Q&A with former Grambling softball player Taylour Smith

July 21, 2011

Taylour Smith, former Grambling State softball player, recently discussed her Nike internship with SWAC.org.

Q: Talk a little bit about your internship at Nike. How did you get the internship and how has your experience been so far?

I was able to get this internship through SAAC which is Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The deadline was approaching but I managed to get my resume and cover letter turned in to Edgar Gantt who works with the SWAC. From there he sent it over to a recruiter at Nike and I was fortunate enough to be chosen for an interview. So far this has been one of the best experiences ever! Nike has such a beautiful campus and I have been lucky enough to be paired with a very cool manager who is really helping me learn the business. I am placed in the North American Retail Brand Presentation department and my position is North American EKIN. EKIN is Nike backwards and as this position you are expected to learn Nikes products backwards and forwards. So far I have been helping my manager with planning events that are coming up such as the US Open of Surf which takes place Aug. 1st in Huntington Beach, CA. I will be attending and helping to relay brand experience to the consumers.

Q: What was your major at Grambling, and how have you benefitted from an education at GSU?

At Grambling I was a business marketing major. Education is very important to me, however I do feel that it is just the foundation of things that you need to learn. As a softball student athlete from Grambling I really have managed to take life skills that have really helped me in fitting in with the Nike expectations. Things like time management, presentation skills, and being a team player are just to name a few. Those skills go a long way and have helped me adjust to this new environment. So I would have to say that education and experiences with my sport have helped tremendously.

Q: What are your future plans?

I would definitely love to continue to work for Nike! It is seriously like my dream job! The most difficult thing though is deciding what exactly I would want to do here because there's no point of me saying I want to work here if I can't contribute. But if I don't get offered a position immediately after my internship I plan on moving out to California while still continuing to network with my manager and people that I've talked to on Nike's campus to see if any positions open up for me. They also have a campus in LA so maybe that could be an option as well. I've learned here that building relationships are extremely important because you never know who can help you in the long run

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Hanneman hired as assistant at Division II Sonoma State

By Bill Althaus - bill.althaus@examiner.netThe Examiner

Blue Springs, MO — Amanda Hanneman, a Blue Springs South High School and University of Missouri grad, is the new assistant basketball coach at Sonoma State University.

Hanneman spent the last year serving as a volunteer coach at Avila University in Kansas City while networking and getting the word out that she was looking for a coaching position.

“I feel very fortunate to have Amanda join our program,” Sonoma State coach Mark Rigby said. “All of the folks back in Missouri at Avila University and at the University of Missouri could not say enough good things about Amanda’s character, basketball knowledge and work ethic.

“Having played successfully in the Big 12 will be a tremendous resource for our student-athletes. I’m really looking forward to working with Amanda.”

And Hanneman can’t wait to work with Rigby at the college in Rohnert Park, Calif. She leaves her home in Blue Springs for California Wednesday.

“It’s all so crazy how this happened,” Hanneman said Thursday morning. “I have a friend at the University of San Francisco, and she told me about a job opening at Sonoma State, which is about 35 minutes north of San Francisco.

“I contacted them and flew out for an interview. About a week later, I did a phone interview and the day after that, Coach Rigby called me back and offered me the job.

“I’m so excited. I thought it might take two or three years to get a coaching job. I really enjoyed volunteering at Avila and watching South and some of the other area high school teams, but now I’m getting to realize a dream.

“I’m going to be a college basketball coach!”

Hanneman will be Rigby’s lone assistant.

“In Division II, they only have one assistant, so I’m going to be doing a little bit of everything,” she said. “I get out there, take the NCAA recruiting test and we hit the road the 24th of July.

“Recruiting is something I love, and I think it’s going to be one of my strengths. There’s nothing I love more than calling Coach (Mark) Bubalo at South or the coaches at Avila and talking to them, and that’s the type of relationship I want to have with my players down the road.

“It might take 10 or 20 years, but that’s what I want to achieve with my players.”

In her volunteer role, Hanneman helped the Avila women’s basketball team make its first NAIA Division I National Tournament appearance last season after the Eagles won the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. The team ended the season at 20-13.

Hanneman’s experience at Avila and her NCAA Division I background at Missouri was a big plus in the interview process.

She was a four-year letter winner (2006-10) and two-year starter for the Tigers. Hanneman ranks sixth in school history for most career three-point field goals (113), most three-point field goals in a single-season (58 in 2009-10) and best three-point field goal percentage in a single-season (.414 in 2009-10). She also served as a member of Missouri’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

She graduated from Mizzou with a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture, food and natural resources. She was named to the dean’s list for her excellence in the classroom.

A two-sport star at Blue Springs South, Hanneman was an all-state performer as a senior and was a Suburban Big-Seven all-conference and Examiner All-Area selections as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was the Jaguars’ scoring leader in each of her final three seasons and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau, finishing with 1,290 career points, the third-best mark in school history.

Hanneman also was an all-state golfer who led the Jaguars to four consecutive conference championships and state appearances. She was a part of two state championship golf teams and was The Examiner’s Golfer of the Year in 2003.

Hanneman replaces assistant Annie Roeser, who was part of the Sonoma State staff the past three years.

“My mom, my sister and I flew out to Rohnert Park last week, and I found a one-bedroom apartment about 10 minutes from the campus,” Hanneman said. “It’s about a 15-minute bike ride, so it’s perfect.

“This all happened so fast, I still can’t believe it.

