GPA: 4.0/4.0 (Journalism); 3.95/4.0 (Communication Specialist); 3.88/4.0 (cumulative)
Mr. Scrivano was my coach during my tennis career at Baylor.
Mr. Parrish lectures the class Writing for Media Markets, but also is a friend and mentor.
I interned and worked for Ms. Jackson in the summer of 2006.
Dr. Burleson taught the class Advanced Reporting and Writing and inspired me to strive for a career as a sports writer.
INVITE: TOUR DE ACOMA CYCLING EXPERIENCE AT ACOMA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2008
Visit the Land of Enchantment & experience New Mexico's Native American Pueblos from a different perspective, participating in the Annual Tour de Acoma cycling event on September 28, 2008. This provides a rare opportunity to ride through the Acoma and Laguna reservations. The annual event takes riders on a 25, 50 or 100-mile trek through scenic valleys not usually open to the general public. http://sccc.acomaskycity.org/events/index/event:389
Participating in the Tour de Acoma provides a completely different perspective of the Acoma Tribe's living culture.
If applicable, Acoma Business Enterprises can cover airfare, accommodation, car rental, admission to attractions and Tour de Acoma fees. You will need to bring your own bicycle to participate.
An individual, three-night itinerary can be crafted around Tour de Acoma 2008 and other experiences available in and around Acoma Pueblo, showcasing the region as an integral component of a New Mexico touring vacation. www.skycityculturalcenter.orgThese include:
Due to stringent budget constraints, media must be on assignment or with a record of recent placements in targeted media. DCI can provide a list of this media to guide query efforts for freelance writers and photographers. If editorial policy allows, Acoma Business Enterprises can sponsor travel and lodging costs.
Opportunities may be available to extend your trip in New Mexico with the assistance of Albuquerque CVB and Santa Fe CVB.
If you'd like further details, contact:
Donna Graham at [email protected]
or call (212) 444-7160
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In a land of stunning vistas, sandstone bluffs and multihued mesas, stands Acoma Pueblo, the Oldest Continuously Habited Settlement in North America and the first Native American community designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC as a "Trust Site". www.skycity.com
Olympic Fever Comes Early to Park City
Experience winter sporting adventures leading up to 2010 Winter Olympics
The 2010 Winter Olympics are almost 12 months away, so get into the spirit early in Park City this snow season. The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics legacy in Park City, the world-class Utah Olympic Park, provides a unique facility for visitors to become fully immersed in Winter Olympic sports: bobsledding, freestyle aerials, luge, nordic jumping and skeleton. It is the only site in North America to offer access to five Olympic sports in one location with training camps for varied levels of ability.
Park City’s three resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and The Canyons Resort also offer programs to emulate the Olympian experience.
Catch the Olympic fever this winter with one of these Park City winter sporting adventure experiences:
·Utah Olympic Park Training Camps: Give a push to fulfilling Olympic dreams at one of the facilities sporting clinics:
-Olympic Sliding Experience: Over three days learn the intricacies of bobsled and skeleton, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour
-Introduction Bobsled, Luge or Skeleton Clinics: Under the supervision of Olympic coaches, learn basic sliding skills on these one-day training camps
-Advanced Programs: Advanced clinics in Nordic Jumping, Aerial Jumping and Bobsled piloting are also available.
·The National Ability Center at Park City Mountain Resort: The National Ability Center (NAC) provides inspirational training opportunities for disabled athletes. In conjunction with Park City Mountain Resort, NAC offers ski and snowboard lessons with instructors specially trained in the adaptive techniques of 3-track, 4-track, mono-ski, bi-ski, guiding skiers who are blind, to teach people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/school/national_ability_center
·Deer Valley Resort NASTAR Racing Program: Discover the thrill and excitement of downhill racing. NASTAR is the largest recreational ski race program in the world, This fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program allows racers of all ages and abilities a means to test their downhill skills. www.deervalley.com/activities_skiing/other-winter-activities.html
·The Canyons Resort New Ski Fit Workshop: Train like an Olympic athlete with The Canyons Ski School’s new elite, one-week, on-mountain workshop designed to advance personal ski endurance, technique and skill level with practical, personalized tips. www.thecanyons.com/ski_school_special.html
·Park City Winterfest January 29 – February 8, 2009: This annual event is a celebration of the anniversary of Park City's hosting of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. From the VISA Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort to the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race and Rossignol Silver Ski Tour, Park City is alive with winter sporting competition.
For more information on Park City, visit www.parkcityinfo.com.
If you would like to pursue one of these story angles and/or enquire about an assisted visit to Park City this winter season, contact Donna Graham: [email protected]; (212) 725-0707 Ext. 160.
With such a definition, a background in economics could only lay the groundwork for careers as diverse as the students themselves. Baylor economics graduates are no exception. Not only are economics graduates scholars, economists and lawyers, but also diplomats, physicians, judges and entrepreneurs. We have profiled some successful alumni of Hankamer’s Economics department as they make their marks on their communities, states and the world.Ben Davis | AUSTIN | BBA in Economics 1989, MS 1990, JD 1993 |
an Austin-based entrepreneur and private investor, he starts and sells companies in various industries. In 1995, he co-founded LandTel Communications LLC, the market leader in satellite services for drilling platforms. In 2006, Davis and his partners sold majority interest to a private equity syndicate. In 1997, Davis co-founded Aquatica, Inc., a commercial diving firm serving the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, exiting in 1999 via sale to publicly held Cal Dive International.
