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Knights Alumnae - Chuck Marcoe

01/22/2016, 3:15pm EST
By Knights

Marcoe follows calling for nursing and hockey to Finlandia

Below is an article on our very first billet player that we hosted - Chuck Marcoe. He is the reason we fell in love with hosting Junior players! He played for the Knights the year before you all got there and was a great, great role model. We have a very close relationship with him.  He came back to ATL last spring and spent his spring break with us. He is the one who really motivated Cole to play Juniors this year. 

- Carrie Uzzell


The following article was written by work study student Sean Appling-Daniels.

Chuck Marcoe is a third-year nursing student and hockey player here at Finlandia University. The Kenosha, Wisconsin native is as simple as his first name. He refers to his friends as his "boys," hunts and watches football on Sundays. Nothing outside or the norm. Honestly Marcoe is your average 21-year-old hockey player.

"Playing two years of juniors after high school gave me time to think about what I really wanted out of a university," Marcoe expressed. "With hockey playing a big role in my life I wanted to continue to play in college."

The tough guy image of a hockey player is common. However, the idea of the guy that can deliver a bone-chilling hit and patch you up just as fast is a beautiful oxymoron. Marcoe is a nursing major at Finlandia, and it's been a dream of his for a long time.

"It was in high school that I really found a drive and passion to learn about the human body. I took many classes pertaining to that area and found it easier to pay attention to a subject that was interesting to me."

Playing the center position in hockey means assisting people, helping the forwards and working directly with the personnel on your line. A nurse does the same; often close to the patient and building comfort.

"During the summers in high school I worked as a Lifeguard for Ellis and Associates at Hurricane Harbor, a water park in Gurnee, Illinois," Marcoe said. "There I realized how much I enjoyed helping people. I would jump in to rescue many kids who were struggling in the wave pool, or simply help a lost child find his or her parents."

It's as if the big-city kid was bred for small college Finlandia. The direct interaction with people was perfect for him.

"The nursing program here at Finlandia is one of the top healthcare schools that I looked into that really caught my attention," the excited Marcoe continued. "I was able to sit down with instructors associated with the nursing program and during the discussion I knew that a smaller university would help me develop into the confident well-modeled nurse that I set out to be."

Chuck Marcoe from Kenosha is a simple guy from the city with small-town mannerisms. Helping the next person not for a pat on the back, but because it's who he is. He dove into the Finlandia nursing program just as he did the pools of Gurnee, Illinois.

From forward to nurse Chuck Marcoe will continue his assisting of others for a long time.


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