MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Student-athletes Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.), Elizabeth Leva (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) and Natalie Diable (Morrisville, N.Y.) represented Morrisville State College as they attended the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) first-ever Women's Leadership Day in late May, joining nearly 20 female student-athletes from across the NEAC for a day of leadership and professional development activities.
Designed by the conference's Senior Woman Administrator group, participants kicked off the day's events with a DiSC assessment provided by the NCAA, where each attendee was able to evaluate their personal behavior and learn how to work with differences within a team setting.
The student-athletes also attended a session on business and dining etiquette, with afternoon presentations centering on professional ethics and decision-making.
The day concluded with round table discussions led by the SWA's on careers in athletics and additional professional development opportunities.
"My favorite part of the day was meeting with the professionals from throughout the conference at the round table discussions," said Anderson, a recent graduate of Morrisville State and former women's basketball and lacrosse student-athlete.
"They offered great advice and direction throughout the day," Anderson continued. "It's important to learn how to work with each other to teach/coach others. I'm going to take the advice provided and apply it to the opportunities presented to me as I continue to look for job opportunities that will allow me to do more than just coach."
Anderson, who will be taking the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam in mid-June, wishes to pursue a career in coaching, while applying her skills obtained through the human performance and health promotion program at Morrisville State to become a strength and conditioning coach as well.
Leva and Diable, intend on taking what they learned back to the Mustang athletics program this fall, before applying it to their experiences as they both wish to pursue careers in athletics following graduation.
Leva, a two-sport student-athlete for the Mustangs in field hockey and lacrosse, is a horticulture major at Morrisville State, and is exploring a future career in strength and conditioning following graduation.
Diable, a field hockey student-athlete, is pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in sports management. She wishes to explore a career in coaching, or apply her degree to a career within sports business.
"The day served as a great opportunity for all attendees to gain additional understanding and perspective to a wide array of areas within the collegiate athletic setting, while challenging each to 'think outside the box' of what additional opportunities exist for women in athletics," Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Brandy Thurston said.
"It's our hope as conference SWA's that this event gets bigger and better each year, and we are able to provide our student-athletes with the resources they need to be successful along their chosen career path."
Anderson had parting advice for future attendees.
"Enjoy the conference and talk with as many people as you can," she commented.
"Step out of your comfort zone and learn as much as you can. You may not be sure of what your future holds, but this conference gives you so many inside looks."
"It was an honor to have these three student-athletes represent Morrisville State at the first-ever leadership day hosted by the NEAC," said Thurston.
"Jordan, Liz and Natalie are three talented individuals that exhibit great leadership qualities, have made the commitment to be the best on and off the field of competition, and have a very promising future within the athletics industry."
"I look forward to seeing the impact they will have as women leaders within athletics, as they pursue their future careers."
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.