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Thursday, September 17, 2009Lipscomb Lady Bisons setter Stefine “Jake” Pease has always been one to be certain her clothes always match.
Sometimes to the irritation of her teammates and classmates, she is not shy about telling them when an ensemble isn’t working.
So it isn’t surprising that the junior from Berryton, Kan., is majoring in fashion merchandising as well as quarterbacking the Lady Bisons volleyball team. She has been Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, a member of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team, an A-Sun All-Conference First Team performer and the A-Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player.
“My grandmother and I are the fashion people in our family,” said Pease. “We always have to match. We always want cute clothes.
“I guess that is how I got into it. I want to be organized all the time. Everybody makes fun of me because I always match. If I didn’t it would drive me crazy.”
Pease originally planned to major in Communications, but as a sophomore she accompanied a recruit to one of her sessions to discuss majors and decided to make the move to fashion merchandising.
She has already had an effect on the look of the Lady Bisons volleyball team. She and teammate Erin Pierce, a senior opposite, worked with coach Brandon Rosenthal on the new gray jersey for the team.
“We went to the Nike website and looked at what was available,” said Pease. “Brandon told us what he thought he would like to have.
“We designed a couple of jerseys. One had more purple. One had more black. We decided on gray and black, though it does have a little purple in it. I think the gray and black looks classy.”
Rosenthal recalls the look on Pease’s face when she told him about her plans to change her major.
"Jake is one of those special student athlete that goes 100 percent at everything she does,” said Rosenthal. “I remember the day when she took the recruit over to hear about the fashion merchandising major. She came back with his smile on her face and it was a great moment because she realized what she wanted to do with her life. “
This summer she was part of a group from Lipscomb that spent seven days in New York City studying the various aspects of the fashion industry from baby clothes to bridal gowns.
It was Pease’s first trip to the Big Apple, and she found it quite a contrast to life in both Berryton, located near Topeka; and Nashville. The students were given class credit for the visit.
“I don’t think there is any place that you can compare New York to in terms of the lifestyle and the pace,” said Pease. “Everyone is always on the go. There is always traffic. Until you spend time there, there is now way to really understand what it is like.”
Pease has decided that she will first pursue a career as a buyer, but she also wants to study design. She prefers to go back to Kansas after her college career is over. Even though she liked visiting New York City and was fascinated with the way the fashion industry works she has no desire to continue her career there.
“Everything is acceptable,” said Pease. “It is a whole different world. That is the coolest thing.
“But I love where I am from. I could go to New York to market once a month, but I don’t think I could live there.”
Rosenthal believes in Pease on the court and he also believes her future is going to be bright one, no matter where she lives or what she chooses to do with her life after college.
“I truly feel blessed that I can be a part of her life,” said Rosenthal. “The same passion that she plays the game with every day is the way she approaches her future profession."