20 September 2023 • AlumsAthleticsSTEM Frank ’23 Enters Environmental Studies Grad Program

With aspirations for a career in habitat management, Benjamin Frank ’23 is working in the Environmental Studies Graduate Program at the University of Akron.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, Benjamin Frank ’23 has been pursuing graduate work at The University of Akron’s Center for Environmental Studies that specializes in multidisciplinary approaches to address environmental issues. The former Statesman offensive lineman also had another year of eligibility to play football and is competing on the Zips’ NCAA Division I team.

“In Akron’s Environmental Studies program, I am able to focus on general ecology and wetlands research. Those aspects of the program are truly what I hope to bring into my future career in habitat management,” says Frank, who graduated from HWS with minors in entrepreneurial studies and religious studies. On campus, he was a member of the Investment Committee and Fishing Club, played intramural sports, and participated in Days of Service.

Frank credits the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education with assisting him in gaining internships and experiences during his time at HWS that helped him connect his academic and career interests. While at HWS, he held positions at the Finger Lakes Institute, Barker Ranch in Washington, and Vector Marketing.

He credits his advisor Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski and his coaches for supporting him throughout the graduate school application and recruitment process.

He says that being a student-athlete continues to provide a structure that allows him to be successful in the classroom and on the field. “It's given me a solid work ethic, the ability to persevere through challenges, and life-long friendships and memories,” he says.

As a Statesman, Frank was named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team. A two-year starter at left tackle, he helped Hobart rank third in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, 10th in fewest tackles for loss allowed and 20th in rushing offense during his junior season. During his three seasons in purple and orange, Frank helped Hobart to a 25-8 overall record and three straight bowl bids, including the 2019 New York State Bowl championship and the 2021 ECAC Bushnell Bowl championship.