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Golden Hurricane Club Former Student-Athlete Spotlight
Name: Jacqueline Malleo
Hometown: Manasquan, NJ
Degree/Major: Communications - Emphasis in Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2010
1.) What did it mean to you to be a TU student-athlete?
I still have a great sense of pride that I was able to represent The University of Tulsa and make history within the women's rowing program at TU. It was an unbelievable experience following my dream of being a Division I student-athlete; all while witnessing the campus enhancements and being successful both in the classroom and on the field of competition.
2.) How did you benefit from the support shown by TU fans and members of the Golden Hurricane Club?
Golden Hurricane Club members constantly supported us by proudly wearing their Blue & Gold in the stands, and by helping our programs soar to new heights through generous financial contributions. It really showed their commitment on and off the field, as well as their true concern for us as student-athletes.
3.) What is your most memorable moment as a Golden Hurricane student-athlete?
While a lot of great experiences come to mind, some of the best are the bond that you form with your teammates, winning championships, traveling with the team, and our coaches' daily life lessons. It was a privilege to represent TU within C-USA by being the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and changing the concept of the Student-Athlete Award Banquet, now called the Golden Cane Awards. It was a dream come true when I was one of nine student-athletes who received the award for "Ultimate Team" as it symbolized my involvement in the community, classroom, and in my sport.
4.) What was your favorite TU tradition?
The ringing of the bell on Bayless Plaza after a senior's last exam is my favorite university tradition because it represents a sense of accomplishment throughout our time at TU. It's always exciting at the end of December and beginning of May to hear the constant sound of the bell ringing from Tulsa students and student-athletes.
5.) How did being a student-athlete at TU prepare you for life after college?
TU did an excellent job of teaching me how to prioritize and manage my time accordingly. From early morning workouts to studying for class, I was more than prepared to step into the "real world" after graduation. Head Coach Kevin Harris always supported me and challenged me in all of my endeavors, whether it was being involved in the community or on campus. I was constantly being challenged at TU, and as a result I continue to challenge myself within my career. I arrived at TU as a student-athlete and left as a young woman with great memories, friends, and life lessons beyond the classroom.
6.) What have you been up to since your graduation from TU?
After graduating in 2010, I moved to Lake Placid, NY and trained for the Olympic Bobsledding Team where I competed against Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. In addition, I have managed the marketing initiatives for two NFL football player camps. Currently, I am working for the New York Mets and preparing for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star, which will be hosted by the Mets organization and Citi Field.