Academics and Service Celebrated at Annual Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

Academics and Service Celebrated at Annual Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland Department of Athletics and Recreation conducted its Fifth Annual Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception Friday evening. The reception was held at Daugherty-Palmer Commons on the St. Mary's City campus.

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Friday's reception included the 2016 Chi Alpha Sigma induction ceremony and recognition of the year's accomplishments by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

After opening remarks by Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine, St. Mary's College President Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, and Dr. Jeffrey Byrd, the Chi Alpha Sigma advisor and Faculty Athletics Representative, the evening began with the induction of the 13th class into the Maryland Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma. The new class was comprised of 23 inductees while membership was renewed for 24 members who were inducted in the spring of 2015.

Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧАΣ) Induction
Class of 2016

 

Two-year Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧАΣ) Members

Ellen Airozo
Women's Soccer

Maxwell Alderman
Men's Lacrosse

 

Michael Abrams
Men's Swimming

Philip Cappello
Men's Lacrosse

Andrew Braker
Men's Swimming

Tanner Brooks
Men's Basketball 

 

Matthew Carney
Men's Lacrosse

Grace Chao
Volleyball

Markus Edegran
Sailing

Javier Flores
Men's Lacrosse

 

Kayla Dunn
Women's Lacrosse

Nicholas Ersoy
Men's Tennis

Meg Gesner
Women's Lacrosse

Amelia Graf
Volleyball

 

Matthew Flyr
Men's Cross Country

Benjamin Goldsmith
Baseball

Janina Haller
Women's Basketball

Carissa Hill
Volleyball

 

Amanda Goodspeed
Volleyball

Conor Jordan
Men's Lacrosse

Kevyn Jorgenson
Field Hockey

Claire Kostelnik
Women's Soccer

 

Jessica Konecke
Women's Soccer

Cara Machlin
Women's Swimming

Samantha Liming
Women's Swimming

Julia Monro
Sailing

 

Anna McClain
Women's Basketball

Claire McGagh
Women's Lacrosse

Jeffrey Neuman
Men's Lacrosse

Mackenzie Rayburn
Women's Lacrosse

 

Liza Moore
Women's Tennis

Shelby Newman
Women's Lacrosse

Kyle Reichard
Men's Soccer

Caroline Rivera
Women's Soccer

 

Anna Passaniti
Women's Tennis

Tori Poffenberger
Women's Basketball
Women's Lacrosse

Brendan Rollins
Men's Lacrosse

Zachary Rowe
Baseball

 

Emily Rost
Women's Tennis

Taylor Sartor
Women's Lacrosse

Carly Todd
Field Hockey

Matthew Walchuck
Men's Swimming

 

Gillian Sawyer
Women's Soccer

Katherine Somerville
Women's Lacrosse

Yonah Zeitz
Men's Soccer

 

 

William Toland
Men's Lacrosse

Margaret Wagner
Women's Lacrosse

 

Devine stated, "This event is a celebration of outstanding academic, athletic, and leadership achievement. It is an evening I always look forward to, as we are able to set some time aside to recognize the outstanding all-around efforts of our student-athletes who qualify for membership in Chi Alpha Sigma, the national honor society for student-athletes."

"Several years ago, we decided to combine the leadership element to this program by paying tribute to our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members for their hard work all-year long. Our SAAC members are dedicated to community service in addition to assisting the Department of Athletics and Recreation in so many ways. I enjoyed having the opportunity to thank and congratulate each of these special women and men who represent the College and the Department in such a positive manner. They are all true D-III student-athletes."

Byrd expressed, "CAS celebrates those student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and their sport. With a requirement of a minimum 3.4 GPA and varsity status in their sport, this is a select group of students on campus. I am always amazed at their achievements."

The evening continued with personal perspectives being presented by senior men's cross country runner (and SAAC President) Greg Mainolfi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and F.J. Talley, director of the DeSousa Brent Program and faculty mentor to the volleyball team.

Talley said, "Working with student-athletes is a wonderful opportunity for College employees. We, as faculty and staff, benefit from seeing our student-athletes grow, take on incredible challenges, both academic and athletic, and exemplify the high values of competition and teamwork. I strongly encourage my colleagues to build stronger ties with our student-athletes and support our Division III program."

The evening ended with Nairem Moran, SAAC co-advisor and Sports Information Director, recognizing the campus and community service accomplishments of SAAC. 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 participation in Adopt-a-Family in December. The Seahawks will host their annual Special Olympics Field Day on April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

"Having the opportunity to work with SAAC the past two years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my nine years at St. Mary's," added Moran. "It is a privilege and honor to see the dedication and these student-athletes put into their service initiatives."

About Chi Alpha Sigma: Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧΑΣ), 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 ΧΑΣ pin as well as a certificate while the seniors received a ΧΑΣ medallion which can be worn when they graduate in May.

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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