Davis remains active in energy and clean technology investments. He is a Managing Member of Rapid Energy Services, LLC, which sells solutions for the energy, maritime and aviation industries. He is the largest shareholder of one of the country’s five largest biodiesel facilities. He is also a managing director of Westlake Securities, an Austin- and Houston-based investment bank that raises capital and provides mergers and acquisions advisory services for clients.
After a few minutes with him, it’s clear that Davis savors the entrepreneurial process. Asked for advice to budding entrepreneurs, Davis says that a critical part of his project filter is the integrity of the people involved.
“I am constantly impressed with the creativity and energy of entrepreneurs. But none of that matters if they don’t have integrity,” says Davis. He encourages young entrepreneurs to surround themselves with people of character, especially mentors “with a little gray hair.”
“Some things only come with experience,” he says.
Davis cites luck and timing as key complements to hard work in determining the success of a business. “Outsized returns come from investing in a talented team in an industry with the wind at its back. Even the best of teams have a much harder time if they’re not in a growth sector,” he continues. “The art is anticipating what that next sector will be.”
He also cautions that he, like other entrepreneurs, “has to remember that although current capital markets can ‘make a genius of an idiot,’ the halcyon days never continue uninterrupted.”
The biggest challenge in what he does? Time in the day. He laughs and says that if you want to talk to the real multi-tasker in the family, it’s his wife, Julie, who’s been a stay-at-home mom with their three daughters, Parker, Alex and Cate (11, 9 and 7). “Anytime I think I have a lot going on, I simply need to exchange calendars with Julie.”Jennifer Elrod | HOUSTON | BA in Economics, 1988 |
is currently judge of the 190th District Court in Houston’s Harris County. Elrod has served as a state court judge since 2002 and has recently been nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
During the course of her career as a judge she has presided over more than 200 jury and non-jury trials with the foremost goal of serving people and her community. Prior to becoming a judge, Elrod was an attorney in Houston at the top national firm, Baker Botts L.L.P.
One of Elrod‘s lifelong dreams was to help other people. Besides helping people on a day-to-day basis in the court, she is involved in pro bono service and charitable causes. In private practice, Elrod served as a board member and chair of the Lone Star Legal Aid, one of the largest providers of legal aid services to the poor in Texas.
Elrod believes she received an excellent education at Baylor which prepared her for a legal career. Baylor professors did not only help her to build a strong character, but encouraged her to pursue her dreams. She was involved in honors programs and worked as a teaching assistant, which she feels helped her tremendously along her way to become a judge.
Today, she encourages students to live their dreams for whatever it is they have a passion for. Elrod stresses the importance of having mentors because they can change a student‘s decisions for the better. Economics is a broad field that involves numerous aspects of our lives, and understanding it can help people become “better lawyers, better doctors, better business people and better moms and dads.”
Spencer Carlstone | PELLA | BS and MS in Economics, 1998, 1999 | completed his family medicine residency program one year ago and began practicing as a physician for the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella, Iowa. As a family doctor in rural America, Carlstone provides healthcare and maintenance education for all ages, from obstetrical care and birthing babies to end-of-life care. He is engaged in clinical practice as well as hospital work.
The greatest challenge Carlstone has to face in his profession as a physician is to “balance his family life with his professional life, while keeping a healthy spiritual walk,” he says. Handling the esteem of this profession is one of the most interesting and difficult aspects of medicine he has experienced during his short career. He has learned that people look up to him, but at times have unrealistic expectations. After all, he admits “I can’t be all things to all people.”
Carlstone states that he highly values his profession because he “loves to take care of other people and make connections with them.” As a family doctor, he is involved in many aspects of their lives with the primary goal of improving their medical condition, perhaps ministering to the heart and soul in the process.
On his way to becoming a physician, Baylor prepared him well through its pre-med program, but also its economics degree. The Bachelor of Science in Economics provided a wide variety of future opportunities, but more importantly offers back-up options. He advises students to live their lives according to carpe diem (seize the day). “Enjoy each day because it is a gift,” says Carlstone. “Do all you can do to be prepared academically and spiritually, as the world is getting more complex and has great needs.“Jessamyn F. Allen | SAN ANTONIO |dual BAs in Economics and Foreign Service, 1996 |
has worked since November 2006 as an import development manager for H-E-B in San Antonio, Texas.
Before Allen’s transition to the grocery business, she spent several years as a U.S. diplomat,performing the challenging task of resolving international issues before they could develop into international crises. During the course of her diplomatic career, she gained valuable insight into immigration, international trade, policy and crisis resolution, became fluent in Spanish and Italian, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities and world leaders.
Allen spent most of her time overseas, working in Bogotá, Colombia; and Rome, Italy; before returning to Washington, D.C. Throughout it all, she was involved in the negotiation, implementation and management of major immigration and trade initiatives.
