Women's soccer's Jane Wallis traveled to St. Louis for reasons much different than competing against Atlantic 10 Conference rival Saint Louis University. The junior spent April 5-7 at Washington University attending the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), representing the Grassroot Project - an organization Wallis has been involved in for three years.
The Grassroot Project is an HIV/AIDS education program organized and carried out by NCAA Division I student-athletes from universities in Washington, D.C. The Grassroot Project uses interactive lessons to teach middle school students across the district the tools needed to make informed decisions as they mature, as well as reduce the prevalence of the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. Wallis serves as the Project's program coordinator and has helped to double participation over the last year. Wallis earned GW Community Service Athlete of the Month honors in November for her dedication to the program.
Wallis' involvement in the Grassroot Project has included selection to the Grassroot Leaders Team and attendance at a three-day national conference in Orlando, Fla., for leadership training last summer. She was chosen to represent the organization at CGI U to present the Project's plan to expand its reach to parents and teachers of the current middle school participants.
CGI U selects college students from across the nation to share their innovative ideas to address and combat global issues. Over 1,000 students from more than 300 universities worldwide were in attendance presenting ideas in the hopes of either earning financial backing or establishing connections that might expedite the progression of the projects illustrated.
Wallis, a public health major, created the plan to expand the Grassroot Project after speaking with the parents of the middle school students in the program and realizing that some adults are just as uninformed about HIV and AIDS as the young students. Wallis' brainchild consists of a two-night condensed version of the education program with transportation funds, child care and a meal included.
While at CGI U, Wallis learned valuable information on how to garner relationships for funding the expansion of the Grassroot Project and made connections with several potential resources. However, one of the most important lessons learned in St. Louis may be the support of others to alleviate large scale issues.
"I learned of the willingness of the educational community to help others throughout the world, whether in public health programs, environmental sustainability initiatives or economic solutions," said Wallis. "Our generation is ready to help make 'opportunity' a more universal term."
-The Colonials went 3-1 at the GW Softball Field in their second weekend of Atlantic 10 competition, splitting a two-game set with Butler before sweeping Saint Louis in Sunday's doubleheader.
-GW suffered a tough 1-0 loss on Friday afternoon to the visiting Bulldogs after an unearned run in the top of the seventh broke a scoreless pitchers' duel.
-The Colonials bounced back on Saturday with a 4-1 victory behind freshman Meghan Rico's complete-game 10-strikeout performance.
-Sunday's sweep of the Billikens featured a pair of strong performances in the circle from junior Courtney Martin and Rico.
-Martin went the distance in game one, surrendering just six hits and one unearned run while striking out nine.
-Rico dominated in the nightcap, striking out a career-high 11 batters while only walking one in five innings of work.
-Sophomore Victoria Valos led the Colonials at the plate on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored, while senior Autumn Taylor went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and freshman Carlee Gray plated a team-high three runs.
-The Colonials will travel to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday for a doubleheader before playing host to A-10 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday in the program's 10th Anniversary celebration.
-GW dropped three games to Atlantic 10 foe Richmond over the weekend at Barcroft Park.
-The Colonials collected a season-high 15 hits in the series finale but could not overcome a late Richmond rally in the 8-7 loss.
-Junior Brookes Townsend extended his hitting streak to nine games after an impressive 6-for-12 effort in the series. He also recorded his fifth multi-hit game in a row and leads the team with a .306 batting average.
-Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner led all scorers with two goals and three assists in the rout of the Explorers.
-Junior Lindsey DiAntonio added a hat trick as GW out-shot La Salle, 31-13.
-GW held La Salle scoreless for the first 40+ minutes of action and opened A-10 action with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2009.
-The Colonials could not complete a Sunday comeback as GW came within one goal of No. 13 Massachusetts with 47 seconds remaining after trailing by four at the half.
-Sophomores Jamie Bumgardner (4a), Rachel Mia (3g, 1a) and Allie Rash (2g, 2a) led GW with four points each on the day.
