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GRINNELL COLLEGE SOFTBALL

PLAN TO WIN!


Web Gem by Christina Colver ‘13

Jayme Wiebold ‘12—Grace McIlrath Parker Award Recipient PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

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About Us Memberships: Midwest Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Grinnell College offers 20 varsity sports which include: Softball, Baseball, M&W Basketball, Volleyball, M&W Soccer, M&W Cross Country, M&W Swimming, M&W Golf, M&W Tennis, M&W Indoor and Outdoor Track, and Football. Nearly 1/3 of Grinnell’s graduates have participated in at least one of the 20 varsity sports. The past six years Grinnell College has led the conference in total number of Academic All-Conference honorees. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Grinnell had 216 and 221 achieve this honor, respectively. The last academic year, 2012-2013 boomed to 276 academic achievers. Head Coach - Amanda Reckamp Third year as head coach at Grinnell College. Helped lead players to two all-conference selections, one Capital One Academic All-District selection, six NFCA All-Scholar Athletes, and three individual school records in her first year. In 2012 kept on track with improvements that produced a freshman of the year, senior team sport player of the year, four-time all conference player, five NFCA All-Scholar Athletes, and an individual career school record. Also serves as the assistant women’s basketball coach. Assisted at Westminster College for three seasons (‘07 Alum; holds five softball records as a player). PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

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The Honor G The Honor G, the official emblem of Grinnell College athletics, was first worn in competition at the Third Annual State Field Meet held in Des Moines, June 3, 1892. Prior teams competed without any emblem. Designed by E.W. "Skip" Atherton, class of 1895, the original Honor G consisted of a scarlet Maltese cross with a black "I and "C" (for Iowa College) superimposed on the cross. Two years later in 1894, the "I" and "C" were replaced by a black gothic "G", and the modern-day Honor G was born. The gothic "G", which was also used on letter sweaters and is now used on letter jackets, was replaced by an Old English "G" in the mid-1930's. After some protest, it was quickly changed back to the gothic "G", and it has remained unchanged since that time. Athletes throughout time have received the Honor G pin when they have lettered in a sport and the first woman to receive a pin was Grace McIlrath Parker—101 years ago. There is an Honor G Award in her namesake given to the College’s Outstanding Senior Female Athlete. Most recently, Jayme Wiebold ‘12 received this award at the Athletic Department Honor G Award Ceremony. Other such honors recent Pioneer softball players have won are the Joyce Buck Award (outstanding two-sport athlete and the Coaches’ Award (outstanding commitment to the athletic community). Brianna Gallo ‘11 and Hannah Ney ‘11 won these awards, respectively. The Joyce Buck Award has been given to a softball player numerous times, including standouts such as Gallo (mentioned above), Sandra King ’08, and Dacey Waldron ’96—all three of which have their names etched in our record books. Though we no longer give out the customized pin, our Honor G Blanket is the modern replacement for the lettering recognition. PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

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Quick Facts 

Founded: 1846

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Nickname: Pioneers

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Colors: Scarlet and Black

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Location: Grinnell, Iowa; 120-acre campus, 365-acre Conard Environmental Research Area

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Student Body: Approximately 1,600; 55% women, 45% men; from every stats, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; from more than 50 other countries

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

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26 majors, 11 concentrations

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Requirements—Individualized curricular planning and advising imposes no core requirements beyond First Year Tutorial

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Study Abroad—Encouraged in all majors; 60% of every graduating class participates, more than 70 programs available worldwide

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Student Profile—69% graduated in the top 10% of their high school class; 93% graduated in the top 25% of their high school class; SAT 1300-1460 (mid 50% score range, critical reading and mathematics only); ACT 29-33 (mid-50% score range)

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Grinnell College offers both merit aid and need-based aid and meets 100% of demonstrated need

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Need-blind Admission—about 85% of GC students receive financial aid “Choosing to play softball made me a stronger leader and teammate, and has played a huge role in where I am today. The team is small and very close. I met some of my best friends on the softball field, & the alumni support and friendship is incredible. As far as being an athlete in general, I strongly believe that athletics pushed my limits of what I could do. I have more confidence & pride that I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

-Hannah Ney ‘11 Captain, Honor G Award Winner Currently teaching in New Mexico through Teach For America PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

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Making the Visit to Grinnell

Visit Options Discover Grinnell Admissions hosts two of these visit weekends in the Fall— September and October. You will have an opportunity to go on a campus tour, sit in on a class, meet individually with me, meet with admissions and financial aid, and spend the night with the softball team.

