Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old News/New News

Ok, I can't believe that I never got pictures up from Lauren's Marathon last Spring, so here they are.  She did an amazing job running the Surfer's Path Marathon in Santa Cruz to raise awareness and money for The Arthritis Foundation.  She raised over $10,000, which was amazing!!  We will miss Lauren so much this year, but hope to keep up with her traveling and other fun endeavors as she studies and travels abroad this Fall/year.  So far we know she'll be in Madrid in the Fall, and then Thailand in January, and will look forward to getting her updates.

In NEW news, Katherine sent me this picture of her and her father outside of the original CATZ facility in Pasadena just last week.  We have several coaches trained in CATZ, plus we teach classes all year long for PE, plus Lizzy loves doing the workouts, and has been a regular much more than I have been--I tend to come and go from the workouts, unfortunately.  However, Katherine's dad knew Jim, the founder, when they were first getting started (back in the day) in Pasadena.  It's now a nation wide program, reaching all ages of athletes from elementary school kids through professional athletes, and has an East Coast franchise in Boston.  Very cool!

I also played squash with Katherine at some point last year, but never got this posted, so because I know how much she LOVES being on the Blog, I'm posting this for her!  In the style department, she's got game! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

AVCA Academic Team Award Recipient for 2013

The news is out on the AVCA Team Academic Awards, and we were once again a recipient of this nice honor.  The AVCA honors teams from each division who carry a yearly GPA of a at least a 3.3 or higher.  We've been a consecutive recipient of this award every year in which we've applied for it, dating back to at least 2000, if not before, I believe?  Here's the official press release:

AVCA Breaks Another Record With 676 Teams Honored for Academic Excellence

Total overrides the previous mark of 623 schools set in 2012-13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 4, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 676 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season. This number once again breaks the previous year's total of 623 and sets a new all-time high for this award.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."

The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 500% increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 676.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gym Frogs?!

I've heard of "gym rats" before, but never "gym frogs."  Lizzy sent me this picture of a little friend she found in the gym this week!  I believe it must have gotten in with all of the construction going on at the Athletic Complex, but this is definitely something I've never seen in the gym before.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun, and Work!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer fun wherever that takes you!  We have three players that are staying on campus for the summer, doing various different jobs, which is great.  They're getting to enjoy the VT summer that they normally never get to see.  Katie, Lizzy and Kathryn all have different jobs around town, mostly doing great things that relate to a career interest. Lizzy is working with MiddCore, Katie is working with Foodworks, and Kathryn is working with a mentorship program for area youth. 

They recently road-tripped to Lizzy's hometown for a 4th of July Road Race, so they're getting in some good training, which is great!

And, we have a recent graduate who is also in Middlebury for not only the summer, but for the rest of the year, too, as a new employee of the Middlebury College Admissions Staff!  Congrats to Meg Anderson on her first job, post MIDD, and she gets to stay here in Middlebury, which is awesome!!

Happy summer to everyone--it's so nice to enjoy the long days of sunshine, and all the good, fresh food.  :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Graduation and Reunion Time!!

Ahh, senior week! A box was sent to MJ, care of me at the Field House during senior week.  The return address was Hawaii, and it was from our favorite non-MIDD dad from Amherst. He sent three Blue and White leis to wear on graduation.  How SWEET is that?!  There was also some coffee and chocolates, which were awesome in their own right, so the whole thing was very special.

There had been a lot of rain during senior week, but they were setting up graduation outside with the hopes that the rain couldn't last that long...could it?!  It rained the night before, and was very foggy early on the morning of graduation, but alas, the fog broke, the sun came out, and it was about as gorgeous as Vermont can get in the Spring.  It wasn't too hot, but the sun definitely had warmth to it, and there was a gentle little breeze that kept things pretty comfortable.

