Basketball players pick their favorite staff member before game

Katilin Meister
Assistant Editor

Briar Cliff men’s and women’s basketball teams honored their favorite faculty or staff member for BCU appreciation day before their games yesterday against Concordia.

Senior guard Kelsey Evans chose to honor the executive assistant to the president, Bernice Metz.  Metz said that she was really surprised when Evans invited her to the game to be recognized.

“Because of all of the people there are on this campus and all of the people that she comes in contact with, to be chosen as the person to walk with her, that really is an honor,” says Metz.  

The chosen professors, coaches and staff lined up on the court and each received a gift from the player that picked them as the announcer read why they were that player’s favorite.

Kela Cihak, also a senior guard for the Chargers chose Stephanie Bell as her favorite professor.  Bell teaches all the developmental and cognitive psychology courses at Briar Cliff.

“I gave her a hug and said yes,” says Bell after Cihak asked if she would come to the ceremony.  “You just feel honored that they asked you.” 

Both Metz and Bell have been chosen as favorites before. Metz was chosen in 2010 by Matt Geelan; and Bell by Christa Stewart last year.

“It is nice to have them think of you as something other than a professor,” says Bell, “but as a support system, a mentor [and] a role model.”

Bell and Metz said that they felt honored that they were chosen by basketball players and felt that they in return should be recognizing these students.

“It is coming from an individual who is a hard worker because they have to balance their school work and be an athlete,” says Metz. “To me, I feel like it should be me honoring them because I see how hard they work.”

“It means a lot to be asked by basketball players,” says Bell. “They are excellent student athletes and the coaches should be proud of the work they are doing.”

Some teachers stayed after the ceremony to watch the game, which presented an opportunity to see their students in a different light.

“The sweet, studious Kela that I see in the classroom is very different than the Kela I see on the court,” says Bell. “I like both versions of Kela, but I was very surprised the first time I saw her [play].”

Metz says she really enjoyed watching Evans on the court because she can tell she really puts her heart and soul into the game. 

Others that were recognized included Beth Westfphal, Brian Fink, Jay Gunnels, Marian Pesky and more. 

 

Briar Cliff men’s and women’s basketball teams honored their favorite faculty or staff member for BCU appreciation day before their games yesterday against Concordia.

Senior guard Kelsey Evans chose to honor the executive assistant to the president, Bernice Metz.  Metz said that she was really surprised when Evans invited her to the game to be recognized.

“Because of all of the people there are on this campus and all of the people that she comes in contact with, to be chosen as the person to walk with her, that really is an honor,” says Metz.  

The chosen professors, coaches and staff lined up on the court and each received a gift from the player that picked them as the announcer read why they were that player’s favorite.

Kela Cihak, also a senior guard for the Chargers chose Stephanie Bell as her favorite professor.  Bell teaches all the developmental and cognitive psychology courses at Briar Cliff.

“I gave her a hug and said yes,” says Bell after Cihak asked if she would come to the ceremony.  “You just feel honored that they asked you.” 

Both Metz and Bell have been chosen as favorites before. Metz was chosen in 2010 by Matt Geelan; and Bell by Christa Stewart last year.

“It is nice to have them think of you as something other than a professor,” says Bell, “but as a support system, a mentor [and] a role model.”

Bell and Metz said that they felt honored that they were chosen by basketball players and felt that they in return should be recognizing these students.

“It is coming from an individual who is a hard worker because they have to balance their school work and be an athlete,” says Metz. “To me, I feel like it should be me honoring them because I see how hard they work.”

“It means a lot to be asked by basketball players,” says Bell. “They are excellent student athletes and the coaches should be proud of the work they are doing.”

Some teachers stayed after the ceremony to watch the game, which presented an opportunity to see their students in a different light.

“The sweet, studious Kela that I see in the classroom is very different than the Kela I see on the court,” says Bell. “I like both versions of Kela, but I was very surprised the first time I saw her [play].”

Metz says she really enjoyed watching Evans on the court because she can tell she really puts her heart and soul into the game. 

Others that were recognized included Beth Westfphal, Brian Fink, Jay Gunnels, Marian Pesky and more. 

 

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