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Rachel Kinkade 06 and Misti White 06
Rachel Kinkade and Misti Whites love for volleyball brought them to Southwestern. When I started my college search, I had three criteria: small college with strong academic history, the opportunity to play volleyball and a Jewish population, Kinkade states. I knew Southwestern was a great school, and I decided on SU because of the tradition surrounding the volleyball program. White echoes Kinkades thoughts regarding her decision to attend Southwestern. The volleyball team was the key to my decision in coming to Southwestern. I loved the coach and the girls on the team; it really seemed like a family.
Spending a majority of their time on the volleyball court, both Kinkade and White cherished their teammates and the success that they shared. With White playing middle blocker and Kinkade playing libero on the team, both were key players for the past four years and helped the Pirates win the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in 2005. We fought for the conference ring since the last time we won it in 1997, and beating Trinity University to win the SCAC Championship was, without a doubt, my most memorable moment at Southwestern, Kinkade says. I was so proud to be a part of a program that has such a deep and rich winning tradition.
White and Kinkade dedicated the majority of their time at Southwestern to volleyball and the team. As athletes, we demand a lot of ourselves and without question, we placed our commitment and obligations to our team as high as our commitment and obligations in the classroom, White says.
In the classroom, White excelled as a math student. Wanting to become actively involved in the math program, she became president of the Mathematical Association of America and president of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematical honor society. White is working as a marketing and sales director for a newly formed realty group. Southwestern has allowed me to become completely independent, well-educated, confident and prepared for whatever life may bring. she says.
When Kinkade was not digging balls out on the court, she spent time volunteering within the Jewish community and served as president for the Jewish Students Association. Deeply religious, Kinkade took advantage of a study abroad opportunity to study at the Hebrew University in Israel. Partly inspired by her time at Southwestern, Kinkade wrote her senior capstone paper on the religious memory that surrounds Jerusalem. As an international studies major, I was able to work with my mentor, advisor and professor, Lisa Leff, to develop research that was personally meaningful to me. Through her studies, Kinkade became inspired to learn more about Jewish education and following graduation is the director of year-round programming with the non-profit Zionist youth movement called Young Judaea.