Outside the Classroom
Koren Schram ’09 & Chris Wielgus
“Athletics are essential in my academic experience. My rigorous schedule as a varsity athlete has allowed me to develop critical time-management skills that are useful in balancing academics with athletics. My team, coaching staff, and multiple resources in the athletic department have become a network of support for any issue, especially academics. My academic experience has been elevated due to this network. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by how many opportunities student-athletes have to participate in various organizations on campus while still being varsity athletes and students.”
Koren Schram ’09 has led the Big Green to multiple victories on the basketball court, making her one of the Ivy League’s top defensive players. Originally from Batesville, Arkansas, Schram is now majoring in psychology and neuroscience and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Drawn to Dartmouth because of the opportunities available to student-athletes, she fell in love with the basketball program, players, and staff when she visited campus. Last season she led Dartmouth in scoring and helped the team win a share of the Ivy League title and a bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. She earned All-Ivy recognition and was awarded the Class of 1976 Award for the best female athlete.
“In a school that prides itself on academics, SATs, GPA s, and IQ s are important everywhere but in a gym. The gym catapults our students outside their comfort zone. I enjoy watching the learning process unfold right in front of me. My players and I have been on an unbelievable journey. We have sweated, cried, laughed, and spent endless hours traveling. But the one thing I love the most is that my interaction with the students does not end with graduation. Our memories and friendships last a lifetime! It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Chris Wielgus has led the Big Green to unprecedented heights. With 11 Ivy League championships, Dartmouth’s head women’s basketball coach is one of the nation’s elite coaches. Wielgus began at Dartmouth 24 years ago during the women’s basketball program’s fifth year of existence. Since then, she has seen her teams reach the NCAA Tournament six times. She doesn’t hesitate to share that one of Dartmouth’s greatest strengths are its people, and she gives credit for her love of work to the students and staff she works with daily.