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Saints Athletics Highlights—Spring 2014

Sam Parlette
Sam Parlette
Elaine Johnson
Elaine Johnson

Cross Country

Women: Elaine Johnson was eighth overall as the Saints placed fourth at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships. Johnson earned honorable mention all-conference and represented the Saints at the NAIA national championships. Junior Arika Knannlein was named a NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Men: The Saints placed third at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships. Samuel Parlette led SHU with an 11th place finish (26 minutes, 17 seconds) and was named the WHAC Newcomer of the Year. Parlette and Brett Smith both earned honorable mention all-conference. Parlette, Smith and Justin Bateson each represented the Saints at the NAIA national championships. Parlette earned a top 100 finish, finishing 98th overall at 25 minutes, 52 seconds.

Nick Campbell
Nick Campbell
Andrea Richards
Andrea Richards

Golf

Women: The Saints finished third in the final Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference standings last fall. Freshman Andrea Richards was named to the All-WHAC first team, while teammates Ashley Everett and Sydney Gossett each earned honorable mention recognition. Andrea Rumler was the team’s Champions of Character recipient.

Men: Senior Nick Campbell was named to the All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference first team after earning conference medalist honors last fall. Joe Forest received the team’s Champions of Character award. SHU finished third in the final team WHAC standings.

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Rising Stars

“Rising Stars” is a new feature making its debut in this issue of Reflections. It profiles Siena Heights University alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and who excel in their careers, occupations or community service accomplishments. To be considered for the “Rising Stars” piece in an upcoming issue of Reflections Magazine, please fill out the online form at www.sienaheights.edu/risingstars. Those who are selected to be included in an upcoming issue of the magazine will be contacted by the Reflections staff.


Chet Hesson

Graduation year: 2009

Current title/position: Assistant Athletic Director & Director of Compliance, Stetson University.

What Chet is doing: He is responsible for the administration and full oversight of a comprehensive NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference and Pioneer League rules compliance program at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. His primary duties include investigating and reporting rules infractions, administration of a comprehensive rules education program, preparation of waivers and releases, transfer evaluations, monitoring of playing and practicing seasons, recruiting, potential extra benefits, campus visits, social networking and the Stetson athletics website.

Favorite moment/story while a student at SHU was: My four years at Siena were very challenging between the academic rigor, working part-time, participating on two athletic teams, multiple surgeries and injuries that derailed me not only physically but mentally. But when it’s all said and done, that was the path that was laid out and it made me enjoy the successes, friendships created and resiliency needed to be successful and enjoy the simple things in life.

Favorite person at SHU was: History Professor and Advisor Sr. Jeanne Lefebvre.

Ultimate goal in life: Positively affect the lives of everything and everyone I come in contact with—a lofty goal, but that’s why we set goals, right?

Best advice for SHU students is: Work for a cause, not an applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt. Also, college is a very impressionable time period, take the time to reflect while enrolled at SHU to feel the moment and who you are becoming. If you love yourself and who you are becoming, great; if you don’t like who you are becoming, change.

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From the Alumni Association:


The Siena Heights Mission: Alive and Well

Mary Small Poore, President—Alumni Association Board of Directors
Mary Small Poore, President—Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Mission of Siena Heights University leads us all “to be more competent, purposeful and ethical through a teaching and learning environment that respects the dignity of all.” No time in my recent past have these words spoken to me more clearly than a recent week in April.

I was privileged to attend the Siena Heights University Honors Convocation held on April 25. That ceremony reminded me of all that is great about this school. The students, faculty and staff honored were but a small percentage of the incredible people who constitute this university. Their achievements and accomplishments are all outstanding. Later that same day I attended a reception for the graduates of our Metro Detroit campus. There I met non-traditional students who, along with all of their other personal and professional responsibilities, had achieved excellence in the classroom while striving to create better lives for themselves and their families. As a former traditional student 40 years ago, I could not imagine how difficult their journey must have been. As I told them that evening, I am in awe of each of them.

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