Barkman played collegiately at the University of Colorado from 1999-2002 and still holds 23 school blocking records, including career blocks (564) and career blocks per game (1.43).
She earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore and first team honors as a junior. She was also named first-team All-District as a junior and was academic All-Big 12 three times, honorable mention as a sophomore, second team as a junior and first team as a senior. She also earned the McAllister Scholar Award her sophomore season for her leadership skills in the classroom and community. She was six times named to the Big 12 Commissionerís Honor Roll, for attaining above a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom.
She was a four-year starter on the volleyball court and helped the Buffaloes to three NCAA Tournament appearances. She finished her CU career with 123 more blocks than anybody in school history, and she was also in the top 10 in kills, attacks and attack percentage when she graduated. She had four triple-doubles in her career, which still ranks as third most in school history.
Born in Glen Ellyn, Ill., she currently resides in Denver.