June 10, 2013
Heading to Tanzania: Bowlers Liz Saffold and Nicole Chanin will join approximately two dozen other Vanderbilt student-athletes on a July service trip to Tanzania. Director of Athletics David Williams will head the delegation, which will be delivering a large shipment of shoes the athletic department collected at several games in conjunction with the Soles4Souls organization. This trip will stimulate considerable attention on www.vucommodores.com when it is underway.
Poss is Dexter All-American: A member of Vanderbilt's incoming freshman class recently earned high school All-American honors. Giselle Poss of Montgomery, Ill., was accorded the honor after a prep career that included serving as team captain the last two years at Oswego East. She capped her high school career with an individual state championship in 2013. She also added a title at the 2012 Illinois Pepsi Scratch Championship and competed in two Junior Gold events. She earned a 4.20 grade-point average (4.0 scale). She was a girl scout for 13 years and did community service projects at Feed My Starving Children, Hesed House and Relay for Life.
The student-athletes selected to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team were nominated by their coach or athletic director. The student-athletes had a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale), and had to provide a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay. Each student-athlete will receive a $1,000 scholarship for being named to the team.
The 2012-2013 school year marks the eighth consecutive year Dexter and USBC have selected five boys and five girls to their All-American team.
"Selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the most prestigious honors a high school bowler can receive," International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said. "We value the tremendous support of high school bowling Dexter Bowling has provided for so many years."
Carper Wins CoSIDA Scholarship: Vanderbilt fans and indeed even those who followed NCAA bowling news are aware of Kim Carper's outstanding video reports the past two years. Carper, who earned her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt last month, recently won a post-graduate scholarship awarded by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Carper earlier had won a post-grad scholarship from the Southeastern Conference. She is currently enrolled in Vanderbilt's Owen School of Business master's degree program.
Bowling Camp: Vanderbilt completed another successful bowling camp in early May. The annual camp continues to attract boys and girls of all skill levels who are eager to learn techniques and pointers from not only Commodore coaches and bowlers but also top coaches from the NCAA ranks.
Coaches Back to School: Head Coach John Williamson and Assistant Coach Josie Earnest will spend next week at a Brunswick training session in Michigan in preparation for the program's new bowling center currently under construction in the campus recreation center. The pin setting school the coaches will attend will aid in the preparation and maintainence of the new Brunswick equipment that will soon be installed in Vanderbilt's complex.