JOHNSON STATE STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
A WELCOME FROM YOUR NEW
COORDINATOR OF STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT!
Dear JSC Student-Athletes,
Welcome back returning student-athletes and a first time welcome to all incoming first year student-athletes! I hope you have all enjoyed the summer months and are looking forward to heading back to campus in the coming weeks. For those first year student-athletes who may be feeling apprehensive, rest assured the campus community at JSC will welcome you with open arms and you will develop an immediate sense of family in your first few weeks on campus.
I wanted to take a quick moment to introduce myself as I am excited to meet all of you and embark on this new journey together! I began this adventure at JSC on August 1st and from talking to our faculty, staff, administrators, and community leaders, I am confident that we will all work collaboratively to foster individual and team growth to enhance your student-athlete experiences.
While continuing to promote civic responsibility through community service and service learning opportunities, I look forward to helping you develop as lifetime leaders. Most importantly, I look forward to learning from each one of you.
I am here for you to support you in any capacity possible. I am here to listen to you, challenge you, and focus on your development throughout your years at JSC.
I couldn't be more excited to meet all of you! Swing by the new office in SHAPE Room 218!
All the best,
JSC Student Athlete Development:
Education, Empowerment & Celebration!
We have high expectation of our student-athletes. We expect our student-athletes to be fully committed to the pursuit of excellence and quality in athletics, academics and in life. We ask our student-athletes to serve as leaders on SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee), to serve as leaders on their teams, and to be campus-wide leaders who strive for success and live healthy lifestyles. We expect our student-athletes to be actively engaged in community service. We ask our student-athletes to be ambassadors of our college, for example when traveling as a team to off-campus competitions. We ask our student-athletes to work hard and face adversity everyday in training and in life.
We are proud of our student-athletes. And we encourage our student-athletes to feel pride in being members of the Johnson State athletics community.
We seek every opportunity to educate, empower and celebrate these fine young men and women who show such dedication, courage, hard work and care on a consistent basis.
First Year Student Move In Day!
Our Fall Student-Athletes Lent a Helping Hand to Incoming Students and Their Families on 8/24/2012! See Them in Action!
NCAA CHOICES: Student Leadership Training Series
Week 1: Building a Team 9/10/2012
- JSC kicked off Student-Athlete Development Programming this fall with the 6-session Student Leadership Training Series.
- This Leadership Programming will aid in actively engaging student leaders in promoting positive CHOICES to their peers through peer advocacy and mentoring.
NCAA CHOICES Student Leadership Training Series
Week #2: Communication
NCAA CHOICES Student Leadership Training Series
Week #3: Conflict Resolution/Building Agreement
NCAA CHOICES Student Leadership Training Series
Week #2: Student/Leader Balance
NCAA CHOICES Programming:
1st Annual Badger Bash
Substance Free Tailgate 9.29.2012
Women's Tennis Volunteering to Serve Community Meal at Johnson United Church in September!
Alcohol Awareness Week
Kid's Night Out!
Sponsored by SAAC
JSC Student-Athlete Development Program Goals
- Provide an athletic curriculum: nourishing competitive sports programs through educating our student athletes about quality nutrition, healthy lifestyles, comprehensive wellness principals and fitness for life.
- Emphasize academic success: offering academic support, workshops and programming to help our student athletes achieve goals in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena.
- Offer opportunities and encourage participation in community service: empowering our student athletes to actively make a difference in society through service learning projects.
- Focus upon life skills, leadership and character development: translating this personal development to better academic, professional and community endeavors.
JSC Student-Athletes In The Community
We are committed to providing and encouraging community service learning opportunities for our student-athletes! Community service can increase a feeling of connectedness to the community, support critical rflective thinking, and promote enhanced sense of civic responsibility. Moreover, our student-athletes can refine their leadership skills and gain confidence knowing that they are making a positive difference in the world. Through SAAC our student-athletes can engage in 2 community service learning projects per month. SAAC Advisor Renee Breault and the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development collaborate closely to find meaningful opportunities for civic engagement and to encourage our student-athlete's participation in community outreach.
