Stevens' Hillary Paul Named Empire 8 Woman of the Year

9/20/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. - Hillary Paul, a recent graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and a member of the field hockey, soccer, and track and field programs, has been named the 2010 Empire 8 Woman of the Year. Paul will represent the conference in national balloting for the NCAA Woman of the Year. The award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, and service and leadership.

“Hillary has an incredible work ethic and her ability to learn is insatiable,” said Stevens field hockey head coach Jessica Reed . “She made every practice a learning opportunity and always found ways to challenge herself and her teammates. She is a player who organized extra training, found ways outside the team to advance her skills, and always tried to encourage those around her to join. Hillary did this in addition to maintaining a 3.60 grade-point average as a Biomedical Engineering major and running her Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.”

Reed started recruiting Paul after the program had completed its first varsity season with a 1-15 record.  “Many others viewed this as a reason to choose a different program,” Paul said.  “I considered it a reason to choose Stevens. The challenge and the unique opportunity to build a program intrigued me.”

Four years later, the team finished the 2008 season with a program-best 19-4 record, a ranking of 16th in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, an Empire 8 championship, and a trip to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. Paul earned second-team All-American, first-team All-Region, and first-team all-conference honors in her senior year and was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the fourth consecutive time. 

She finished her field hockey career second all-time in goals, assists, and points while earning first-team all-conference honors three times. 

Pining for another season of team dynamics, Paul joined the women’s soccer team in 2009 despite never having played the sport before. “The entire Stevens community has been the beneficiary of her attitude, demeanor, and impact on others,” said Jeff Parker , head coach of the Stevens women’s soccer team. “Although she was a member of our program for just a single year, she made an impact in the locker room and on the field serving as a team captain. I count myself and those among us here at Stevens privileged to have the chance to call her part of our family.”

Paul was named Stevens 2010 Woman of the Year as well as receiving 2010 Distinguished Student Leader recognition. She made the Dean’s List every semester from 2005-10 and was also named the Sportswoman of the Year for the Ducks in women’s soccer in 2009.

“Hillary is a very special person,” said Stevens Director of Athletics Russell Rogers (Branchburg, N.J.) . “She embraced everything about the college experience and leaves a major impact on our institution well beyond athletics. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and look forward to following her progress in graduate school at Columbia University.”

Paul also competed on the Stevens women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams in 2009, performing well at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and being a member of several school-record indoor relay teams.

Paul was a very active member of the Stevens community. She served as President of the Gear & Triangle Leadership Honor Society, secretary and treasurer of the Stevens Law Society, choreographer of the American Culture Club, Peer Mentor to first-year students, and on the Greek Presidents’ Council.  She facilitated the 2010 Gear & Triangle Leadership Retreat and also served as Marine Biology intern, field hockey coach, and dance teacher/choreographer at St. Paul’s School.

“Hillary has proven to be an exemplary student and athlete,” said Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano (Rochester, N.Y.) .  “She encompasses everything that we value in the Empire 8 and is most deserving of Woman of the Year.”

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/press.