-GW hosts a pair of home games as A-10 foes St. Bonaventure and Duquesne visit the GW Lacrosse field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Women's Water Polo
-GW bounced back from a Saturday afternoon loss to Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division rival Harvard, 12-6, by defeating VMI, 11-4, in the nightcap at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.
-Sophomore Meagan Moreland led GW with five goals on the day, while junior Megan Brolley added three.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made 10 saves on the day.
-The Colonials return to action next weekend at the CWPA Southern Division Championship hosted by Brown University in Providence, R.I., on Saturday and Sunday. GW will be the No. 4 seed and will take on Bucknell and Princeton on the first day of action.
-GW's newest varsity sport placed 12th out of 18 teams at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta over the weekend.
-Freshmen Jay Spector and Henry Young peaked with a third-place showing in Race 2 en route to an 11th place finish in the A Division with 63 points.
-The trio of freshman Benjamin Helfand, sophomore Jennifer Wilson and Young totaled 71 points to finish 13th in the B Division, peaking at ninth in Race 4.
-The Colonials will compete in the MAISA Coed Conference Championship - the America's Trophy - in Annapolis, Md., on April 13 and 14.
When not in the pool for GW's women's water polo team, junior Katherine Berry may be found behind a microscope examining pollen. The biology major is a key member of GWBuzz, the university's honey bee research and beekeeping organization. Berry's work with GWBuzz led to her inclusion on a panel at GW's Research and Education in Food and Nutrition Expo on March 28.
Berry was one of three panel members invited by GW's own First Lady, Diane Robinson Knapp, to speak in the kick-off segment, The Birds and the Bees: Urban Apiaries and Edible Gardens. Alongside Berry was Adele Ashkar, associate professor and director of the Landscape Design Program at GW, and Dr. Hartmut Doebel, assistant professor of biology at GW and founder of GWBuzz. The panel focused on how to effectively create gardens to boost natural ecosystems.
"My research parallels this topic," said Berry. "I helped explain the importance of promoting natural landscaping by feeding pollinators and natural fauna by planting natural flora."
GWBuzz's research is heavily funded by Founding Farmers, a local restaurant and proponent of sustainable eating. Berry's area of expertise is palynology, the study of pollen. In addition to developing a better understanding of what kinds of flowers GW's bees are pollinating throughout D.C., the Riverside, Calif., native is working to establish a methodology to enhance the caretaking of bees by beekeepers through nutrition.
Berry's interest in pollination stems from her childhood observation of the interaction between honeybees and an avocado grove at her home. She got her start in research last year after participating in the Harlan Trust Summer Research Program, which taught students the nuts and bolts of high-level research. Soon after, Berry was offered a position with the "Bee Lab" and helped transform the project into a well-organized and attention-grabbing venture. Diane Knapp's special interest in the endeavor, along with Berry's keen understanding of the business side of research and creation of the GWBuzz website, landed the junior a position as the only undergraduate panel member at the Expo.
The Food and Nutrition Expo featured four additional panels and concluded with a keynote speech by Dr. Neal Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at GW's School of Medicine and researcher of the role of nutrition in major health issues.
"The panel went very well and we had a full house," Berry said after the event. "My coach, Scott Reed, and his wife also attended my panel to watch me speak."
Berry will embark on a new season of beekeeping and research as spring begins in the nation's capital.
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George Washington men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for March.
has spearheaded more than 30 GW student-athletes' volunteer efforts
with Lemonade Day, an experiential learning program that teaches youth
how to start, own and operate their own business - a lemonade stand.
native of Milwaukee, Wis., who plans to study pre-med, Kopriva
initiated the involvement of fellow student-athletes in the local
Lemonade Day D.C. chapter early in the spring semester. Since then, he
has been organizing the group's travel to Northwest D.C.'s Paul Charter
School in March and April to teach sixth- and seventh-graders a 14-step
entrepreneurial business plan.
this project has been a blast for me," said Kopriva. "As a kid, I would
have loved to participate in Lemonade Day, so being a city director now
is the next best thing. I am so proud of my fellow GW student-athletes
for rallying around this project and making Lemonade Day such a valuable
experience for these kids."
