Athletics

Michele Roberts ’77 Makes News as New NBPA Chief

The first woman to lead a North American men’s pro sports union is Michele Roberts ’77. The Washington Post’s Cindy Boren reports that Roberts, a Washington, D.C. lawyer, was elected as executive director of the NBA Players Association.

“Let’s be clear: I’m sure there were people that noticed I was a girl,” Roberts told reporters. … “My sense was, the only thing people cared about was my resolve.”

According to Boren, Roberts will need that resolve. “NBA players believe that the collective bargaining agreement that settled the last lockout was favorable to owners and, when this one expires in 2017, she’ll face NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, whose popularity soared in the wake of the Donald Sterling mess.”

After graduating from Wesleyan, Roberts got her law degree from the University of California and spent eight years as a public defender. She currently works as a trial lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players association, told The Post that Roberts, whom he has known for years, is an excellent choice for the NBAPA job. “I know the players have chosen well,” he said. ” Michele is a tremendously skilled lawyer … who is formidable in a very measured way.”

Upward Bound Students Participate in 6-Week Program at Wesleyan

Area high school students participating in Wesleyan's Upward Bound Math-Science Program are on campus through July 25. The students, pictured here on July 7, often spend their lunch recess near Usdan University Center and play sports on Andrus Field. Upward Bound is designed to help low-income and first-generation college students recognize and develop their potential, to excel in math and science, pursue post secondary degrees, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.

Area high school students participating in Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program are on campus through July 25. The students, pictured here on July 7, often spend their lunch recess near Usdan University Center and play sports on Andrus Field. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

The six-week academic summer program offers intensive math, science, writing and language training; counseling, mentoring and academic support services; exposure to Wesleyan's faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

The six-week academic summer program offers intensive math, science, writing and language training; counseling, mentoring and academic support services; exposure to Wesleyan’s faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Students also go on educational field trips which supplement classroom activities and participate in cultural enrichment activities such as visits to museums, plays, and art exhibits as well as community service. Activities, trips, and involvement are designed to help students become more familiar with S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) education. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Students also go on educational field trips which supplement classroom activities and participate in cultural enrichment activities such as visits to museums, plays, and art exhibits as well as community service. Activities, trips, and involvement are designed to help students become more familiar with S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) education. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan Staff Complete “Couch to 5K” Fitness Class

Participants included, from left, Nate Peters, Lisa LaPlant, Sherri Condon, Janice Watson, Mary Kelly, Renee Rasmussen, Beverly Hunter-Daniel, Michele Myers-Brown, Christine Daniels, Heather Minetti, and (not pictured) Tracey Stanley, Roseann Sillasen and Jennifer Enxuto.

“Couch to 5K” participants include, from left, Nate Peters, Lisa LaPlant, Sherri Condon, Janice Watson, Mary Kelly, Renee Rasmussen, Beverly Hunter-Daniel, Michele Myers-Brown and Christine Daniels. Heather Minetti, at right, is Wesleyan’s adult fitness coordinator.

On May 19, Wesleyan Adult Fitness finished its “Couch to 5K” fitness class. During the challenge, all participants successfully completed a 5K event at the Freeman Athletic Center outdoor track.

“Eleven hard working, committed staff took on this personal challenge with the goal of building the endurance and strength necessary to safely complete a 5K event,” said Heather Minetti, adult fitness coordinator. “Congratulations to this very dedicated group of staff.”

Participants included Tracey Stanley, Roseann Sillasen, Jennifer Enxuto, Nate Peters, Lisa LaPlant, Sherri Condon, Janice Watson, Mary Kelly, Renee Rasmussen, Beverly Hunter-Daniel, Michele Myers-Brown and Christine Daniels.

The group began training in March.

Female Student-Athletes Benefit from Alumni Mentoring Workshop

Twenty alumni, parents and community members participated in an Alumni Athletics Mentoring Workshop May 12 in Daniel Family Commons. As part of the program, guests met with several female student-athletes to speak about career options.