From 2000 - 2002, Allen worked as a consular officer for the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. She started off interviewing tourists, work and immigrant visa applicants and responding to congressional and legal inquiries before moving to the anti-fraud section as deputy chief, during which time she investigated fraudulent visa cases. Being in the front line of immigration affairs in Bogotá piqued her interest in the U.S. immigration debate, especially as policies tightened up after 9/11.
Allen also gained valuable experience in Rome, where she served as an international trade economist and transportation officer at the U.S. Embassy and played an active role in the U.S.-European Union Open Skies aviation dispute, ensuring the continuation of non-stop transatlantic flights between the U.S. and Italy. In 2004, Allen returned to Washington D.C. as an international trade negotiator, contributing to Iraq reconstruction efforts, World Trade Organization’s Doha round negotiations and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
However, in 2006, Allen decided to leave the diplomatic life behind and return to her home in Texas. “Working as a diplomat involved constant change and the necessity of having to adapt to a new position every few months and to a new location, language, culture and environment every few years,” she explains. “I never felt the sense of having a home. So, I decided to look for a more stable job that was just as challenging and would best utilize my international trade and negotiating experience.”
At H-E-B headquarters in San Antonio, Allen specializes in procurement, scouring the globe for new products. She uses her knowledge of international trade and negotiating skills to maximize import opportunities. “At the end of the day,” Allen says, “my foremost goal is to provide innovative and high quality products to H-E-B customers at the lowest price.
Allen advises current and prospective economics students to have fun with economics and to look beyond, and not limit themselves to, a “traditional” business career. “Economics provides you with a solid business foundation, which if you look beyond the obvious, can be applied to every aspect of life. Economics is so much more than the stock market or investment banking. To borrow a cliché, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and live your dream.”Thomas A. Doyle | CHICAGO | BBA in Economics, 1977 |
is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office and chair of that law firm’s North American Litigation Practice.
Doyle is responsible for the professional development of young, talented, trial lawyers. “Law firms, like other professional service firms, depend almost entirely on their management of human capital,” Doyle said.
“Our brand is only as good as the integrity, trustworthiness and abilities of our practicing lawyers. Their skill sets are our firm’s ‘products.’ Developing those lawyers is the paramount management mission for our organization in the long-term, so that they can better and more competitively serve our clients.”
Doyle has partnered with lawyers from all over the world and learned to appreciate different world views. He relishes the challenges and opportunities presented by client problems that involve the intersection of at least two different legal systems. Baker & McKenzie’s offices in over 40 countries have enabled Doyle to practice law in a truly global enterprise. He has participated in major changes in foreign legal systems, from the export of U.S. litigation habits to Europe, to the development of antitrust law in China.
Doyle feels his time at Baylor prepared him for both law school and a legal career. “Economics is great training for the law, as economics is probably the single greatest explanation for most legal rules,” Doyle says. “I never stopped using what I learned at Hankamer. As manager of a national practice, I am very much involved in the way our profession conducts its business.”
Baylor influenced Doyle in many positive ways. He received enormous help and mentoring from professors including Lee Polk, Herbert Reynolds, Tom Kelly (his honors thesis supervisor) and Tom Potts. Doyle is very thankful for the personal relationships he had with each one and believes the easy access to such relationships remains one of Baylor’s greatest advantages.
“Finding and working with good mentors is a learned skill and a very important one in later life,” Doyle states. “Learn that skill early, at Baylor, and it will serve you well for a lifetime.”
One of Doyle’s daughters is attending Baylor as a freshman this fall.
2)Baylor Business Buzz Compiled by Caroline Korsawe Baylor Grieves Loss of Dr. Carlos MooreCarlos William Moore, The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Marketing at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, passed away on Sunday, May 27, at the age of 64, in Emmett, Texas. During the course of his teaching for 36 years at Baylor, Moore had been honored as a Distinguished Professor by the Hankamer School of Business. Moore also coauthored a textbook, and was engaged in researching and publishing major findings in the area of business ethics. Moore was dedicated to his family and was known for his quiet generosity and gentle sense of humor. “You couldn’t ask for a better colleague. He was very considerate. He always wanted to make sure everybody was taken care of and went out of his way to help people,” said Jerry Johnson, professor of Marketing. Look for a profile of Dr. Moore in the next issue of this magazine.
Graduate Business Program Climbs 4 Spots in U.S. News RankingsBaylor University’s Hankamer School of Business improved its rank to No. 73 in the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” U.S.News surveyed 406 master’s programs in business and ranked 113 of them, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
New Degree to Offer Students a BBA with FlexibilityThis fall semester, Hankamer added the Baylor Business Fellows major within the Bachelor’s of Business Administration program. This new degree plan gives students the opportunity to prepare for careers not limited to one degree plan.
Security-Focused Information Track Added to MSIS Degree PlanWith the increased reliance on the Internet for conducting commerce, the Hankamer School of Business is offering new classes for its Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program in information security.
