Alverno College Celebrates 159th Commencement; Eight Student-Athletes Earn Degrees

Alverno College Celebrates 159th Commencement; Eight Student-Athletes Earn Degrees

MILWAUKEE – This past Saturday Alverno College conducted its 159th commencement ceremony inside Pitman Theater on campus. Eight Alverno student-athletes received their Bachelor's Degrees in an array of fields and will depart the college with a lasting impact on its athletics program.

Earning their Bachelor's in Arts were Leah Badke of cross country, Samantha Chapnick of softball, Lia Hutchins of tennis, Cailey Jeske of volleyball, Kendra Patterson of basketball and Andie Vandertie of softball. Receiving their Bachelor's in Science were three-sport athlete Dani Hood, as well as basketball's Karli Selear.

Badke earned her degree in Sociology, while also minoring in Politics; she was a three-year member of the cross country team following one season on the softball team as a freshman. Badke set a career-best 6K time in her final collegiate race at the 2018 NACC Championships with a time of 34:50.02.

Chapnick was a four-year member of the softball team and also was a member of the golf team as a senior this past fall. Chapnick earned her degree in Marketing on Saturday. On the course she had a season-best score of 115 in the team's dual match with Mount Mary on September 21, while finishing her softball career with 106 hits and a .255 batting average with 48 RBIs and 58 runs scored.

Hutchins received her degree in Psychology and also minored in Women's and Gender Studies. She was a four-year member of the Inferno tennis team and posted 30 career singles wins, including five as a senior, and 28 career doubles victories, with three of those coming during her senior season.

Jeske received her degree in Business and Management, and also minored in Psychology. The four-year volleyball student-athlete also added a season of softball to her career docket as a senior. On the court she amassed 250 kills as a senior and ended her career with 800 kills to go along with a program-record 146 service aces.

Patterson transferred to Alverno as a junior and finished her degree in Integrated Studies from the college. She notched 171 points as senior despite missing six games due to injury, to give her a two-year total of 359 points at Alverno. She played just under 1,100 career minutes and was a 34.4% shooter from the field, while averaging nine points a game during her senior season.

Vandertie earned her degree in Business and Management, while also minoring in both Adult Education and Psychology. A standout on the softball team, Vandertie earned All-Conference Second Team accolades as a senior after leading the team with a .409 batting average with a team-best four home runs. She also amassed seven doubles and 30 RBIs as a senior, finishing her career with 147 hits, a .352 batting average and 73 career RBIs.

Hood received her Bachelor's in Science in Kinesiology – Physical Therapy following her four-year stay at Alverno. The three-sport athlete appeared in 87 career basketball games, tallying 314 career points including 127 as a senior; while also notching 12 career hits and eight RBIs on the softball diamond during her four seasons. Hood was also a two-year member of the tennis team and earned 11 wins in singles action, while also picking up nine wins in doubles competition.

Selear was also a four-year member of the Inferno basketball team and earned her degree in Biology, Molecular Specialization. Like Jeske, the four-year basketball player also added softball to her resume for one season as a senior during her final semester. On the court she registered 809 points in 98 career games including 258 as a senior while starting in all 25 contests as a senior.

The Alverno Athletics Department would like to wish the best to all of its graduating seniors in their future endeavors and look forward to hosting all of the team's alumnae to campus for future events.