MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight

  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Crystal Lettinga, Olivet College
    November 08, 2019
    Crystal Lettinga, a member of the Comets women’s golf team, has found a groove being an advocate as a student at Olivet College. Lettinga is the Olivet Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president, is a reporter for the Comet News, and maybe most importantly, an advocate for Coral Lettinga, Crystal’s twin sister who has autism. Crystal organized an Autism Awareness Walk on the Olivet campus. Learn more about Crystal in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA #WhyD3
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jared Pittman, Kalamazoo College
    October 24, 2019
    Football has been a part of life for Jared Pittman for as long as the Kalamazoo College senior can remember. And as much as football has given Pittman, Pittman has returned in kind to the Hornets football team. A two-year captain, Pittman trumpets the learning experiences on the field, in the community, as a member of the Kalamazoo football program, and in the classroom. A history major with a concentration in African studies, Pittman shares what it means to do #MoreInFour at Kalamazoo College in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA #WhyD3
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jen Kowalczyk, Alma College
    October 10, 2019
    Jennifer Kowalczyk, a senior on the Alma College women’s golf team, has taken on many leadership roles during four years as a Scot. Kowalczyk, a clinical exercise physiology major, has found time to gather clinical hours, serve as the captain for the Alma women’s golf program, participate in Alma’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and create a new club on campus: the ASAP program (Alma Scots/Alma Panthers Special Education Mentoring program). Learn how Kowalczyk has made the most of an NCAA Division III college experience in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA #WhyD3
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: David Bos, Hope College
    September 27, 2019
    Hope football student-athlete David Bos has a job lined up upon graduation next spring, but is aiming for even more - both as a senior and beyond. The three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll member is a business major with communication and leadership minors. Hear how Bos is thriving as an NCAA Division III student-athlete in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA #WhyD3
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Megan Prsa, Adrian College
    September 13, 2019
    Adrian Volleyball student-athlete Megan Prsa is an exercise science major and has aspirations of being a pediatric nurse. Prsa chose Adrian College to pursue academic and academic opportunities – and as an NCAA Division III student-athlete, Prsa is thankful for the experiences both in competition, in the classroom, and beyond; learn more in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA #WhyD3
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Maddie DeGroot, Calvin College
    May 17, 2019
    Senior Maddie DeGroot, a standout on the Calvin College softball team, helped the Knights make their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in 2019. DeGroot, a physical education major, takes time to talk about the challenges and rewards from a #WhyD3 college experience in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Michaela Kaliniak, Olivet College
    April 19, 2019
    Michaela Kaliniak has benefited from the opportunities and the people at Olivet College during a busy and beneficial four years. Kaliniak, a captain on the Olivet track and field team and two-time All-MIAA pole vaulter, also makes time to serve as Olivet’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and is a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa and the Global Citizens Honors program. Learn more about Kaliniak’s experience of #WhyD3 in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Drew Harm, Albion College
    April 05, 2019
    Drew Harm, a member of the Albion College men’s lacrosse team, wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion after being struck by a shot during practice as a sophomore. Instead, doctors discovered a mass on Harm’s brain. When the benign mass grew, Harm had brain surgery at the start of the 2018 calendar year; now, Harm is defying the odds and continues to have an impact as a leader both on the field and in the classroom for the Britons in 2019. Harm takes a moment to share an amazing story of resilience in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA UPDATE (April 5): Drew recently underwent another MRI in which he learned that tumor growth has re-emerged. He will now need to face another surgery and the fight to rid himself of this tumor continues... We are currently calling this planned surgery 'Round 2'
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Langston Johnson, Trine University
    April 05, 2019
    Trine University’s Langston Johnson shares how important the NCAA Division III experience has been during three seasons with the Thunder’s men’s basketball program. From the challenges of time management to trying a variety of on-campus activities, Johnson, a junior, takes a moment to talk in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Taylor LaBarge, Hope College
    March 15, 2019
    Hope College senior women's tennis standout Taylor LaBarge has excelled on the court, and proficiency in numbers has resulted in a job lined up following graduation. LaBarge, who also serves as a tutor, was a key leader in the 2019 Hope Dance Marathon March 8-9. LaBarge takes a moment to talk in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Amanda Moss, Kalamazoo College
    March 08, 2019