Gilbreath Selected Piper Professor of 2007Kent Gilbreath has been selected as Piper Professor of 2007 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, which awards 15 professors in Texas each year for superior teaching at the college level. Gilbreath is a professor of Economics.
Business Law Lecturer Wins 2007 Collins AwardMartha C. Agee, senior lecturer in business law, was selected as the 2006-2007 Collins Outstanding Professor award recipient. Agee, who joined Baylor in 1997, was named an outstanding faculty member in 2006 forteaching and received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 from the Hankamer School of Business. She was also honored as the most popular professor in the business school.
Baylor Student Investment Team Beats Out Texas CompetitorsThree Baylor Business students, Trent Agnew, Aimee Clement and Joshua Lynn, earned the Portfolio Management Finals Competition top award at the Fourth Annual Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium (TIPS). The symposium enables students to gain real world experience and learn about industries’ trends and issues through interaction with investment professionals.
Sales Team Excels at National ContestHankamer’s student sales team ranked 3rd at the 9th Annual National Collegiate Sales Competition. The competition gives students the opportunity to use the salesmanship skills learned in the classroom. It also enables them to make contacts with representatives of various hiring companies.
MBA Takes Second Place in National Healthcare Essay CompetitionBaylor MBA student, Matt Link, specializing in healthcare administration, earned 2nd place in the 19th annual American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) student essay competition for his essay titled “The Impact of Illegal Immigration: Standing on the Border of Public Health, Ethical, and Financial Decisions.”
Business Alumni Network Honored by DeansThe Baylor Business Network received the Bobby G. Bizzell Southwest Business Deans Association Innovation Award for its outstanding innovation and improvement in business education. The Business Network works to foster communication among Baylor alumni, enhance the value of your Baylor experience through networking and professional development, create potential business development opportunities, and serve and mentor recent Baylor graduates.
Outstanding Faculty and Staff NamedFor the 2006-2007 school year, the following top faculty and staff were recognized by the dean: Cynthia J. Jackson and Laurie Wilson received the Outstanding Staff Award; Dr. Dorothy E. Leidner was honored as Distinguished Professor; Dr. Darryl L. Lehnus and Dr. John D. Martin received the Teaching Excellence Award; and Dr. Jeffery S. McMullen received the Young Researcher Award.
New Rankings, New HeightsBaylor’s Hankamer School of Business climbed two spots in this year’s U.S. News & World Report undergraduate business program rankings to 58th place, while Baylor’s entrepreneurship program maintained its prestigious 14th place among the nation’s best entrepreneurship programs.In Fortune Small Business’s first-ever ranking of “America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.” Baylor was selected as one of the 25 best schools for entrepreneurship in the nation. In the Family Business category, Baylor was selected as one of the six best schools.
Business School Receives Honors from CASE and TPRA for Communications and Marketing WorkBaylor University’s Hankamer School of Business fared well in the 2007 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s District IV awards competiton. The School’s Communications and Marketing Department picked up five awards in the regional event. Baylor Business Review, the alumni magazine of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, earned a Best of Texas bronze (second place) from the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA).
Nov. 7, 2007By Caroline KorsaweReporter
Baylor men's and women's tennis finished their fall seasons Sunday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championship in Columbus, Ohio.
Eger, Hungary, sophomore Denes Lukacs, who lost early on in the men's competition, continued action in the consolation round until losing in the semifinals.
Lukacs, who finished fall play with a 18-4 record, claimed two singles titles this season. His victory at the Kentucky Invitational earned him a berth into the Cincinnati Tennis Masters Series in July. Lukacs will compete in the $2.5 million tournament with the top 150 ranked players in the world.
"I am really happy that I could get the wildcard. I am excited to play with the best players all over the world," Lukacs said.
Although Lukacs fell to No. 35, Michael James of Penn State University in the round of 32, he rebounded in consolation play and defeated Mississippi's seventh-ranked Erling Tviet and the nation's No. 2 player, Steven Moenke of Ohio State, 6-3, 7-5.
In the women's competition, Hamilton, Ontario, freshman Taylor Ormond reached the semifinals in her first National Championship tournament. Making her way to the semifinals, Ormond defeated three nationally ranked players, including Fresno State University's No. 3 Melanie Gloria and No. 13 Riza Zalameda from the University of California, Los Angeles.
"I didn't expect to do so well in my first tournament," Ormond said. "My goals were to have fun on the court and just try to execute the game-plan. I am really excited."
Despite Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova's early defeat in the singles competition, the No. 51-ranked duo reached the finals in the doubles competition.
Scrivano said it is the first time a Baylor team made it to the finals of a college grand slam and this was the strongest fall performance he has ever experienced at Baylor.
"The quality of wins that the players have produced all fall is just impressive," Scrivano said. "It's been a great start. But ultimately, we just have to keep it going, keep improving."BU senior netter takes long journey to top spot
Sept. 18, 2007By Caroline KorsaweReporter
Daily practices and workouts are not unusual for senior Zuzana Zemenova, who started playing tennis at age 7 in her hometown of Kosice, Slovakia. From an early age, Zemenova had the vision of becoming a professional tennis player.