Sunday, April 14, those middle school students mentored by Kopriva and
other student-athletes will put the skills learned over the past month
into action by launching their own businesses at lemonade stands on the
GW campus and throughout the district.
hard work and dedication exemplify extraordinary commitment to the D.C.
community," said GW Athletics' LifeSkills coordinator Ted Costigan.
-Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high four goals and senior Nicole Lacey added three on the day.
-Freshman midfielder Olivia Boudreau netted her 10th goal of
the season with 1:52 remaining which proved to be the game-winner for
GW. Boudreau was named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this
-The Colonials wrap up a three-game homestand when they welcome La Salle on Friday, April 5 for a 4 p.m. game.
George Washington assistant athletics director for sports medicine and training Chris Hennelly is one of six administrators who will serve on the newly formed Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Governance Council, league Commissioner Dan Sharadin announced.
Established with a mandate set forth at the 2012 CWPA Annual Meeting at Villanova University to create governance councils for the collegiate club and varsity ranks of the league, the Varsity Governance Council will oversee the administration of the CWPA's varsity men's and women's programs in cooperation with the organization's Board of Directors, managing competitive issues and league structure.
The Governance Council will be comprised exclusively of sport administrators, and a chair of the council will be elected from the group during a conference call prior to April 15, with the newly elected chair joining the CWPA Board of Directors.
Hennelly, who has been at GW for 18 years, serves as sport administrator for GW's men's and women's water polo teams.
George Washington lacrosse sophomore Mackenzie Jones has been named a finalist for the university's Outstanding Student Service Award. Jones was one of just eight finalists to be selected, with the winner to be announced at the 28thannual Excellence in Student Life Awards presentation on Thursday, April 25 in Lisner Auditorium.
The recipient of the Outstanding Student Service Award will have exhibited exceptional commitment to supporting the needs and interests of the community locally, nationally, and/or globally through direct community service, and will have shared his/her passion with the George Washington campus community.
"Mackenzie works extremely hard on and off the field and it is an honor for her to be recognized for all of her hard work, not only with the Grassroots program, but with numerous other community service projects as well," sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford said. "She exemplifies our goals as an athletics department of working hard in your sport in addition to giving back to the community."
In line with the Department of Athletics and Recreation's and the university's initiative of community service, Jones has been a prime example of a student-athlete who donates her time to the greater Washington, D.C., area. So far this academic year, Jones has totaled 131 hours of community service on her own, while the lacrosse team as a whole has accumulated 619 hours of service. In addition, the Colonials' lacrosse program leads all GW teams in hours of service per student-athlete as well as overall hours completed.
Jones' service projects include: her post as Resource Coordinator for the Grassroots Colonials program, a project that seeks to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by using collegiate student-athletes to educate local middle school students of the issue; working as a mentor with College for Every Student where she speaks with young students on the importance of attending college; and organizing a charity partnership with the Marine Corps Marathon and Half Marathon. Currently, she is working on a clothing drive for either the Salvation Army or the Ronald McDonald Foundation this spring in addition to an event for Grassroots to showcase the Magic Johnson documentary film The Announcement.
During the 2012 fall semester, the Colonials lacrosse team spent Fridays making lunches for the homeless at a local church, and around Thanksgiving the squad collected laundry baskets of canned food for the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. The Buff and Blue have also participated with Friends of Jaclyn, a nonprofit organization that matches children with pediatric brain tumors and their families with local college and high school sports teams, for the past four years.
In October of 2012, Jones was the first GW student-athlete to receive the department's Community Service Athlete of the Month award, which is given to those who lead by example and who most impact the GW and Washington, D.C., communities through service.
Take a look back at how GW's spring sports put together a strong weekend of Atlantic 10 competition:
-The Colonials opened up Atlantic 10 play with a three-game sweep of visiting Massachusetts over the weekend at Barcroft Park. -Junior right-hander Luke Staub claimed the first win of the weekend, getting four runs of support behind seven innings of work, yielding just one run on five hits in game one of Friday's doubleheader.