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On Saturday, June 4 Miss East Oahu Lauren Cheape was crowned this year's new Miss Hawaii 2011. Cheape won over the crowd with a hula and jump rope performance, and pulled hearts with her platform of C.A.R.E. Cheape's program will utilize the talents and gifts of college athletes to encourage the youth of today to stay in school, stay active, and live healthy lives.
Honolulu, HI, July 06, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Miss East Oahu Lauren Kealohilani Cheape now reigns as Miss Hawaii 2011. The 65th annual Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant took place on Saturday, June 4 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Cheape will compete for the title of Miss America on January 14th, 2012 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

"The Miss Hawaii Organization is extremely pleased to present Lauren Cheape as the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant winner and the new face in Hawaii Tourism. We are excited and support the possibilities that Lauren's platform of C.A.R.E will bring to the youth of today and student athletes around the world. With her passion for the lives of children and her many talents including, jump rope and hula, we believe Lauren is an amazing role model," said Lincoln Jacobe, President of the Miss Hawaii Organization.

Cheape beat out 11 other competitors from communities around the state entitling her to almost $7,000 in scholarship awards, and the prestigious crown passed on by 2010 Miss Hawaii and second runner-up for the Miss America Pageant, Jalee Fuselier. With an alluring jump rope routine to Jerry Lee Lewis's rock-n-roll hit "Great Balls of Fire" and the awards for Community Service and Best Swimsuit, the 23-year-old easily took the crown.

On her journey as Miss Hawaii 2011, Cheap will follow a platform of C.A.R.E. As founder of the "C.A.R.E: Collegiate Athletes Reaching Everyone" program, Cheape believes in the impact that student athletes can make in the lives of youth. C.A.R.E. utilizes the talents and gifts of college athletes to encourage children to stay in school, stay active, and live healthy lives.

In 2009, the University of Hawaii implemented the C.A.R.E. program and mandated that every student athlete contribute a minimum of 6 community service hours to elementary public schools in need. To date, the C.A.R.E. program has sent more than 250 student athletes to more than 30 events, touching more than 3,000 lives.

"I believe the youth in our country are faced with many pressing issues - schools are cutting physical education programs, childhood obesity is at epidemic levels, and positive role models are few and far between, all problems that can be addressed by the C.A.R.E. program," expresses Cheape.

A local girl from Mililani, Cheape graduated in 2005 from Mililani High School and is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Cheape received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film (Directing) from the UH Academy of Creative Media (ACM) with a double Minor in Business and Japanese. She plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration and becoming a successful film director.

The new 2011 Miss Hawaii comes with an impressive list of scholastic honors and leadership roles, including: UH Division I Water Polo and Swim team, Scholar Athlete Award; Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Scholarship; UH ACM Scholarship for excellence in film directing; Oceanic Cable 2005 Senior Scholar Athlete Award; and Former member of the UH Student Athlete Advisory Committee; Founder of Jumping Geckos jump rope team; Film Instructor at Nanakuli High School; Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Alumni Board of Director. Cheape also wrote and directed the film "Li hing mui, Lilikoi, Lychee", which was accepted into the Shanghai, Hawaii and Los Angeles International Film Festivals.

For more information on the Miss Hawaii Organization, please visit www.misshawaii.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MissHawaiiOrganization.

About Miss Hawaii Organization

The Miss Hawaii Organization has supported the advancement of Hawaii's young women for more than 60 years. Our organization¹s mission is to promote the pursuit of higher education, to develop and maintain a commitment of community service, and to inspire our youth to meet the challenge of being the best that they can be. Miss Hawaii is part of the Miss America Organization, an organization that awards more than $45 million in scholarships nationally to young women between the ages of 17-24. This year, the Miss Hawaii program will make available more than $500,000 in cash scholarships and tuition grants.

Media Contacts:
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Chimaine Pouteau: 808.636.1512

UMass Lowell Honored With NE-10 2011 Community Service AwardUMass Lowell SAAC Raises $7,100 Over 2010-11 Academic Year

June 8, 2011

UMass Lowell, through the efforts of its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, received the Northeast-10 Conference Community Service Award Tuesday night at the Conference's Annual Awards Banquet at the Omni Biltmore Hotel.

The honor marked the fourth consecutive year UMass Lowell led all NE-10 institutions in fundraising efforts. The award was accepted by junior Amy Delgado (Bridgewater, Mass.), the chair-elect of UMass Lowell's SAAC for the 2011-12 year.

UMass Lowell raised $7,100 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by way of two major fundraising projects - the Kids Zone Activities center and Bowling for Wishes - during the 2010-11 year.

"The SAAC has really taken this on as an annual project," said Joan Lehoullier, senior associate director of athletics who oversees the SAAC and the department's community service projects.

"The fundraising efforts have really become competitive, not only among the schools in the NE-10, but the teams here at UMass Lowell. They want to maintain the ability to fund at least one wish for a child. That has become the bar."

The $7,100 amount is turned over to the NCAA, where it is dispersed into the national Make-A-Wish effort.

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The Kids Zone Activities Center, stationed in the Tsongas Center lobby during UMass Lowell hockey games, raised $1,200 while the third Annual Bowling for Wishes generated more than $5,900.

The field hockey team led all River Hawk teams by raising $635 at the Bowling for Wishes event.

Last year UMass Lowell raised more than $11,300 and finished behind only Dowling College for highest amount among Division II schools. The national ranking is expected to be released later this month.