Former Blue Angel softball and basketball player Dr. Cynthia Schroeder is happy she started her academic and athletic career at Kaskaskia College.
After graduating high school in 1983, Cynthia decided to enroll at Kaskaskia College. “I was looking for the right place to continue my education while at the same time still compete in athletics. KC offered an environment that allowed me to grow academically and actively participate in two sports.”
“Many of my instructors and coaches had a very positive impact on my life,” Cynthia continued. “I would like to give Coach Jim Jackson (softball) extra kudos for dedicating his time and energy to help make my two years playing softball some of my most memorable. He helped bring out the best in all of us on the field while at the same time provided an environment of belonging to a team and having fun! I can't go without saying the one other person at KC who made an even bigger difference in my life and continues to do so even today is my father, Don Schroeder. As an educator and administrator at Kaskaskia, he was always there to assist me with making some of the most important decisions in my educational career while at the same time supporting all of my athletic endeavors.”
After graduating from Kaskaskia College in 1985, Cynthia went on to receive her BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training at SIU Carbondale, her MS in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Northern Illinois University, and her PhD in Exercise Physiology from Kansas University. She is currently the Dean for the School of Sport, Recreation, and Exercise Sciences at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
“Some of my fondest memories are from participating in competitive sports at KC,” Cynthia said. “Being a Blue Angel wasn't just about wins and losses but about gaining life experiences that would carry over into my professional life as an athletic trainer, educator, and as a future leader.”