*Learn more about Johnson State's STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC)
Check out some of the dynamic ways our Badgers have set forth to help better the world, and themselves, in recent months:
Shooting for Goals!
The men's and women's basketball teams, in conjunction with Laraway School, began their 2012 Shooting for Goals Program on Wednesday, January 4. The teams are instructing fundamental skills and lead games with the students and staff of Laraway in the multi-gym each Wednesday at 9:30 am from Jan. 4 until the end of the season. This positive community outreach and local youth mentoring is just one more shining example of our Student-Athletes out in the community representing JSC Athletics and making a difference in childrenâ€™s lives! Woot Woot!!!
Badgers in the CommUNITY!
We had some fantastic JSC Athletics Representation at the CommUNITY free lunch in Johnson on Wednesday, December 14th. Mike Osborne (Head Men's BBall Coach and Assistance AD), Anna Allen (Team Captain, Women's X-C) and Lizi Lyon (Career and Advising / Staff Affiliate of the X-C Program) joined forces with other JSC staff and faculty members to serve up generous amounts of foods and conversation in equal measure. A total of $688.73 and a great many non-perishable food items were collected at this event to donate to the Johnson Food Shelf. Nearly 100 community members enjoyed this meal provided free of charge thanks to Armark and also benefitted from plenty of positive conversation to feed the soul. Gooooo Badgers!!!!!!!!!!!
*Thank you to the teams and individual student-athletes who prepared Thanksgiving Baskets for the Johnson Food Shelf! 5 complete baskets were made in November 2011!
***Recently Held Events***
* Athletics Hosted a Free Family Event on May 4th 2012!!!
JSC Student-Athletes and Athletics Staff were delighted to promote and celebrate fitness with local children on the afternoon of the final day of classes! We set up a multitude of games and activities to help take a stand against the National childhood obesity epidemic in our gyms!
Local children enjoyed face painting, an obstacle course, relay races, soccer, and basketball games. We also provided a plethora of free healthy snacks including yogurts, fresh fruits, pretzels and granola bars. All children were given their choice of 2 free toys to take home as well. We gave away over$350 worth of toys that promote movement and fitness such as hula hoops, balls, frisbees, kites, mini golf sets and more.
There were a lot of smiles all around - for the local families and our student-athletes :)
Dinner & Dialogue Series
Our Dinner & Dialogue Series is a monthly meeting for our student-athletes to LEARN through DISCUSSION! Dinners occur right in our campus dining hall and most often take place at 6pm.
These learning opportunities cover a range of topics - everything from how to dress for an interview, how to avoid over-use injuries, how to be credit savvy and how to sports nutrition smarts can fuel your success!
This series of dinner discussions are facilitated by the Coordiator of Student-Athlete Development, as well as special guests from our JSC community, further connecting our student-athletes with a range of wonderful people and resources available on our JSC campus!
*So bring an appetite and any questions you might have on any of these topics!
Check again later for the Fall 2012 Schedule!
Student-Athlete Academic Workshops:
The Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development partners with Martha Lance (Academic Support Services) to bring three annual workshops emphasizing scholarship for all our student-athletes.
These workshops include discussion on: Time Management, Tips to be Proactive with Communication, Academic Goal Setting, Student-Athlete Missed Class Policy, and how to Prepare to Succeed when you Prepare for Class!
These workshops also offer student-athletes the opportunity to connect directly with Academic Support Services and understand specifically what support is available to them.
The Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development is available to meet with any of our student-athletes to discuss potential support services you may be eligible for, set academic goals, and formulate a plan for making this semester your best yet in the classroom!
Click here to check out our Academic Workshop Information
What is Academic Support Services?
Academic Support Services provides a range of support to all JSC students as they progress through their college careers. Our goal is to provide support that empowers students to successfully complete their college education and prepares them for further education and employment. Academic Support Services is partially funded by a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Academic Support Services welcomes our student-athletes to stop by and see how they can excell in the classroom as well as on the playing pitch!
"Badger Beat" - Your current edition, click here!!!
The Badger Beat: Keeping our Student-Athletes in the Know is a bi-weekly e-newsletter connecting all JSC student-athletes, athletics staff and coaches.
