Hometown: Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Major: Interactive Marketing
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
Activities: National Collegiate Honor society since fall 2010,
Honors and Awards: Graduating cum laude with a current overall GPA of 3.58; National Collegiate Honor Society, fall 2010-present;
Dean's List, fall 2010, spring 2012, fall 2013;
Alpha Mu Alpha National American Marketing Association;
Scholar athlete 2012, 2013, 2014;
Little East Conference Second Team 2011, 2012;
Rookie of the Year 2011;
Ranked 1st in NCAA Division III in Saves per game 2012;
Ranked in top-10 in NCAA Division III in Saves per game all four
An athlete from Long Island, Karli Portnoy found out about Western when she was recruited to be a member of the Colonials Women's Lacrosse Team. "After doing an overnight and having time on campus and with the team, I decided to come to WestConn," she says. "I loved the experience I had on my overnight visit, I loved the team and was excited to become a part of it. I also felt that at Western, I was far enough away from home but yet was still close enough to be able to go home when I needed to."
Once at Western, Portnoy decided to become a marketing major "because I have always enjoyed the advertising and creativity side of it. I've always liked the idea that in marketing there is no right or wrong, but rather the ability to do things in many different ways."
Portnoy says her coach, Jennifer Ouellet, has been a mentor during her time at Western. "She has been there to guide me through each step during my four years here," Portnoy says. "Balancing a sport and academics can be difficult; but with her help, study halls and time management, I feel being an athlete has made me a better student."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Portnoy says, "I don't have just one experience that is most memorable. My sophomore year was by far my favorite year. It was just all-around an exciting time. Once you enter your sophomore year, you have already made your core group of friends, you have already found your footing, you are no longer the low man on the totem pole. This was also the year our team made it to the Little East Conference Championships, an experience I will never forget."
After graduation, Portnoy hopes to get a job in the marketing department of a nonprofit organization. "I would also love to continue playing and coaching lacrosse."
Portnoy's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "This will be the fastest four years of your life. Make sure you don't take it for granted — get involved and enjoy it before it's too late."