SMC senior earns fellowship

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Nichole Clayton is the latest Belle to be named an Orr Fellow, a two-year entrepreneurial opportunity for undergraduates seeking post-graduation experience.  Orr Fellows are selected from a pool of applicants each year to enter the professional world through paid positions with Indiana’s most dynamic, high-growth companies, a College press release stated. Clayton, from Bay City, Mich., double majors in communication studies and business administration with a concentration in management. For the next two years, she will work with Courseload, a company dealing with digital textbooks. Clayton said the process of attaining the fellowship began by networking with Saint Mary’s alumnae and current Orr Fellows Melissa Jackson and Amanda Lester, the first SMC students to become Orr Fellows. “I first heard about the fellowship when [Jackson and Lester] came to class to discuss the opportunities within the fellowship,” she said.  “From there, I visited them at the [Notre Dame] Career Fair in September and moved forward with the interview process.”   Clayton said the process lasted four months, ending on Finalist Day in December. “It was a long process filled with a series of in-person interviews, personal essays and meet-and-greet information sessions,” she said. “After each event, a few more candidates made it through to the next round. “Finalist Day was an exciting yet long day of interviews. I was interviewed by four different companies that partner with the Orr Fellowship. Half an hour after my last interview for the day, I received a call from the director of the fellowship offering me a spot in the fellowship and a position with Courseload. I couldn’t have been more thrilled,” Clayton said. Lester, who was assigned to work for TinderBox for her fellowship last year, said Clayton will benefit in numerous ways from being named a fellow. “As an Orr Fellow, Nichole can expect to be challenged professionally and personally as she enters the business world,” she said. “She will be given a lot of responsibility on Day One at her host company, Courseload, this coming June.” “In addition, Nichole will be given the opportunity to gain executive mentorship and be given tasks that would not normally be given to a recent graduate,” Lester said. Jackson, who was partnered with Aprimo, Inc., said Clayton will learn valuable lessons about the business world. “As Nicole prepares to break into her professional career, she can expect to learn very quickly working in the tech community,” Jackson said. “Although she will be challenged both personally and professionally as an Orr Fellow, she will have the unique opportunity to work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in Indiana so early in her career.” Clayton said Saint Mary’s has provided her with excellent preparation for her next two years at Courseload. “The professors and courses I have taken at SMC during these last four years have taught me to act on opportunity, prioritize listening, stimulate learning and embrace change,” she said. “I wholeheartedly believe that the opportunities and doors that have been opened for me are because of my education at SMC.” Contact Kelly Rice at [email protected]last_img read more

Blugolds invade Madison

first_imgFlowers speaksFlowers addressed the media Tuesday for the first time sincetaking a medical leave of absence from the basketball program Oct. 18.Flowers didn’t address the leave itself, instead keeping thefocus on basketball-related issues.”I was always a part of the program,” Flowers said followingpractice. “The coaches supported me well, my teammates supported me well, justbecause I was not on the court doesn’t mean I was not a part of the program.”Flowers sidestepped talking about numerous rumors thatcirculated during his absence, including some predicting his imminent transferto Winona State, where his brother Jonte plays.”People will talk, freedom of speech, they have theiropinions, but the truth is the truth,” Flowers said. “As you see I’m still herein a Wisconsin jersey … I signed a letter of intent for four years, so I’mhere.”In the exhibition opener against Edgewood, Flowers showed nosigns of rust, scoring eight points and making four steals.”It’s just like riding a bike, once you do it, you neverforget how,” Flowers said. “[Missing time] wasn’t a concern for me, or for thecoaches or for my teammates.” JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoMichael Flowers doesn’t know yet whether he will be on thecourt for the opening tip when Wisconsin takes on UW-Eau Claire in the Badgers’final exhibition tuneup tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center.”I will know probably 30 minutes before the game,” thesenior guard said.Not that it matters much to Flowers or his teammates.”I don’t think the starting lineup means anything to thisteam,” swingman Joe Krabbenhoft said. “That’s just the five guys that are outthere at that time of the game. There’s 40 minutes in the game, and there’sgoing to be multiple different lineups out there.”From a player’s perspective, I can speak on behalf of myteammates, we support coach’s decisions … and we’ll just go from there.” With that mindset ingrained in his players, UW head coach BoRyan uses the exhibition slate to get a feel for lineups that could be usedlater in the year, as unlikely as some combinations may seem.”You never know what’s going to happen during the seasonbecause of injuries … so you still have to look at different types of lineupsbecause the teams that we’re going to play vary,” Ryan said.And while the coaching staff tries different looks to seewhat works, the players are still looking to establish themselves as a team.”We’re still trying to find our identity out there as ateam, so it will come with time,” Flowers said.With one exhibition win easily in the books, Wisconsin nowturns its attention to another intrastate matchup against UW-Eau Claire.”It’s another team that wants to beat us very bad,” swingmanJoe Krabbenhoft said. “In-state schools want to take down Wisconsin. … Werespect everybody we play, and it’s no different with Eau Claire.”That point was emphasized twice in the past few days withconference cohorts Michigan State and Ohio State both losing exhibition gamesto Division II foes Grand Valley State and Findlay.”You can’t take any game lightly, even the exhibitiongames,” forward Jon Leuer said. “You saw what happened to Michigan State. It justgoes to show that on any given night, a team can get hot, step up and beatyou.” While the Badgers’ first priority, just like any othercontest, will be to win the game, exhibition games give the coaching staff anopportunity to critique how players translate practice themes to game actionand pinpoint areas for improvement.”Doing things that we’re trying to teach, are they able todo that? What’s good is it gets you a chance to hopefully expose some of theweaknesses you might have that you still need to work on,” assistant coach GaryClose said.According to Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, the importance ofthe exhibition schedule lies in the in-game situations that arise.”We worry more about what we’re doing, and what we’re tryingto accomplish,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “And then what I always like about theexhibition games is our guys figuring out things as the game’s going on.”last_img read more