Academics and Service Celebrated at Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

Academics and Service Celebrated at Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

St. Mary’s City, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Athletics and Recreation conducted its Fourth Annual Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception on March 31st. The reception was held in Glendenning Annex on the St. Mary’s City campus and included the 2015 Chi Alpha Sigma induction ceremony as well as honoring the accomplishments of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

After opening remarks by Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College, and Dr. Jeffrey Byrd, advisor to Chi Alpha Sigma, the evening began with the induction of the 12th class into the Maryland Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma. The new class was comprised of 29 inductees while membership was renewed for 15 members who were inducted last year.

Byrd expressed, “The athletes inducted tonight have excelled both academically and in their sport. They are true models of the term ‘student-athlete’.”

Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 to recognize collegiate student-athletes who earned a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. The newest members received a CAS pin as well as a certificate while the seniors received a CAS medallion which can be worn when they graduate in May.

Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧАΣ) Induction Class of 2015

 

Two-year Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧАΣ) Members

Michael Abrams
Men’s Swimming

Philip Cappello
Men’s Lacrosse

Matthew Carney
Men’s Lacrosse

 

Christine Bishop
Field Hockey/W. Lacrosse

Melissa Bowman
W. Cross Country

Grace Chao
Volleyball

Kayla Dunn
Women’s Lacrosse

Nicholas Ersoy
Men’s Tennis

 

Timothy Carey
M. Cross Country

Michelle DiMenna
W. Cross Country

Matthew Flyr
M. Cross Country

Benjamin Goldsmith
Baseball

Amanda Goodspeed
Volleyball

 

Olivia Edwards
Field Hockey

Erik Fisher
M. Cross Country

Hannah Hafey
W. Swimming

Conor Jordan
Men’s Lacrosse

Jessica Konecke
Women’s Soccer

 

Thomas Galster
Sailing

Benjamin Haman
M. Soccer

Cara Machlin
W. Swimming

Anna McClain
Women’s Basketball

Claire McGagh
Women’s Lacrosse

 

Matthew Holdefer
Baseball

Timothy Perugini
M. Lacrosse

Liza Moore
Women’s Tennis

Shelby Newman
Women’s Lacrosse

Anna Passaniti
Women’s Tennis

 

Rachel Ryan
Sailing

Ferne Schrider
W. Cross Country

Daniel Plaut
M. Cross Country

Emily Plum
W. Cross Country

Tori Poffenberger
Women’s Lacrosse

 

Kelly Shuman
Field Hockey

Eric Simon
M. Lacrosse

Emily Rost
Women’s Tennis

Taylor Sartor
Women’s Lacrosse

Gillian Sawyer
Women’s Soccer

 

Sarit Truskey
W. Basketball

 

Allison Shane
Sailing

Katherine Somerville
Women’s Lacrosse

Caryn Thompson
Women’s Soccer

 

 

 

William Toland
Men’s Lacrosse

Margaret Wagner
Women’s Lacrosse

 
 

 

 

The reception continued with perspectives on the St. Mary’s student-athlete being offered by senior field player (and SAAC President) Olivia Edwards (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and Dr. Heather Moon, assistant professor of mathematics and faculty mentor to the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

The evening ended with Crystal Gibson, SAAC advisor, recognizing the campus and community service accomplishments of SAAC. Gibson touched upon the Jostens Community Service Award presented to SAAC by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators at the 2015 NCAA Convention in National Harbor, Maryland on January 17th.

SAAC continued its worthwhile events such as the annual Halloween in the ARC in October and the November canned food drive, benefitting the pantry at St. Cecilia’s Church. SAAC ended the fall semester with a toy drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and participation in Adopt-a-Family in December. The Seahawks just recently hosted their yearly Special Olympics Field Day on March 29th.

About Student-Athlete Advisory Committee: The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, or SAAC, is a committee made up of Seahawk student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience at St. Mary’s and beyond. At least two representatives from each varsity sports team make up SAAC, which strives to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete well-being; and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenants of the Division III philosophy – Discover, Develop, Dedicate. The committee offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect our student-athletes' lives.

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