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May 23, 2000

Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award Winners Announced

CLEVELAND -- The 16 winners of the Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

The winners, chosen from 207 nominees from the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA, will each receive a $5,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies. Four additional $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to a student at the institutions that win the Sears Directors' Cup, the national all-sports competition. This will bring the total number to 20 scholarships worth $100,000, funded by Sears.

The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 35th Anniversary Convention, June 11-14. The ceremony will occur at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, on Tuesday, June 13. Michele Tafoya of ESPN will serve as master of ceremonies.

Sears Directors' Cup postgraduate scholarships are earmarked for students who have served in an athletics support capacity at four-year institutions. This includes students from the categories of academic support, band members, equipment room managers, facility managers, sports information assistants, student coaches and trainers. Each of the nominees had to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate involvement on the collegiate or community level and maintain full-time status as a senior.

Sears commitment to collegiate athletics stems from its sponsorship of the Sears Collegiate Champions Program, which includes the Sears Directors' Cup, administered by NACDA. The Sears Directors' Cup honors the ?all-sports" champion in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and the NAIA and includes both men and women's sports. To determine the champion, points are awarded based on each institution's finish in a predetermined number of sports. In Division I, 20 sports are used in the standings, 10 for men and 10 for women; Division II, 14 sports, seven for men and seven for women; Division III, 18 sports, nine for each gender; and in the NAIA, 12 sports, six for women and six for men.

The 16 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate winners are:

NCAA Division IInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Adam BlombergMiami (Fla.)Team ManagerMicrobiology & Immunology3.75
Whitney CassensWestern Illinois Athletics TrainerPhysical Education4.00
Robert LeBlanc, Jr.Louisiana State Academic SupportZoology3.95
Benjamin MossawirStanford Team ManagerElectrical Engineering 4.03
NCAA Division IIInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Jacqueline BatchelorFayetteville State Sports Information Asst.Elementary Education3.00
Stacy DuffellIncarnate WordAssistant CoachPhysical Education3.88
David LitmanIndianapolisSports Information Asst.Business Administration4.46
Ryan StanzelWingate Sports Information Asst.Communications Studies3.74
NCAA Div. IIIInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Scotty ChristoffersonSimpson (Iowa)Sports Information Asst.Biology3.79
Andrea NangleWidener Athletics TrainerPhysical Therapy3.91
Rajesh NayakChicagoBand MemberPublic Policy3.82
Kathryn SimpsonWilliams Athletics TrainerBiology3.82
Crystal CollierEastern Oregon Athletics TrainerPhysical Education & Health3.83
April FosterWayland Baptist Athletics TrainerElementary Education4.00
Johan GrahamTransylvania CheerleaderSociology/Anthropology3.79
Janelle HandlosWestern Montana Athletics TrainerHealth & Physical Education4.00

Members of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee were responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Lee McElroy, chair, director of athletics, American University; Chuck Bell, director of athletics, San Jose State University; Linda Bruno, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Barbara Camp, associate director of athletics, Auburn University; Charlie Cavagnaro, director of athletics, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Mark Cohen, executive vice president/marketing, Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Joan Cronan, director of women's athletics, University of Tennessee; Tony DeCarlo, director of athletics, John Carroll University; Art Eason, director of athletics, William Paterson College; Greg Feris, director of athletics, Wayland Baptist University; Jim Host, chief executive officer, Host Communications; Jerry Hughes, director of athletics, Central Missouri State University; Betty Kruczek, retired director of athletics, Fitchburg State College; Beth Miller, associate director of athletics, University of North Carolina; Porter Miller, director of athletics, Earlham College; Howard Patterson, director of athletics, University of the Incarnate Word; Ron Prettyman, director of athletics, Cal State Dominguez Hills; Phil Roach, director of athletics, Rollins College; David Stair, director of athletics, Evangel College; Betsy Stephenson, senior associate director of athletics, UCLA; Judy Sweet, retired director of athletics, University of California-San Diego; Pat Thomas, associate director of athletics, Georgetown University; and Dick Young, director of athletics, Lynn University.