Individual Visit We welcome you to schedule a visit to campus when it works out with your family, athletic schedule, or travel availability. We recommend to stay overnight your senior year to see the campus life, spend unstructured time with the team, and be able to envision yourself here at Grinnell. This will allow you to do the same activities as listed above dependent on the dates you are visiting campus. The majority of our recruits stay over on a Friday or Sunday to allow them to sit in on a class.

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Visit Recall from Freshman Kristina Weber

“Grinnell was by far my favorite college visit, and that's saying a lot since I visited seventeen colleges. The people here were so friendly and were genuinely interested in getting to know me, especially the softball team. They made me feel included and were so great about opening up about their experiences with choosing a college and their time at Grinnell. I also loved coming and watching the team practice and play. Seeing how well they got along and how they built each other up made me want to be a part of this team. Making a college decision was incredibly hard for me because I tend to overanalyze things, but now that I'm here, I can't imagine being anywhere else. Right from the start I felt that I was part of the softball program and have made great friends on campus, including my teammates. Grinnell is such a great place to grow, learn, excel both academically and athletically.�

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Check Out the Facilities! Softball Complex The Grinnell College softball team plays on one of the premier fields in the Midwest. Highlights of the complex, opened in the spring of 2002, include a subterranean drainage system in the infield and outfield, a dirt warning track, black vinyl fencing, heated dugouts, home and visitor bullpens, a double tunnel, artificial turf-surfaced batting cage, a heated media tower and permanent bleacher seating for two hundred fans.

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Field House Grinnell's state-of-the-art field house is part of the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center, which was completed in 2010. The venue will serve athletes in multiple sports (Grinnell hosted the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships). The facility serves every level of expertise - varsity competitors, intramural teams, or fitness enthusiasts. The facility features: 

Two drop-down batting cages for baseball/softball

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Six-lane 200-meter track with eightlane straightaway

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State-of-the-art poured synthetic multipurpose surface

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Triple jump, long jump, high jump, and pole vault runways

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Shot put and weight throw areas

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Seating for more than 400 spectators

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Four competition/recreational tennis courts within the track

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Netting makes tennis play possible without interfering with events on the track

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Indirect lighting from corners of tennis courts

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Natural lighting from windows on east/west sides

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How we utilize the Field House: 

Full-size softball field within the Field House

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Ability to perform full outfield practice inside this facility

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3 tunnels of hitting drills

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Fitness Center The Fitness Center is a multi-floored 8,000 square foot facility that includes brand new cardiovascular and strength equipment. The upper floor of the Fitness Center, approximately 2,500 square feet, holds 26 pieces of cardio equipment, a stretching mat, dumbbells, medicine balls, and exercise balls. The cardio equipment includes the following:  6 Life Fitness Cross Trainers  6 Cybex Arc Trainers  6 Life Fitness Treadmills  3 Life Fitness Upright Bikes  3 Life Fitness Recumbent Bikes  2 Life Fitness Stair Steppers  2 Concept 2 Rowers The lower floor, about 5,500 square feet, holds all of the strength equipment. The strength equipment includes:  6 Power Lift DoubleSided Combo Racks  15 Life Fitness Selectorized Machines  20 Pieces of Assorted Strength Equipment - Made by Power Lift, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength The lower level also includes dedicated areas for stretching, abdominal work, and plyometric work. In addition to the exercise equipment, the Fitness Center also showcases a stateof-the-art stereo system and seven flat screen televisions for the upper floor. PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

Darby Gymnasium Darby Gymnasium is home for the Grinnell College men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the Pioneer volleyball squad. The state-of-the-art arena, which opened in 2005, seats 1,250 fans and is highlighted by a vibrant student section that is called the "Scarlet Sea." Page 12


Natatorium The natatorium reflects the latest technology and design, offering swimmers a magnificent place to compete, train, or pursue personal fitness goals. The flexibility of the facility is one of its greatest strengths. Two movable bulkheads can reshape the pool for different purposes. The pool and deck portion of the natatorium were named after former Grinnell College president Russell K. Osgood in October 2010. The natatorium is connected to Darby Gym and the fieldhouse via an underground link and features: 

Fifty-meter by 25-yard pool

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Competition configuration of diving well, ten 25-yard lanes, and shallow warm-up area -Daily use provides nineteen 25-yard lap lanes -Two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards on concrete platform

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Diving well (13 feet deep)

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Two bulkheads to transform the pool into a multipurpose facility

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Shallow area that offers an area for water aerobics, kids, etc.