    Kalamazoo College two-sport athlete Amanda Moss is a business major with a Chinese language minor. Moss also is the co-founder of the Kalamazoo College Sport Business Club, was a participant in the MIAA Student-Athlete Development Opportunity at the 2019 NCAA Convention, and has had internships with the Detroit Pistons and the NBA. Oh, and Moss studied abroad in China and worked with a non-profit youth sports organization. Hear more about Moss’ aspirations and opportunities in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Eric Ferrara, Alma College
    February 08, 2019
    Eric Ferrara thrives on a full slate of activities, and opportunities available at Alma College allow for that to happen. Ferrara discusses how being busy means efficiency and #WhyD3 in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ashley Morris, Adrian College
    February 01, 2019
    Adrian College's Ashley Morris takes a few minutes from a busy schedule as a Division III student-athlete to talk about reasons for choosing to be a Bulldog, academic pursuits, and #WhyD3 in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight - Brendan VanHouten, Calvin College
    January 18, 2019
    Calvin College's Brendan VanHouten is a six-time MIAA Champion in the throws, and the junior took a few minutes to discuss his athletic and academic experiences at Calvin in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Scott Roberts, Kalamazoo College
    January 02, 2019
    Kalamazoo College’s K-Plan allowed Hornets swimmer Scott Roberts to pursue a unique educational experience – allowing the Texas native to not only excel in the pool, but also generate professional opportunities upon graduation. Learn more about Scott's K career in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Erin Maloney, Saint Mary's College
    December 14, 2018
    Erin Maloney, the Saint Mary's College SAAC president and women's basketball player, takes a few moments to share how her time at Saint Mary's College has provided opportunities in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight - Cassidy Williams, Trine University
    December 05, 2018
    Trine women's basketball player Cassidy Williams discusses how a small campus suits her and gives advice on what can be helpful while searching for the right fit college-wise in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight - Trenton Monroe, Olivet College
    November 16, 2018
    Olivet's Trenton Monroe was recently named to the 2018 All-MIAA Football team as an offensive lineman, and was a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® pick this week. The actuarial science major takes a moment to talk about #WhyD3 in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight - Daniel Settecerri, Hope College
    October 12, 2018
    The Hope College men's golf team enters their final rounds of the 2018 fall season this weekend, and junior Daniel Settecerri takes a few moments to talk about his opportunities as a Hope College student in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight - Monica Shuk, Albion College
    October 05, 2018
    Monica Shuk of the Albion College volleyball team found the right fit for her at Albion College coming out of high school, and she is thriving academically because of her choice to become a Briton. Hear more of Monica's story in this edition of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Robert Diebold, Adrian College
    September 20, 2018
    Adrian College men's cross country student-athlete Robert Diebold takes a moment to discuss his choices to attend Adrian College, including following in the footsteps of his parents - as well as the academic opportunities.
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Katie Bush, Alma College
    September 07, 2018
    Coming off her first #D3MIAA Athlete of the Week honors in volleyball, Alma College volleyball player Katie Bush takes a few moments to discuss her international experiences, her career aspirations, and why Alma was a great fit for her in this #WhyD3MIAA video.
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Britney Carnagie, Adrian College
    May 14, 2018
    In her first season on the Adrian College Track and Field team, Britney Carnagie broke a 20-year record in the javelin throw - and kept on breaking that record throughout the 2018 outdoor season. Britney takes a few minutes to discuss her opportunities in this #WhyD3MIAA video.
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Landon Brower, Hope College
    May 01, 2018
    Biochemistry, molecular biology, and pre-dentistry are the fields of study for Hope College baseball student-athlete Landon Brower. No big deal, right? The senior takes a moment to talk about his collegiate experience as part of the #WhyD3MIAA video series.
  • #D3MIAA Student Athlete Spotlight: Allison Snyder, Albion College
    April 06, 2018
    Allison Snyder of the Albion College cross country and track and field teams has excelled in competition as well as in the classroom. Hear Allison's story as part of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Erin Lee, Alma College
    March 23, 2018
    Erin Lee, a senior softball player at Alma College, discusses her opportunities in athletic and health performance as part of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Emily Kozal, Kalamazoo College
    March 22, 2018
    An active member in civic engagement, Kalamazoo's Emily Kozal takes a few moments to discuss her major, her opportunities overseas, and her women's basketball career at Kalamazoo College as part of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Cullen Haesler, Olivet College
    February 16, 2018
    Olivet College's Cullen Haesler discusses various topics as part of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jenna Dyksen, Calvin College
    February 09, 2018
    Calvin College's Jenna Dyksen discusses various topics as part of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
  • #D3MIAA Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jasper Bassett, Trine University
    February 01, 2018
    Trine University's Jasper Bassett discusses various topics as part of the MIAA's Student-Athlete Spotlight video series. #WhyD3MIAA
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