LIPSCOMB WHERE ARE THEY NOW - Julia Davidson Salgueiro
Julia Davidson Salgueiro is a project engineer working primarily in the area of roadways. She holds a B.S. degree from Lipscomb University and is studying for her Master's through Norwich University.
She played a number of positions in softball including shortstop for two seasons and right field as a senior. She is still active in softball serving as president of her local youth softball league. She coaches and gives private lessons in softball in addition to playing slow-pitch in a city league.
Despite her busy schedule she spent some time this week talking with lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played softball from 2003-2007. My coaches were Andy Lane, Cheryl Wilson and Kristin Peck Ryman."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I hit the first home run at Draper Diamond in a game against Alabama A & M. I was a home run hitter and batted third in the line-up. I wouldn't say I expected it. I always would go up to bat hoping for a good outcome.
"What was so fun about that day was there was a base runner so I knocked in two runs with my home run to dead center. Then Heather Collins, batting fourth, hit a home run. So we had back-to-back home runs which was fun."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Kristin Peck Ryman. She had the whole student-athlete thing down. I was impressed with her that she was able to play both volleyball and softball at the NCAA Division I level and get things done successfully.
"Overall, she was a good player and a good leader. She was good model when it came to balancing time and being able to focus both on academics and being a strong leader."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I had a lot of fun at ADVANCE before I even started school. I was able to meet students and get an idea of what campus life was like.
"I had an official visit, but it was a holiday weekend and there wasn't any school going on. So to able to attend chapel and university Bible were good experiences during ADVANCE. I met a couple of my teammates and was so excited to go to school after that."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"A sense of pride and commitment. My team had a lot of ups and downs. I learned that as long as we had each other as teammates you can get through anything."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
Dr. Doy Hollman and Dr. Gary Hall.
"Dr. Hollman was my math professor for quite a few semesters. He just made it fun. I always enjoyed mathematics. He kept it entertaining and interesting. He was always in the happiest of moods and was truly dedicated to helping everyone. If you were struggling he would put in the extra time to help you.
"Dr. Hall was also a math professor that I really looked up to. He really cared about his students. I was in the Math Club. He would have us over to his home for dinner. He just really related to his students very well."
Where do you live now?
"Santa Cruz, Calif."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I have been working as a project engineer for Granite Construction Company for the past five years. I am part of a management team. We manage civil construction projects."
Tell us about your family.
"My husband's name is Jason. We were married in 2009, seven years to the day from the first day we met. We don’t have any children, but we do have a bunch of animals."