I am never satisfied.
And for Zach Myers, business management major and soccer “National Player of the Year,” that’s not a bad thing, as it has brought him success on and off the field and has taught him valuable and life-lasting lessons.
Being satisfied with “OK” or “good” isn’t good enough for Zach and members of the SVSU soccer team, 2012 GLIAC Champions and runners-up in the NCAA national tournament. Coach Cale Wassermann, himself an SVSU graduate (2007, B.A.), stresses not only a push-and-push-more attitude on the field, but in the classroom as well. And to help his student-athletes really see the success they dream of, Coach starts the season by having the players write down one athletic goal and one academic goal.
I am working hard to accomplish my dreams.
Zach Myers wrote down “All American” for his athletic goal and “4.0” for his academic goal. At the end of the season and semester, Zach received an email from Coach. “You did it!” he wrote – accomplishing both goals.
I am glad I chose SVSU.
Zach’s first experience at SVSU was a soccer camp, the summer after his sophomore year in high school (Forest Hills Eastern, Grand Rapids). He says that everything felt right about the campus and made his college selection an easy one. What he loves most about SVSU is “it’s small enough to be personal but big enough to be a ‘real’ university. I can walk across campus and even President Gilbertson will say ‘hi’ and call me by name. I have friends who have never even seen the president of their school let alone be greeted by name.”
Zach says he wanted his college experience to be about more than athletics. “I never wanted to be the athlete who just performs on the field and is never part of the campus life.” And so the Dean Scholarship recipient became a peer advisor for SVSU’s retention program, designed to help freshmen succeed, and joined “Forever Red,” a “pre-alumni” registered student organization for students to engage with alumni, build traditions and create a legacy of Red Pride. Zach has also served on the Student Advisory Board for the College of Business & Management.
Zach also appreciates that the human scale of SVSU translates into the classroom, where professors not only know students by name but also know their interests and talents. He particularly likes the fact that many professors in the College of Business & Management have come to their academic roles with a corporate/business background, thus making the learning more “real world.”
I am planning my future.
After graduation in May 2013, Zach looks forward to graduate school. At first, he thought about getting an M.B.A. but true to his passion, he expects to pursue a master’s degree in sports administration. His dream job is to be a collegiate athletic director. To be more specific, Zach’s dream job is athletic director at SVSU.
So a word of warning to Mike Watson, SVSU’s current athletic director. A bright, hardworking, loyal Cardinal and team player is planning to one day take your job, and write the next script of his life.
I am the future Athletic Director at SVSU.
Zach is a Dean's Scholarship recipient. Awards of $3,000 every year for four years are offered to incoming freshman with a high school GPA of 3.00 or better and a minimum ACT composite of 24. The Dean's Scholarship is a competitive scholarship.
Zach lived on campus for two years, saying “I loved every second of it.” He lived in First Year Suites and in his sophomore year, Living Center South.
The strong business program and the fact that the College of Business & Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International are reasons Zach chose SVSU for his studies. It is estimated that about 30 percent of U.S. schools with business programs have AACSB-International accreditation and less than 5 percent of all business programs worldwide have earned this accreditation.
Coach Cale Wassermann joined SVSU in 2009. In 2012, the soccer team won the GLIAC Championship and for the first time appeared in the NCAA championship game. Coach Wassermann was the 2012 GLIAC Coach of the Year and NSCAA National Coach of the Year.