Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Something Other Than Sports


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Something Other Than Sports

by Ryan Scott, D3hoops.com

"A few weeks ago, in this space, we outlined a list of the 10 best pro playing careers of former Division III basketball athletes. As we all know, most of our students will go pro in something other than sports, so it seems only fitting that we highlight a few of those as well. There’s no way we would try to rank these careers, but it’s important to highlight where some of the players we’re watching on the court today, might be in five or 10 or 15 years.

I’ve been careful to say “playing” career and not “basketball” career, because there’s a lot of ways to be involved with basketball professionally away from the hardwood."

  • DePauw grad, Austin Brown, parlayed a summer internship into now being co-head of the basketball division at CAA and one of the most influential agents in the NBA, overseeing relationships with clients such as Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson.
  • For John Grotberg, life on and off the court has been about being in the right place at the right time. As a dead-eye shooter with an eye towards medicine, the combination of academic success and the famous Grinnell System landed him in Iowa. Grotberg graduated from Yale, did residency at Michigan, and recently moved to St. Louis, where he’s finishing up a Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship through Wash U at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He’s been working in the ICU, on the front lines of a global pandemic, in the exact specialty most needed by those suffering the worst of COVID.
  • Division III fans should also be proud of the work being done by Jaimie McFarlin, the 2010 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, who led WashU to its fifth women’s basketball national title. She’s currently working in the White House Counsel's office, after stints with the Biden-Harris transition team, and a couple of law firms. She, too, has a professional story that mirrors one from her playing career – in this case, bad news leads to something good.
  • Speaking of touching lives every day, Division III student athletes don’t always have to wait for their playing careers to be over to engage with their passions and career pursuits. One, in particular, has stood out this year. For many children, dreams of being a firefighter end us as mere dreams, but for John Jay’s Dan Kenny (pictured above) it’s always just been part of the plan."

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  • WBB: Rhode Island College (18-5) vs. UMass-Dartmouth (16-6), 6:30 p.m.
  • MVB: Wentworth (9-0) vs. MIT (7-3), 7 p.m.
  • MBB: Transylvania (13-8) vs. Hanover (18-3), 7:30 p.m.

2.  An Unconventional Path

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by Chelsea Long, Chronicle of Higher Education

"When she takes office in July, Robin Holmes-Sullivan will be the first Black woman to serve as president of Lewis & Clark College in its 155-year history.

It’s a rarity for women of color to reach the presidency, but it’s even more unusual for them to take a nontraditional path, as Holmes-Sullivan has done. With multiple degrees in clinical psychology, she began her career as a clinical coordinator at the University of Oregon’s counseling center and went on to become vice president for student life. She then was vice president for student affairs at the University of California, before becoming vice president for student life and dean of students at Lewis & Clark, in Oregon. (Only 7 percent of women presidents got to their positions through a path other than rising through the faculty ranks, according to a recent report by the Eos Foundation.)

It wasn’t Holmes-Sullivan’s goal to lead an institution of higher education until she started working on a college campus as a counselor. It was during that time that she realized that she had a propensity for leadership and administration."

Very few college presidents are women of color. Why do you think you were one of the few to reach the presidency?

You know, it’s absolutely true. There’s a dearth of women leaders, and then when you add in additional identity pieces such as sexual orientation, or race and ethnicity, those numbers get even smaller.

You took an unconventional path to the presidency. Have you faced any pushback from faculty members who want a president that rose up through the faculty ranks?

The path to the presidency more often than not has been through the academic side of the house. But universities and colleges have changed a lot over the last 20 years, and although the faculty and the academic experience will always be paramount, there are other aspects of higher education that are important as well, and there are other individuals who have certain skill sets that lend themselves very well to the times we find ourselves in and the challenges that institutions are facing — working on complex issues, working closely with students and the student experience, responding to emergencies, responding to the public demand or political issues.

Do you think of yourself as a role model? Did you have any role models or mentors along the way?

Absolutely, and I see it as a way of giving back. I’ve had role models and mentors myself that have been really helpful for me, and I feel a huge responsibility to make sure that I’m offering myself as not only that role model but that mentor.

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3.  Preseason Poll

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Cami Henry, DePauw

DePauw is the unanimous choice atop the Division III preseason softball poll conducted by the NFCA.
  1. DePauw (10), 40-5 (in 2021)
  2. Virginia Wesleyan, 46-6-1
  3. Texas Lutheran, 36-6
  4. East Texas Baptist, 33-7
  5. Birmingham-Southern, 33-8
  6. Eastern Connecticut, 32-4
  7. Tufts, 21-7
  8. Salisbury, 25-9
  9. Rochester, 35-10
  10. TCNJ, 26-5

>> Conference Call: ASC (2), C2C (2), Empire 8 (2), SAA (2), UAA (2), CCIW (1), Centennial (1), HCAC (1), Liberty (1), Little East (1), MIAA (1), NACC (1), NCAC (1), NESCAC (1), NJAC (1), NWC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), USA South (1), WIAC (1)

>> Leadoff Classic: Many of the top teams in the country will appear at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on March 4-6 in Columbus, Ga. 

>> Complete Poll 

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4. Lightning Round High Voltage on Apple iOS 14.6

Things that got away from us yesterday.

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  • Trinity blanked Tufts, 9-0, to win its 15th consecutive NESCAC women's championship. The Bantams, ranked second nationally, improved to 13-1.

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  • The Suffolk men and women swept the GNAC team titles. Matyas Csiki-Feyer won three events for the men, while the women captured the program's first championship.
  • Congratulations to Augsburg for winning its first-ever MIAC women's regular-season championship. The Auggie program goes back to 1973 with its first year in the MIAC in 1982.
  • Be sure to tune in to the inaugural Top 16 reveal airing this Thursday at 7 pm ET! The show will take place on NCAA.com. In addition to recognizing the top 16 teams in the country for both genders, the show will review the DIII selection criteria and process.

5.  Watchlist  

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Jenna Mace, Wisconsin Lutheran (photo by Jeff Wilson)

  MHKY: Endicott vs. U. of New England, 7 p.m. ET

  • The Gulls (16-5-1) and the Nor'easters (15-3-1) battle for supremacy in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Jake Fuss has 27 goals for UNE, while Conor O'Brien has a 1.18 GAA for Endicott.

  WBB: Wisconsin Lutheran vs. St. Norbert, 7 p.m. CT

  • The Warriors (20-0, 15-0) are one of four unbeaten DIII women's teams in the country and will face a road test against the Green Knights (16-7, 13-3). Jenna Mace leads WLC at 12.3 ppg.



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