On a brisk fall evening at McCooey field, Geneva Calder ’16 stands in the booth perched above the action as the first round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship gets under way.
A student-athlete herself, Calder is used to being around sports. On this particular evening, however, her usual role of participating on the field as a member of the women’s lacrosse team is reversed as she prepares to call the action as a color commentator for the WHWS 105.7FM broadcast team.
“This has been a dream come true for me,” says Calder, who is majoring in public policy and international relations with a minor in political science. I’ve always thought that working around sports would be cool and regardless of whether or not it is something I pursue as a career, this experience has been great.”
Calder discovered this opportunity while she was working as a statistical assistant at a Hobart hockey game. Knowledgeable in the sport, it was soon recognized that she would fit in well in her role as a color commentator.
“I grew up listening to hockey broadcasts, so when I was told that as a student worker I could do stuff like this on campus I was excited.”
Splitting her time between field hockey and ice hockey, Calder has provided color commentary for seven games since she decided to delve into the adventures of radio broadcast. Additionally, Calder is a member of the women’s club ice hockey team, the student athlete advisory council and the Americans for Informed Democracy club.
“For me, HWS has been an experience above and beyond what I ever expected,” she explains. “I think because of the smaller size of the school you really get to know the professors and they truly care about your interests.”
Calder’s father, James Calder ’79, P’16, was an economics major and a member of the lacrosse team. Despite having the same name as the town her father attended college, Calder notes that her name actually came from her mother’s side, although her father certainly approved.
“Having the name Geneva might have had a little bit of weight on why I chose the school,” she says with a smile.