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Once upon a field

It started with an idea. Marquette has nearly 300 student-athletes on campus, and each one has a personal story worth telling.

The result is an ambitious yearlong project led by Scott Kuykendall, associate athletics director in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, to tell those stories.

“Marquette Project 300,” published on the social media site Tumblr, covers a wide variety of student-athletes’ experiences outside of the sports they play. The stories feature everything from involvement in service projects to life moments, told via text, photos, and audio and video components.

One post highlights cross country team captain and graduate student Jack Senefeld’s research project, done with associate professor of exercise science Dr. Sandra Hunter and other collaborators, on a study of whether men and women experience differences in fatigue and recovery from various exercises. The study was published in the September 2013 issue of Muscle and Nerve.

Another post focuses on four volleyball teammates  junior Lindsey Gosh and seniors Julie Jeziorowski, Elizabeth Koberstein and Catherine Mayer  who all are pursuing careers in health care.

Other highlights include sophomore men’s lacrosse player Anthony Ciammaichella’s trip to Nicaragua with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the track and field team’s bowling outing to benefit Special Olympics, and the women’s soccer team’s trip to Marquette’s Child Care Center to share the game with kids.

“I like to work with kids because it’s so refreshing,” says soccer player and senior Ashley Stemmeler, an elementary education and math major who hopes to become a teacher after graduation. “They are always so much fun and can take you away from worrying about what’s going on in the day.” CJ

Read more about the student-athletes and the Tumblr project at


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