Centenary Earns League's Institutional Academic Achievement Award
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ELMHURST, Ill.-The Summit League named its 2010-11 Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence recipients as 87 Centenary student-athletes were honored for their work in the classroom. The League also announced Wednesday that Centenary is awarded the league's most prestigious academic award, the Institutional Academic Achievement Award.

Centenary claimed The Summit League's Institutional Academic Achievement Award with a league-best 44 percent of its list-eligible student-athletes recognized. North Dakota State, Oakland, Oral Roberts and South Dakota State each placed in a tie for second with 42 percent of its student-athletes honored.

"Athletic departments and teams are often measured solely by wins and losses and championships garnered, but awards like the Institutional Academic Achievement Award display Centenary's commitment to developing winners on the court, in the community, and in the classroom," noted Dr. William Broussard, Director of Athletics.

The Summit League also recognized Team Academic Achievement Awards in each sport based on percentage of list-eligible student-athletes on the Commissioner's List. Oakland had a league-best four teams claim individual sport honors, while all 10 institutions captured at least one sport award.

Centenary was well represented across the board with at least one recipient from every league-sponsored sport.

Centenary men's soccer earned the league's soccer Team Academic Achievement Award with 60 percent of its team being named to the respective list.

Centenary men's swimming was also a Team Award winner with 48 percent of its squad producing at least a cumulative 3.00 in the classroom.

Baseball: South Dakota State (50 percent)
Men's Basketball: Southern Utah (36 percent)
Women's Basketball: South Dakota State (64 percent)
Men's Cross Country: Oral Roberts (80 percent)
Women's Cross Country: Oakland (64 percent)
Men's Golf: Oakland (80 percent)
Women's Golf: Oakland (71 percent)
Men's Soccer: Centenary (60 percent)
Women's Soccer: IPFW (61 percent)
Softball: Western Illinois (55 percent)
Men's Swimming & Diving: Centenary (48 percent)
Women's Swimming & Diving: Oakland (67 percent)
Men's Tennis: IUPUI (55 percent)
Women's Tennis: UMKC (75 percent)
Men's Track & Field: North Dakota State (47 percent)
Women's Track & Field: Western Illinois (52 percent)
Volleyball: IPFW (75 percent)

Of the 1,077 student-athletes honored, 29 maintained perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point averages.

In order for a student-athlete to be selected to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence, he/she must carry a 3.00 or better cumulative GPA, achieve sophomore academic standing at the institution, have used a year of eligibility and be on the squad list in the sport in which he/she is nominated.

Transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates must have completed one academic year at the nominating institution. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award.

Being named to the 2010-11 Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence for Centenary:

Baseball: Matt Creamer, Justin Kraft, Jeff Schaffert, Cole Thompson
Men's Basketball: Maxx Nakwaasah
Women's Basketball: Anne Farrell, Ashley Jackson, Sarah Weiler
Men's Cross-Country: Miles McDonald, David Micinski, Jonathan Martin
Women's Cross-Country: Mellynn Baker, Jessica Marquart, Jacquelyn Batson
Men's Golf: Jay Frazier, Ryan Sparks, Cannon Earp
Women's Golf: Kyndal Rose, Rachel Grinnell, Justine Kemp
Men's Soccer: Spencer Nickerson, Rennie Walker, Robbie Ramirez, Marcos Rodriguez, Adam Ghammaghami, Aaron Bergman, Ryan Christianson, Ben Barcelona, RB Asenime, Jihad Elaydi, Dragan Hinic, Zar Farrar, Micah Goodwin, Ian Osteen, Kyle Mehnert
Women's Soccer: Erika Rautio, Candace Rushing, Emily McManus, Catlin Orschel, Holden Penney, Catie Depew, Eren Corapcioglu, Allie Cortes, Courtney Cleveland, Kelly Fossard, Laura Immenschuh
Softball: Bonnie Matak, Lauren Highsmith, Reggie Salvatore, Leah Dark, Phyllis Hafer
Men's Swimming: Matt Blam, Ben Donaldson, Chris Sullivan, Michael Schwandt, Matthew Pittman, Adam Pennington, John Cefalu, Matt Harris, Anthony LeBlanc, Caleb McSorley, Aaron Otto
Women's Swimming: Aurora Owen, Lauren Lassiter, Kate Rivers, Olivia Bozant, Cassie Cloutet, Corinne Cormier, Laura Huning, Allison Jones, Lauren Kloepfer, Ruth Litwinowicz
Men's Tennis: Evan Magill, John Callen, Micah Threadgill, Michael Reeks
Women's Tennis: Catlin Orschel, Holden Penney, Taylor Gilmour, Isadora Bickham
Volleyball: Caitlin Neese, Taylor Gilmour, Bethany Kern, Kayla Tibaldo, Michaela Berg, Bonnie Matak

"I'm terribly proud of this coaching staff, the Ladies and Gents, and of Centenary College's faculty and staff. This is an award we all share," said Broussard.

The Summit League is comprised of 10 member institutions - Centenary College of Louisiana, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Oral Roberts University, South Dakota State University, Southern Utah University and Western Illinois University. Eastern Illinois University and the University of South Dakota compete as associate members in men's and women's swimming & diving. The league offers championships in 19 sports.

Centenary is a departing member of The Summit League and will now begin its new chapter of Athletics as a member of the American Southwest Conference and NCAA Division III beginning July 1, 2011.