Staff Profile- Blake Pierce
The First Year Experience program at Augusta State University is designed to help first-time students who live in University Village transition into college a little easier. Blake Pierce, coordinator of the FYE program, joined the Augusta State University family in August 2005 as an academic advisor in the former Undeclared Majors and Advising Center, now the Academic Advising Office.
"I worked as a student assistant in college and enjoyed my experience," says Mr. Pierce, a Tifton, Ga., native. "When I moved to Augusta, I was lucky enough to find a job at ASU."
In February 2007, Mr. Pierce left Academic Advising to take on his new role as Coordinator of Special Student Programs. He maintains everything First Year Experience, as well as collaborates with orientation and housing, and provides academic advising to all joint enrolled students.
Outside of ASU, Mr. Pierce is an avid lacrosse fan and coaches local school teams. He coaches youth lacrosse through the YMCA as well as assists with the Greenbrier High School boys' lacrosse team. He first became involved in lacrosse after moving to Augusta. "One day I came out a room in University Hall and saw a student posting signs on the bulletin board about the Augusta Lacrosse Club. I'd played sports all my life and didn't know a thing about lacrosse. I decided to try something new and check it out. I've been involved ever since," says Mr. Pierce.
Thanks to Mr. Pierce and a few other students interested in the sport, ASU now has its own lacrosse team.
"ASU Lacrosse has its first game on April 19 versus Georgia College and State University. We practice Wednesday and Thursday on the main campus sports field as well as Sundays at the field behind Kroger in Evans. I encourage everyone to come out and see what lacrosse is all about and support ASU's new lacrosse team," he says.
In his spare time, Mr. Pierce enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking, and kayaking. He received a bachelor's degree in business and information technology from Macon State College in 2004.
Position: Coordinator of Special Student Programs
How long at ASU: Over two years
Family: wife, Megan, and daughter, Ella Rose Pierce
Pets: a Boston Terrier, Fenway
Little known fact: I am in the process of training for my first triathlon in July.
Likes about ASU: He enjoys working with the students.
More about lacrosse: "There are four positions in lacrosse: Goalie, which obviously protects the goal; Defense, which helps defend the goal; Attack, the main offensive players that score; and Midfield, that transition between both ends of the field. I play the Midfield position."
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