Guests included Andrea Balkan ’86, managing partner with Brookfield Real Estate Financial Partners; Patricia Wetherill, M.D., of Norwalk Hospital; Ruth Bodian ’88 project manager at the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project; Clare Colton ’12, research analyst, CEO of Practice and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practices, Spencer Stuart; Meg Dempsey ’85, elementary school teacher and high school tutor; Allison Monarca, school counselor at Woodrow Wilson Middle School; Francine Rivkin ’78, freelance business consultant; and Sheryl Smith Ph.D. ’78, clinical and sport psychologist.

Also Lisa Campoli ’84, executive vice president and managing partner of Capital Markets at Collier’s International; Liza Barrett ’86, middle school English teacher; Gretchen Cooney ’83, owner of Bucket List Training; Kate Antonucci, social worker; Cindy Robinson, Esq. ’83, attorney at Tremont & Sheldon P.C.; Ashleigh Corvi ’13, assistant dean of admissions at Wesleyan; Alicia Sisk ’86, psychotherapist; Lexi Turner ’83, project leader for the Strength Matters Initiative; Dr. Linda Polonsky, M.D. ’82, specialist at Baystate Medical Practices; Nikki Maletta ’08, advanced practice registered nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital; Karen Miller ’83, former director of squash and tennis programs at the Greenwich Academy; and Sarah-Jane Ripa ’02, assistant director of student services and outreach for the Department of Continuing Studies at Wesleyan.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Alicia Sisk ’86 spoke to student-athletes about her career as a psychotherapist. Sisk works with college students and young adults with relationship challenges and substance abuse issues.

Alicia Sisk ’86 spoke to student-athletes about her career as a psychotherapist. Sisk works with college students and young adults with relationship challenges and substance abuse issues.

Abby Rutt '17 is on the softball team and women's ice hockey team.

Abby Rutt ’17 is on the softball team and women’s ice hockey team.

Student Athletes Honored for Athletic Performance, Academics

More than 170 student athletes were honored for excellence in academic achievement and outstanding athletic performance at a banquet May 1 in Beckham Hall.

Those invited to the gathering were members of the sophomore, junior and senior classes who had distinguished themselves both in the classroom with a minimium GPA of 3.2 and in athletic competition as a significant contributor to the success of their chosen sport(s).

John Steele '14 and Mary Foster '14 received the Roger Maynard Memorial Award.

John Steele ’14 and Mary Foster ’14 received the Roger Maynard Memorial Award.

During the banquet, the Wesleyan Athletics Department awarded John Steele ’14 and Mary Foster ’14 with the Roger Maynard Memorial Award, presented annunally to the top senior male and female scholar-athlete at the university. Wesleyan’s Maynard Award, established in memory of Roger Maynard ’37 by his family, was first awarded in 1970 with women added to the honorees in 1977.

Both Steele and Foster had the distinction of playing number one for the men’s and women’s squash teams, respectively, for four seasons. Steele was a four-time first-team all-NESCAC selection as well as NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2010-11. In the final national rankings for 2013-14, Steele was 54th among all college squash player, 23rd in Division III and 11th in the NESCAC. Foster, also a four-time all-NESCAC honoree, three times on the first-team and once on the second-team, was ranked 85th nationally in 2013-14 but similarly positioned in Division III and the NESCAC as Steele, 20th and 16th, respectively.

Steele also was a finalist for the presitigious College Squash Association’s Skillman Award, presented annually to an outstanding senior player who exhibits the finest in sportsmanship throughout his or her career.

The Athletic Advisory Council also presented the Cardinal Award to Frank Sica ’73 for providing outstanding service to Wesleyan athletics. Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)

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Cardinal Golf Outing to Benefit Women’s Athletics May 12

The second annual Cardinal Golf Outing to benefit Wesleyan women’s athletics will be held May 12 at Lyman Orchards Golf Club.

The Cardinal Golf Outing is May 12.

The second annual Cardinal Golf Outing to benefit Wesleyan women’s athletics will be held May 12 at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. This year, there’s a twist: in conjunction with the tourney, which celebrates Wes women of the 1980s, alumnae will be on hand to offer advice and support to current students.

The two-hour mentoring session in Daniel Family Commons will match alumnae with current Cardinals to discuss careers, academics and athletics.

