Algoma U celebrates 'Team Jacobs Day'Friday, February 21, 2014 by: SooToday.com Staff
Algoma U cheers Olympians to gold on "Team Jacobs Day"
Brad Jacobs brought home OCAA gold medal 10 years ago
SAULT STE. MARIE - Algoma University's staff, faculty, and administration joined together this morning to cheer on Sault Ste. Marie's Team Jacobs in their pursuit of Olympic gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Algoma University community gathered in the Speak Easy at 8:30 a.m. wearing red, white, and Team Canada clothing to show their pride and support for the team with close ties to the University.
Skip Brad Jacobs and Second E. J. Harnden are both alumni of the University (graduating in 2007 and 2006, respectively), while Lead Ryan Harnden is a current student in his fourth year of studies, set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography this June.
The team was recognized at the Algoma University convocation ceremony in June of 2012 as recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award for their success in curling.
The Harnden brothers' mother, Sue Harnden, has also been an employee of the University for the past 35 years.
Ten years ago, on February 22, 2004, Jacobs also skipped the Algoma Thunderbirds Men's OCAA Championship game, bringing home the gold medal for the University, after a 6-0 performance in the round robin competition.
This was the first-ever OCAA medal for the University.
Dr. Arthur Perlini, the University's Academic Dean and Team Jacobs' Sports Psychologist, is impressed with the team and their resilience to the pressures of the Olympics. Perlini also shares in the University's pride of the team.
"The team's ability to rebound from a difficult 1-2 start demonstrates their mental toughness, resilience and single-minded focus on a stage and under pressures that lesser men have crumbled under. The team has long known that competition tests our mettle before we earn its medal."
Algoma University would like to congratulate Team Jacobs on their successful Olympic debut and their title as Olympic Champions!
The University community is immensely proud of their Olympic performance and their showmanship.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Social Work, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.