The 2000 Sears Directors' Cup champions will be announced on Tuesday, June 13 at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, during the NACDA Convention, June 11-14.

Sears Directors' Cup Division I Scholarship Recipients

Adam Blomberg, University of Miami, Team Manager
A team manager for men's basketball at the University of Miami, Adam Blomberg earned a 3.75 GPA in microbiology and immunology with a minor in biology and chemistry. A survivor of a near-fatal car crash in 1995, Blomberg overcame a severe head injury to attend Miami. He created a multimedia presentation, "Driving Responsibly," promoting the use of seat belts in automobiles, which he has delivered to a variety of organizations in the community. Blomberg is a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attained at Miami. He has also been inducted into several honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek and Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman. Blomberg also served on the executive board of the microbiology and immunology club. He has volunteered at the William Lehman Injury Research Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center and the Miami Rescue Mission. Blomberg will begin medical school at the University of Miami in the fall.

Whitney Cassens, Western Illinois University, Athletics Trainer
An athletics trainer at Western Illinois University, Whitney Cassens earned a perfect 4.00 GPA in physical education with an athletics training option and graduated with honors. Cassens was a member of the Student Athletics Trainers' Association for seven semesters and served as its president for two semesters. She was vice president of Phi Epsilon Sigma, the physical education honor society and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Student Honors Association, Student Honors Advisory Board, Circle K International, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Mortar Board. She was on the National Dean's List, the College of Education and Human Services Dean's List, was the recipient of the All-American Scholar Collegiate Award and was Western Illinois' Physical Education Student of the Month for November 1997 and 1998. Cassens plans to pursue a master's degree in public health and possibly attend medical school.

Robert Le Blanc, Jr., Louisiana State University, Academic Support
Robert LeBlanc earned a 3.95 GPA in zoology with a minor in chemistry from Louisiana State University. He served the athletics department as an academic coach, responsible for supervising and mentoring student-athletes; and as a master tutor in chemistry and biology. He finished in the top one percent of his graduating class and has been on the Dean's List every semester. He was a member of the freshman honor society. LeBlanc was a key person in the development of a Life Skills course that is now offered in the LSU education department. He was also a member of an ad hoc committee to reorganize athletics study hall procedures and supervision. LeBlanc was president of the Golden Rope Society and vice president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. LeBlanc has volunteered at Earl K. Long Medical Hospital, in the College of Basic Sciences and at local charity events. He plans to attend LSU Medical School in the fall while he earns a master's degree in public health.

Benjamin Mossawir, Stanford University, Team Manager
The valedictorian of his high school class, Benjamin Mossawir earned a 4.03 GPA in electrical engineering, while working as the team manager for men's basketball at Stanford University. Mossawir is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. In his freshman year, he was a recipient of the President's Award for Academic Excellence. Mossawir has been a technical assistant for Bellarmine Summer School for six years and, last summer, was a research assistant at E.L. Ginzton Laboratory. Mossawir served as a residence assistant at Stanford. He has performed more than 100 hours of community service, including initiating a winter clothing drive for the homeless in San Jose. He has also volunteered with the Collishaw Center for Disabled Children and the Emergency Housing Consortium. He plans to

Sears Directors' Cup Division II Scholarship Recipients

Jacqueline Batchelor, Fayetteville State University, Sports Information Assistant
A sports information assistant at Fayetteville State University, Jacqueline Batchelor earned a 3.00 GPA in elementary education. She was one of the initial recipients of the CoSIDA undergraduate internship scholarship. She was responsible for publishing Fayetteville's golf and volleyball media guides, as well as maintaining football and basketball stats. She is the only student to take membership in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Sports Information Directors' Association and was a student assistant at the 1997 and 1998 CIAA basketball tournament. She is a member of the Student Council for Exceptional Students and was the recipient of the Chancellor's Scholar Award in 1996, 1997 and 1998. One of Batchelor's articles won the CIAA feature story of the week contest. She has volunteered at the Child Development Center and has served on the university's security patrol and as a hospitality host. She plans to pursue her master's degree in education administration.

