Each month President Blair will be posting on the blog to recap what’s been going on and talk about what’s on the horizon. Here’s his first post, covering the month of April and looking ahead to May!
April has been a busy month at Bryn Athyn College. The academic year is steaming ahead toward completion, and excitement is building toward graduation. A number of events have punctuated the calendar recently, including the Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), the first annual Parents and Family Day, NCAA Division III week, the Academic Achievement Awards, and Diversity Day.
I am proud of the hard work our students put in throughout the year, but it’s especially fun to see the community of learning that is formed in the library during LNAP. Over the three LNAPs this year, 922 scholarly hours were logged by our students, and many personal academic goals were reached.
Parents and Family Day was held on April 8, and saw about 65 guests enjoying the event which included a welcome brunch, tours of campus, Cairnwood Estate, and Glencairn, an opportunity to cheer on the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, and a BBQ on the terrace where the local band Hillbillies of Cohesion played a delightful set.
NCAA Division III Week gave our athletic teams the opportunity to volunteer in different ways throughout the community. The soccer, lacrosse, and basketball teams all offered clinics or helped out at the Bryn Athyn Church Elementary School practices. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee also got the student body to participate in making a mural for suicide awareness. Colorful handprints symbolized the willingness to lend a hand to those in need.
The Academic Achievement Awards are always an important moment to recognize the often-quiet work of scholars. Those on the dean’s list were honored, as were recipients of scholarships and grants connected to particular majors or initiatives. One new award was given this year to the winners of the Career Olympics. Team Djibouti was honored with gold medals and a cash prize for their excellent work creating resumes, LinkedIn profiles, attending a networking/interviewing event, and making a video for prospective employers.
Diversity Day was held indoors due to inclement weather, but that didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits! “Simple Gifts,” a talented string duo, played a variety of instruments from a range of cultural traditions while students, faculty, and staff roamed the Great Hall and sampled delicious cuisines from around the world.
It’s been a great month, and I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events like the BAC Carnival on Saturday, April 29th; the Senior Capstone Project Presentations on May 10; the FeelGood Run and the Spring Dance Concert on Saturday, May 13; and graduation on the weekend of May 26.
Hannah is a starting freshman on the women’s lacrosse team, hailing from Fawn Grove, PA, where she attended Kennard-Dale High School.
In the season opener for the lions, Bracey scored four goals on eight shots and notched one assist in the win against Mt. St. Vincent. She also tallied two ground balls and one caused turnover.
We asked Hannah why she loves lacrosse. She said, “One thing that I love about lacrosse is that it gives me an outlet. I tend to be kind of quiet and timid in most spheres of life, but none of that matters when I play. As soon as I step onto the field I can be a different person: one who is aggressive and loud.” Congratulations, Hannah!
Kathleen Harte Simone, founder and editor of Philafieldhockey.com, interviewed Bryn Athyn Coach Kaitlyn Fitzgerald about the 2017 inaugural season. Reading these excerpts from the Philadefieldhockey.com article gives you an idea of what the culture will be like in this exciting new program!
Bryn Athyn College will roll out their first-ever field hockey program this fall, competing in the NCAA Division III North Eastern Athletic Conference. The Lions are just one of five field hockey programs in the conference including three from New York (Keuka College, Morrisville State and Wells College) and one from Pennsylvania (Wilson College from Franklin County). Kaitlyn Fitzgerald will lead the Lions in their inaugural season. Fitzgerald is a 2009 graduate of Towson University where she was a four-year member of the Division I field hockey team as a defender. She began her coaching career at Wilkes College, while obtaining her masters degree, and has served as an assistant coach at Arcadia University for the past three years. While there, Fitzgerald helped lead the Knights to a MAC- Commonwealth regular season title and was instrumental in recruiting.
I caught up with Fitzgerald to find out more about establishing a new program, what she’s looking for in a student-athlete, her goals for the program, the new field, and more.
Your team will assemble in August for the first time. How is the recruiting process coming along? “It’s been a cool process starting from scratch and looking for the right type of player that I feel will make an immediate positive impact on the program. With us being a smaller school, and a first year field hockey team, I have been traveling a lot both in and out of PA to attend high school games and tournaments, and getting many athletes on campus to get our name out there and experience the culture at Bryn Athyn. Not many people have heard of us but once they go through the process and then come on campus, they are in awe of how beautiful and new it is and are extremely interested in our degree programs. The education and athletic programs are unmatched here and I truly mean that. We want to be an integral part of each students’ successes both on and off the field. It’s also been nice and exciting to have student-athletes from other teams — like women’s lacrosse — express interest in playing for the season. We encourage dual athlete participation to gain the full experience.”
What are you looking for in players: “I’m looking for the type of player that wants to leave a mark and make an immediate impact on a first year program — a player with a strong work ethic and leadership qualities. I think it takes a special type of player that looks at a program starting from scratch and sees the direct benefits of wanting to go through that journey. So far I have been very lucky in finding some of those players to lead us to where I envision us going! The energy and positivity of the recruits who are committed so far makes me so excited to be their coach and to help them develop.”
For the full article on Philafieldhockey.com, click here.