A window inside life at Augustana College

Hi! My name is Jessica Leifheit and I am currently a senior at Augustana majoring in Biology and Pre-Medicine. I serve as the Treasurer for Augustana’s Habitat for Humanity group and spend many of my free Saturdays volunteering at the house building sites or various Habitat fundraisers. When I am not in class or involved with Habitat for Humanity, you will probably find me working in the sports information office in Carver Center, at one of the many Augustana athletic events at the scorer’s table, or in the press box taking statistics.

I am from Big Rock, Illinois, a town of just 1,200 people. I went to Hinckley-Big Rock (H-BR) High School in Hinckley, Illinois, which happens to be where the very first Harlem Globetrotters game took place back in 1927. During the past three summers, I have worked at Camp Dean, a residential Girl Scout camp located in my hometown. This past summer I was the assistant camp director as well as the head cook of the camp and a general counselor.

A reflection on my Augustana internship experience

If you have been on the Campusnet webpage at all this term chances are that you’ve seen the link for a few of my blogs. While I wish I could say that I blog this frequently for pure enjoyment, that would be a complete lie. For the academic portion of my six-credit internship in the […]

That looks cool!

  Everyone loves new uniforms, especially really cool ones! But sometimes those “cool uniforms” are impossible to read from further than 10 feet away…let alone in a press box.  Here are a few examples of jerseys that sports information departments hate! The worst part is, Augustana is guilty of having hard to read jerseys as […]

An interview with Dave Hilbert of the University of St. Francis

The third interview that I conducted for my internship at Augustana was with Dave Hilbert of the University of St. Francis located in Joliet, Illinois. With USF being an NAIA competitor, Mr. Hilbert offered a different perspective of sports information, especially considering his background at each different level during his career.   Dave Hilbert – […]

An interview with Jim McGrath of Butler

The second interview I conducted was with Jim McGrath of Butler University, formerly our own Augustana College. Mr. McGrath offered a unique perspective having started at Augustana, a Division III institution, and then moving to Butler, a Division I school.   Jim McGrath – Butler University – Division I   Q: How did you get into […]

An interview with Dave Blanchard of Luther College

I had the chance to talk to the sports information director, Dave Blanchard, of Luther College. It was a great chance to see how the Augustana office compares to another Division III institution.   Dave Blanchard – Luther – Division III   Q: Why did you want to be an SID and how did you […]

Interviews with SIDs

As part of my internship in the sports information office at Augustana this term there has been an academic component that I manage to find time to complete occasionally. One of my assignments was to conduct brief 5-10 minute long phone interviews with three sports information directors that I have never interacted with before.   […]

My Augustana internship experience hosting an NCAA women’s lacrosse game

For most people week nine consists of countless tests, quizzes, exams, and presentations. However, my final week nine has been a little different. On top of presenting my senior inquiry research in aquatic biology from this past fall, I have also been planning and preparing for an NCAA second-round women’s lacrosse game along with a […]

Your latest women’s lacrosse news is here!

In the last week I have had the opportunity to write seven stories reporting on Augustana’s women’s lacrosse team. The team has had a monstrous week. Starting on Monday, April 28th, the team returned to the NCAA National Rankings at 26th place.  Tuesday evening Tisdale’s unit wrapped up an undefeated regular season with a stomping […]

Your Augustana Athletics update

To follow-up my last blog post, I wanted to catch everyone up on how the Vikings faired on Saturday. Baseball was able to sweep the series with Millikin and claim the program’s first regular season championship since 1974….which is 40 years for anyone that doesn’t math well. The Vikings earned hosting rights for the CCIW […]

It’s a big day for Augustana athletics

Typically my blogs revolve around just lacrosse, my internship(s), or sports information in general. Today I am broadening my horizons (just a little) to inform you of how big today will hopefully be for the Augustana sports nation.   We’ll begin with baseball. With victories in both of today’s contests the Vikings will claim the […]