Hammelev juggles soccer balls, newspapers and books

An editor, a soccer player, a student and a writer, Amy Hammelev '08 wears many hats.

Hammelev is originally from Colorado Springs. "I chose Adams State because it was close to home, but not to far away. I enjoy being on a first name basis with my professors and the small class sizes."

Hammelev started as a business major at Adams State, but quickly switched to an English major with an emphasis in communication.

"After discovering that business was not the major for me, English came to mind. I had several wonderful English teachers throughout high school that made English fun. Mr. Heinton was my AP English teacher. He made learning fun, Hamlet and 1984 were enjoyable and he was always approachable," Hammelev said.

"My first semester here I had English 102, with the then advisor of the newspaper," Hammelev said. "She recruited me the following year to write for the paper. I started at the South Coloradan as a writer receiving credit, but when the features editor job opened up, I stepped in with the intention of training to be the editor."

As the editor in chief, Hammelev is responsible for four editors and the writing staff. "I used to think that the editor was just the person that checked articles for correct spelling and grammar, but through working on the South Coloradan I learned there is so much more."

On Wednesday nights, Hammelev is in the South Coloradan office with other staff members finishing the paper until late hours. "In working for the paper, I have learned the importance of deadlines. The paper has also taught me patience and management skills," Hammelev says.

A frequent reader of the South Coloradan President David Svaldi said: "This year the paper has shown marked improvement. It generally applies to all readers with a variety of articles. I enjoy reading the paper and it is evident that the students are working hard."

When Hammelev is not working hard at the paper, she is on the soccer field. "The soccer team became my family away from home and it helped me to meet new people as a freshman."

Hammelev has been playing soccer year round since she was five years old. "I will be sad when I graduate because this is the end of the road for me, in terms of playing soccer at this level, although, I have an opportunity to join a women’s league this summer."

Since I have been playing for so long, I have developed good time-management. I learned to fill in the gaps of my schedule with homework, to keep on top of things," Hammelev says.

As previously reported in an athletics article titled, "Grizzlies place two on ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District squad," Hammelev "was a second team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII College Division women's soccer squads." Hammelev is the fourth player to receive this esteemed honor and the women's soccer program at Adams State is only six years-old.

Among other honors, Hammelev has received Second Team Academic All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors, been an Academic All-RMAC pick in 2005 and 2006 and a 2006 Honorable Mention National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas® Scholar All-West Region pick. To round out these impressive honors Hammelev played in 58 career games, 10th most in school history.

Hammelev is also a student, with a 3.90 GPA. "It has always been important to me to maintain a good grades."

Dr. David Mazel, professor of English, said, "Amy is a great student and editor. She is taking advantage of what Adams State has to offer and getting hands on experience with the paper. Adams State has small programs which give students a better chance to be involved and show what they got."

"Mazel has been the biggest ear I could ever have, he always listens and has been a tremendous help with the paper and as my advisor," Hammelev said.

Among her other professors, Hammelev gives praise to Dr. John Taylor, associate professor of theatre, "When I had class with Dr. Taylor he presented all the possible perspectives on a topic and he opens your eyes to other possibilities, I respect him a lot as a professor."

Taylor praises Hammelev: "Amy is person with a big heart and a tremendous curiosity about life. It is always a pleasure to see her as part of a class because I know she will help to make it a better class."

Hammelev will graduate this spring and hopes to find a job in page design and lay out for a magazine. "Through the South Coloradan, I have learned to appreciate and enjoy the art of moving around the pieces on a page, like a puzzle, to see what fits best," she said. "The paper has been like a preview for the real world and I am actually applying what I have learned in my communications classes and developing important skills for the real world."

When I graduate I will miss the school, soccer, teachers, the newspapers and the plays, I really enjoyed watching the plays because Adams State has so many talented actors and actresses."

For more information on Adams State College's South Coloradan contact Dr. David Mazel at dbmazel@adams.edu.

Article by: Marni Zabel