Courtesy of Chestnut Hill College Athletics
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (January, 11, 2019) – Chestnut Hill College Director of Athletics and Recreation, Jesse Balcer is pleased to announce Jessica Day '09 as his Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation effective January 1, 2019. "I had the pleasure of working with Jess as both a student-athlete and a professional colleague. Over the course of those years, she has always shown a tremendous work ethic and a distinct commitment to the mission of Chestnut Hill College," stated Balcer. "Her tireless efforts as our Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Success and Community Engagement have helped put the College in a better academic light and have rightfully earned her, her new role as the Associate Director of Athletics. I am beyond excited to help Jess grow in her new position and I am confident she will excel." An alumni of the College, Day has served as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Success and Community Engagement since 2015.
"I am excited to continue my journey at Chestnut Hill College, this place is special to me," exclaimed Day. "As a former student-athlete and alumni, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve this community as a professional. I look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead. Go GriffinNation!" As the Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Success and Community Engagement, Day assisted Chestnut Hill College's student-athletes in scheduling classes and maintaining academic eligibility, while serving as a faculty liaison to ensure proper procedures for class dismissal and student-athlete academic success. In addition to overseeing the College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and serving as a mentor for the Athletic Communications and Community Engagement Intern, Day attended several National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II APPLE Conferences, as well as, spearheaded the College's membership with Chi Alpha Sigma; the National College Athlete Honor Society. Under Day's academic guidance, Chestnut Hill College student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous success in the classroom, garnering institutional, conference, regional, and national recognition on the Chestnut Hill College Dean's List, the Chestnut Hill College Athletics Academic Honor Roll, the Google Cloud/College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Teams, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Academic Teams, East Coast Conference (ECC) Commissioner's Honor Roll, the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) All-Academic Team, the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Academic Team, Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Award, the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Teams, and the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.
As a student-athlete at Chestnut Hill College, Day present for the College's transition to the NCAA DII level in 2007. A career .280 (133-for-403) hitter, Day made 141 starts in the outfield and ranks within the program's top five in a litany of categories; she is the all-time leader in runs scored (50) while standing second in hits (113), total bases (156), doubles (24), starts, and triples (5), as well as third all-time in games played (142) and runs batted in (51, RBI), and fifth in home runs (5). Her 35 hits during the 2008 campaign stood as the program's most in a single season until 2016.
After a standout career with the Griffin softball program and graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology and human services in 2009, Day went on to earn a master's in higher education administration and student affairs from Ohio State University in 2011. During that time, she served as a hearing officer, helping to administer and communicate the Code of Student Conduct to Ohio State students. As Hearing Officer, she assessed incident report forms and implemented charges and/or sanctions resulting from violations of the Code of Student Conduct while also coordinating and assisting in training members of the University Judicial Panel. Day also acted as House Director of the Sigma Kappa Chapter of the school's Kappa Delta Sorority, maintaining on-call responsibility for 42 live-in members, managing house facilities, and cultivating a safe and support environment for chapter members.
After Ohio State, Day worked as an admissions counselor at Thomas Edison State College (2011-2012) and as a housing coordinator at Neumann University (2012-2013) before going on to Philadelphia University (Jefferson). There, as the Area Coordinator of Judicial Affairs (2013-2014), she supervised a graduate-level Residence Coordinator in addition to overseeing 12 student staff members and a residential area of over 600 students. In that role, Day met with at-risk students and furnished them with the necessary resources to improve their collegiate experience, also acting as students' initial contact regarding violations of the Community Standards. She trained hearing officers and hearing board members in appropriate University protocols and oversaw CHOICES, a peer-led alcohol education program.
As the Assistant Director of Housing and Judicial Affairs (2014-2015), Day was in charge of two Residence Coordinators and a Judicial Affairs Graduate Assistant while also presiding over 26 student staff members and an 800-student residential area. She was responsible for providing crisis management solutions during emergency situations on campus, providing resources and counseling to at-risk students, and assisting in executing room assignments and the housing selection process for 1,600 residential students. Day developed presentations for students and their guardians regarding the University's conduct process and housing practices in addition to wellbeing, ethics, and policies and procedures while also working to ensure residential facilities were managed and maintained properly.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.