-Junior Aaron Weisburg threw a complete game gem, allowing just one hit and one run with no walks and six strikeouts in GW's 7-1 win in the nightcap. -Senior Ryan Hickey led the offensive attack behind Weisburg with three doubles and three RBIs. -Freshman Matt Kaplow and junior Craig Lejeune teamed up to shutout UMass, limiting the Minutemen to just two hits, in GW's 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
-GW will travel to UMES on Tuesday before hosting UMBC on Thursday to complete a pair of mid-week match-ups.
-GW finished in fourth place out of eight teams with a team score of 194.750 at Saturday's East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship (EAGL) at Carmichael Arena, marking the best team finish and score at the event since joining the conference in 2004.
-The Colonials earned the top team score out of all eight teams on the balance beam with a score of 48.650.
-Junior Betsy Zander finished tied for second place in the all-around with a career-high tying 39.150.
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy tied for second on the floor exercise with a 9.850. -Six Colonials earned All-EAGL honors at Friday's EAGL Championship banquet. Assistant coach Barry Kistler was named EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year.
-The loss to Richmond was GW's first in Atlantic 10 play.
-Junior Leah Pascarella earned a 6-3, 6-2, victory at the No. 1 spot before Christina Carpenter won a tough 6-4, 7-6 (7) match at the No. 6 slot for GW's only points of the match over the Spiders.
-The Colonials opened Sunday's action by winning all three doubles spots to take the first point of the day.
-A trio of rookies triumphed over their Morgan State opponents, led by Lana Robins at the No. 2 spot, followed by Stephanie Wei and Christina Carpenter at the Nos. 3 and 6 spots respectively.
-Senior Mimi Hamling picked up a straight-set win at No. 4 action.
-The Colonials will host Atlantic 10 foe Temple on Saturday at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.
-The Colonials opened their spring season in the University of Pennsylvania Invitational on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. -The Coloinials fell to Northeastern in the Varsity 8, JV8 and 3V8. -GW's Freshmen 8 earned their first win of the season in the opening race against Georgetown's rookie boat on the final day of competition. -Penn claimed the McCausland Cup after sweeping a trio of races in Saturday's afternoon session.
Women's Rowing -GW took on Saint Joseph's and Penn in a quartet of races to open its spring season on Saturday. -The Colonials took second in the JV8 and third-place in the Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and 3V8. -GW visits Atlantic 10 champion Rhode Island, along with Boston College and Massachusetts on Saturday in Kingston, R.I.
Women's Water Polo
-GW improved its record to 12-11 after edging Villanova, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
-Freshman Erin Donoghue scored the game-winning goal with one minute remaining to finish her day with a team-best four goals and one assist.
-Sophomore Meagan Moreland recorded six steals and four assists while junior Rachael Bentley dished out three helpers, leaving her just one shy of her own school record of 50 set last season.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded 10 stops in the cage.
-The Colonials return to the pool on April 6 to take on CWPA Southern Division rival Harvard and VMI in Princeton, N.J.
-The Colonials finished seventh out of 14 teams at the MAISA/SAISA Interconference at Hampton University and 14th of 19 teams at the Owen Trophy at Navy on Sunday.
-At the MAISA/SAISA regatta, the Division A duo of freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney posted a pair of second-place finishes and a win over its final three races to place seventh with 59 points.
-At the Owen Trophy, seniors Rebecca Engel and Ian Conners had a trio of fourth-place finishes and placed 13th in A Division with 214 points.
-GW returns to the water on Saturday at the two-day MAISA South Spring Qualifier at Hampton. A top three finish would earn the Colonials a spot at the MAISA Coed Conference Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on April 13-14.
The Colonials return to the classroom as spring break competition came to a close over the weekend:
-GW ended the 2012-2013 season with a 77-72 loss to UMass in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at the Barclays Center on Thursday evening.
-Freshman Kevin Larsen led the Colonials with a game- and career-high 17 points and seven rebounds while senior Isaiah Armwood provided 16 points and 13 boards for his ninth double-double of the season.
