Field Hockey News
fall / 2013
MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATION Dear Yale Field Hockey Alumnae, Friends, and Family,
Friends and family All gifts from family or friends of current or former players shall be designated for the class of their graduation year. Any other gifts can be designated for any team of your choosing. To be sure the family or friend gift reaches the intended team, be sure to send Yale an email at the time you make the gift to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you heard from Coach Pam Stuper, competition breeds competition not only on the field for game day, but throughout the year. The YFH team competed this preseason in the ‘Dawg Challenge,’ and now it’s our turn! If you are like us, you miss those days of collegiate competition on the field, whether it’s at practice or a game. Unfortunately, There are various ways to give to the Yale Field Hockey program: NCAA rules prohibit any of us from returning, but we can still com- You can find the ways to give on the following website: http://www. yalebulldogs.com/information/alumni/associations/ pete and more importantly make our Yale Field Find your team and get moving! index Hockey Team stronger this season! 00s (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010) We also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that Welcome the ‘Alum Dawg Challenge’ We are 01s (1981, 1991, 2001, 2011) you can support the Field Hockey Association with calling YOU to action through an alumnae team 02s (1982, 1992, 2002, 2012) your reunion donation. All gifts to Yale Field Hockcompetition! Starting today and through the end 03s (1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013) ey will count towards your personal and class giving of Field Hockey season (November 24), we are 04s (1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, 2014) five-year totals for your next reunion. Please view challenging you in a race to fundraise. Just like 05s (1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, 2015) the Athletic Reunion Giving FAQs to learn more: the YFH team competed in pre-season to prepare 06s (1976, 1986, 1996, 2006, 2016) http://www.yalebulldogs.com/information/alumni/ for their season, we are competing to reach our 07s (1977, 1987, 1997, 2007, 2017) associations/Reunion_Giving_FAQ.pdf fundraising goal! 08s (1978, 1988, 1998, 2008) Don't let your team down—get involved!! How does it work? We have split the Associa- 09s (1979, 1989, 1999, 2009) Let the competition begin!! tion into 10 teams. We challenge each team to raise $5,500. If each team does its part, we will quickly reach (or even exceed!) our fundraising goal for this school Go Bulldogs! Heather Orrico ’07 year. To raise the stakes, the team that raises the most by the end of the Lorraine Pratte Lewis ’78 Chair, Fundraising Committee competition will have class plaques displayed in the Yale Field Hockey President, lockers for years to come! We will be monitoring the progress and post- Yale Field Hockey Association ing updates on the website, Facebook, and Twitter.
ALUMNAE GETTING TOGETHER DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO SEE THE TEAM IN ACTION IN YOUR AREA! ALUMNAE GATHERINGS ARE BEING COORDINATED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH AT UC BERKELEY ͵ Contact Maggi Smeal ’82 (email@example.com) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH AT PENN ͵ Contact Lindsay Acevedo ’99 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AT COLUMBIA ͵ Contact Lindsay Acevedo ’99 (Lindsay.email@example.com) and Heather Orrico ’07 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FIELD HOCKEY / FALL, 2013
COACH’S CORNER Dear Association Members, “Our most important possessions are our memories. In nothing else are we rich. In nothing else are we poor.” Take a moment and think about what that means to you in YALE FIELD HOCKEY terms.
CAROLINE RUTH THOMPSON '02 HEAD COACH OF FIELD HOCKEY, PAM STUPER
After 16+ years and four times as many terms at Yale than any undergraduate will ever experience, my Yale Field Hockey memories are very rich.