Hard to believe that four more years have passed already.  Courtney had already graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder earlier in the month and now these three were preparing to leave MIDD.  We're still holding out hope that Meg will return to work in the Admissions Office, so we'll have to keep you updated on that...

We also celebrated our Department Awards during senior week, and Meg and MJ were there to celebrate along with Steve Oster, our Faculty Affiliate.  It was a very nice event, as usual.

Now, it's on to summer plans.  I'll be working at the City Beach Academic Camp in early June, which will be fun, and then we'll be taking our family vacation in Michigan, as we usually do in July.  Lizzy, Kathryn and Katie will all be here in town over the summer, and everyone else has plans in their various parts of the country, or world, as Piper is hiking somewhere exotic!  It'll be fun to catch up with everyone, and we'll have to start introducing new players as our freshmen transition from seniors in HS to freshmen at MIDD!  I love new rookies!! 

Alums, especially you new alums, but also ALL alums, please keep me posted on your lives.  It's so much fun to hear from you all anytime.  It always brightens my day and brings a smile to my face to hear from you.  Tanner has recently been in touch because a friend from his work has a daughter who's starting the, Tanner and Jordan's kids aren't old enough to be looking at college yet...but it'll happen sooner than we think!!  :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spring Happenings

There's been a lot going on this Spring, as usual.  Brian performed with the Champlain Philharmonic and the Middlebury College Community Chorus--see poster.

Word on the street was that he rocked the house...We had our 2nd annual Breakfast for Dinner celebration at my house.

 Relay for Life, which my girls and I participated in, along with several others on the team.  We enjoyed hearing Amy and the Mishchords sing, not to mention the memories and stories shared by those that have been particularly touched by cancer, some in memory, and some in celebration of loved ones still fighting.  The luminaria celebration is always a touching moment of the evening when everyone walks one lap in silence with candles lit, and then watches the luminaria slideshow highlighting the memory of loved ones lost to cancer, and honoring those still fighting.  Kathryn walked several laps with us, and I saw a few others participating throughout the evening.  It was a wonderful and meaningful event, which this year was moved inside due to the weather.

 Here's Amy's song:  Put Your Records On: 

The crew team finished up the best season in the history of that Program behind the leadership of Lizzy and Olivia, and the Track team has also had a record-breaking season that saw Hannah set a new school record in the long jump, and narrowly miss qualifying for NCAA's by being in the top 25 in the country.

Kathryn and Katie and I just finished our Leadership Training work, and Lauren has been diligently training for the Surfer's Path Marathon in Santa Cruz, CA on May 18th.  She's raised over $10,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, which is an amazing feat!  Here's the link to her fundraising page:  Lo's Marathon Fundraiser for Arthritis Foundation.  Just before senior week, Amy sang in her final concert with the Mischords, and our seniors have now finished their last finals week at Middlebury.  We did get to play golf one more time during senior week before "real life" after MIDD sets in!  I'll have the update from graduation was a gorgeous day amidst all the rain, both before and after...!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

MCVB Spring Athletes Excel

Our Spring athletes here have had a rough spring with very limited indoor training space available to them due to the construction of the new Field House.  That, on top of a very cold, and long winter has definitely had an impact on their training.  For instance, the crew team can't have any home races this year because the Lake is still frozen!  Yikes.  All these extra challenges have not had a negative impact on their success, however.  Olivia and Lizzy have taken first place in many of their races so far, including one last Sunday in the pouring rain, and Hannah is currently in the top 20 in the NATION in the long jump. Way to go, guys!!

Now, by this point in April, most teams are mostly getting outside for practice, except for the fact that the crew team may not get on Lake Dunmore AT ALL this season because of the late receding ice.  I guess the same factors that make it a good lake to race on, also add to the time it takes for the ice to leave.  This picture was what we woke up to this morning, however, on April 16!  Gotta love Spring in VT.  Monday it was in the mid-70's and sunny, yesterday it was a downpour all day, at times torrential, and this morning it was a winter wonderland.