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Nov. 12, 2013

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By Brittany Ventriglio

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - As a dedicated member of the UCF volleyball team, Kaye-Alese Green takes every practice seriously. But because she left a recent session early in order to attend a President's Leadership Council meeting, it is easy to see how important the group is to her.

Serving as the lone student-athlete on a council of only 35 members while acquiring a degree in psychology, Green has a lot on her plate. Volunteering to be an ambassador for the president's office is something she takes pride in.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., and having lived in Jacksonville, she is currently a senior academically at UCF and earned Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll accolades from 2010-12. Although busy, Green is grateful for Assistant Vice President and Assistant Chief of Staff Dr. Nancy Marshall for encouraging her to get involved.

"[Marshall] teaches lead courses for the lead scholar's program and she was my teacher. She introduced me to the organization and encouraged me to apply. I am very fortunate to be accepted," she said.

The PLC was founded during the 1977-78 academic year. The council is responsible for campaigns that inform the Central Florida community about what UCF offers, the development of the peer advising program and also the implementation of a series of leadership seminars for students. During the 2012-13 academic year, the PLC contributed more than 4,500 hours of public service for the university.

Green feels honored to be accepted into such a small, elite organization. To be eligible, one must be a graduate student or a junior or senior undergraduate. Once accepted, an individual can stay on the council as long as he or she is a student at UCF.

Going into her third year on the council, she still finds balancing volleyball and the PLC difficult. The council meets twice a month on Tuesdays and also serves at different events that are being hosted, such as commencements and new building dedications.

"iIt is a challenge to balance both but it is a great opportunity. In the PLC, we work 75 hours in the fall and 50 hours in the spring so it is a significant amount of hours that we serve the university. It's sometimes difficult balancing the PLC and volleyball, but I love it. You only get one life to live once so you might as well make the most of it," she said.

Being an active member of the PLC has given Green the opportunity to make new memories that she would have not been able to experience otherwise. One of her personal favorites is when the PLC helped President John C. Hitt host UCF's 50th birthday party in the arena, where many members served as dancers.

"Few can say they go-go danced in front of the university president at a big black-tie sort of event and it was just a lot of fun. They transformed the arena into this fantastic gala. I was able to go and support the president on the scholarship money they were raising and I just had a great time with a great group of people," Green said.

While Green has worked to be such a valuable asset to the PLC, the council has helped her in return by opening her eyes to new experiences and outlooks.

"The PLC is a fantastic and interesting group. They have broadened my perspective out of athletics. I've been fortunate to make some good friends who are not in athletics so it's a great opportunity to meet people who have different goals and perspectives," she said.

Even volleyball head coach Todd Dagenais recognizes how well-rounded she is. From day one, he knew what a great player she would prove to be on and off the court.

"Kaye is probably one of the most well-rounded and well-balanced athletes we've had since I've been here and we knew that when we recruited her. She is exactly what a UCF student-athlete should embody - a great player on the floor, great leader in the locker room, and when she steps off the court, she's not only a great ambassador to the volleyball program, but more importantly a great ambassador to UCF," he said.

With all that Green has learned and achieved while at UCF, the ball is already in her court.

"She is a young lady with a fantastic future ahead of her in whatever she decides to do. I could see her going into medicine, politics, or business administration running corporations. She's a great leader and so well organized. She's going to go somewhere after UCF and do something really amazing," Dagenais said.



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