GRANVILLE, Ohio – In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (Feb. 5, 2020), Denison University athletics will be holding a special event honoring the accomplishments of female athletes and how the influence and progression of sports has impacted their lives.
All Big Red athletes are welcome to join us on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in Herrick Hall where an all-female panel of former Denison athletes and alumni will be speaking and answering questions on what their time as a Denison athlete/student has meant to their lives post-graduation and in their careers.
Annie-Rae Dura '12 – A native of Columbus, Ohio, Annie-Rae Dura graduated from Denison in 2012 and was a four-year member of the Big Red women's basketball team. Learning from her exciting times on the basketball court, Dura spent her early years after graduation empowering young women while pushing herself to the next level as the coach for her former AAU team of 16-17-year-old girls. Not only did she help with their euro-step, but also mentored them through the next steps of their lives and their goals. In 2017, she graduated with her M.B.A from Tiffin University and is currently working full-time while pursuing a professional career in marketing.
Melanie (Cluss) Lott '04 – Honored as the most decorated hurdler in Denison women's track and field history, Melanie (Cluss) Lott currently works as an Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at her alma mater. After graduating from Denison, she earned her Master's in Biomechanics at the University of Michigan, taught high school physics, coached track & field and cross country, and then earned her Ph.D. in Physics from Bryn Mawr College. Her two favorite places on campus are the basement of Olin and the indoor track. Lott was a 13-time NCAC champion, was the recipient of the President's Medal in 2004, and was recently inducted into the Varsity D Association Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Heather (Allred) Harris '94 – A 1994 graduate of Denison, Heather (Allred) Harris has turned her successes on the soccer pitch into more than 25 years of experience in the business world. Harris has led a variety of global businesses ranging from fashion to boutique fitness brands and most recently has served as President of one of the fastest-growing franchised brands, CycleBar Franchising LLC. A three-time All-NCAC selection as a forward for the Denison women's soccer team (1990-93), Harris is an active mentor to the University of Cincinnati's Lindner School of Business, Women in Leadership, while also being heavily involved with Women's Franchise Network, and an active and proud alumnus of Denison University.
Marcy (Brown) Stoudt '94 – Also a 1994 graduate of Denison, Marcy (Brown) Stoudt launched an Executive Coaching practice specifically focused on Women in Leadership. Her company, Revel Coach, co-founded with her sister, is creating a community of like-minded women who want to mentor, inspire and celebrate one another. Before Revel Coach, Marcy spent 22 years in Corporate America in various roles from VP of Strategy to VP of Sales & Marketing. This experience influenced her passion for working with people, creating opportunities for others, and hiring talent based on character and potential. A communications major while at Denison, Stoudt played club soccer & rugby all four years during her time in Granville.
Alison (Brown) Nissen '89 - Alison (Brown) Nissen, class of 1989, is an award-winning author, is the immediate past president of the Florida Writers Association, podcaster, and ghostwriter and editor for some of America's corporate elite. She holds a graduate degree from Norwich University in Literature and is a Humanities Professor for Southeastern University. Alison, along with her sister Marcy (Brown) Stoudt, launched Revel Coach, an inspiration platform designed to create a community where women can learn from each other, share experiences, and develop best practices in the entrepreneurial environment. Like her sister, Nissen was also a member of the women's rugby team while at Denison.
Originally initiated in 1987, National Girls and Women in Sports Day has evolved into an opportunity to recognize all women athletes and the positive influence of sports participation for women, girls, and society. Denison is currently home to 12 women's varsity sports, including their most recent addition, women's fencing for the 2019-20 season.