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Pam Samuelson, Ph.D.

Director of Athletics

Rounding out the student-athletes’ experience

There’s one obvious part of my job that’s still one of the most fun things, and that’s going to athletic events and practices, seeing our coaches teach and our student-athletes develop their skills. I also enjoy watching our athletes in other areas, too, especially when they take leadership roles on campus.

We are in the process of implementing a Student-Athlete Mentor (SAM) program. This is important because our SAMs receive training that gives them the skills to mentor our first-year student-athletes. This mentoring helps new students adjust to college athletics, and assists in the overall transition to SU. The SAM program will further strengthen the sense of community among out student-athletes and also provide another opportunity for leadership development. Our staff takes pride in our efforts to develop leaders. We’re trying to equip them to be good leaders not just for their time on a team, but for the rest of their; lives. Athletics here are about much more that success on the playing field; we take very seriously that part of our mission that says we’re preparing students for lives of service.

I talk about those bigger issues whenever I speak to parents, and I tell them that we in the athletics department are dedicated to helping their children get a degree in four years. We want their children to be the best athletes they can be, and we also know we’re in the business of developing them as people. I invite those parents to look at our coaches, our administrators and our facilities; you won’t find a better place to compete at the Division III level.

When we talk about athletics here, we’re not just talking about varsity sports. We have a number of club sports and a robust intramural program, so that SU students can get involved in everything from ultimate Frisbee to ice hockey to a Pilates or yoga class.  Even if you don’t play a varsity sport, you can still enrich your college experience by competing, belonging to a team, building friendships and taking an exercise break from classes.

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