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Alumni Association pilots one-on-one outreach
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 22, 2016
“Media Credit: Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor
Jeremy Gosbee, the president of the Alumni Association, said the association will pilot a one-on-one relationship building program to target geographic regions with low alumni volunteer engagement.
The Alumni Association is piloting a new outreach system this month with the hope of methodically increasing alumni engagement.
Members of the association’s executive board say the Alumni Ambassadors program will increase alumni engagement – and eventually donations – by contacting individual alumni directly. They hope that through developing one-on-one relationships, alumni will be motivated to attend events and volunteer.
The board expects to fully launch the program in the spring, but the pilot will begin ahead of the upcoming Alumni Weekend. They say the program will give the association a framework to measure their progress in a formal way, keeping track of the association’s long-term work and results.
Matthew Manfra, the associate vice president of alumni relations, said the Office of Alumni Relations has pledged to be resource for the association in programs that increase alumni engagement.
“The GWAA is looking for more ways to enhance engagement and interaction among the University’s worldwide alumni network, and this type of program creates one-on-one, personal contact opportunities to build deeper connections,” Manfra said in an email.
Alumni have been giving back at a rate of about 10 percent, a relatively low number compared to the rate of donations at the University’s peer schools. The association has attempted to raise this rate through campaigns like donation matches and alumni recruitment to advisory boards.
Jeremy Gosbee, the president of the Alumni Association, said the ambassadors who double as the association’s executive board members will use one-on-one relationship building to target geographic regions with low alumni volunteer engagement.
“We’ve got upwards of 50 regional networks and they all have kind of a steering committee that has active alumni involved in that city, but they haven’t necessarily been first to come back to D.C. for Alumni Weekend,” Gosbee said.
Aaron Binstock, the vice president for communication on the association’s executive board, said the new program is essentially a more formal version of the outreach that already happens, and he expects the challenges with this new program to be no different than what the association’s outreach efforts usually face: getting people to take the time to answer phone calls and directly engage with them.
“Alumni sometimes react much better to getting a call from another alum than from the University, whether it’s about attendance or an issue or whatever,” Binstock said.
Despite the challenges, Binstock, who is one of the members spearheading the program, said the ambassadors will provide additional engagement to bolster the alumni network’s culture of philanthropy and to allow the executive board to better represent the network.
“If we have a direct line of communication for our constituents, then it’s a much better communication tool and we can be better liaisons for them with the current University staff and administration,” Binstock said. “We know that there is power in the “peer-to-peer” approach – alumni may be more interested in getting involved when they are contacted by a fellow GW graduate.”
The association plans to widen the ambassadors program beyond Alumni Weekend to encourage participation in other social events and spur discussions about alumni issues.
“When alumni volunteer to serve as board members for the alumni association, part of what they’re volunteering to do is to interact with alumni,” Binstock said.
Michael Penn, the senior director of communications and marketing for Duke University’s alumni association, said that programs like this one are often successful because alumni respond well to personal efforts.
The alumni association at Duke doesn’t run a full-time ambassador program, but it does utilize a brief ambassador program to help promote events like reunions.
“It’s far far more effective for them to hear from a friend, ‘Hey I’m going, I hope you’re going too’ than it is for us to just be saying, ‘We hope you come, maybe your friends will be there, maybe they won’t,’” Penn said.”

Report: More women in engineering, computer science at GW
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 22, 2016
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo
GW ranked 12th in the U.S. for the number of undergraduate female students enrolled in engineering and computer science programs.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2016 at 4:27 p.m.
The number of women earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science at GW is steadily increasing.
GW was listed as one of the universities with the most women working toward degrees in engineering and computer science in an analysis by The Washington Post. The University was ranked 12th in the nation based on the the percentage of women earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering and landed at No. 9 for the percentage of women earning bachelor’s degrees in computer science in 2015.
Nationally, an average of 20 percent of women earn bachelor's degrees in engineering and 16 percent earn bachelor's degrees in computer science, according to the Post. But the University's average for women in these majors is double the national numbers at 42 percent for engineering degrees and 38 percent for computer science degrees.
David Dolling, the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, said in an email that although SEAS has been successful in attracting female students and faculty, officials still hope to increase those numbers.