In Dec. 2003, her life went in a different direction. Head coach Joey Scrivano went to Slovakia for a recruiting trip and after watching her hit for a few minutes, he realized that there was something unique about her.
"I knew that she was a special player," Scrivano said.
Zemenova never had any intentions of going to the U.S. -- it was her parents and former coach who made the decision.
After winning the NCAA Individual Championship in 2005 and finishing third in 2007, Zemenova set high personal and team goals. As she heads into her final year she wants to win the individual competition one more time. However, she values team goals over personal goals.
"I want to win the NCAA Championship with the team," Zemenova said. "It's all about hard work and belief in yourself. I am trying to do my best in every aspect. On the court and in the weight room."
Zemenova is confident that together with the team they will achieve their goals. She has high expectations from the freshmen. "I know they can be really good players, so I expect the best," Zemenova said.
This season, she will take on a special role as the No. 1 singles player and the only senior on the team. Zemenova said there might be times when she won't be able to handle the situation well enough, but she will do her best to push the team and accomplish their goals.
Scrivano said from the first day she arrived on campus, eyes have always been on her. People were aware of her potential and had high expectations.
Although there is always some pressure involved, Scrivano said he strongly believes in her ability to lead the team.
Since the beginning of this semester he noticed changes in her mind-set.
"She wants to become a better leader and is working really hard at trying to work on her weaknesses as a leader," Scrivano said.
"She is a big role model. We really couldn't have asked for anybody better at leading by example."
Strength coach Shaun McPherson is surprised how aggressively Zemenova adopted her role as a team leader.
"She is less concerned about herself, as much as she is with the role productivity of the team," McPherson said. He gave an account of Zemenova in one of the team's first fall workouts.
Zemenova took a struggling freshman by the hand and pulled her up the stairs of Floyd Casey Stadium during practice.
Before, she might have left the freshman behind. Zemenova understands her role as the only senior, McPherson said.
"She understands the significance of this being her last opportunity to catch the elusive team title," McPherson said. "She is very hungry to repeat as an individual champion in her final go-round."
Although Zemenova showed a lot of improvement since her freshman year, there are a lot of areas that need work, Scrivano said. Scrivano emphasized the importance of realizing that college tennis and professional tennis differ greatly.
"When you go on the tour nothing is given to you. She has to really work hard to prove herself to the next level," Scrivano said. "A big part of being a professional is where your heart is. If your heart is really into it, with the talent that she has, she can have a great career."
Volunteer assistant coach John Faribault knew Zemenova from the first day she arrived and said he believes in her talent. But he also emphasized that playing on the tour demands lots of commitment, extra effort and a selfish personality.
"There's a lot of hungry players out there, the way she has to enter this," Faribault said.
"They're going to fight her for that same position that's there. So it depends. A lot of this is going to be mental as to what she really wants to do."
After the NCAA Championship in May 2008, Zemenova said she wants to start her professional career in the U.S.
This largely depends on whether she can find a coach and a sponsor to finance her travels.
She said her ultimate goal is to work her way up into the top 100 within two years. Zemenova is convinced that staying in the U.S. is the right decision. Although she is separated from her family in Slovakia, she said she has developed strong ties to Baylor.
As McPherson said, "Once you've been a Baylor Bear, you're always a Baylor Bear."New tennis assistant blends experience, winning mindset
Sept. 20, 2007By Caroline KorsaweReporter
Anousjka van Exel graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1999, played on the Women's Tennis Association Tour from 2001 to 2004, and returned to the U.S. in 2005 to get her master's degree.
On Aug. 31 she was named the new Baylor women's tennis assistant coach.
Players and staff said they are confident van Exel's experience and unique personality
will add a valuable component to the team.
"She has a unique blend of great playing background: college playing experience, great academic experience in sports nutrition and kinesiology and she has coaching experience," tennis head coach Joey Scrivano said. "That's a pretty awesome blend of experiences to help her student-athletes get better."
Van Exel played four years on the WTA Tour and participated in all four Grand Slams: the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open. She was ranked as high as
No. 200 in singles and No. 100 in doubles. In 2003, van Exel broke her ankle.
She said she realized that despite her passion for playing on the tour, because of her injury she eventually had to give up her career.
"My ankle is about 95 percent, but if you want to be good, it's going to be a hundred," van Exel said.
She added she could be on the court for two hours but then her ankle would swell. She was never able to play and practice the same day or participate in extra conditioning work because her ankle couldn't withstand the pressure.
However, her professional career brought about valuable experiences and memories.
Her most fun on-court moment was playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon. She played together with Jordan Kerr against Martina Navratilova and Todd Woodbridge, both of whom are well-known names in the world of tennis. Van Exel said that even though they lost, it was still a valuable learning experience.
"We were playing out of our mind," van Exel said. "In the beginning they (crowd) yell out their names. But the match was so good that they started yelling out our names, too. After an awesome point they would just stand up. It was sold out. Center court. And they would stand up and give us a minute-long standing ovation. The whole match was amazing."
In 2005, van Exel returned to the U.S. to get her master's degree. In 2006, she went to the NCAA Championship in Georgia and tried to make connections with head coaches to break into a new market -- the coaching business.
