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Behind the Bricks - Jen Bruno
Softball Letterwinner Jen Bruno

Softball Letterwinner Jen Bruno

Dec. 17, 2012

Our new weekly feature "Behind the Bricks" allows DePaul letterwinners a chance to tell the DePaul community a little bit about themselves, a brief reflection on their time as a Blue Demon student-athlete and where they have gone since stepping off the court, field or diamond.

This feature was renamed "Behind the Bricks" to coincide with the dedication of the John and Dale Melbourne Herklotz Letterwinners Plaza and Champions Courtyard. With the plaza filled with 3,800 bricks representing DePaul's student-athletes since 1926, each brick has a story. "Behind the Bricks" will allow letterwinners to tell their "DePaul Story"

Name: Jennifer Bruno
Sport: Softball (1991-1994), Women's Basketball (1991)
Years Participated: 1991-1994

What does being a DePaul Letterwinner mean to you?
I feel a sense of intense pride in being a DePaul letterwinner. As a native Chicagoan, DePaul has always carried the torch as far as being THE school to attend if you want to stay close to home. The winning history and legacy of men's basketball is something that people around the country know about and the consistent success of the softball program has also made DePaul even more well-known around the country as I learn when I travel.

Why did you choose DePaul?
Eugene Lenti had a heavy influence on that and my parents wanted to be able to attend home softball games. My mom always had an affinity for DePaul and I believe she had planned on attending DePaul, as well, but went right to work instead, so I wanted to live out that dream for her and my family.

What was your favorite memory while at DePaul?
Sitting in the Blue Demon Room back in the day (1994) and waiting, agonizingly, for our name to be called as an at-large entry into the NCAA softball tournament. It came near the end of the show, but anticipating that call with knots in our stomachs was well worth it. I'll never forget that sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishment that I shared with my teammates and coaches. We were the first softball team to make the tournament and now they make it every year, so it feels great to be a part of that line of success.

What did receiving a scholarship from DePaul mean to you?
It meant everything. I owe Eug and Jeanne more than can ever be repaid for the opportunities they provided to me and the doors that opened for me during my time there and every day since.

What was your funniest memory at DePaul?
I'm probably a glutton for punishment, but it has to be the time I was a freshman and the juniors and seniors tied my wrists and ankles up with athletic tape and used eye black on my forehead to draw an Eddie Munster widow's peak.


 

 

Brief Summary of your life from graduation till now:
I began work at a health care consulting firm, ABSi, where I still currently work. I raced in triathlons and half-Ironman races competitively for 5 years and now I'm a personal trainer with some fitness modeling photo shoots under my belt and a soon to be released workout video almost wrapped.

Is there a recent highlight that you would like to share with Alumni and friends of DePaul Athletics?
I'm in the process of filming my first workout video that will be available through a website and a smartphone app sometime in the spring.

What advice would you give to a current or future student-athlete?
Take advantage of every opportunity, have fun, study hard and take academics seriously, build strong friendships, network whenever possible, live in the moment, and try to find balance in all areas of your life.

Favorites:
Travel Destination: Italy
Author: Willa Cather
Movie: The Station Agent
Sports movie: The Blind Side
Quote: "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."  Robert Brault