Monthly Archives: April 2017

League’s Starting Line Up: Meet Catherine Podlogar

Catherine works on props for a League concept shop.

We enjoy celebrating our team members, because they make League great! For the last twenty-six years, League has grown with good old fashioned hard work and determination. Inspired by the best of the all-American lifestyle, League continues to be the collegiate-wear company you know and love. Today we’re honoring a newer team member bringing a breath of fresh air to League.

We’d like to introduce Catherine Podlogar, who joined us in August of last year. She’s bringing her entrepreneurial spirit to our Brand Merchandiser program as our Retail Program Coordinator.

When asked about her proudest accomplishment during her time with League so far, she said, “It’s an accumulation of a bunch of smaller things all contributing to our Campus Brand Merchandising program. Building out this program to include more marketing tactics and mainstreaming everything to run more efficiently and effectively has been very rewarding.”

It’s no surprise she works in the apparel industry. “In middle school, I wanted to be a fashion designer,” she stated. “I’d sketch dresses all day long and read up on all kinds of successful designers. One year, I got a sewing machine for Christmas and I taught myself how to sew! I’ve made a few dresses, purses, and my bedroom curtains. Now, although I am not involved in the design process here, I do enjoy seeing what the designers are working on.”

Catherine donating her hair!

Catherine says her favorite aspect of working at League is “Coffee! Ha, just kidding, but I really do appreciate the coffee here. I love that my work space is situated between two amazing boss ladies! It is so inspiring to have women in the workplace to look up to, get advice from, and laugh with.”

She enjoys traveling for League and visiting campuses, but hopes to do more exploring on her own as well. “I’ve always wanted to visit Utah,” she told us. “The canyons always look so magnificent in pictures I’ve seen, I can’t even imagine what it’d be like in person. Ideally, I’d plan a trip and see The Mighty 5: Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.

Naturally, we had to ask about her favorite League products. “I love all of the new Vineyard Terry Collection and can’t wait to really get my hands on it! But I must admit, I do live in the Vintage Wash Long Sleeve Pocket Tee when I’m home.”

When relaxing at home, Catherine says, “I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but for whatever reason I plan my Monday nights around The Bachelor. It’s terrible. I know.”

Catherine has been inspired by many people in her life. She comments, “My parents have always pushed me to explore things that I’m interested in. Whether it was fashion designing in middle school, architecture and engineering in high school, or marketing and psychology in college.” She adds, “But I really owe it to them for making me look at their old stomping grounds, Marquette University. I think attending college in the Midwest really shaped me to who I am today and I wouldn’t be anywhere without my amazing support group of 16 hilarious, genuine, and ambitious women.”

Catherine, Meredith Mitchell and Lauren Brown visit Cornell.

We are glad to have Catherine as part of our team! Thanks for being a great addition to League.

2017 Ivy League Commencement Speakers

“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”

— Oprah Winfrey at Harvard Commencement, 2013

Your college commencement speaker is a gift to you from your university. Chosen from the best and the brightest, commencement speakers send you out into the world full of hope and optimism, ready to take charge of your future. This year, the eight  Ivy League colleges are hosting some of the most exciting speakers we’ve seen. Here’s the line up!

Brown University

Brown doesn’t use celebrity commencement speakers. Instead, a faculty committee selects two senior Brown students to deliver short speeches. There is a Baccalaureate address, however, and this year’s speaker is Daveed Diggs, a Brown graduate best known for playing LaFayette and Thomas Jefferson in the original cast of the Broadway smash Hamilton.

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Columbia University

This year at Columbia College’s commencement, (a school within Columbia University), alumna Sheena Wright (Columbia College Class of 1990 and Columbia Law 1994) will speak. She’s the first female President and CEO of United Way of New York City. She began studying at Columbia at just sixteen years old.

Cornell University

Cornell welcomed a new President this year, Dr. Martha E. Pollack—and as tradition demands, she will also serve as commencement speaker. She is a computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence and formerly the Provost at the University of Michigan.

Dartmouth College

Celebrity newsman Jake Tapper, Class of 1991, is this year’s commencement speaker at Dartmouth. He’s an anchor at CNN, headlining The Lead With Jake Tapper on weekdays and hosting State of the Union on Sunday mornings. “This is a humbling honor and I am very touched. Though I have thankfully progressed beyond my one room double in Cohen Hall, Dartmouth is still a major part of my life,” Tapper told the Dartmouth News.

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Harvard University

This year’s speaker is none other than former student Mark Zuckerberg. It was during Zuckerberg’s sophomore year as a member of the Class of 2006 that he started Facebook, where today a third of the world connects digitally.

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Princeton University

Princeton’s commencement speaker is Anne Holton, a fierce advocate for the children of her home state of Virginia. Ms. Holton served as a judge before becoming the leader of the Great Expectations program, and was  later appointed the state’s Secretary of Education.

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University of Pennsylvania

This year, Penn welcomes U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. The former Mayor of Newark, NJ is a vegan, a Rhodes Scholar, played tight end for the Stanford University Cardinal football team and is also a Yalie.  Booker went to Yale Law School.

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Yale University

Yale has tapped Theo Epstein, President of Operations for the Chicago Cubs and graduate from the Class of 1995 as this year’s Class Day speaker. “His story is one of turning dreams into reality. For this reason, we believe he is a perfect fit to speak to the Class of 2017 at our graduation,” states the selection committee.

Good luck to the Class of 2017!


Studying For Finals—The Best Music!

It’s time to start prepping for your finals, and chances are you listen to music while you study. There’s plenty of evidence that the right kinds of music can help improve the quality of your studies and help you retain information. While you might already have a favorite playlist, it might not be ideal for helping you cram.  Here’s what will work, and when.

Two Weeks Before Finals

This period can be challenging with finishing final projects for your classes and beginning to focus on reviewing everything you’ve learned throughout the entire semester. At this point, you can listen to any music you find motivating. Choose a great playlist that will boost your energy with versions of today’s best songs, such as this one. Dance in your seat while you work!

One Week Before

It’s time to focus. This is when you should go a different musical direction, and choose something other than your favorite. Why? Researchers from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan studied how listening to your favorite songs impacts your concentration, and discovered that if you strongly like or dislike the music you hear in the background, you become more distracted by it. So choose a totally different musical style to listen to, so long as you don’t hate it. This acoustic playlist is a perfect example of music that is kind to your ears and helps focus.

Three Days Before

Now it’s time to ditch the lyrics. Dr. Clifford Nass at Stanford University states, “music with lyrics is very likely to have a problematic effect when you’re writing or reading. Probably less of an effect on math, if you’re not using the language parts of your brain.” Trying to process both words from the study content and the music means you miss some of both. Choose an instrumental playlist which offers excellent music that will keep you on track.

The Night Before The Test

It’s crunch time, and you need music that will keep you awake and alert while also inspiring you. But how do you stay motivated while also avoiding music with lyrics? Classical and instrumental music is great, but if you find it too relaxing you’ll be asleep at your desk. This sharp eight hour trance study mix is the perfect mix of motivation without the distraction of lyrics. But keep the volume low to medium; this study from the Journal of Consumer Research found that moderate noise levels are just right for creative thinking.

After Your Finals

We’d be remiss to not recommend a great playlist to celebrate the end of finals! While you can choose your own mix to dance to in celebration, this fun R&B focused playlist featuring both current and classic tunes is a great pick. So dance like no one is watching and pat yourself on the back for a semester well done!