Alumnae Weekend is one of the richest weekends of the year for me and this year, September 20-22, was no different. I hear stories about the last four decades of hockey at Yale and laugh about many things that some probably cried about years before. We remember our great captains, our incredibly dedicated and hard working teammates, and how hard the coaches worked the team. We celebrate our championship seasons and how the tough ones made us stronger women, physically and mentally. One of my favorites is the slightly embellished morning start time for our training in the off-season. It’s funny how the 6:45am start becomes 5:30am as the years go by. The quote of the weekend was by an alum, on taking a very early morning train to get to our Field Hockey Board Association Meeting on Saturday at 8:30am: “I can’t believe it, but Pam still manages to get us up early, even after we graduated!” The more things change, the more things stay the same. Along with the memories from days gone by, Alumnae Weekend is about making new memories. The opportunity to rekindle relationships with former teammates, meet other alums from our rich 42-year history, watch and cheer for the current team, pick up a stick and play a friendly, yet nevertheless competitive game, and enjoy one more post-game tailgate, courtesy of the current players’ parents, creates memories to last a lifetime. Several women from the 70s and 80s rented a “hockey house” for the weekend. Women from the 90s stayed with teammates in the area. Younger alums drove in or flew to New Haven and bunked in with friends
still on campus, while others made a quick day trip up from the city. Alums from all over the country, as far away as California, Illinois, Tennessee, and North Carolina attended. From near and far, Johnson Field brimmed with women from every decade. The stands were filled with the 12th (wo)man. As we did during the 40th Celebration, our 12th (wo)man joined us hours before game time. Board members met the team for pre-game breakfast at Morse College. Following a hearty meal with the team, most of the board members and a few other alums joined us in the locker room for our pre-game meeting. For some of the recently graduated alums it was déjà vu, and for the others it was getting a good feel for how the team prepares before the game. After alums snapped photos of their sponsored lockers, we headed out to the field together. The team took to the field for warm-up and the alums headed to the stands. To watch. To cheer. To gaze out at the field and just remember when. Home or away, it always helps to have a 12th (wo)man in the stands! Thanks to those of you who joined us for the day! For those that couldn’t make it, come to another game this season. The opportunity for the 2013 team to be surrounded by the amazing women who wore the Yale jersey before them is incredibly special. The current players, like me, cherish those moments we have with each other. As I said in the locker room on game day, look around you, never ever again will these same people be in the room together. Never ever again will you have the opportunity you have at this moment and when you step on the field together today. As Maggi Smeal ’82 noted, the game is about taking care of the small moments. The moments you will certainly cherish for the rest of your life. At half-time of the Harvard Game, we celebrated Caroline “CT” Thompson’s life as we thanked her family for their incredibly generous gift. It is a small moment I will cherish forever. Thanks to YOU, our incredibly enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated, and supportive alumnae. Our most important possessions are our memories, and no doubt those shared with YOU. BOOLA! BOOLA! Pam
MEET THE FRESHMAN CLASS
PICTURED ABOVE FROM L TO R: EMILIE KATZ, STEFFI KATZ, ALYSSA WEISS, EMILY REINWALD, KELSEY NOLAN AND RHONI GERICKE. To find out more about the freshmen class follow - hƩp://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-fieldh/2013-14/releases/201306247fwtb0
FIELD HOCKEY / FALL, 2013
HEAD COACHING ENDOWMENT
am Stuper and all Yale Field Hockey coaches who follow will forever be known as the Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Yale Field Hockey. The endowment of the head coaching position was generously provided by Neil, Class of 1963, and Kathy Thompson in memory of their daughter, Caroline Thompson, Class of '02 and captain of the 2001 Yale Field Hockey Team.
A native of Chestnut Hill, Mass., Thompson overcame an injury that sidelined her for her freshman season to emerge as a key contributor for the Bulldogs both offensively and defensively. She started every game for the final two years of her career, leading the team in assists as a junior and goals as a senior. She became one of the team's top strikers on attack penalty corners and served as the fly on defensive penalty corner. She was intelligent, witty, full of life, and is truly missed. In a half-time ceremony during the game against Harvard, Kathy and Neil, their son Jeffrey and his fiancé, Elizabeth Nims, were presented with a framed jersey with Caroline's number and a commemorative certificate. They were joined by Dean of Yale College, Mary Miller; President of the
Yale Field Hockey Association, Lorraine Pratte Lewis '78; Senior Associate Athletic Director, Barbara Chesler; and Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach, Pam Stuper. Parents, friends, and many former Yale Field Hockey players were in attendance and joined in celebrating Caroline's life and the impact she made on Yale Field Hockey.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Carol “PiƩs” Roberts ‘81 and Emily “Schucks” Schuckert ’14 originally connected as fellow engineering majors and field hockey players, but today their relaƟonship has grown into a lasƟng friendship through the Yale Field Hockey Mentorship Program.
CAROL ROBERTS ON THE YFH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
EMILY SCHUCKERT ON THE YFH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
or me [mentoring] has been rewarding. To walk in the shoes of a 21/22 year-old has caused me to reflect on what it is like to be that age. It has been a good dose of reality as I think about what good advice is for a young person today and what I could offer that would be of value to her. I have learned a lot, especially as I think about recruiting top talent in my role [as CFO of International Paper]. We’ve helped each other.
It has been a two-way learning process. Selfishly, mentoring Emily allows me to reconnect with Yale and YFH with more depth and dimension. I am more invested in the team, Yale, and Emily. [Emily and I] developed a relationship beyond a knowledge transaction. She is a real, full person to me and I to her. It is a lasting relationship. I feel I am someone she can pick up the phone and call years down the line when she wants to talk something through or needs advice.
I spent three months at International Paper this past summer working at a paper mill in Savannah, GA, as an environmental engineering intern. My role was to ensure the paper mill stayed within air and water pollution compliance standards. I also worked on energy and material efficiency projects. I never would have pictured myself working in manufacturing, but I have to admit I absolutely loved it. Had I not gotten in touch with Carol, I am not sure I would have been aware it was even an option for a Yalie.
Emily is incredibly talented and hard-working. I watched her thrive [as a summer intern at International Paper] in a completely different environment. Carrying over from the hockey field, what made her stand out was 1) hard work 2) knowing the goal 3) competitive spirit 4) doing it the right way and 5) performing by putting points on the board.
