams elaborated.
“After I graduate, I’m hoping to go into either the Air National Guard or continue my studies at either a graduate school or law school. Aviation law is one of those up and coming fields that I find interesting,” Nicholas added. “Aerospace Management has a lot of potential for growth. It serves as a platform for further education beyond a bachelor’s degree.”
“The EKU Aviation program prepares students for exciting careers in aviation while maintaining an educational environment conducive to the acquisition of other knowledge and the cultivation of leadership. This is accomplished by providing a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship with special emphasis on the needs of aviation, aerospace, and related fields. Our aviation graduates are employed in all aspects of the aerospace industry at the local, state, national, and international level in both the civil and government sectors of society.” Professor Adams is clearly quite proud of his program. And as for Nicholas, “I feel confident he will have a great future as a leader in the aviation industry.”
-written by McKenna Bowling, Student Assistant
Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology
Published on February 12, 2015