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Colorado Timing System

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State-of-the-art air exchange

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Seating areas for about 500 spectators

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Classroom near pool that seats 24

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Walk-down entry for spectators

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Quality audio system

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Two family changing rooms

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What Grinnell Athletics Offers Our Student-Athletes Want to watch Pioneer softball, but can’t get to a game? Not a problem! All of our home softball contests are webcasted along with live stats at no cost to you. In 2010, Grinnell College became the first Midwest Conference to webcast its regular-season home softball contests. Nearly 200 viewers logged in to watch each of the Pioneers’ home contests, which had students and Sports Information Director Ted Schultz adding audio commentary.

What else do we provide?

Practice and game laundry cleaned for you in our athletic building—no funky smells kept in your dorm room. PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

Access to our Wellness Coordinator and Events Two Full-Time Trainers!

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Be a part of the family we have created here!

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Diversity—We do that here! Pioneer Diversity Council Hello my name is Aamir Walton and I am the Pioneer Diversity Council (PDC) President! I am a second year two sport athlete, Basketball and Football, from Chicago and I will be majoring in Sociology and Education while here at Grinnell. We are a group that empowers students to face challenges of diversity on and off campus, one of these ways of educating and empowering is through hosting diversity dialogues. We also represent our members in their concerns of diversity throughout campus and beyond so. We support all other groups and clubs on campus in anything they do. Lastly, we build relationships with our campus and community through community service and partnering for events on campus!! PDC can be contacted at pioneerdiversity@grinnell.edu for any questions, comments, or concerns. I hope we can offer any help and advice to you or your family as your decision to become a Pioneer comes to life!

Aamir Walton; President Pioneer Diversity Council Grinnell College Athletics pioneerdiversity@grinnell.edu PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

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I am Taunita Stephenson, the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion in Athletics at Grinnell College. It is imperative to our athletic department that we continue to reflect the core values of our institution. The department of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation aims to support the mission of Grinnell College and of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in order to advance the social, cultural, and educational understanding of diversity in the context of co-curricular participation. Part of my major responsibilities are to accomplish this and to ensure that the following values are upheld: 1. Use diverse perspectives to support learning outcomes and contribute to the richness of a liberal arts education; 2. Provide members of historically underrepresented groups the opportunity to participate in an intercollegiate environment that recognizes and values a broad range of diverse identities; 3. Use athletics engagement as an extension of the greater campus community and the principles of self-governance; 4. Use continued education, self-assessment and dialogue as tools to nurture a diverse intercollegiate athletic community; 5. Uphold the NCAA’s core value of diversity which urges a commitment to, “creating and supporting an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes.” In the areas of staff education, recruiting, studentathlete programming and alumni outreach, I am determined to make sure that every Pioneer has a place to belong at Grinnell, as a student and after graduation. I am also the advisor to the Pioneer Diversity Council, in which I hope you will join once you join our Pioneer Family! PIONEER ON-DECK MAGAZINE

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Being a STUDENT-Athlete at Grinnell College Study Abroad In my three years I have had a number of my athletes study abroad. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of here at Grinnell!! Here are two players’ experiences they wanted to share! -Coach Reckamp

Check out one of our current players, Jessica Menary, (’13) blog from her study abroad experience in Ecuador! The blog contains her personal experience and her opinions as she is immersed in all things Ecuador!

Check out Hannah Ney’s (’11) blog from her study abroad experience in Greece!

Check out Amanda Stromquist’s (’12) blog from her study abroad experience in Japan!