The Post report focused on undergraduate students, but Dolling noted that female enrollment is also high at the graduate level: Female enrollment for master’s degrees is 20 percent higher than the national average, and doctoral program female enrollment sits just above the national average.
Dolling added that SEAS has been actively recruiting female faculty, recently hiring three women: Mona Diab, Lorena Barba and, most recently, Emilia Entcheva last spring.
“Overall, about 20 percent of the tenured or tenure track faculty in SEAS are women, about 50 percent above the national average for engineering schools,” he said. “We hope to grow this percentage dramatically over the next several years.”
Poorvi Vora, a professor of computer science, said in an email that officials have appealed to female students by making SEAS more supportive through mentoring programs for freshmen and by promoting an inclusive community.
“Our undergrad recruiting effort includes presentations by faculty during student visits. Many of our faculty present lectures with interactive exercises that include current students who participate and talk about their experiences at GW,” Vora said. “We seek to make this set of students and faculty, like the group of mentors, diverse.”
Increasing diversity and making diverse student populations within SEAS visible is important for recruiting and retaining students who may have otherwise felt like they did not fit in, Vora said.
She added that faculty can help attract and retain female students.
“Having women professors is important because then female students can imagine themselves working in the field,” she said. “It becomes possible. Also, the presence of a women in higher levels gives women a feeling of belonging to the organization, and the glass ceiling appears higher.”
Experts said that the percentage of women graduating with bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science demonstrate that GW has been successful in recruiting women – something most engineering schools are pushing for but have struggled with.
Nasir Memon, a professor of computer science and engineering at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, said that female enrollment in these programs is only one part of a larger issue: Engineering schools' professors and administrators must encourage women to stay in engineering programs until they graduate.
“We make sure we have women faculty that are talking to the prospects because one of the most important aspects of recruiting them is making sure the right role models are around,” Memon said. “But enrollment is one thing. What is much more challenging is providing that culture, that nurturing culture, that supports women throughout the program so that they stay in the program.”
Engineering is a growing field that needs just as many women as men to join, Memon added.
Christine M. Hartzell, an aerospace engineering professor at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, said studies show that more diverse engineering teams that include women produce more creative results. But unfortunately, there is still gender bias in engineering, she said.
“Beyond the commercial aspect, there is the moral imperative: that women should be able to choose whatever field of study they want, without being discouraged by society,” Hartzell said. “There is absolutely still bias against women joining these fields. I see this whenever I fly on an airplane: 90 percent of the time, the person sitting next to me is shocked to find out that I’m an engineer.”
Sera Royal contributed reporting.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Poorvi Vora's first name. It is now spelled correctly. We regret this error.”

Crime log
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 17, 2016
Gelman Library
10/04/2016 - 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Case closed
A male student reported to the University Police Department that he left his GWorld card, room key and flash drive unattended inside a study room. When he returned, the items were missing.
- No suspects or witnesses.
Liquor Law Violation
Public Property on Campus (20th and F streets)
10/07/2016 - 1:30 a.m.
Case closed
UPD responded to a call for an intoxicated male student. EMeRG transported the male student to GW Hospital.
- Referred to DSA.
Marvin Center
10/07/2016 - 2:30 p.m.
Open case
A female student reported to UPD that her book bag was stolen from the Marvin Center. Police are currently looking at video to determine a suspect.
- Open case.
Liquor Law Violation
Alumni House
10/08/2016 - 2:20 a.m.
Case closed
UPD observed an intoxicated student sitting on the back door of Alumni House. The student was transported to GW Hospital by EMeRG.
- Referred to DSA.
Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse
Off Campus (23rd Street and Washington Circle NW)
10/08/2016 - 12:07 p.m.
Case closed
A female student reported to UPD that she was sexually assaulted by a man while she was walking through Washington Circle Park. UPD officers located the male suspect and U.S. Park Police arrested the subject.
- By arrest.
Public Drunkenness
Public Property on Campus (22nd and I streets NW)
10/09/2016 - 1:50 a.m.
Case closed
UPD officers saw an intoxicated individual who was found to be unaffiliated with the University. EMeRG transported the individual to GW Hospital.
- No further action.
Disorderly Conduct/Liquor Law Violation
District House
10/09/2016 - 12:40 a.m.
Case closed
UPD officers responded to a report of loud noise and a suspicious odor. Upon arrival, officers encountered two female students that were intoxicated. Both students were uncooperative and argumentative with the officers on scene. EMeRG transported one female student to GW Hospital.
