The Richmond Register


April 12, 2013

OVC: EKU’s Ford, Worthington honored for academic success

RICHMOND — 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 Doug Whitlock served as the guest speaker with several university administrators, faculty members and coaches in attendance.

Gene Palka, director of the Bratzke Center, congratulated all of the honorees and acknowledged the tremendous academic success experienced by each of the EKU teams.

Palka recognized 20 OVC Medal of Honor winners, awarded to student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the previous calendar year. Palka also recognized 275 Colonel Scholars, student-athletes who earned a 3.0 GPA or better in either or both of the previous two semesters.

Sixteen 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: Anthony Bazzani (baseball), Jordan Berry (football), Christina Ciolek (softball), Janelle Coates (soccer), Nikki Donnelly (soccer), Natalie Field (women’s cross country/track & field), Khiry Maddox (football), Dominique Norris (men’s track & field), Turner O’Brian (men’s track & field), Saioa Oscoz (women’s tennis), Carmen Rodriguez (women’s tennis), Marissa Tashenberg (volleyball), Sean Vandermosten (men’s  cross country/track & field), Whitney Wallace (soccer) and Caleb Watkins (football).

During the award ceremony, acting director of athletics Simon Gray announced that former football player Patrick Ford 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, Palka presented head softball  coach Jane Worthington 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.

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