Where are they now? Liz dwornik - class of 2014

In this week's edition we catch up with Class of 2014 grad, Liz Dwornik! Ever since Liz was a freshman here at Bucknell, she was earning minutes on the field for the Bison. She appeared in 17 games in her first season, starting in 8, with her first collegiate goal being the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Iona College. Her impact on the game continued to trend upward through her senior year as she earned a start in each of the 15 games she played. Liz was chosen as a captain for her final season after exhibiting strength on the field and in the classroom for her first 3 years. Selected as a Patriot League Honor Roll member, Liz achieved highly as both a computer science and an engineering major here in Lewisburg. Take a look to see where she has gone since those days!

Name: Liz Dwornik

Hometown: Endwell, NY

Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Where are you now/what are you up to?

After graduating from Bucknell, I continued my education in computer science and software engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in a 2-year bi-coastal master’s program. The first year was at the main campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the second year was at a satellite campus in Mountain View, California (Silicon Valley). I enjoyed California so much that I decided to stay. I am currently employed as a Sr. Software Engineer at Gigamon in Santa Clara, California. Also, I play soccer competitively for the San Francisco Nighthawks. I have even played a few games against classmate Alex Degarmo!

What is your favorite memory as a Bison?

I have two favorite memories. First, Courtney Nelson’s diving header goal in our 2-0 win over Army. Cassie Denger played to me a great through-ball to the end line. I got to it just in time to cross it into Courtney who was charging the net. The Patriot League selected it as the #2 best play for Women’s Soccer that year. Second was our comeback victory at Lehigh my senior year. We were down 2-0 at halftime. I felt confident that we were going to turn things around and come out with a win. We finished the game with a 3-2 overtime victory. It was an amazing team effort. The next day I was quoted in the Bucknellian as saying , “I couldn’t stop smiling even for hours after the game had finished.” Honestly, I am still smiling about it now.

What is your biggest piece of advice to current or aspiring Bucknell Women’s Soccer players?

My advice to all players is to always work hard in everything that you do. But don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for your teammates. Success comes when you put the team first. Individual goals are important, but the ultimate goal should be to hold up the Patriot League Trophy at the end of the season with your teammates. Be the best you can be for them.

What makes you most proud about Bucknell?

I am proud to have been a student-athlete at Bucknell in which students can pride themselves on both scholarship and athleticism. I feel fortunate that I was able to play the sport that I love at such a reputable institution. I am especially proud of my engineering degree. If it had not been for my wonderful professors, I would not be where I am today.

What was the most valuable thing you learned/gained from your time at Bucknell?

I am grateful for all of my personal encounters with friends, teammates, professors, and coaches. I have learned and grown so much from them. Every relationship is unique and helped shape me into the person that I am today. I am very thankful for all of them, my education, and the opportunities that Bucknell has afforded me.

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Leigh Howard

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