By: Ryan Shepard, CAS/BA ‘18
WASHINGTON - The American University Men’s Soccer team put forth their best effort in front of some of American University’s hardest working professors. On Tuesday, October 9 the Eagles put together a strong first half performance, but fell short in a 6-2 loss against Albany. In spite of the unfortunate outcome, the American University community was there to cheer them on for ninety minutes.
Among those in the stands cheering at Reeves Field were AU professors invited by the student-athletes. In partnership with AU Athletics, the Student-Athlete Support Program (SASP) was happy to renew last year’s VIP (Very Important Professor) program that honors outstanding educators on campus.
Watching from Reeves Field, Professor Celeste Davis saw her student, Will Manogue, compete alongside his teammates Tuesday.
“It was such a surprise to be named a Very Important Professor. My relationships with the students in my classes are very important to me and the care many professors take to make sure class dynamics, materials, flow, and engagement have the right balance often go unnoticed. To get feedback from students in this way is such a treat.”
Alongside Professor Davis, Elissa Margolin of the College Arts & Sciences was able to see the game as well.
“Having had the opportunity to teach several student-athletes at multiple points in their academic career, I have also been so inspired by the tremendous growth that can happen for many of them in such a short time; I have witness many of them step into leadership roles on the field as well as in their classrooms. I love getting to be part of their journey, and I am truly touched to be recognized as a VIP!”
In addition to Professor Margolin and Professor Davis, the AU Men's Soccer team chose to honor Porfessors Kelso Cratsley, Trina Ulrich, Michael Clayton, Solange Garnier-Fox, William Beaman, Seda Goff, Arthur Shapiro, and William Bellows.
SASP will continue to sponsor VIP games throughout the semester.