This e-newsletter offers information on upcoming events and campus resources, tips for improving academic and athletic performance, and it serves to highlight our student athletes' accomplishments athletically, academically and as campus leaders. There is a SAAC Corner in every edition, as well as a nutrition smarts section and Q& A to increase our student athletes' fitness IQ.
Please send questions and/or suggestions for the Badger Beat to your Coordinator of Student Athlete Development!
Check out the: Badger Beat Archive
We Celebrate our Student-Athletes!!!
The 2012 celebration of National Student-Athlete Day, marks the 25th year that high school and college student-athletes nationwide will be honored for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the field, while making significant contributions to their schools and communities. National Student-Athlete Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. With 3,180,498 million student-athletes honored, nationwide, since 1997, it has become one of America's strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.
Thank you to all staff, faculty and students who contributed to the success of this year’s first annual celebration of National Student Athlete Day in conjunction with JSC 101 and the Extended Classroom Event (ECE) on April 13th! At an afternoon reception, awards were given for student-athletes’ academic achievements, civic engagement and character!
- NSAD Awards: 51 certificates were awarded to student-athlete who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and participate in community service projects while participating in a varsity sport.
- Top Team GPAs: Our Top Team GPAs were awarded based on each team’s fall term GPA:
Women’s Sports: Men’s Sports:
1) Women’s X-C (3.29) 1) Men’s Tennis (3.06)
2) Women’s Soccer (3.05) 2) Men’s X-C (2.99)
Student-Athlete Character Awards 2012: The Badger Character Awards were for a select group of student-athletes who were initially nominated by their coaches for their exceptional strength of character. These nominations were then reviewed and approved by the Athletics Full-time Staff. These 7 student-athletes have shown extraordinary leadership, sportsmanship and perseverance.
- Ally Bataille (Captain of the Women’s Soccer) Recognized for her leadership skills on and off the pitch, and for her Extraordinary International Service, for being a Caring Citizen of the World, and for her Commitment to Social Justice. Ally has asked me to say: “Thank you Everyone! I'm very busy finishing up my projects in Rwanda and I can't wait to share my experiences with everyone when I return. I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for the support of the Johnson community in helping me fundraise, solve class scheduling issues, and collecting the cleats for the boys at the center. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported me in my journey. Don't forget: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’.”
- Maria Gleason (Women’s Softball) Recognized for being the Consummate Teammate, for her Service, and her Positivity even in the face of adversity. In Maria’s words: “Thank you to all my family and friends for supporting me in becoming who I am today.”
- Nik Holm (Captain of the Men’s Lax Team) Recognized for being an Excellent Leader, for his High Work Ethic, his Very High GPA & for being a Participant in numerous Extra Curricular Activities. According to Nik: "Leadership is a gift given by those who follow; thank you for the fun, exciting, and successful time."
- Alex Lagase (Captain of Men’s X-C Team) Recognized for his Exceptional Leadership skills as Team Captain and SAAC Rep, his unwavering commitment to support for his teammates, & also for being an enthusiastic Mentor for And How Are the Children. In Alex’s words: “I view my team as a family. I make it my job to help them as much as I can in achieving their goals.”
- Ryan Joy (Captain of both the Men’s Soccer & Men’s Tennis teams) Recognized for his Outstanding GPA, his stellar Leadership Skills, & for being consistently Supportive and Positive for his teammates. According to Ryan: "The great thing about athletics in a tight knit community like Johnson State’s is that all your teammates end up being friends. It’s reassuring to know that even when you are not on the field, you are supported."
- Jessica Miranda (X-C) Recognized for her Extraordinary Perseverance in Pursuit of Fitness-for-Life & for her Outstanding Sportsmanship supporting the final runners from other schools as well as her own teammates across the finish line at all races. Jessica is participating in National exchange this semester and enjoying runs in sunny California.
- Maegan Ploof (Tennis) Recognized for her Exceptional Work Ethic, her high GPA, & for her service and Commitment as an America Reads Mentor at Cambridge Elementary School. Maegan’s short and sweet quote is: "Don't worry about it."