- Referred to DSA.
- Compiled by James Levinson.”

Staff editorial: Humanities courses add value to our educations
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 17, 2016
“Updated: Oct. 17, 2016 at 10:31 a.m.
Studying the liberal arts, especially humanities, is an often-questioned path to take during college. Students in these majors might be questioned on how they’ll find jobs, make money or learn key skills. But these courses add value to education, and officials should continue to encourage students to enroll in humanities courses.
Some undergraduate students already knew what fields they wanted to pursue when they came to GW. Others came here undecided and took various G-PAC courses to figure it out. Regardless of which path they are on, taking humanities courses expands students' perspectives.
Getting an education is different than getting a degree. Degree programs give students the skills to succeed in particular careers or subject areas, but educations give students new perspectives and experiences. It makes sense that some students are averse to taking courses outside the subjects in which they are pursuing degrees, since they’re likely weaker or less interested in those areas. But the writing and critical thinking skills taught in humanities classes are valuable no matter what field students pursue.
There’s a stigma that studying the humanities doesn’t lead to a lucrative career. We go to an expensive university, and it’s easy to question what our investment is worth if students can’t graduate with a well-paying job lined up. If that is the question that officials want us to easily be able to answer, then it might make sense for the University to continue driving an internship and career-based marketing narrative. But for most of us, these four years will be the only time when our main focus is learning about the world and when we have the time to try new things.
Humanities courses encourage students to think differently and ponder real-world questions, and that's just as valuable as gaining skills for employment. Sometimes, a well-rounded education means needing to feel a little uncomfortable. If we never get out of our comfort zones and expose ourselves to new ideas, we won’t grow as students and individuals.
The English department recently created a new minor for business school students. It’s an innovative venture to give students in a technical degree program a way to learn how to communicate, write and think creatively. Other departments at GW should take notice of the English department and the business school’s joint project, and students should seize opportunities to take classes outside of their comfort zones – especially in the humanities.
The English department has also increased outreach to attract students to their classes. Humanities programs tend to be smaller, and amid budget cuts, it seems these programs and departments are some of the first to lose faculty and resources. The English department’s step is proactive, and it’s exciting to see that other schools, like the business school, are helping emphasize the importance of humanities.
Any and every department, especially small departments, should find ways to market their courses. Many departments offer upper level courses in niche topics that could attract various students, but these need to be better promoted as students tend to gravitate towards the more recognizable introductory courses. Departments could also offer their own career fairs to show what students can do with those sorts of degrees.
Luckily, officials already recognize the importance of humanities. After all, every Columbian College of Arts and Sciences major has to take two humanities classes. And the School of Engineering and Applied Science students take two humanities courses, as well. But students have room for fall-through courses and can try to spend even more time in these sorts of classes.
Unfortunately, it seems that officials’ focus on humanities ends at the classroom door: Faculty members have criticized the presidential search committee for not having any humanities-centric representation. GW shouldn’t preach the importance of a humanities-based education at a liberal arts university if they don't emphasize the importance to applicants for the University’s highest position. They have the opportunity to prove to presidential candidates that undergraduate students don't just get degrees – they get educations.
We understand that the University can’t force students to take more humanities classes. It’s unreasonable to assume students in science programs want to spend a huge amount of time in an English class, or that English students want to take yet another math class. But other humanities departments should follow the English department and market themselves to different sorts of students. These departments might be surprised by how many of us added a major or minor because a humanities course forced us to change how we defined our educations.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Melissa Holzberg and contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, based on discussions with managing director Eva Palmer, homepage editor Tyler Loveless, contributing sports editor Matt Cullen and copy editor Melissa Schapiro.”

Freshmen shine in women's swimming and diving home opener
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 10, 2016
“Media Credit: Andrew Goodman | Senior Staff Photographer
Women's swimming raced to a dominant victory over Rider behind strong rookie performances in the team's home opener Saturday afternoon.
Making a splash in this season’s home opener, women’s swimming and diving built on its strong season start with a decisive win in Saturday’s meet.
After an upset victory last week against UNC-Asheville and Davidson, the Colonials carried their momentum into this weekend’s dominant performance against Rider. GW won all but one event, defeating Rider decisively, 182.50-104.50.
