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Carlson Cup-winning men's swimming and diving team Reps:. L-R, Jacob Nicolella, Greg Porch, President Karen Whitney, Casey Dunleavy, coach Mark VanDyke, David Urbassik and Joey Hufnagel.

An athletic program record 43 percent, including a total of 142 of Clarion University's student athletes, were honored as “scholar-athletes” at the 23rd Annual Bob Carlson Scholar Athlete Luncheon Feb. 8 in Gemmell multi-purpose room.

Also honored for achievement during the luncheon were Clarion men's swimming and diving team, Dr. Colleen McAleer and Dr. Todd Pfannestiel. 

SA WhitneyClarion president Dr. Karen Whitney (left) praised both scholar-athletes and faculty members in her opening remarks. “To the student athletes – thank you for being outstanding scholars and students. To me, as president, there are two games we play – your sports and the game at being a student. You win at both. To our faculty members who have been honored by being invited today, thank you for your support of our students and student athletes.”

Dr. Richard Lane, the faculty athletics representative, welcomed athletes, faculty, staff, administration and special guests.

Clarion athletic director Dave Katis announced during the program that the both the 2013 scholar-athlete percentage (43 percent) and the 142 honored scholar-athletes, were the highest in program history.  “As athletic director nothing makes me prouder than reaching this accomplishment.”

SA McAleerLater in the program, Student Athlete Advisory Committee president Ben Fiscus presented McAleer (right), department chair of speech pathology and audiology, with the “Faculty of the Year” award, as voted on by SAAC, representing all student athletes.

“Our honoree this year shows a true care for Clarion athletes,” said Fiscus of McAleer. “She is so helpful with scheduling and understands when an athlete has to miss class for a sporting event. She hangs newspaper articles on her bulletin board of current Clarion athletes and attends as many athletic events as possible.”

“When my name was announced I was shocked, but I am so honored to receive this,” McAleer said.  “This award means so much to me. I have the greatest respect for our student athletes, and I am truly honored to be selected for this award by SAAC. The student athletes all work hard, have excellent time management skills and are responsible citizens. I am proud to accept this award.”

Katis presented the annual Carlson Cup Team Award to the men's swimming and diving team. The award goes to the intercollegiate athletic team that shows the biggest overall increase in GPA during the past calendar year. The award is named after Bob Carlson, who started the Scholar-Athlete luncheon in 1991 and was Clarion's athletic director from 1990 – 2005.

“Thank you so much for this team award, said senior men's swimmer Casey Dunleavy. “We are honored to receive this cup that represents improving our program. We made a really good improvement in the last year, and we hope this continues for many years to come.”

Dr. Todd Pfannestiel (below, right), faculty fellow for planning, assessment and improvement at Clarion University and a member of the history faculty, received the Extra Effort Award from Katis (below, left) for his contributions to athletics.

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“I am pleasantly surprised and deeply honored to receive this award from the athletics department,” Pfannestiel said.  “Although I have had several wonderful opportunities over the past 15 years to work with student athletes at Clarion University, my recent planning efforts with the department have expanded my contact with the staff, coaches, athletic trainers and others in the department. To receive this honor is just as a much a testament to their hard work on planning a successful future for Clarion University athletics.”

To be named a Clarion University “scholar-athlete,” student athletes must: achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher; have two consecutive semesters of a 3.2 grade point average or higher in the spring and fall terms of 2012; or be a freshman or new transfer who achieved a 3.2 grade point average or higher in the fall 2012 term.
Scholar-athletes for 2013 include:
Baseball: Derek Danver, Tyler Delval, Nick Maskrey, Jon Roncolato, Chris Sarnowski, Justin Smith, Tim Staub, Ryan Voisey
Men's basketball: Calvin Edwards, Aaron Johnson, Marques Jones, Mike Kromka, Tyrone McFadden, Jeremy Schmader, Marcus Thomas, Drew Vandermeer
Women's basketball: Heather Barrett, Jasmine Boyd, Leisha Crawford, Ann Deibert, Mariah Gador, Hannah Heeter, Jennifer Linkchorst, Nicole Miloser, Jennifer Straw
Women's cross country/track and field: Heather Barrett, Michelle Brown, Courtney Gross, Nicolena Guzzi, Erica Keck, Hannah Keck, Sarah Loughner, Kristine Mellor, Bethany Naugle, Milea Schall, Ciara Shorts, Jessica Shotts, Francheska Smith, Susan Timko, Megan Toddy, Jessica Vitous, Erin White, Jessica Wolbert, Kellie Wyatt.
Football: Nathan Conway, Cameron Cress, Mike Deitrick, Tyler Edwards, Mike Felker, Ben Fiscus, Robert Irwin, Matt Koerper, Chris Liberto, Cory McNamara, Brian Palmiere, Peter Rivera,
Eli Rupert, Nate Sipes, Anthony Stimac, Ren Yonker, Mike Zak
Men's golf: Jeff Brunozzi, Adam Harrington, Dylan Reinsel, Nathan Sainovich, Adam Timchak
Women's golf : Kayla Lavery, Ashley Longstreth, Erin Lynch
Soccer: Lauren Barbour, Alyssa Katz, Megan Lawson, Crystal Miller, Bethany Naugle, Alexa Ream, Autumn Rosenberg, Cassaundra Soars, Kathleen Warner, Erin White
Softball: Shawnna Crago, Kiersten Gromley, Emily Leininger, Lydia Middaugh, Kacie Nemeth, Taylor Powell, Elizabeth Shiring, Julie Sokol, Kirsten Wilcox, Chelsea Zola
Men's swimming and diving: Justin Duncan, Casey Dunleavy, Joey Hufnagel, Chris Kostelnik, Travis Myers, Jacob Nicolella, Greg Porch, David Urbassik
Women's swimming and diving: Jennifer Ard, Kelsie Conrad, Kristin Day, Dominique Gerlach, Emilee Gysegem, Caitlyn Kaufman, Anna Marie McNurlen, Noelle Melani, Mallory Moore, Holly Nedley, Tyler Ness, Morgan Oberlander, Madison Sewell, Kayla Shull, Kelsey Slayton, Lauren Slayton, Lauren Szoszorek, Rachel Tano, Sarah Zerfoss
Tennis: Megan Bettwy, Caitlin Clemons, Michaela Hardy, Jessica Kennelly, Madeline Robinson, Lauren Zezenski
Volleyball: Kristine Aurand, Rebecca Beightol, Carlie Bieranowski, Emma Carter, Megan Condit, Laura Duncan, Rebecca Ferragonio, Hannah Heeter, Amber Litwiler, Lauren Magalski, Brooke Mako, Corinne Manley, Morgan Seybold, Emily Stewart, Laura Subject, Jocelyn Uchic, Rebecca Webb
Wrestling: Tyler Bedelyon, Phillip Catrucco, Steven Cressley, Dean Moffo, Joe Waltko

2/19/2013 1:44 PM

Record 142 honored at Bob Carlson Scholar Athlete Luncheon