Stacy Duffell, University of the Incarnate Word, Assistant Coach
Stacy Duffell graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a 3.88 GPA in physical education. An assistant coach for the women's basketball team, Duffell was named both the university's Outstanding Physical Education Student and National Association of Physical Education Outstanding Student in 1998-99. A four-year honoree on the Dean's List, Duffell is listed in Who's Who Among American College and University Students. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and was vice president of the Kappa Delta Epsilon Honor Society. A member basketball and softball teams, Dufell was an NAIA All-American Student Athlete in 1999. She was also the university's Female Athlete of the Year in 1998-99. Duffell plans to pursue a master's degree on her way to becoming a teacher and coach.

David Litman, University of Indianapolis, Sports Information Assistant
A business administration major with an accounting/finance minor, David Litman held a 4.46 at the University of Indianapolis while working as a sports information assistant. Litman is a member of Phi Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta honor societies. Listed in Who's Who Among American College and University Students, Litman was on the National Dean's List. He received the Douglas M. Dorland Memorial Scholarship Award, presented to the most outstanding economics student, in 1999. A member of Toastmasters International, Litman serves as a student ambassador for the school and was a resident assistant. He has been a National Children's Dental Health Month volunteer and has given motivational speeches. A member of the tennis team, Litman was named GTE/CoSIDA second-team Academic all-American. He plans to attend graduate school in the fall to pursue his MBA.

Ryan Stanzel, Wingate University, Sports Information Assistant
A sports information assistant at Wingate University, Ryan Stanzel earned a 3.74 GPA in communications and a minor in journalism. Listed in Who's Who Among American College and University Students, Stanzel was secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He was secretary of Alpha Chi and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. Stanzel was editor-in-chief and sports editor of The Weekly Triangle, the Wingate student newspaper. He was also a color analyst and sideline reporter on basketball for Wingate radio and a color analyst on football and basketball for Time Warner Cable in Charlotte. A correspondent for The Enquirer-Journal, a local newspaper, Stanzel has been on the President's List, as well as the Dean's List. He was a winner of the Irwin Belk Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship awarded at Wingate. Stanzel plans to work for a few years before attending graduate school.

Sears Directors' Cup Division III Scholarship Recipients

Scotty Christofferson, Simpson College, Sports Information Assistant
A sports information assistant at Simpson College, Scotty Christofferson earned a 3.79 GPA in biology with a minor in chemistry. He earned the Cowles Fellowship and Presidential, Floyd Doft, Dr. Clark Endowed and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Warren Poulsney scholarships. Christofferson was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Beta Beta, Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of Omega honor societies. He is listed in Who's Who Among American College and University Students. His involvement with Sigma Alpha Epsilon included organizing the first ever Warren County Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. He was also scholarship chair of the Intrafraternity Council and a member of the Intramural Council. Additionally, Christofferson worked as a pharmacy technician at a local pharmacy and plans to attend graduate school in pharmacy.

Andrea Nangle, Widener University, Athletics Trainer
An athletics trainer at Widener University, Andrea Nangle earned a 3.91 GPA in physical therapy with a minor in psychology. Named to the Dean's List every semester, Nangle, a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, is a member of Psi Chi Psychology, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma honor fraternities. Vice president of the Student Government Association, Nangle was president of the Psychology Club and initiated a recycling program at the school. Nangle was on the women's lacrosse team for one season and the field hockey for three years and was a GTE/CoSIDA Second-Team Academic all-American. One of only 12 students accepted into Widener's guaranteed physical therapy program as a freshman, Nangle plans to attend Widener to earn her master's degree in physical therapy.