“The girls are a little underestimated, and that’s what we’re feeding off of right now,” junior captain Abigail Fusco said after the meet. “We’re all determined to do well this season and support each other on the way to [the Atlantic 10 Championship].”
Men’s swimming and diving also had a solid day in the pool, but the team was narrowly edged by by the Broncs in a 143.5-140.5 loss.
With this weekend’s victory, the women’s side improved to a 3–1 record in dual meet action for the 2016–2017 campaign.
Freshman Jackie Torrez had a dominant performance at the meet, recording three first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM.
Senior Lauren Law also had a standout day, placing second behind Torrez in all three events. The two were neck-and-neck in the 100-fly until Torrez (58.60) out-touched Law (59.31) by less than a second.
After losing seven swimmers who graduated last year, the Colonials are looking for Torrez and ten more new freshmen to step up and compete at a high level.
“[With the large rookie class] we took it upon ourselves as upperclassmen to sort of grab one and pull them with us,” Fusco said. “We’re trying to get everyone on the same page and going forward trying to fight for everything we want.”
Fusco had a strong performance in Saturday’s meet, with first-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (58.3) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.4), and the rookie class seemed to be up to Fusco’s challenge Saturday.
Freshman Lynn Zhang recorded a second-place finish in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.88) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.85). In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Alli Lapps recorded a second-place finish (2:12.75).
After the meet, head coach James Winchester praised the swimmers' passion and motivation.
“It’s definitely a big change from last year, but our upperclassmen are stepping up and leading the way for [the rookies],” Winchester said. “Our freshmen are growing meet-by-meet, and they’re able to do that by what the upperclassmen are setting them up for.”
Entering his second year as head coach of the swimming and diving program, Winchester said he hopes to maintain the compete level throughout the entire season.
“Our biggest challenge is to take the momentum from a great meet and apply it to our training daily.” Winchester said. “It’s a tough thing in our sport because training goes on for many, many months at a time.”
Winchester emphasized the importance of the team staying dedicated in the pool, weight room and the classroom as the season progresses.
Despite the loss, the men’s squad recorded eight top finishes in the meet, opening with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley by junior Gustav Hokfelt, seniors Andrea Bolognesi and Ben Fitch and sophomore Alex Auster.
This season, men’s swimming and diving hopes to continue its success from the 2015-2016 campaign, Bolognesi said.
Led by Bolognesi, the program’s first-ever First Team All-American , the Colonials recorded their best finish in the NCAA Championships, with 33rd-place team finish. Individually, Bolognesi placed eighth in the 100-breast.
Motivated by his success last season, Bolognesi’s main goal is to improve upon his performance at the National Championships this year.
“I know it’s not always easy to get better, but that’s the goal.” Bolognesi said. “I’m going back to Italy in a couple of weeks, so that will give me a chance to swim well-rested and see what the projection for this season [is] going to be.”
In the coming weeks, both teams hope to build on Saturday’s meet and maintain a consistent compete level as they get deeper into the season.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving returns to action at the Charles E. Smith Center Oct. 29 against Howard.”

Gavin Derleth: It's time the Vex goes 'green'
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 10, 2016
“Like most freshmen, I usually lose a few hours of my week riding the Vern Express. I take the Vex at least four times a week to get to classes on the Mount Vernon Campus and back to my residence hall on the Foggy Bottom Campus. One day while waiting to board one of the white buses, I saw a shuttle approach with a biodiesel hybrid sticker. It was the only Vex I’ve ever seen with that kind of classification. For the first time, I considered that the Vex doesn’t just have an impact on how fast students can get from West Hall to the Marvin Center. It also has an impact on the environment.
The Vex is rather successful in shuttling students between campuses, even if we have our small complaints. But because the Vex is such a big part of students’ lives at GW, officials should work on making the system even more environmentally friendly and using it to promote the University's commitment to sustainability.
As of now, GW doesn’t have any electric busses. And while a few seem to be biodiesel hybrids, it isn’t a Vex-wide policy. It makes more sense financially and environmentally for GW to switch to all-electric busing on campus. GW should recognize that electric buses are a long-term sustainable solution to transportation and should either rent buses from a company that has environmentally friendly buses or should make an investment in its own busing system.
