2011 Virtual Team Challenge starts tomorrow!

The Concept 2 Virtual Team Challenge starts tomorrow! Last year we fielded a team of 16 alumni for a total of 1.2 million meters. This year’s aim is to reach a mere 2 million. Every bit counts, so sign up today and get your erg on. Registration closes Jan 15. Make sure you’re registered for it as part of the U Chicago Alumni Crew.

We can’t reach 2 million without you. Hop on that erg and fight the battle of the bulge!


Alumni Row and BBQ recap

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend for making yet another great crew alumni reunion. I was happy to see some new faces this time around. The row had to be held off until Sunday but it was well worth the wait. The weather was gorgeous and perfect for a row downtown. I’ll try to get some pictures posted soon.

Alumni Row & BBQ schedule

Don’t forget the Alumni Row and BBQ, Saturday June 5th!  If anyone else is planning on coming, and hasn’t contacted Chelsea yet, please see the previous post.
Here is the schedule for Saturday.  This schedule is pretty set, but if the pick up time/site arrival time changes, I’ll post an update ASAP:

Alumni Row
7:45am pick up at Henry Crown
8:10am arrive at the site
8:30am on the water
9:15-9:30am off the water
10am back on campus
There will be donuts, bagels and coffee provided.

Alumni BBQ
: 2pm at the point.  There will be burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salad, and chips.
If you need transportation to the site, let Chelsea know so there are enough vehicles for pick up.  Otherwise, the team’s site is located near 2800 S. Eleanor Street, on the corner of S. Loomis and S. Eleanor.  If you need further direction, please email.

For the BBQ, if you park near the Shorleland, 5454 S. Shore Drive, and walk under the tunnel towards the point, we will be near one of the fire pits with food!

Events Update

Dear Alumni,

Hello everyone, here are a few updates/reminders/things to put in your calendars:

May 17th (Monday)-Boat Naming

This year, the UChicago Crew team bought two brand spanking new Pocock fours.  The varsity squads have had a great year rowing in them, with the women and men respectively, placing 3rd and 5th at the Head of the Charles, 2nd and 3rd at URAs, and 2nd and 3rd at MACRAs, among many other notable finishes.

These wonderful boats have yet to be named.  Thanks to two anonymous donors, one of our Pocock fours will be named in honor of former coach Amanda Carson.  We are planning on having the boat naming ceremony Monday, May 17th at 7:30pm.  Location is still TBD, but will most likely be on the main quad as we have done for past namings.   If you are interested in attending, or would like to donate money, please e-mail me so we can have a head count.  There will be cake!

June 5th (Saturday)-Alumni Row and BBQ

The Saturday of Alumni Weekend we will be having an alumni row in the morning followed by a BBQ at the Point in the afternoon.  What better way to spend the morning than rowing on the Chicago River!  We will be taking out mixed eights of alumni and current members of the team with coaches following in a launch.  Our site is located near Eleanore and Loomis but we will be able to provide transportation from Henry Crown Field House if you are unable/don’t want to drive to the site.

The BBQ will be held at the point later in the afternoon, around 1:30pm.

Please let me know if you will be able to attend the row and/or the BBQ.  If you are able to come to the row, please also indicate which side you row to help in putting the boat together.  Details will be provided as to the exact times, transportation, etc when I have a better idea of how many people will be able to attend.

Please feel free to e-mail me any other questions/comments you might have.

Hope to see you at these events!

Chelsea Steffen

University of Chicago

Undergraduate Class of 2012


Alumni Row & BBQ dates set

The team will be holding the annual Alumni Row and BBQ this year during alumni weekend, June 3-6 in Chicago. Please save the date and make plans to attend! More details to come soon.

JVTC 2010 Wrap-up

So this year we had a total of 15 hard working participants who together rowed 1,230,579 meters! In all our team placed 94th out of 315 groups. Special props goes to Matt “Old Man River” Healy who blew all us younguns away with 325,235 meters and Albert “The Running Man” Bowers with 225,232 meters. I followed with a respectable 161,987 meters and dark-horse contender JJ Schrader clinched the fourth position with 137,200 meters.

It was an admirable effort from everyone. Sadly though we were unable to beat the Case Crew Alumni led by one of our own, the indefatigable Doug Rathburn. Next time everyone needs to start training by September to make sure we’re all in shape to beat them in the 2011 JVTC!

The complete list of participants included:

Matt Healy
Albert Bowers
Chris Noto
JJ Schrader
Ngiste Abebe
Memuna Khan
Sunit Singh
Patrick McElhone
Melissa Schwarz
Gregory Prince
Jeffrey Hreben
Susan Liebell
Miles Betley
Ann Marie Gawel
Andrea Chen

Awesome job everyone! I know some of you have not stepped on an erg in a while. Thanks to everyone for another successful team challenge.

One million meters!

Will lasers fit on a boat?

We have once again passed the one million meter mark! Currently standing at 1,013,358 meters. There are only 4 days left in the challenge, so keep up the good work everyone. Let’s squeeze out a few more meters from these old legs!