“We started the Cardinal Golf Outing to raise money for women’s sports at Wesleyan,” said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mike Whalen ’83. “This year we’re adding the Mentoring Workshop to provide our alumnae the opportunity to engage current student-athletes, and provide them with career advice.”

The 2013 tournament, which celebrated the pioneering Wesleyan women athletes from the early years of co-education, attracted 127 golfers and raised more than $20,000. Guests at the evening dinner party had a chance to bid in a silent auction, which is being offered again this year.

All funds raised through the event count toward Wesleyan’s multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign celebrating access, inquiry and impact across the university. Financial aid is the focus of the cam paign, and alumni, parents and friends are urged to share not just their gifts, but their reasons why a Wesleyan education is their cause.

To register for the golf tournament, the mentoring sessions or the dinner, go to this link on WesConnect.

Rodgers ’70, Burfoot ’68, Galloway ’67 – Long Distance Legends Reunite at Wesleyan

Pictured, left to right, are John Driscoll '62, advisor at the Wesleyan Career Center; John Hastings '71, a former Wesleyan standout runner and track and cross country coach at Middletown's Mercy High School; Jeff Galloway '67; Amby Burfoot '68; and Bill Rodgers '70.

Pictured, left to right, are John Driscoll ’62, advisor at the Wesleyan Career Center; John Hastings ’71, a former Wesleyan standout runner and track and cross country coach at Middletown’s Mercy High School; Jeff Galloway ’67; Amby Burfoot ’68; and Bill Rodgers ’70.

Three legendary running greats from the ranks of Wesleyan’s alumni — Jeff Galloway ’67, Amby Burfoot ’68 and Bill Rodgers ’70  — returned to Middletown for the first time as a group in more than 45 years to take part in the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile Race on April 6.  On site well before the start of the race, Galloway, Burfoot and Rodgers stood at the “legends tent” to sign autographs and have their photos taken with other runners and spectators.
Pictured, left to right, are Amby Burfoot '68, his wife, Cristina, and Jeff Galloway '67.

Pictured, left to right, are Amby Burfoot ’68, his wife, Cristina, and Jeff Galloway ’67.

While Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston and New York Marathons during the 1970s, was unable to take part in the race due to a muscle pull, he did fire the starting gun for the event. Burfoot, who won the 1968 Boston Marathon as a Wesleyan senior, and Galloway, a 1972 Olympian in the 10k event, hit the road for the half marathon along with Burfoot’s wife, Cristina. Galloway is a noted author and clinician on running as a lifetime activity.  Burfoot is a former editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine and is currently editor-at-large for the publication.  Rodgers heads the Bill Rodgers Running Center in Boston.

Wesleyan was well-represented in the race as Kathleen Roberts, assistant director of university events and scheduling; Sherri Condon, accounting specialist for auxiliary operations and campus services; Sarah Croucher, assistant professor of anthropology, assistant professor of archaeology, assistant professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies; Chris Caesar, Windows system administrator; Antonio Farias, vice president for equality and inclusion; and Ryan Robbins of Bon Appétit all competed in the half marathon as well.
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Meet Wesleyan’s Scholar-Athletes

Meet Wesleyan’s scholar-athletes, and find out how their athletic pursuits play a key part in their Wesleyan education in this new video.

Wesleyan’s Athletic Department strives to be the most innovative and successful athletic program in the prestigious New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and a leader at the national level. As an integral part of the overall educational process, athletics at Wesleyan are uniquely positioned to enhance a liberal arts education. Wesleyan coaches share the same goal as the entire Wesleyan community: to transform the lives of our students.

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Video on Recess at Wesleyan

The Recess at Wesleyan Program welcomed 100 students from a local intermediate school who were rewarded for exemplary behavior with a midday recess excursion to Wesleyan’s Bacon Field House. Dozens of university student athletes hosted the children in a variety of play activities including basketball, kickball and capture the flag. Recess at WES is an ongoing partnership with regular visits by student athletes to the Intermediate school. It is supported by the Wesleyan Athletics Advantage Program, which integrates community service into the undergraduate student athlete experience.

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