Timothy Hungerford: PBA Member

Timothy Hungerford is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association, also known as the PBA. Not only does Hungerford bowl in professional tournaments, but he also runs his own accounting firm and has been doing so for over twenty years. He started bowling when he was eight years old. Bowling, to him, was an escape and a hobby that he enjoyed partaking in while his parents were at work. After school, many days, Hungerford would go to the bowling alley by himself and play a few games. He eventually joined the travel team at his school and bowled on the travel team for fun. “He has loved to bowl for as long as I’ve known him. In fact, we met at a bowling alley while I was bowling in a doubles league with my brother” (C. Hungerford, 2018). Throughout the past twenty years, Hungerford has established himself as a successful business professional and a family man. He has a wife of over twenty years, two daughters and a step-son. A few years ago, Hungerford almost lost his life from appendicitis. After this life-altering incident, he decided that it was time to complete some of the items on his bucket list. The first item on his list was to become a professional bowler. Previously, he has bowled in tournaments, adult leagues and even doubles leagues with his daughter. Hungerford had never bowled professionally. It was after this incident that Hungerford decided that it was time for him to become a professional. Hungerford also has been living with arthritis and osteoporosis. Arthritis has impacted his wrists and his ankles. After bowling, he sometimes needs to take a break from everything because he is in pain. The doctors told Hungerford many years ago that he would be paralyzed by age 50 due to the osteoporosis. After receiving this news, he decided that it was time to make some major life changes. He didn’t want to lose his ability to bowl. He changed his diet and took better care of himself. Now, Hungerford is 54 and in better shape than he was 10 years ago.

Fig 1. Timothy Hungerford

He is not a travelling PBA member, but he is a certified PBA member at that. This means that he can partake in all the professional, local tournaments. Recently, Hungerford bowled in the master’s tournament located in Webster, NY. He placed 29th out of 63 bowlers, according to the PBA website (Professional Bowlers Association, 2018). “Not my best showing by any means” ( T. Hungerford, 2018). Having an average of 219, he must maintain it in order to remain qualified to be a PBA member. Officially, Hungerford has had eight 300 games but there are many more that weren’t registered since they occurred during practices. He kept his first 300 ring, gave his second 300 ring to his daughter who bowled with him, he gave his third ring to his father and then kept the rest of the rings he earned.

 

He is not a travelling PBA member, but he is a certified PBA member at that. This means that he can partake in all the professional, local tournaments. Recently, Hungerford bowled in the master’s tournament located in Webster, NY. He placed 29th out of 63 bowlers, according to the PBA website (Professional Bowlers Association, 2018). “Not my best showing by any means” ( T. Hungerford, 2018). Having an average of 219, he must maintain it in order to remain qualified to be a PBA member. Officially, Hungerford has had eight 300 games but there are many more that weren’t registered since they occurred during practices. He kept his first 300 ring, gave his second 300 ring to his daughter who bowled with him, he gave his third ring to his father and then kept the rest of the rings he earned.

 

 Fig 2. 300 Ring

“For a while, bowling stopped being fun for Tim when he only did it professionally. That’s when we decided to join a once a month couples league. This gives him a chance to show off in front of our friends and see bowling as a fun activity again” (C. Hungerford, 2018).

According to the PBA website, Hungerford finished 5th in the NY State Masters Tournament on March 2nd, 2013 (Professional Bowlers Association, 2013). He plans on continuing his participation in these master’s tournaments for as long as he can.

Hungerford speaks about bowling as if it is an old friend or a life-changing experience. To him, bowling is a friend that has been with him since he was a boy. To him, bowling is an activity that helped him better himself emotionally and physically. He thanks bowling for the desire to better himself and he thanks bowling for giving him an outlet. As an accountant, he spends most of his time with numbers. He really enjoys going out and doing something active when he’s not sitting in a chair crunching numbers. He enjoys bowling alone or with people. For over 5 years, he bowled with his daughter, coached his daughter who followed in his footsteps. She does not bowl professionally, but she wants to someday all thanks to him.

“I think bowling is a lot like life. You know, each day you wake up new and each game starts out new. You have a chance for perfection” (T. Hungerford, 2018).

