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Mari Tibbets '97

Mari ‘97 is currently a director of design at ASICS America. Mari worked for many athletic brands in the past and the timing of working at Athleisure couldn’t have come at a better time--right when the company was preparing for the summer Olympic games in Rio. Right away, Mari started working with world class athletes including track star Candace Hill, hurdler Queen Harrison, and triathlete Gwen Jorgenson. Soon thereafter, Mari was charged with designing the bikini for three time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, an American icon in beach volleyball.

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Elliot Kastner '09

Dartmouth College has a no-tackling-during-practice policy and during his senior year in the Thayer School of Engineering, Kastner and his engineering partner developed a robotic tackling dummy prototype for the Dartmouth football and rugby teams. The first Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) was born and in June 2015, Kastner co-founded Mobile Virtual Player LLC, where he currently serves as director of research and development. Kastner has made guest appearances on ESPNʻs SportsCenter and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the Mobile Virtual Player.

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Big Island Now, February 1
Jayse Bannister '12, "HPA Grad Named PacWest Player of the Week."

Wagner Athletics, December 8
Ana Nihipali '13, "Trio of Seahawks Conclude Time at 2015 AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals."

Pulse Magazine, Stanford University, November 21
Luigi Sambuy '14, "Sculpting Sounds with Luigi Sambuy."

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, October 8
Elliot Kastner '09, "Stephen Finally Gets to Tackle a Robot."

Mellow Motif, September 29
Tasha Patamapongs '03 "Mornin" Music Video

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, September 16
Leeta Grap '12, Women's Volleyball RMAC Offensive Player of the Week

Callaway Live, September 15
Joe Dickens '01, Joseph King '01, Cayson Peterson '05, Micah Pueschel '00, Adam Taylor '99, "Reggae/Rock Band Iration."

Wagner Athletics, March 19
Ana Nihipali '13, "Nihipali heads to NCAA Women's Swimming Championships."

Pique, February 17
Joanna Hindle '90, "Whistler woman now one of 100 candidates vying for ticket to Mars."

Pulse, Star Advertiser, January 22
Camille Mori '06, "Fashion Tribe: Duo lauds conscious consumption."

Hawaii 24/7, January 21
Alejandro Siordia '14, "Big Island youth leader speaks at Hawaii State Capitol."

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