"I've always loved coaching. I love teaching. I have a passion for the sport," van Exel said.
Van Exel valued the coaching education she received in the Netherlands. It took her three years to complete, but it distinguishes her from other college coaches who entered the coaching business without prior education.
Van Exel decided to enter the coaching business in the U.S. because it offers a combination she couldn't experience in the Netherlands. At home, she spent seven to nine hours a day on the court.
In the U.S., "You are not only on the court. There are other things you have to do," van Exel said. "You are traveling and you get eight girls for four years and you can just work with them. You can make them as good as they can be."
Van Exel chose Baylor because said said the university breeds success. "It has a great tennis program, guys and girls," van Exel said.
The first time she came to Baylor, van Exel said, she realized that everyone was success-oriented.
"They really want success," van Exel said. "A lot of other people say they want it too, but they don't really do the things to accomplish that."
Scrivano emphasized that it was an easy transition and van Exel's openness helped the players adjust quickly.
Van Exel emphasized her ability to lead by example. She said her playing experience increased her credibility and the trust the team has in her.
"I think the girls instantly listen to Anousjka because of her background and experience," Scrivano said. "There are a lot of coaches with that background and experience, but what makes her special is that she can communicate her experiences really well."
Prievidza junior Jana Bielikova said that the change did not cause any problems for her and the adaptation was fast.
"I appreciate that my coach is better than me and can better understand my mistakes because of her experience," Bielikova said.
The tremendous amount of experience equipped van Exel to put herself in her student-athlete's shoes.
"I know what it feels like to be in a big match. I played in front of thousands of people. I know how to react, or know that you are so nervous that you can hardly breathe," van Exel said.
For many players, including Kosice senior Zuzana Zemenova, van Exel serves as a role model. Zemenova said she has a lot of trust in her assistant coach because of her knowledge and experience.
Beside van Exel's function as the new assistant coach, she assumed the responsibilities of a student as well. Van Exel is expected to graduate from Texas Woman's University in December with a degree in exercise and sport nutrition.
She said she spends every free minute on her online class and thesis.Digital technology a piece of art in digital media, professor says
Nov. 28, 2007
By Caroline KorsaweReporter
Just as digital cameras improved imaging with better technology, digital cinema will bring about an improved cinematic experience for the viewer, demonstrating that technology is steadily advancing.
Dr. Corey Carbonara, professor of communications studies, gave a sabbatical presentation Tuesday based on his research.
Carbonara is involved in many organizations, including numerous state, national and international engineering committees, working groups, subcommittees and panels of the Federal Communications Commission and Advanced Television Systems Committee.
Moreover, Carbonara serves as a U.S. delegate to the International Telecommunication Union and is now working on research projects with NASA regarding imaging technologies for the International Space Station.
Texas Monthly distinguished Carbonara in its March 2000 issue as one of the "most powerful Texans in high-tech."
In his presentation, Carbonara highlighted the role of high-definition television technology in the rise of digital media.
He focused on the impact new digital content creation techniques will have on the motion picture production process.
Carbonara said with a film like Superman, it becomes evident how much films have changed, especially in the last decade.
"It is indicative of the changes in production with higher resolution of imaging and display," Carbonara said.
He said he believes technology can be seen as another character.
He and his research partner, communication studies professor Dr. Michael Korpi, believe it is necessary to not only train leaders who will run these industries in the future, but artists as well.
Carbonara said their goal is to maintain this capability of constantly staying as close and as tight to the changes in the industry as possible. Thus, they can look at them from a technology business perspective, as well as from a cultural and artistic line. Carbonara stressed the importance of embracing an artist's role in technology.
"To say that you are not interested about the technology today, to me, is not fully embracing the art. To fully embrace the art, you really have to embrace the tools of the artist," he said. "We want the students to get out of this an ability to have knowledge that gives them the confidence of being able to tell stories using their talents in a way that has a lot of redeeming value."
The downside of technology's enhancement is a possible manipulation, which comes with this development, Carbonara said.
He added that in contrast to other schools, Baylor emphasizes storytelling, technology and the creation of leaders.
"We want our students to make a difference in the world. To make a difference is having the knowledge of the business, having the knowledge of the art and having the knowledge of the technology," he said.
His speech made an impact in the mind of Chelan, Wash., senior Emerald Smith.
"It was interesting to see the difference between film distribution going all the way back to when you first had a camera to what finally ends up on the screen, as opposed to high definition in production where you skip steps," Smith said.
Smith said she believes film will turn completely digital in the next 10 years, making things cheaper and simplifying matters for independent productions to get more widespread distribution.
Killeen junior Frank Greene was impressed by Carbonara's speech and sizable knowledge.
He said he was impressed by how much progression was made moving from film to digital.Bonfire to burn on Fountain Mall
Nov. 2, 2007By Caroline KorsaweReporter
Following the relocation in 2005 to the Ferrell Center, this year's 99th Annual Homecoming Celebration will move back to the heart of campus, on Fountain Mall between Moody Memorial Library and Pat Neff Hall. The main reason extravaganza was moved back to campus is alumni demand, said Tulsa, Okla., senior Andrew Morris, homecoming chair for the Baylor Chamber of Commerce.
