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Saint Mary’s senior reflects on time as student football manager

first_imgUpon arriving to campus her first year, Saint Mary’s senior Ashley DeJonge said she knew she wanted to participate in the football student managing program. “I knew about the student managing program before I even stepped on campus as a student,” DeJonge said in an email. “I know a couple people who were involved as a manager for other sports and spoke very highly of the program, so I thought I’d give it a try.”Students interested in the program must join during their freshman year, so DeJonge began her involvement during her first year of studies. “I’ve been a manager for the football team since my freshman year,” she said. “That’s when anyone who is interested needs to get involved because of the way continuing on in the program works.”Within the program, she works both practices and games in order to assist the team. “We work every practice and walk-through the team has, set up the locker room before game days and work on the sidelines of the home games,” DeJonge said. “Some of us even get the opportunity to travel to all the away games.”DeJonge said her participation in the football management program has given her an introduction into the sports industry — a field in which she said she hopes to continue working after graduation.“My dream is to work in the sports industry someday, so I felt this would be a great opportunity to get involved with an athletic program and to build my resume,” she added. In addition to building her resume, football management has taught her about all of the work that goes into a game day, she said. “I love getting to see everything that happens behind the scenes,” DeJonge said. “I’ve learned so much about an athletic team and its program that I would have never imagined goes into a game day production.”However, there are also obstacles that come with working in the field, DeJonge said. “At times being a female in this position presents a challenge where I’m unable to help out in areas that are needed, such as having to be in the locker room. But these situations definitely have not hindered my ability to work in this program,” she said.Nonetheless, DeJonge said her experience at Saint Mary’s has given her the confidence to continue working in the field. “Saint Mary’s really prides themselves on empowering women, so this mentality has helped me succeed in a male-dominant position,” she said. If any first year students have an interest in joining, DeJonge said she recommends they give it a try. Any freshmen that would like to become involved are welcome to send her an email, she said. “Even if you are on the line about it, sign up and work a practice,” DeJonge said. “Every freshman will have the opportunity to work practices and some will even get lucky enough to work a game. It’s an amazing opportunity no matter how long your experience is.”Tags: football manager, SMC football manager, student managerlast_img read more

Rabobank Expert at Dredging Today Conference

first_imgThe preparations for the first annual Dredging Today Conference, which will take place on 9 and 10 October 2017 at Amsterdam RAI, are progressing according to schedule.We are pleased to announce that Richard Brakenhoff, Industry analyst at Rabobank, has confirmed his participation to our first Dredging Today Conference (DTC).Mr Brakenhoff has worked as an industry analyst at Rabobank in Utrecht, the Netherlands, since 2007. He covers the oil & gas, dredging, and transport sectors. Previously, Brakenhoff spent 17 years as an equity analyst at several banks covering the same industries.The Dredging Today Conference will offer a forward-looking agenda for the industry addressing economic, social and environmental challenges and the capabilities of the dredging industry to tackle these.DTC is distinctive in its choice of speakers from around the globe, its room for dialogue and its attention for business rather than technology. The conference is supported by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC).An important part of the conference is dedicated to climate change, adaptation and resilience. Topics include the impact of climate change on the dredging industry, available funds for climate adaptation solutions, changing client demands and future proofing business strategies.DredgingToday Conference: Changing Climate, Resilient BusinessThe world in which the dredging industry operates, is changing. Climate change, global trade developments and shifts in the world’s energy mix have significant impact on dredging. But where will the effects of climate change be felt most? And what public funds are available to pay for solutions that can protect vulnerable regions? We are also witnessing changes in client demands and with these in the role of dredging contractors. What business strategies do we see emerging and ultimately – what makes the dredging industry future proof?Delegates attending the 1st Dredging Today Conference can expect a forward-looking agenda with attention for business rather than technology.last_img read more

2015 UPAC Basketball Games: University of Professional Studies qualifiers from zone one

first_imgThe University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) took advantage of a partisan crowd and the tactical ingenuity of coach Emmanuel Essel to qualify from Zone One of the 2015 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball competition.“I played the whole competition from the bench and didn’t allow my players to do what they wanted on the court. That’s was my secret for winning this competition,” said coach of UPSA, Emmanuel Essel “.Emmanuel Essel, former coach of the University of Ghana basketball team, kept screaming instructions from the bench throughout the competition, in order to keep his team playing according to his strategy.In their first game, UPSA survived a scare from Pentecost University College but rallied to narrowly win by 29-28. The home team: UPSA outplayed an inexperienced Ho Polytechnic team with numerous turn overs in the second game. Ho Polytechnic relied on the individual talents of Sedem Tsetsevi, Cliton and Richardson, instead of playing as a single unit against a tactically well drilled UPSA team.  The last match of the day between UPSA and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) decided who emerge from Zone One to the national competition. Both teams (UPSA and GIMPA) had won their respective first and second matches before they clashed in the last match.During the final match, the supporters and students of UPSA were on their feats dancing, singing and cheering their team on to successfully complete a ‘host and win’ mission. Every defensive and Offensive play of the UPSA team was cheered as UPSA led by their talisman, Delvin Bayonne out played the star studded GIMPA team by 25-20 points.“We focussed mainly on the defence and team work,” said Delvin Bayonne, who was adjudged the most outstanding player of the competition.Unlike the UPSA team, GIMPA’s star players: Kwame Boamah, Mc-Martey and Jake Morrison failed to deliver the much need points especially from the free throw line when it mattered most.“I don’t know what happened to my team in the final match and their inability to convert free throws, maybe it was the rim or something”, said Clement Adu-Gyamfi , coach of GIMPA.last_img read more