 

Work Cited

Hungerford, Wife of a PBA Member, November 24th, 2018

Professional Bowlers Association (2018, December 1st). Retrieved from https://www.pba.com/.

Professional Bowlers Association (2013, March 2nd). Retrieved from https://www.pba.com/.

Hungerford, PBA Member, November 24th, 2018

 

The Fears of Social Media

Written by: MacKenzie J Hungerford

There is an actual fear of social media by college students. This fear can derive from political campaigns, advertising, scams or even addiction. The current college student generation heavily relies on technology and social media for various purposes. This indispensable quality generates a fear of becoming addicted.

In my capstone class the other day, we were working on an advertising and marketing campaign. One of the campaigns was heavily going to be run through Instagram. A girl named Kiera Thompson in my class said that she didn’t have an Instagram. This statement made heads turn and mouths drop. As a graphic design and marketing major, it was surprising to find out that she did not own an Instagram. I decided to ask her why and her response was not what I had expected. Kiera told me that she was just too lazy to put in the time and effort to create and become invested in the platform. I then thought that Kiera would be a perfect college student to interview about social media and how it influences her life. Since, the career path she has chosen is a highly technology and social media-based field, I thought that it would be interesting to interview someone in that field that states that she is too lazy to create an Instagram. “I really don’t use social media all that much, besides for following other graphic designers and artists. I find that with this new political era upon us, I’m turned off from seeing the constant posts about it. Instead, I listen to NPR because I find it to be more reliable” says Kiera when I asked her how she felt about social media. It is proven that political campaigns take up a good majority of social media. According to Mass Media and American Politics written by Doris A. Graber and Johanna Dunaway, over 2 billion dollars goes towards presidential election advertising. This advertising is on both social media platforms, radio platforms and television platforms. 2 billion dollars can pay for a lot of social media coverage. When asked how it affects her as a college student, Kiera stated “It just takes up so much of my time when it is in my life. As a marketing major, I must be well versed in how social media functions, how people use it and what are the most popular trends”. Personally, as a broadcasting and graphic design major, I can understand the need to be well versed in all aspects of social media. There is an actual fear in going too deep into social media. The fear being, once you’re in too deep it’s hard to get out. There is an addictive quality about social media that makes it indispensable in our everyday lives. There is a genuine fear of going on it and a fear of not having it easily accessible to us.

According to Social Media: Usage and Impact written by Hana S. Noor Al-Deen and John Allen Hendricks, In the last 10 years social media has blown up to astronomical proportions. Due to this increase in affiliation with social media, our world is beginning to revolve around it. Advertising, political campaigning, marketing, graphics, journalism and many more content-based careers and majors, are now heavily relying on technology and various forms of social media. When you rely on something so heavily, there are many fears that can come about. The fear of loosing content, the fear of becoming addicted to platforms, the fear of being away from social media and the fear of debate and controversy.

I spend about twenty-five percent of my day, each day, either using social media or creating content for social media. As a double major in broadcasting and graphic design with a minor in photography, I heavily rely of technology and social media. I especially rely on social media since, one day, I would like to work as a content specialist creating content for a company’s social media platform. Since I rely so heavily on these platforms, I fear that I am wasting my time getting sucked into content. I also fear that I am not using social media as much as I should be using it. Lastly, I fear the controversy that is opened in public forums. Social media platforms allow the world to connect and, overall, that can be a fearful thing.

MacKenzie J Hungerford

Name: MacKenzie Jean Hungerford

Year: 2nd Semester Senior

Major: Double major in Broadcasting and Art with an emphasis on Graphic Design and a minor in Photography

Hometown: Spencerport, NY

MacKenzie Hungerford is advanced in Adobe Suite and photography. She is an Orientation Program Assistant for the SUNY Oswego Orientation team. She works as a Resident Mentor in Johnson Hall. She is also a GST leader for the First Year Residential Learning Experience. Some of the other things she does is being the Director of Graphic Design and Marketing for SUNY Oswego Student Association and the Graphic Designer for SUNY Oswego SAPB.