Rajesh Nayak, University of Chicago, Band Member
Rajesh Nayak majored in public policy at the University of Chicago and maintained a 3.82 GPA while playing in the pep band. Nayak organized the practices, chose the music, choreographed and directed the band. Additionally, he learned to play two new instruments this year to fill in when other band members were unable to perform. Last year, Nayak was selected as a student marshal. Nayak was the recipient of the Sagner Fellowship and the Richter Fund Internship Fund. He was on the executive committee of the University of Chicago Democrats and has also been involved with the school's orientation program. He was also on Chicago's Coalition to Protect Public Housing. Nayak plans to attend law school.

Kathryn Simpson, Williams College, Athletics Trainer
Kathryn Simpson earned a 3.82 GPA at Williams College as a pre-med student majoring in biology and working as an athletics trainer. She has been on the Dean's List every semester. A National Merit Scholar, Simpson worked at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City for two summers. She also served on the Student Health Advisory Committee and the College Council at Williams. Simpson served as a tutor to elementary and middle school students in Williamstown, was a church youth group leader, volunteered with the Salvation Army and roofed house in Colorado and Arizona for the underprivileged. Simpson gained early acceptance into the University of Utah School of Medicine and will start in August.

Sears Directors' Cup NAIA Scholarship Recipients

Crystal Collier, Eastern Oregon University, Athletics Trainer
Crystal Collier was an athletics trainer at Eastern Oregon University while maintaining a 3.83 GPA with a major in athletics training and a minor in physical education and health. Collier has been on the Dean's List each semester and was named the Physical Education Student of the Year for 1998-99. She is a member of the Physical Education and Health Club, the Student Athletics Trainer's Club, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Phi Kappa Phi and AAPHERD. She was a tutor and was student fitness director. She was a member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls and a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Red Cross, Cancer Society of America, the Shriners, Special Olympics and the Humane Society. She was also a member the track and field teams and was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Collier plans to complete her NATA hours and then attend graduate school.

April Foster, Wayland Baptist University, Athletics Trainer
An athletics trainer at Wayland Baptist University, April Foster maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA in elementary education. A high school valedictorian, Foster is listed in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She was named 1997-98 class favorite at Wayland Baptist and was a Homecoming Queen candidate in 1999. Foster was the highest academically ranked student-athlete in 1998. A member of the Wayland Singer's Choir and Baptist Student Ministry, Foster was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Multicultural Awareness Committee. She volunteered at the Baptist Children's home and with PEERS (Producing Early Elementary Readers). She plans to travel to Australia this summer with the International Sports Federation as a missionary, and may perform training duties at the Olympic Games. Her future plans include attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Johan Graham, Transylvania University, Cheerleader
A sociology and anthropology major with a 3.79 GPA, Johan Graham was also a cheerleader at Transylvania University. On the Dean's List every semester, Graham was a Transylvania Scholar and the recipient of a Transylvania Morrison and Music Scholarship. Captain of the cheerleading squad for two years, Graham was also president of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary and a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honorary and Delta Sigma Phi Social Fraternities. He was a member of the choir, band and orchestra. A member of Amnesty International, Graham served as a resident assistant for three years and hall director for one year. He was also president of he Adopt-A-School Tutoring organization. Graham plans to pursue a master's degree in urban and regional planning.

Janelle Handlos, Western Montana College, Athletics Trainer
Janelle Handlos was an athletics trainer for Western Montana College while earning a perfect 4.00 GPA in health and physical education with a minor in English. Handlos was the recipient of the Western Montana Erb Honor, Terrance K. Waters Senate, NATA Foundation, NAIA Al Ortolani, NWATA Richard Irvin Undergraduate, NATA Past President's Undergraduate and NWATA Benik Graduate scholarships. She was a student research presenter at the 1999 NWATA district meeting. Handlos was a student senator, a new student orientation leader and a learning center peer tutor. A student Ambassador president, Handlos was an elementary student mentor, campus visitation leader, Adopt-A-Student program participant and a member of Big Dogs/Little Dogs. She plans to pursue a master's degree in health and human development.