LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - During Division III Week, which will be celebrated April 6-12 in 2015, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) will be highlighting one student-athlete from each of the ten member institutions. The NAC will be featuring student-athletes that truly represent the Division III philosophy.
More than 180,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make up Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. The Division III experience offers participation in a competitive athletic environment that pushes student-athletes to excel on the field and build upon their potential by tackling new challenges across campus, with academics holding the primary focus for Division III student-athletes.
Lyndon has selected to highlight softball senior Jillian Emery (Johnson, Vt.), as its ideal Division III student-athlete.
"During her tenure at Lyndon, I have admired Jillian's many valuable qualities and regarded her with the utmost respect," said Lyndon Assistant Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach Bill Johnson. "A goal-oriented individual, as well as a loyal supporter of our student-athletes in and out of the athletic arena; she is punctual, personable and keenly devoted to her future. To this day, Jillian is highly-respected by the faculty, staff and students of Lyndon and is widely known for her charm, positive personality and inner drive. She has demonstrated to me over the past several years that she is responsible, accountable, well-organized and thrives under adversity. I find her to be up to the challenges that life has a tendency to present, and have no doubt she will succeed in whatever endeavor she undertakes."
When asked about Jillian, Lyndon Associate Athletic Director/SWA Kate Roy said, "As the Lyndon State College SAAC president, Jillian's leadership helped the group develop a constitution/by-laws, run a contest to name the mascot, hold a Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, and produce a You Can Play video (to be released later this spring). She was instrumental in getting student-athletes more involved with Admissions campus events. She is an excellent student, and a leader on the softball team and within the department of athletics. It has been a pleasure to work with her this year!"
Getting to know Jillian Emery:
Hometown: Johnson, Vt.
High school and sport(s): Lamoille Union, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, & Club Ice Hockey
College and sport(s): Lyndon, Softball
Getting to know the STUDENT:
Did you want to attend college when you were growing up? Why did you choose to attend your current college? "I always knew I wanted to attend college when I was growing up, but I was hesitant because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I transferred to Lyndon the second semester of my freshman year. I started going to school in Maine, but I really did miss being in Vermont. I chose Lyndon because I knew I would be closer to home, I could play softball, and I love the Business Administration program here."
What is your favorite class to attend and why? "Throughout my four years, there have been two classes that have been my ultimate favorite to attend because they were both classes that I took particular interest in. The first class was 'Selling and Sales Management' and the other was 'Marketing Research.' I hope to have a successful career in either sales or marketing, and these classes have helped prepare me for that."
What are you involved in on campus? "Student Athlete Advisory Committee (2 of 3 years as President), Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Leadership Society, Tutor on Campus, Guatemala Service Learning Trip, Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital Baby Heart Rate Monitor Fundraiser in 2012, and Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital Families in Need Fundraiser 2012."
Did you receive any academic awards in high school or college? "Multiple High Honors and Honor Roll awards and National Honor Society in High School. President's List twice, Dean's List 4 times, at Lyndon, and named to the Dean's List at UNE Fall of 2011. Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Leadership Society, Lyndon Scholar-Athlete 2012-13 & 2013-14, and All NAC Academic Team 2013-14."
What are your career aspirations after you graduate? "After graduation, my goal is to have a successful career in sales and/or marketing. Sales and marketing go hand in hand, so either way I would be happy. I would like to run my own company someday, and as I get older I would also love to coach softball."
Getting to know the ATHLETE:
Did athletics play an important role in your life growing up? How? Who influenced your athletic interests the most? "Athletics played a huge role in my life growing up. There was never an 'off season' for me. Being a four-sport athlete kept me busy, that's for sure. I believe that playing multiple sports has taught me many important life lessons over the years. I learned responsibility, respect, hard work, how to be a team player, determination, time management, and many other important characteristics.
My parents were definitely the people who influenced my athletic interests the most. They were both really into athletics growing up and were multiple sport athletes as well. I have been around and have been involved with sports from a very young age. They pushed me to become the athlete and person I am today, and I am so very grateful to be their daughter."
Did you want to participate in collegiate athletics when you were growing up? "When I was growing up, I definitely knew I wanted to participate in collegiate athletics. I always wanted to play college softball."
Do you have any superstitions before games? Does your jersey number have any specific meaning? "I do not have any superstitions before games. I wear the number on my jersey very proudly because it does have really special meaning to me. I have had two really great friends of mine pass away throughout high school and college, and they both wore the number 15. I wear it proudly knowing that they are with me, and I hope to make them proud."
What is your favorite aspect about being a student-athlete? "My favorite aspect about being a student-athlete is that I am able to go to school and play the sport I love every day."
What is your favorite moment as an athlete? "My favorite moment as an athlete here at Lyndon State College was when our softball team upset the number 2 seed during playoffs my sophomore year. We were seeded 7th at that point, and then made it all the way to take 3rd place. Being a part of the 'underdog' team was something I had never experienced before, but I am so glad that I was a part of that. It is so interesting to see how dangerous a team can be when they fight until the very end and never give up hope. Hope is a very strong thing."
If you could, who would you trade places with for one day and why? "I would trade places with country singer Carrie Underwood. I love country music, and I think it would be really fun to be performing in front of millions of people all over the world."
Who has had the greatest impact on your life? "My parents have had the greatest impact on my life. The have helped shape me into the person I am today."
Where do you see yourself in five-ten years? "In 5 to 10 years, I can see myself running a successful business."
If you could meet anyone (past or present) who would it be and why? "I would want to meet Steve Jobs. I just think he is a genius, and such an interesting person. I would have loved to have met him."
What is your favorite thing to do when you do not have class or practices/games? "I like to spend time with family and friends when I have free time. I also love to sing."