June 8, 2009

IWLCA Announces Scholar-Athlete Winners

from press releases

The IWLCA has recognized five student-athletes for their accomplishments off the field, honoring three as IWLCA Scholar-Athletes for excellence in the classroom as well as two for outstanding accomplishments in the field of community awareness.

Princeton's Kristin Schwab, Southern New Hampshire's Julie Kraus, and Elizabethtown's Anna Ford were all named the Scholar-Athlete for their respective divisions while Quinnipiac's Lyndsey Banach and Pfeiffer's Patty Hunter were recognized as the Community Awareness recipients for the season.

Kristin Schwab is the first Princeton athlete to earn an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship and will be enrolling in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. A two-sport athlete in both field hockey and lacrosse, she is a four-time recipient of academic honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and a two-time recipient of academic honors from the IWLCA.

Schwab was also named to the Women's At Large Academic All District First Team by ESPN the Magazine. She has been named Academic All-Ivy during her career and is Princeton's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. During her career spanning both sports, Schwab started all eight seasons, participated in seven NCAA tournaments and won five Ivy League championships.  She was the recipient of the Art Lane Award from the Princeton Varsity Club for selfless contributions to sport and society by an undergraduate in May 2009.

The senior is the lead author of an article published in "Neurosurgery" in July 2008 entitled:  Limitations of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Angiography in the Diagnosis of Intracranial Aneurysms." Secondary authors on that article are doctors from Johns Hopkins.  In addition, she is the second author of another article recently submitted for publication to "Neurosurgery". 

Schwab received an A on her senior thesis which was the culmination of extensive research she conducted in hospitals, immunization clinics and labs in four regions of Ghana in the summer of 2008.  Her senior thesis is entitled:  Assessment of Childhood Immunization in Ghana: Current Programs and Future of Rotavirus Vaccine Introduction.

Julie Kraus, who earned second-team All-American honors for the Penwomen, was the Southern New Hampshire Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A Business Administration major, the senior was named to ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District At-Large team.

Anna Ford helped the Blue Jays enter the national rankings while excelling on the field. The senior recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors, taking a bachelor's degree in Health and Occupation.  She received Honors in the discipline and was asked to conduct a research study during 2008-09 by the Occupational Therapy Department.  Her project, "Injuries and the Quality of Life of Collegiate Athletes: A Pilot Study" was presented at two college-wide scholarship events in April.

Ford was inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon, the Occupational Therapy Honor Society, in spring of 2008.  Elizabethtown named her a College Scholar 2007-2009, recognizing her for completing 60 credits and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. Ford was the recipient of the Mary Jean Schmook Graham Occupational Therapy Scholarship and Ressler Mill Foundation Scholarship as well as awards from the Occupational Therapy Dept. for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years in honor of academic excellence, scientific aptitude, dedication to the profession, and financial need. 

An eight-time member of the Deans; List, Ford earned a Presidential Scholarship in 2005. Ford was homeschooled before coming to Elizabethtown College and never played on a high school team.

Lindsey Banach helped SAAC prepare Thanksgiving Baskets for local needy families and assisted SAAC in the Toys for Tots collection later in the semester. She volunteered to serve at the Ice Cream Social sponsored by SAAC during final exam periods in both the winter and the spring. A Hamden Youth Soccer Volunteer Coach during the fall of 2008, Banach taught 5-year old boys soccer basics at one practice and one game each week for 10 weeks during the fall.

As a member of Quinnipiac Future Teacher's Organization (QFTO), she volunteered at the Halloween Party to benefit local underprivileged children. Banach also organized youth lacrosse clinics in the fall; she planned the clinic program, determined work assignments for her teammates that volunteered, and coordinated transportation of volunteers and equipment to and from the clinic site. She led the women's lacrosse team's involvement in co-sponsoring a campus multi-cultural event - Sistah Souljah on Nov 11. Activities included publicizing the event on campus in the weeks prior, and helping to set up before the event and break down afterwards.

There were two racial incidents on campus last fall, and Banach helped organize this event largely in response to those incidents.   The Bobcat senior planned and organized a used cell phone collection drive to benefit Verizon's HopeLine project; HopeLine recycles old cell phones and reconditions them for use by domestic violence victims. Banach planned the event, publicized it, coordinated volunteers, and arranged for the donation of collected phones to the local Verizon store.

She also spearheaded her team's efforts to participate in the fundraiser, including coordinating the team's purchase of FoJ shirts, and soliciting donations from spectators at the game. Banach coordinated Quinnipiac's involvement in Relay for Life during the spring. Her fellow team members worked shifts helping to feed the walkers and also made a monetary donation to the cause.

Patty Hunter helped run Pfeiffer Pfights, a 5K run/24-mile bike race to raise money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness; the race was held in January of 2009.  The event was run through an organization called Catholics at Pfeiffer (CAP), of which Hunter is the president.  She headed the whole event with the help of many others, and the organization raised over $4,000. 

This is the second year the event has been done and both years Hunter has headed it.  The race was done through the Pfeiffer community which included students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local residents. Hunter was also in charge of Dry Night. A second-year program put on by SAAC, an organization of which Patty is the Vice-President.  Dry Night is an event coordinated by the students of SAAC to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation.  They ended up raising over $1000.  Hunter ran the Mr. PU contest, which is part of the Dry Night.  Mr. PU includes male students competing in a "Miss America" type pageant. 

On the games side of Dry Night, Hunter was in charge of putting the games together and making sure everything ran according to schedule.  The Dry Night event took place in April of 2009. Hunter helped organized Parents Night Out, another event run by SAAC.  Parents Night Out is an event at which Pfeiffer students would babysit for members of the Pfeiffer community while the parents could go out on their own for a few hours.

This event raised money for Make-A-Wish Foundation and they were able to contribute an additional $300.  Hunter was in charge of marketing the event to the community while also organizing the night for the children.  The event was held once in the fall of 2008 and once in the spring of 2009. Hunter also donates time as a Sports Chaplain.  A Sports Chaplain is a person who represents another sports team on campus as a support group. 

Hunter was a minister to the teams in a Christian way as well as motivational.  Hunter was a Sports Chaplain year-round for the women's lacrosse team. Hunter volunteered her time in the fall of 2008 for Special Olympics.  Her time was spent being an inspirational cheerleader to the kids who competed.  Each station had "cheerleader" at their station helping the children understand and enjoy their time competing.

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