Media Credit: Cartoon by Lauren Roll
Cartoon by Lauren Roll
Other universities recently have made their campuses' modes of transportation more environmentally friendly, and GW ought to look to these universities for guidance. The University of California at Los Angeles has used compressed natural gas buses for some time, and the school got rid of its last two diesel buses last month. The University of Montana purchased fast-charging electric buses to move toward its goal of zero emissions. Though UCLA may have a significantly larger endowment and number of students than GW, GW’s endowment far outnumbers the endowment of the University of Montana. If it is reasonable for smaller universities to take up the cost in order to help the environment, then GW ought to make this financial commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.
University President Steven Knapp has committed to multiple sustainable energy plans. Back in 2012 Knapp promised to recycle half of the University's total waste produced by 2017, reduce light pollution in construction projects and purchase more food from local sources. But officials haven’t yet made the Vex more sustainable.
“GW does not currently own any electric buses,” University spokesman Tim Pierce said in an email. “However, we continue to explore new technology and sustainable sources as they are developed to determine if they could be implemented on our campuses.”
If the Vex is the only viable option for the University to transport students between campuses, then it is important that officials consider the implications that running a busing service has on the surrounding environment and community. Just as the University reminds us to recycle in our rooms by providing different trash cans, officials have to consider the implications that come with running a daily shuttle service with diesel fuels.
The University wouldn’t necessarily have to spend tons of money on the shift: One option would be for GW to negotiate with International Limousines to offer an electric or compressed natural gas alternative. Or the University could then invest themselves in a fleet of shuttles that are environmentally friendly, without having to negotiate with a third-party company. In the long run, this might actually be a less expensive option for the University: The Proterra bus service can save owners up to $700,000 in costs over a 12-year period.
The University has shown that it takes going green seriously, but it is time for officials to focus on the transportation policies. GW would fit in with other universities by adding a fleet of electric or sustainable buses. University officials realize climate change is a pressing problem, and this is a way to try and solve it.
This is an opportunity for GW to not just talk the talk in going green, but to prove its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and being a sustainable campus.
Gavin Derleth, a freshman majoring in political science, is a Hatchet opinions writer. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

Staff Editorial: Colonials Weekend lineup lags without celebrity headliner
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 10, 2016
“Colonials Weekend is coming, and upperclassmen may notice something a little different about this year’s schedule for the weekend: There’s no big-name celebrity headliner.
Last year, the University brought Jon Stewart to campus, and in 2014 Seth Meyers performed a comedy show. Prior to that, musical groups like Train and The Fray were the headlining performances during Colonials Weekend. Although the weekend technically has a headliner this year – officials said that Acapellapalooza is the weekend’s main event – the decision to not bring in a big-name performer is a letdown.
Performers like Stewart and Meyers were huge draws for families and students. Tour guides listed these performances as #OnlyAtGW moments, and the acts made our parents weekend different than other schools’. Students may have the chance to see unique political speakers throughout the year, but seeing the Colonials Weekend performer was a way for families to have one of those experiences together.
We’re not sure why officials didn’t bring in a big headliner this year. Tracy Arwari, director of student support and family engagement, said staff make programming decisions on a year-by-year basis.
“Each year, the University reviews our programming to gauge which experiences are most beneficial,” Arwari said.
At other universities, traditional parents weekends might include a big football game or teaching parents how to sing the university’s alma mater. Students at GW are different, because we mostly don't rally around sports, so we don’t expect activities like that. But bringing in a big-name performer was a way for families to create memories together at GW, and it was an interesting thing to tell our friends at other universities.
This year’s schedule focuses on the “student experience,” which Arwari said was a purposeful move by officials. Arwari declined to comment on whether outside performers would be back at Colonials Weekend in the future.
But a lot of events on the weekend's schedule – like “Understanding the Internship Experience” and “The Library’s Role in Academic Success" – don't seem like events you’d want to do with your parents or other family members when you only have a few days together. As students, we already stress about internships and going to the library. We don’t need to add stress to a weekend with our parents.
It was also disappointing to see guest lectures were taken off the weekend’s schedule. Although it’s debatable whether the lectures drew large crowds, they gave parents a clear picture of the types of professors that teach students. If the University really wanted to highlight the student experience, it doesn’t make sense to eliminate lectures, too.
