June 6, 2012

Baskind, Mongeau, Vogel Named IWLCA Scholar-Athletes

from press release

The IWLCA has honored three student-athletes as Scholar-Athletes of the Year as the organization announced its annual award that recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the field. One honoree is selected in each division. Harvard's Melanie Baskind, Southern New Hampshire's Emily Mongeau, and Catholic's Mallory Vogel were each named the recipients in their respective divisions.

Vogel, a senior midfielder for the Cardinals, graduated in May with a degree in biomechanical engineering—and will earn her Master's in biomechanical engineering this year as well. In her junior year, Vogel applied for--and was the only member of her class--to be accepted to the joint BS/Master's program which entailed her taking graduate courses her final three semesters (and taking between 16-19 hours a semester).

A published author, the Bel Air, Md. native wrote "Brain Computer Interaction Technology to Enhance Responses to Auditory Communications," which appeared in Volume II: Compendium of Abstracts. Army Research Laboratory Summer Student Research Symposium in August, 2011. Additionally she served as a leader for her Junior Biomechanical Design Class Project which assisted a group to develop an automatic pill dispenser and designing this dispenser to meet specification of sorting, holding, and dispensing up to six medications at specific dosage times, notified by an alarm. Her Senior Biomedical Design/Research Project was entitled "Liquid crystal (LC) display cell sizing polarizer to use with fiber optics." Her senior research group designed, developed, and tested the LC cell sizer for precancerous cell detection using techniques of polarizers, liquid crystal displays, and scattering light spectroscopy.

Vogel is very active in her major while also being a key team member and leader, as evidenced by her numerous engineering activities, including Biomedical Engineering Society, for which she served as secretary in 2010, Society of Women Engineers, and being selected as an Engineering Mentor. During the school year and over the summer, Vogel has interned and worked in labs including the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Aberdeen Proving Grounds and the BONE/CRAB Lab. A recipient of the prestigious Biomedical Engineering Society Award in 2012, Vogel is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She was named a Nagel Scholar for 2011-2012 academic year and has been a member of the Dean's List every semester she has been at Catholic.

Mongeau, an Elementary Education major at Southern New Hampshire, was named the 2011-12 SNHU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She earned 2012 Capital One Academic All-District honors and was named to both the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Academic Team in soccer as well as the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

The program's all-time leader in goals, points, ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls, she was named to the North-South All-Star Game. Mongeau led Southern New Hampshire in scoring as well as virtually every statistical category for the second straight year in 2012. Starting all 14 games in which she appeared, Mongeau totaled 48 goals and 21 assists for 69 points while also leading Southern New Hampshire in draw controls (83), ground balls (53) and caused turnovers (32). She was a four-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, including First Team honors in each of the past two seasons. She earned second-team All-Regional honors in 2012 as well.

Senior captain Baskind was a two-sport athlete at Harvard who was also tabbed to the Academic All-America first team in the fall as a member of the Crimson women's soccer team and now has received academic all-district accolades four times. A native of Framingham, Mass., Baskind was a second-team All-Ivy League selection as a midfielder on the lacrosse team. She served as captain in each of the last two years and garnered All-Ivy status for three straight seasons. In 2012, she was also selected to the Ivy All-Tournament squad. Baskind led Harvard in points (33), assists (six), and caused turnovers (15), while ranking second in goals (27) and ground balls (37). A neurobiology concentrator, Baskind was also selected as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2012. She earned Harvard's Francis H. Burr Award for all-around excellence as well as the Lowes Senior Class award for soccer.

Baskind has a secondary concentration in global health and health policy. She also owns a citation in Spanish. A three-time academic All-Ivy selection, Baskind serves as a peer advising fellow. She also volunteers in different parts of low income hospitals helping patients connect to resources like housing, utilities, food, and clothing.

The midfielder worked at Boston Medical Center in the maternity ward as a Maternity Ward advocate and is also a member of the student-athlete advisory committee. She is a member of the community service board helping to organize and run such events as the Bench Press for Cancer, Athlete Charity Fund, and the can and shoe drive. She also runs a soccer ball drive in her hometown to donate to Coaches Across Continents. She will spend a year in Africa working with the coaches across continents program and Aids testing at an orphanage in Kenya.

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