DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes held its annual Scholar-Athlete Awards reception Thursday in the UD Arena Boesch Lounge prior to the men’s basketball game against La Salle.
The reception was highlighted by the announcement of the Presidential Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award, a prestigious honor which recognizes two student-athletes –one male and one female – who have demonstrated academic excellence, qualities of leadership, and service to the University and Dayton community. Junior men’s cross country standout Chris Lemon and junior women’s basketball player Kristin Daugherty are this year’s recipients of the Presidential Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award.
The OASSA Academic Cup was awarded to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year the winner of the Cup is Head Coach Sally Kosters’ Flyer women’s golf team with its 3.57 GPA.
There were 18 student-athletes honored with the 4.00 Flyers Award, given to those individuals who attained a perfect grade point average of 4.00 during the winter or fall 2009 semesters. In addition, 173 student-athletes registered a 3.5 or higher GPA.
The Flyer All-Academic Team is comprised of the student-athletes who have earned the highest cumulative grade point average on their respective team. The honors went to: Clara Ang (Women’s Golf), Katherine Bruening (Rowing), Maureen Bulgrin (Women’s Cross Country), Ashley Cattran (Women’s Track and Field), Michael Deyhle (Men’s Soccer), Loni Dickerhoof (Women’s Tennis), Joe Dorocak (Baseball), Philip Dresden (Men’s Tennis), Luke Fabrizius (Men’s Basketball), Emily Kenyon (Women’s Soccer), Chris Lemon (Men’s Cross Country), Casey Nance (Women’s Basketball), Alicia Nichols (Softball), Rebecca Novacek (Volleyball), Joe Reis (Football) and Chris Woeste (Men’s Golf).
There were also four additional awards announced: The Reverend Charles L. Collins, S.M. Award of Excellence to an Athlete for Outstanding Citizenship and The Charles R. Kendall ’29 Memorial Award of Excellence for Achievement in Academic and Athletic Effort.
The Athletics Citizenship Award, donated by Joseph Zusman, recognizes an individual student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship. This year the honor went to senior football player Dan Prindle.
The Charles R. Kendall Award, donated by Mrs. Charles R. Kendall and friends, recognizes an individual student-athlete who has demonstrated excellent academic and athletic achievements. The winner of the award this year was junior Ashley Cattran, a member of the women’s cross country and track and field squads.
The Ann E. Meyers Award of Excellence for achievement in academics and athletics in women’s basketball and/or volleyball went to junior volleyball player Rebecca Novacek. The John L. MacBeth Memorial Award for outstanding scholar athletes in football and basketball, went to seniors Joe Ries and Kurt Huelsman, respectively.
OASSA exists to provide student-athletes with the best possible services to ensure academic development, success and graduation. It promotes a philosophy of individual responsibility to encourage student-athletes to take ownership in their academic and personal pursuits.