NEAC Friday Feature: Keuka College

NEAC Friday Feature: Keuka College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Each week throughout the fall, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight one of our conference members and feature two of the institution’s standout student-athletes. After a holiday break, we turn our attention to Keuka College and student-athletes Jadine Buddingh and Trevor Powell.

With its picturesque setting along the Finger Lakes in New York State, Keuka College offers nearly 50 four-year and graduate programs to approximately 4,000 students from its Finger Lakes campus and at satellite venues nationally and globally. Founded in 1890 as a liberal arts college, Keuka College’s mission is to create exemplary citizens and leaders to serve the nation and the world of the 21st century. The New York Times recently ranked Keuka College in the top 10 percent nationally among private colleges for economic advancement of its graduates.

Student-Athletes at Keuka College embrace all aspects of the NCAA Division III experience with 42 All-NEAC awards in its history and an overall student-athlete grade-point average of 3.02. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Jadine Buddingh chose Keuka College because it was one of the only schools that allowed her to pursue all of her interests.

“I was recruited for volleyball, I was a member of the equestrian team and I was able to study the arts,” Buddingh shared. “All three of those things are my passions and that’s why I chose to come to Keuka College.”

A junior guard on the men’s basketball team, Trevor Powell also found the size of Keuka College to be appealing when selecting where to continue his education.

“I chose Keuka College because it is a small school and the classes aren’t too big,” Powell said. “I also wanted an out-of-state school and since I was being recruited for basketball, I knew it was going to be a top choice.”

Powell, who hails from Manassas, Va., is a business management major with future aspirations to go to graduate school and pursue a career as an insurance agent or a business analyst. As a Division III student-athlete, time demands were an adjustment for Powell, but he has been able to find a balance between his studies and athletics. Powell currently leads Keuka in scoring this season and has played in every career in his career at Keuka College with 480 career points and 271 career rebounds. In 2016-17, he also received Honorable Mention recognition on the 2016-17 USBWA Rochester Area NCAA Division II-III Teams by the Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

“When I came in as a freshman, I had to adjust to the amount of work I had plus always going to practice and games,” Powell reflected. “My experience as a Division III student-athlete has been great thus far and the part I have enjoyed the most is visiting other parts of New York.”

As an art design major with a concentration in studio arts, Keuka College has allowed Buddingh to experience a variety of activities as she works toward her goal of becoming an independent artist.  

“In Division III, school comes first which has allowed me to play volleyball and still have time for school and other activities,” Buddingh said. “Playing in Division III has been great because there is a lot of competition and it requires effort and dedication, but it also allows breathing room. It is a lot easier to keep good grades while still enjoying the sport you love.”

Buddingh just completed her senior season as an outside hitter on the women’s volleyball team and has excelled both on and off the court throughout her career. She was recognized on the NEAC All-Conference Team in 2015 and 2017 and is a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete. This season, Buddingh averaged a personal-best 1.96 digs per set and recorded a career-high 25 aces. She also boasts 584 career kills and 459 career digs.

While her time as an athlete has been memorable, Buddingh notes her favorite part about Keuka College has been her Field Period experiences. Students at Keuka College participate in Field Period during every one of their undergraduate years. Field Period is a self-designed, off-campus experience that allows students to gain skills in the real world while exploring interests and trying new areas.

“I got the chance to try things I never imagined doing,” Buddingh added. “For instance, I never thought I would learn how to weld and actually enjoy doing it on top of that.”

While Keuka College is able to provide expansive opportunities to its students, the close-knit connections throughout campus still prove to be most impactful.

“Others may not know Keuka College is one of the most diverse schools,” Powell said. “The thing I love most about Keuka College is the student body. Everybody treats each other like family here and I feel right at home.”

To learn more about Keuka College and Wolves athletics, visit keukaathletics.com.

*Information provided by Jimmy Habecker, Keuka College Sports Information Director

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.