Editors Note: With the 2012-13 school year behind us, UNC Asheville's student-athletes will be providing us write-ups to allow everyone to get to know them a little better. Today we meet distance runner Melanie Kulesz.              



                    Melanie Kulesz is a senior who runs on the UNC Asheville Women’s Track and Cross Country teams. She has had a prosperous career for the Bulldogs, as she will be finishing up her final cross country season in the fall. Melanie is a Business Management major with a minor in economics. She plans to graduate in December of 2013 and go to graduate school to receive her Masters in Business Administration.


                Melanie has been an outstanding member for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for four years. She has served as the Secretary and has been a major component in the growth of SAAC. Other extra-curricular activities of hers include the Endeavor Leadership Club, a Bible Study, and a Church Community Group. When she isn’t studying, running, or sleeping, she loves to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Environmental Club.


                This summer, she is training for her final cross country season, as well as participating in an internship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The #1 reason that she chose UNC Asheville was the coaching staff and her welcoming teammates. Melanie says, “I also loved the campus and mountains.  Now that I am here, I realize that the business department is phenomenal and I would definitely choose to come here again!” She is also fluent in Spanish, due to the fact that her mother is from Chile.