It was helpful having Carol as a mentor. While initially a professional connection, our relationship became more personal as a result of our connection to Yale Field Hockey. As we got to know each other, we developed a deeper connection and friendship. We even played golf in Memphis. While we only played 5 holes (because of ensuing thunderstorms), I might have been in the lead …
I encourage other [alumnae] to get involved in the mentoring program. It’s more than linking generations; it’s about building relationships. We have a lot to offer each other.
Carol has taken the time to get to know me and see me as a whole person, something I very much value. It is truly amazing when someone you look up to so much shows you so much kindness and is always willing to give guidance. I did not come to Yale thinking field hockey would be directly involved in shaping my career path, but I am so grateful that is has.
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emailed Carol informally before the NY mentoring event, and we talked on the phone about advice as an engineering undergraduate at Yale and her experience while she was at Yale. Yale has few formal recruiting opportunities for engineering post graduate and internship job opportunities. Talking with Carol gave me personal insight into International Paper and ways in which I could use my engineering degree in business.
NEW SURFACE AT JOHNSON FIELD
JOHNSON FIELD, THE HOME OF YALE FIELD HOCKEY SINCE 2001, WAS RESURFACED DURING THE OFFͳSEASON AS PART OF A PLANNED FACILITIES UPGRADE. THE INSTALLATION OF THE ROYAL BLUE ASTROTURF WAS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY THE UNIVERͳ SITY AND THE TEAM WAS ABLE TO OPEN ITS SEASON AT HOME FOR THE FIRST GAME AGAINST VIRGINA.
NAME A LOCKER IN THE FIELD HOCKEY LOCKER ROOM
t’s not too late to be a part of the exciting locker room renovation in the Smilow Field Complex! Many generous alumnae, parents, and friends of the program have already taken advantage of this opportunity and only 9 top-of-locker spots remain! We hope you’ll join them in this naming opportunity by leaving a daily reminder of your connection to and support of the program.
• Gifts of $2,500 get your name on the top of the locker: 9 spaces remain; first-come, first-served. • Gifts of $1,000 get your name within the locker: spaces unlimited. • Gifts can be pledged over a five-year period and count towards personal and class giving totals for your reunion.
WE NEED YOUR UPDATED INFORMATION! Please help us by keeping your contact information current so that we can continue communicating with you about Yale Field Hockey news and events! Two easy ways to keep your contact information up to date:
PREFERRED METHOD: YALE ALUMNI DIRECTORY 1. Go to http://www.aya.yale.edu/ 2. Look for the blue Directory box on the right side and log in. If you forgot your username/password, please follow the links. If you have never registered online with the Yale Alumni Database, please take the time to register and create a username and password. 3. Once you are logged in, click “Online Alumni Directory” in the left column. 4. Click “View/Update Your Alumni Directory Listing.” 5. From here, you will be able to update your contact information as well as any other information you would like to provide.
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SECONDARY METHOD: INFORMING YFH ASSOCIATION If you are unable to use the Yale Alumni Directory online, please email or call: Taylor Sankovich ‘12 email@example.com 201-213-4986
Erin Carter ‘12 firstname.lastname@example.org 484-686-6321
Alison Rotondo ‘09 email@example.com 252-414-1344
YALE ATHLETICS COMPLIANCE CORNER As a supporter of Yale athle cs, you may employ current Yale student-athletes provided: • The student-athlete is paid the going rate for similar experience; • The student-athlete is compensated for work actually performed; and • The student-athlete does not receive any preferen al treatment due to his/her status as a Yale student-athlete. Please contact the Yale Compliance Oﬃce (203.436.8309) if you have any ques ons or concerns. Can I pick up a student-athlete and bring him/her to work each day? You may give a student-athlete a ride to or from work only if you provide the same ride to every employee in the same posi on. It is not permissible to provide special treatment to a student-athlete. The student-athlete I employ played a great game this week, can I take him/ her out to lunch to celebrate? No. You may not provide a complimentary meal to a student-athlete because of his/her status as a student-athlete. Unless the same benefit is extended to all employees under similar circumstances, you cannot take the student-athlete out for lunch.
The student-athlete’s team is doing really well this year and ge ng a lot of posi ve publicity. I have a big promo on coming up to sell one of my products. Can I create an adver sement, in print and/or on the radio, emphasizing that Yale student-athletes use and recommend my product? Can I use their names, pictures, or likenesses? It is not permissible for student-athletes to par cipate in any promo onal ac vi es on behalf of a commercial en ty. You cannot use a student-athlete’s picture to promote a commercial product. Therefore, student-athletes may not be used to promote your product because of their status or success. I am sponsoring a fundraiser at my restaurant for cancer research. When someone purchases a meal, all of the proceeds go toward cancer research. On the day of the event, can the student-athlete that works for me wear his/ her Yale uniform and invite teammates to work as part of the fes vi es? They are very recognizable and I want as many people to donate me and money to this cause as possible. No. Student-Athletes may not par cipate in any promo onal ac vi es for a commercial enterprise, even if it is for charitable purposes. The employee’s status as an Yale student-athlete cannot be used to promote this event, even though it is for a charitable cause.