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Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Faculty member: Kanwal Alvarez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biology

KAlvarezI am honored and excited  to serve as the faculty partner for the UIS tennis team.  One my roles as a faculty member at UIS is to support, and mentor students.  The Faculty Partner Program is a great way to develop a close bond between students and faculty in a team atmosphere all while learning from each other.  As a former athlete myself, I understand the pressures and dedication of a student athlete.  My time as an athlete taught me to be motivated, excel, organized  and driven.  These are characteristic I hope to convey to my students because they are important for success on and off the court. I’m excited about Tom joining UIS.  He has great expectations for the team and a clear route for success.  Lastly,  I look forward to learning more about the game and if a miracle happens, even be able to play tennis.

Coach: Thomas Rees, Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis

TReesWe are excited to have Dr. Alvarez involved with UIS Men’s and Women’s Tennis. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from the guidance and support that Dr. Alvarez will undoubtedly bring. It is important to me that our student-athletes have a holistic college athletics experience. The opportunity for the student-athletes to connect with an esteemed member of the University’s academic faculty through the Faculty Partner Program will only strengthen their pursuits of academic and athletic success. Dr. Alvarez, already a fixture at our home matches, will assist our athletes by holding academic success meetings, helping in community service events, and we are even planning on hosting a faculty/staff tennis clinic. Furthermore, I am hoping that Dr. Alvarez will be able to refresh my Biology knowledge as I will attend a class session or two with my student-athletes!