Lauralee Guilbault, Ph.D., an associate professor of chemistry at Alverno College, has been the school's Faculty Athletics Representative since the summer of 2010.
"I look forward to working with Alverno’s student-athletes and athletics staff," Guilbault said. "I respect those students who are willing to take on the extra challenges that student-athletes are faced with. It is more than adding an extra class to an already full academic schedule when you join a team--it is more like you are adopting an extra family.
"Student-athletes represent not only themselves, but also their teams and their schools. Being a student-athlete can be very rewarding, but it is also hard work, and I am glad to do what I can to help support them at Alverno."
Guilbault knows first-hand what it takes to be a student-athlete as she was a three-sport athlete in high school at Hopkins Eisenhower H.S. (Hopkins, Minn.) where she competed on the diving, track and volleyball teams. At the collegiate level she was a member of the volleyball team at Northland College where she earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry.
She earned her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1988.
The FAR position serves as the primary liaison between the athletics department and the academic departments of the college. The position also represents the institution and its faculty in the institution's relationships with the NCAA and the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.