Student-Athlete Academic Breakfast
RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University celebrated its most dedicated student-athletes Wednesday morning at the annual Student-Athlete Academic Awards Breakfast held in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. EKU President Michael T. Benson served as the guest speaker with several University administrators, faculty members and coaches in attendance.
Kate Johnson, Acting Director of the Bratzke Center, congratulated all of the honorees and acknowledged the tremendous academic success experienced by each of the EKU teams. Johnson recognized 20 OVC Medal of Honor winners, awarded to student-athletes that earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the previous academic year. Johnson also recognized 258 Colonel Scholars, student-athletes who earned a 3.0 GPA or better in either or both of the previous two semesters.
Thirty-six student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national honor society recognizing student-athletes with 60 hours or more, who have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA, have earned a varsity letter and are of high moral character. Those student-athletes inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma were: TJ Alas (baseball), Kaylynn Brown (soccer), Kyle Burton (men's cross country/track & field), Cecile Chevillard (women's cross country/track & field), Caleb Coulliette (football), Cody Creamer (baseball), Jason Creeden (football), Abbey Cvelbar (volleyball), Daniel DeLuca (men's golf), Ann Eason (women's cross country/track & field), Amandine Faouzi (women's tennis), Amy Frommeyer (women's track & field), Anthony George (football), Melissa Gerritsen (women's tennis), Nicole Heitz (softball), Nicki Henry (women's golf), Caleb Hodgson (football), Kristina Labeja (women's tennis), Samm Melton (soccer), Taylor Miller (football), Julia Mindlina (volleyball),Mallori Moffat (volleyball), Leanna Pittsenbarger (softball), Milena Poffo (women's tennis), Meredith Polson (women's basketball), Ben Purcell (men's golf), Anna Reddin (women's cross country/track & field), Paul Ritter (football), Shannon Rutherford (women's cross country/track & field), Devon Saini (soccer), Taylor Speaks (football), Eric Stutz (men's basketball), Patric Sundlof (men's golf), Alexandra Szarabajko (women's track & field), Katie Tackett (softball) and Rachel Welker (women's golf).
During the award ceremony, Acting Director of Athletics Simon Gray announced that former soccer player Tess Akgunduz was the recipient of the Athletic Director's Leadership Award, bestowed upon a student-athlete who exemplifies achievement in the sport and in the classroom, as well as leadership. This year, Johnson presented head baseball coach Jason Stein with the Coaches' Academic Enhancement Award, which is given to a head coach who exceeds the standards and encourages academic excellence for his or her team.
Published on April 02, 2014