|Calvin Receives Grant to Hire Tucker
August 22, 2007
Calvin College is one of just 16 colleges and universities across the country to receive an NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant (some 70 schools applied).
These grants of $23,100 are designed essentially to help D3 schools such as Calvin hire an intern for their athletic departments that they normally would not be able to hire. Funding covers the intern's salary ($20,100) with the extra $3,000 slated to help the intern attend professional development activities such as the annual NCAA Convention.
Calvin in turn provides administrative supervision and mentorship as a requirement of participation and also provides an additional in-kind contribution of at least $3,000 per year for the intern's personal living expenses, academic expenses or a coaching stipend.
At Calvin the intern's position has been crafted to assist women's athletic director Dr. Nancy Meyer and men's athletic director Dr. Jim Timmer: everything from event management to budget to involvement in the planning to move into the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex in the fall of 2008.
Although it's a big job on the face of it Calvin feels it has found the right
A Holland Christian High School and Calvin College graduate, Tucker has now been on campus for just over two weeks in her new position. She also doubles as the top varsity assistant with the Calvin women's volleyball team -- a position she has held since the 2003 season.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be serving in this position at my alma mater,"
Tucker's love for Calvin developed in a bit of an unusual way as she arrived
Tucker then elected to transfer back to Calvin in time for the 2002 fall
After graduating from Calvin in the spring of 2003 with a degree in exercise
"Laura has been a big part of the success of our program as both a player and as a coach," said Calvin head volleyball coach Amber Warners who is headed into her sixth year at the helm of the Knights. "When this internship opportunity came up, I encouraged her to apply."
Tucker is glad that she did. "Amber has been a great role model for me. Both
Tucker was also quick to to note her excitement of working with Calvin's
Prior to starting her position as an athletic department intern, Tucker worked
"Laura is a great fit for this position and we feel blessed to have her on
Timmer echoed those thoughts. "It's great to have Laura on board," said
~written by sports information director Jeff Febus (with additional reporting by Phil de Haan)
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