Extravaganza begins at 6 p.m. and will include various attractions such as inflatable games, a giant slide, hot air balloon rides and a Ferris wheel. The pep rally starts at 9 p.m. with the bonfire immediately following. Extravaganza's closing act will be a concert by the Christian band, Run Kid Run.
Fort Worth senior Richard Shelton, pep rally coordinator, said unlike last year, this year the pep rally will feature an actual touring band instead of a cover band. In addition, free glow sticks and lights will be handed out during the event.
In contrast to last year, where only one ride was offered and eventually got stuck in the mud, this year's extravaganza will offer two big rides, said Houston senior Andy Adams, extravaganza coordinator.
For a number of years, surveys and focus groups of alumni, faculty, staff and students have been conducted asking for suggestions as to how extravaganza could be improved.
"Homecoming was on campus pretty much every year until 2005 when it first moved to the Ferrell Center parking lot. What we've heard continuously for the past two years is, 'We really love homecoming, but we really wish you would move it back to campus,'" Morris said.
Brittany Carnes, 2006 alumna, said she was surprised when the event was moved off campus two years ago. Since her freshman year she had experienced homecoming traditions on campus.
"As a student I really enjoyed just the bonfire and socializing with my friends," she said.
Morris said he believes not only alumni, but students as well, will relish the move to campus because it's more convenient and constitutes a feeling of familiarity.
"It's more like coming home for alumni. It's more accessible for students." Morris said.
Adams said although extravaganza generally has the biggest appeal toward being family-oriented, students can still come out and observe the Baylor family as a whole. "There are things that appeal to both people. But even students will be able to see the alumni who come back because they love their school," Adams said.
Morris said 90 percent of alumni that attend homecoming are expected to come to the bonfire. Although alumni and students will represent the largest number, the appeal stretches across different demographics including students' families, the Waco community and faculty and staff.
Homecoming is an eagerly awaited event by all, Morris said.
"It was a very special time for me my freshman year. I remember going to a Mass Meeting and just really being touched by the story of the event, what it really meant to be at Baylor and be a part of Baylor. So we're really excited for other people to have the same experience," Morris said.
Religious setting teaches cultural values
Oct. 10, 2007
By Caroline KorsaweReporter
International students not only cross oceans and leave family and friends thousands of miles behind; they have to adapt to a different religious environment as well.
While many students face initial difficulties adjusting to all aspects of life in the States, students said they learn to value cultural differences.
The Rev. Robert Kenji Flowers, director and campus minister of the Wesley Foundation at Baylor, said sometimes other faiths are not respected. He said students, undergraduates especially, may become the target of people who try to convert them. They often don't know how to respond in an appropriate way, Flowers said.
Flowers said he tries to be protective of that not happening at the Wesley Foundation.
"It is not about being right, or having the correct doctrine, but it is about sharing God's love and grace as revealed in Jesus," he said. Flowers said Wesley lunches provide a "safe place" for all people and religious traditions.
"We always share an inclusive blessing before the meal," Flowers said. "But it is always done in a way that affirms other faiths and emphasizes gratitude."
Slovakia sophomore Lenka Broosova, who described herself as unreligious, said she found people to be respectful toward her beliefs.
"Even the professor in our religion class said that he respects everyone no matter which religion they believe in," Broosova said.
Beth Walker, adviser for campus and community involvement, said she experienced many international students striving to understand what it means to be a Christian and to live out faith.
"My hope and desire would be for people at Baylor to do what I feel like we as Christians are really called to do," Walker said. "And that is to accept people for who they are, and act more like a culture-extended friendship."
Erin Humphrey, a 2003 Baylor alumna and a former Antioch Community Church international life group leader, said international students, no matter if they know Jesus, bring with them a background and tradition which adds to everyone's learning experience.
Becky Robertson, a seminary graduate student from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, said she has seen students' lives transformed while serving as the international ministry coordinator for Baptist Student Ministries.
Robertson said people become less money- and job-oriented and start thinking about larger purposes.
They increasingly start to show concern for others and start to embody more "gentle, patient or considerate" personalities, she said.
Robertson said the changes international students go through don't happen overnight. Rather, it's an ongoing experience.
"When they find God speaking to them and when they find these attributes in other Christians, they find themselves drawn to develop those qualities," Robertson said.
Prague, Czech Republic, senior Zuzana Cerna said after she became Christian, she changed in many ways.
"I feel like I love everyone more than before. I'm more relaxed, and I don't worry about things that much anymore because I know that things on Earth don't matter compared to eternity," Cerna said.
Cerna said her conversion was a gradual process and didn't take place immediately.
She said she grew up without any belief because her family was atheistic.
She added her knowledge about God was only very limited.
"All I knew about Christianity was that Jesus was born in year zero, and that's why we celebrate Christmas. Then, 33 years later, he was crucified, and that's why we celebrate Easter," Cerna said.
Robertson said it's often difficult for international students to adapt to an entirely new religion because they have to learn a whole new culture, including a completely different belief system. Thus, students often feel rejected and excluded.