If officials couldn’t bring in a big-name performer for financial reasons, there are still ways the University could better utilize GW’s resources and location. Only one walking tour is offered during the weekend – a tour of African American sites throughout Foggy Bottom. The University could have added more walking tours around various areas in the District for families to experience other sights and neighborhoods. And although officials did plan an exciting trip to the U.S. Naval Academy, the tour is already sold out requires the trek to Annapolis, which is about 40 minutes away.
As of now, the weekend officials planned just doesn’t seem to have enough activities for students and their families to actively engage with one another. And that’s disappointing. Traveling to D.C. – especially for a family weekend – can be hard for some families because hotel prices and travel expenses are so high. Parents need an incentive to make the trip worthwhile.
We know that not every Colonials Weekend can attract a name as big as Jon Stewart. That’s OK, but we want to know why officials made this decision and whether it’s a new trend. Not every family is invested in Colonials Weekend, but for the ones that are, the lack of a headlining performance might be a bit of a letdown.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Melissa Holzberg and contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, based on discussions with managing director Eva Palmer, homepage editor Tyler Loveless, contributing sports editor Matt Cullen and copy editor Melissa Schapiro.”

Höfs fuels men's soccer's league-leading defense
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 03, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Sophomore goalkeeper Thor Arne Höfs punts the ball against Fordham on Saturday. Höfs anchors the Colonials' defense, leading the Atlantic 10 with a .882 save percentage.
Thor Arne Höfs is not a Marvel hero, but his abilities minding the net for men’s soccer this season have been nothing short of super.
The standout sophomore goalkeeper led GW (5–2–4, 0–0–1 A-10) to its league-leading sixth shutout of the season Saturday afternoon, blanking Fordham in a scoreless draw.
In his first year in the starting role, Höfs has recorded 45 total saves and allowed just six goals during 989 minutes of play this fall.
The Fehmarn, Germany native leads the conference with an impressive 0.55 goals against average and 0.882 save percentage, which is the 7th-best record in the nation.
Höfs is a vocal presence on the pitch but is humble about the accomplishments in his breakout campaign, crediting his success to the help from his teammates.
“I am lucky to have such a great back four in front of me this year, which are able to stand the pressure and still get so many clean sheets,” Höfs said. “The chemistry is great.”
Höfs earned the A-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Week award in mid-September for his performance against then-No. 12 Wake Forest, where the Colonials held the Demon Deacons scoreless in a 0–0 tie. He tallied a stellar seven saves, leading GW to its best performance against a top-15 team in 28 years.
Last fall, Höfs played only seven games for the Colonials and saw 630 total minutes of action behind then-senior goalkeeper Jack Lopez. After Lopez graduated in the spring, Höfs said he knew it was his turn to step up and lead the defense.
He worked hard over the summer preparing for the new role, spending every day either on the field or in the gym, he said.
“I knew what college soccer would be like when I got back, and I tried to practice every day back home over the summer,” Höfs said. “There are many little things in almost every aspect which I can still improve in my play, which I try to focus on in every practice or game...That’s what motivates me.”
Höfs has had years to perfect his game, having played the keeper position since he was six years old.
In his two seasons as a Colonial, Höfs has had a lot to learn, including adjusting to a new and “more athletic” style of play, he said.
However, Höfs faced a unique challenge last season, having to overcome a language barrier that made it harder to direct his back line, he said.
“I didn’t have any German friends on campus, but that was good,” Höfs said. “I was forced to speak English all the time, and that helped a lot because we had practice every day.”
Head coach Craig Jones recognizes Höfs’ improvement and hard work and called the second-year goaltender one of the team’s biggest strengths earlier this season.
“When he’s been called upon, he’s made some big plays at some crucial times for us,” Jones said. “He’s had a great season.”
With conference play now underway, Höfs knows he and his team faces strong competition, but he sees a bright future for the soccer program, he said.
“Now is the most important time of the year,” Höfs said. “We want to make it to the [A-10] tournament and we want to win as many games as possible… I think we have a good recruiting class this year. Right now we have a solid base, and we will do well in the next few years.”
As for himself, Höfs’ goals are straightforward.
“I just want to get as many clean sheets as possible and stay away from any injuries,” he said. “I also want to keep playing soccer after my four years here. Playing soccer every day on a high level is all I've ever wanted to do.””

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• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→