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March 28, 2001

Finalists for the Eighth Annual Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards Announced

CLEVELAND -- Forty-seven finalists for the eighth annual Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

There are 17 finalists from the NCAA Division I and 10 finalists each from the NCAA Division II, Division III and the NAIA. They will now be reviewed by the Finalist Committees, which will select the final four winners per division (16 total) who will each receive a $5,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies. In addition, a fifth $5,000 scholarship per division will be awarded to a student from each of the four institutions (one per division) that win the 2000-01 Sears Directors' Cup trophies. Sears funds the annual total of $100,000 in scholarships.

The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 36th annual Convention, June 10-13 at the Little and Grand America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. The NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, will take place on Tuesday, June 12.

Members of the athletics support staff are eligible for these prestigious scholarships. This includes students from the categories of academic support, athletics trainers, band members, equipment room managers, facility managers, sports information assistants and student coaches. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have senior status, have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level and have played an active role in one of the support categories.

The Sears Directors' Cup Division I Postgraduate finalists are:

StudentInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Amy AyresRiceTeam ManagerSpanish/Kinesiology3.93
Krista BartolomucciDuquesneBand MemberCommunication Studies3.98
Laurie BaumgartnerWestern IllinoisAthletics TrainerPhys. Educ./Athletics Training4.00
Drew ChronisterHarvardSports Information Asst.Psychology3.61
Elizabeth DierkingLa SalleAcademic SupportBiology3.89
Kathryn JordanMarylandBand MemberPhysiology and Neurobiology3.97
George KollerBaylorAthletics TrainerHealth Science Studies3.94
C.J. LanktreeNotre DameCheerleaderFinance/Computer App.3.76
Cynthia MastersTennesseeTeam ManagerMarketing4.00
Danielle MorganSE Missouri StateCheerleaderHuman Environmental Studies3.90
Jane PaterNotre DameSports Information Asst.Government/Intl. Studies3.50
Stacey RollerIndiana StateAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.95
Adam RomneyUtahSports Information Asst.Political Science/French3.63
Jay SnowMissouriAthletics TrainerNutrition & Fitness3.82
Lauren SwisherValparaisoAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.80
Nicole TaylorPurdueTeam ManagerElectrical Engineering4.00
Portia WahlColoradoAcademic SupportEnglish 3.62


Finalists from Division II include:

StudentInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Lynnese BlandFayetteville StateSports Information Asst.Biology3.26
Jennifer GerstbergerEmporia StateCheerleaderSocial Studies3.80
Melinda HuhnGrand Valley St.Athletics TrainerHealth Sciences4.00
Brian HuntAugustana (S.D.)Assistant CoachExercise Science3.50
Jennifer LancasterEast CentralAthletics TrainerPhysical Education3.89
Joshua LovellLenoir-RhyneTeam ManagerSports Management3.74
Timothy MayfieldTruman StateFacility StaffBiology3.69
Joelle MyszkaRegisTeam ManagerBusiness Ad./Communication3.63
Michael SerefineWingateSports Information Asst.Mathematics3.93
Darcina StarkBarryAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.64


Division III finalists are:

StudentInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Jennifer AndersonMount St. JosephCheerleaderPhysical Therapy3.83
Brenda AshbyWidenerTeam ManagerPsych./Pre-Physical Therapy3.89
Nicholas BachandAlbionTeam ManagerEconomics/Management3.75
Amy BuhrWilliam PennAthletics TrainerBiology3.47
Michelle CloutierMaine-FarmingtonAcademic SupportSocial Work3.43
Robin FerdettaSalisbury StateSports Information Asst.Business Ad./Finance3.60
Christine HarringtonSouthern MaineAssistant CoachElementary Education3.88
Sarah RoseEurekaAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.73
Teresa SaundersNotre DameTeam ManagerBiology3.93
Steve VladeckAmherstSports Information Asst.History/Math3.74


Finalists from the NAIA are:

StudentInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Melonie BennettIndiana WesleyanSports Information Asst.Physical Education3.71
Adam BurnsJohn BrownFacility StaffFamily Studies3.68
Jason ClouserOzarksCheerleaderEnglish3.30
Lucinda ColsonMissouri ValleyAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.71
Brett InlowPalm Beach AtlanticAthletics TrainerPhysical Education3.32
Kahanah RapportVanguardAcademic SupportEducation3.29
Jenni RodwellAlbertsonSports Information Asst.Economics/Business Ad.3.74
Mary RyanSt. AmbroseAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.82
Michelle StoneOklahoma BaptistFacility StaffEarly Childhood3.72
Mindy WilliamsTrevecca NazareneAthletics TrainerSports/Exercise Science3.33


Members of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee were responsible for selecting the finalists. The list of committee members can be found on NACDA's web site at www.nacda.com.

The Sears commitment to collegiate athletics stems from its sponsorship of the Sears Collegiate Champions Program, which includes the Sears Directors' Cup Program, administered by NACDA. The Sears Directors' Cup Award, developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today, honors the "all-sports" champion in each of the NCAA's three divisions -- I, II and 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.

Previous winners have included -- Division I -- University of North Carolina (1994) and Stanford University (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), Division II -- University of California-Davis (1996, 1997, 2000), California State University-Bakersfield (1998) and Adams State College (1999); Division III -- Williams College (Mass.) (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000) and the University of California-San Diego (1998); and NAIA -- Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.) (1996) and Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000).

Contact: Laurie Garrison
 Assistant Executive Director, Communications
 440/892-4000
 440/892-4007 (Fax)
 E-mail: lgarrison@nacda.com
 Web Site: www.nacda.com