Travis Vlasman

Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Territory:Transfers from BOR universities, Readmitted students
Phone: 605-658-6228
Hometown: Pukwana, S.D.
College Attended: University of South Dakota
Major/Minor: Psychology/Biology

What was your nickname growing up or now?

I can only think of three that come to mind.  My name was always shortened to Trav, and lot of people called me T.V. because of my initials.  Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I was known more as Pickle because my last name reminded people of Vlasic Pickles.  

What is one thing about you students would be surprised to learn?

Students would be surprised to know that I grew up in a rodeo family and was very active in that sport until I went to college.  Events I participated in include bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping and team roping.  

If you were a professional wrestler, what would your ring name be and why?

This is a funny question, because I do have a relative on my grandmother's side of the family who professionally wrestled under the name of Gorgeous George.  He was a pretty big deal back in the day.  My wrestling name would undoubtedly be "Taking Care of Business" in honor of the late, great Elvis Presley.  

What is the weirdest gift you have ever received?

I received a whole case of super-hot atomic bomb jawbreakers as a Secret Santa gift one year.  As much as they burned my mouth, I kept them until I ate the whole case.