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Academic Success In 2011-12 the Academic All-Conference program revamped the criteria which now has a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.33 (3.2 in previous years) and is calculated only in the awarded academic season rather than the cumulative GPA. Another change to the program is that freshmen are now eligible along with sophomores, juniors and seniors who letter in any of the MWC's fall, winter or spring sports. Grinnell led all MWC schools in All-Academic picks during all three sports seasons. The Pioneers had 105 All-Academic selections during the fall, 99 in the winter and 72 in the spring. Grinnell has led the conference in All-Academic awards for over a decade. In 2012, the softball team had 5 players receive Academic All-Conferece recognition. Five players were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as All-Scholar Athletes by achieving at least a 3.5 GPA—Jennifer Fulton ‘15, Amanda Stromquist ‘12, Aniela Wendt ‘14, Jayme Wiebold ‘12, and Summer Wilke ‘15. In 2011, 6 players received this recognition as well. Added to the academic recognitions in 2011, Amanda Stromquist ‘12 was awarded the Capital One AllDistrict Team and Kelsey Montgomery ‘11 was awarded the Honor G Scholastic Award for the top female athlete GPA at Grinnell. Six players were honored as NFCA All-Scholar Athletes—Kelsey Montgomery ‘11, Hannah Ney ‘11, Grace Ryan ‘14, Amanda Stromquist ‘12, Aniela Wendt ‘14, and Jayme Wiebold ’12.

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Softball Alumni— What are they doing now? DOCTORAL STUDENT ATTORNEY COACH MEDICAL STUDENT

LAW STUDENT TEACHER

HIGHER EDUCATION FACULTY COUNSELOR

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

NURSING STUDENT

STAFF ASSISTANT IN THE US SENATE

HEALTH FITNESS SPECIALIST CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST CHEMIST

BUSINESS OWNER

“I chose to attend Grinnell because it was the only college I couldn’t turn down. I knew that had I chosen not to attend Grinnell, I would have always wondered who I would have become had I chosen Grinnell. I was also drawn to the diverse student body. A liberal arts school set in the Iowa cornfields with only 10% of its student body from Iowa must be an exceptional place.” -Sandra King ‘O8 Softball and Volleyball athlete Currently working on her PhD in chemistry at Yale University

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Hannah Ney ‘11 Softball Captain, Recipient of the GC Coach’s Award, Team Power of One Award Winner, NFCA Scholar Athlete Anthropology Major

I teach first grade at Church Rock Elementary School on the Navajo Nation, New Mexico. I was placed here through Teach For America after I graduated in 2011. I also coach high school softball with fellow alum, Brianna Gallo, ’11.

Church Rock is on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico (think Route 66 song). It’s a small community of about 800 people, although our school services students from farther out on the reservation. 100% of my students are Navajo and bilingual in Dine (Navajo language). They love

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Darcy Ward ‘09 Multiple GC Softball Record Holder, All-Conference, Team MVP, Freshman of the Year

I am currently attending nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to nursing school I worked for the Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center (through the schools of medicine and public health) and taught biology and chemistry through Grinnell Corps in Lesotho for the year after I graduated.

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Sandra King ‘08 2-Sport Athlete (softball and volleyball), Scholastic Award Recipient, Joyce Buck Award

After graduation, I completed an MPhil in chemistry at the University of Cambridge. I then returned to start the chemistry PhD program at Yale University. After my graduation from Yale, I will undertake post-doctoral studies in an academic lab. Then, I will either seek employment in the pharmaceutical industry or pursue an academic teaching position.

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Tess Cohen ‘09 After Grinnell, I immediately began law school at Columbia. I graduated from Columbia in May of 2012. In August of 2012, I married Kennon Landis, a Grinnellian from the class of 2009 who I met the very first day I arrived at Grinnell; he lived just down the hall from me on Norris 3rd. Over forty Grinnellians (including many softball players) were in attendance, and my maid of honor was Darcy Ward, who was my co-team captain in 2009. I started my first salaried job in September in the New York County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of Special Narcotics. This is my dream job, and the moment where I first felt like I really might get the job was in my second to last interview when one of my interviewers looked at my resume (which had my participation in Grinnell softball on it) and said, "I'm going to ask you the hardest question so far. What can you do for our office softball team?"

Ward ‘09, Tess Cohen ‘09, and Maddy Raimondo ‘08—attending Cohen’s wedding in August 2012

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Kinnear Theobald ‘08 I went straight into medical school after graduation, and am now in my internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado.

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