-Neither team led by more than five points as the game featured 19 lead changes and 14 ties, including 14 lead changes in the second half.
-GW grabbed a season-high 50 rebounds, just four shy of the Atlantic 10 Championship mark, and held a +18 rebounding edge.
-The Colonials went a perfect 4-0 over the weekend to claim a program-record six-game win streak at the Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field, defeating Drexel, St. John's and Akron.
-Sophomore Victoria Valos smacked three home runs while going 7-for-12 at the plate with eight RBIs on the weekend.
-Junior Courtney Martin and freshman Meghan Rico each earned a pair of wins for the Colonials in the circle, highlighted by Rico's one-hit effort in Saturday's 6-0 shutout of Drexel.
-GW will look for its seventh straight win on Wednesday at Virginia.
-Junior right-hander Luke Staub hurled a complete game, surrendering just two runs in seven innings in the series opening 2-1 loss to the Quakers.
-GW took advantage of Penn miscues to claim a 6-4 victory in Sunday's first game, scoring six runs on eight hits and three Quaker errors. Junior Craig LeJeune earned his first career save with 3.1 innings of perfect relief.
-Junior Owen Beightol batted .385 over the weekend with three RBIs.
-The Colonials host district rival Georgetown on Tuesday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.
-Junior Ulrik Thomsen picked up GW's only point against UC Santa Barbara with a 6-2, 6-4, win at the No. 5 singles position.
-Junior Nikita Fomin led the charge against UC Irvine, earning a straight-set victory at the No. 1 slot while freshman Danil Zelenkov, Thomsen, and junior Viktor Svensson racked up points at the Nos. 2, 5 and 6 spots, respectively.
-GW looks to remain undefeated in Atlantic 10 play when the team travels to Richmond, Va., next weekend for matches against Richmond and conference newcomer No. 26 VCU.
-Six different players scored for GW, including freshman Julia Lawson's first collegiate tally.
-Junior Jordy Bathras led all scorers with a goal and two assists.
-Senior Nicole Lacey scored one goal against the Blue Jays, and with 20 goals and two assists on the year she is now tied for 10th on the Colonials' all-time points list with 110.
-GW begins a three-game homestand on Wednesday as Navy visits the Mount Vernon Lacrosse Field.
-GW took first place in Friday night's quad meet at Towson before finishing second in Sunday's Senior Day quad meet at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy won the balance beam with a career-high score of 9.85 en route to claiming top honors in the all-around with a career-high score of 39.20 in Friday's victory at Towson Center.
-Junior Kiera Kenney paced the Colonials on the uneven bars with a first place finish after matching a career-high score of 9.85.
-Stoicovy won the floor exercise in her final home competition on Sunday after posting a career-high tying 9.925.
-Kenney posted a season-high 9.825 for the top uneven bars routine and classmate Taylor Henderson followed in second with a 9.80.
-Stoicovy and classmates Kayla Carto and Nefertiti Roy were honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
-The Colonials return to action on Saturday at the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championships, hosted by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Women's Water Polo
-The Colonials dropped three of four games at the Lancer Invite in in Riverside, Calif., to finish a spring break West Coast swing with a 3-4 record.
-Junior Rachel Bentley tallied a career-high seven goals and added four assists en route to a school-record 11 points in a 20-17 loss to Iona.
-The Colonials will compete twice this weekend, first on Friday night in a quad meet at Towson with So. Connecticut and West Chester. On Sunday, GW will honor seniors Stephanie Stoicovy, Nefertiti Roy and Kayla Carto for Senior Day against Towson, Maryland and Brown.
-The Colonials traveled to California for Spring Break, placing sixth out of nine teams at the Triumph at Pauma Valley with a 54-hole score of 76-over par 928.
-Sophomore Jack Persons led GW with a three-round score of 10-over 223 to finish in a three-way tie for 11th.
-GW will kick off Spring Break action at Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday afternoon in hopes of extending a three-game win streak.
-The Colonials visit Baltimore on Saturday to take on #12 Johns Hopkins.