"Few international students come with specific knowledge of God or Jesus," Robertson said. "Often, they may not have any particular knowledge about God or Jesus, or Christianity in itself."
Chinese graduate student Xiuchan Yao, who was baptized in July, was taught by her parents that there was no God. She said she was taught that Chinese people are supposed to trust their own effort.
"They think people who believe in God are cowards and weak," Yao said.
When Yao first came to the United States, she was surprised how friendly people were.
She said she believed there has to be a reason for people being nice.
As a result she said, she started thinking about a deeper meaning of existence and eventually started to read the Bible.
"I believe Jesus loves me and cares about me," Yao said. "I believe I find peace in him."
Once international students get more familiar with the new religious culture, by learning what it means to have faith, some might even give up personal ambitions.
Robertson recounted how Maggie Dongwu-Li Vasut from Beijing, China, underwent a dramatic change in her life.
Vasut came here with high ambitions. She was striving to receive a Ph.D. in physics, but she only made it through the preliminary examinations.
After she had a religious encounter, she dropped out of her Ph.D. program and went to seminary.
Today, Robertson said Vasut is married to a Christian man and raising a Christian family.
She is a leader in the local Chinese church.
Vasut said after her encounter with God, her interests changed to seminary.
"I could have started Ph.D. research, but I wouldn't feel happy and joyful," Vasut said. "My heart moved towards God and seminary studies. I am a new creation."
She said it took her four years to find out what she was called for by God. Today, she said she lives a Christian life according to the Ten Commandments.
Robertson said often times, she goes back home and influences other people, including family members, with their faith.
Overall, Robertson said, it's easier to continue to live out your faith in the United States.
"To go back to a very secular society is hard, and they definitely have to be intentional about seeking out people that are Christians, seeking out a church, people that will pray with them and people that will help them in their faith," Robertson said.
Cerna said every time she goes back home or returns to Waco she has to change her mindset because every country is different.
Cerna said in the Czech Republic people don't talk as openly about their religion as people do in the United States.
"Here, it's normal to believe in God. But in Czech, especially in the big cities, no one talks about it," she said.
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Foreign language competence in German, English and Czech. Deal effectively with different cultures and people’s habits and behaviors. Global savvy gained through national/international travel throughout Europe, partially through South America, the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. Strong organizational and communication skills acquired through one year of work experience as a tutor. Newsroom experience. Ambitious and hardworking. Covered everything from news stories to entertainment and sport stories. Can work and interact effectively as a team member. Strong work ethic. Motivated. Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Internet research and InDesign.
Master of International Journalism
Graduating: December 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication Specialist
Graduated: December 2008
GPA: 4.0/4.0 (Journalism); 3.95/4.0 (Communication Specialist); 3.88/4.0(cumulative)
Internship, Development Counsellors International / Fall 2008
Copy Editor for the Baylor Lariat / Spring 2008
Reporter for the Baylor Lariat / Fall 2007
Internship, Baylor Hankamer School of Business / Summer 2007
Tutor for Baylor Student Athletic Services / August 2006 to Dec. 2007/Fall 2009 to present
Camp instructor, Baylor University Tennis Camp / June 2006
Numerous trophies in national and international tennis competitions
Big XII Regular Season Championship 2005
Big XII Tournament Championship 2006
Dean’s List (3.7/4.0), 5 semesters
I am a current graduate student at Baylor University, majoring in International Journalism. I finished my undergraduate studies in December 2008 majoring in Journalism and Communication Specialist at Baylor University. I was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and lived in Germany until my arrival in the United States in January 2005. I started playing tennis at 6 and have visited most of Europe, from the tip of Norway to the bottom of Italy and Greece. I’ve also been to such countries as Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Venezuela. My passion for sports helped me to obtain a tennis scholarship at Baylor. I anticipate receiving my Master’s in December, after I finish a 10-week internship at The Prague Post, an English-language newspaper in the Czech Republic.
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For Immediate Release
(March 31, 2007)
WOMEN’S TENNIS DEFEATED KANSAS
WACO, Texas—Baylor’s No. 16 women’s tennis team defeated Kansas 7-0 Friday afternoon at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas. The team improved its overall record to 12-6 and conference record to 5-1.
The match was moved to indoor courts due to severe weather in Waco. The match started at 4:15 p.m., earlier than its originally scheduled time at 5 p.m.
The Bears started off strong winning all three doubles matches and gain the lead with 1-0. Due to wrist pain, Baylor’s No. 1 Zuzana Zemenova was not able to compete in her singles match. “Coach was scared that I will not be able to playmore important matches that are coming up next week against Texas and Pepperdine and therefore it was better that I had to sit out,” Zemenova said.
Due to Zemenova’s injury, undefeated Jana Bielikova got another chance to compete for the Baylor Bears. She defeated Stephanie Smith soundly by 6-1, 6-0. Zuzana Cerna, who struggled in her first set against Elizaveta Avdeeva, was able to obtain another win for her team. All the other matches were won in two straight sets.
Baylor’s women’s tennis will compete again on Sunday, taking on Missouri. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center, with live scoring available at www.baylorbears.com.
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