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May 21, 2001

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 179 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 brings the total number of academic scholarships funded by Sears to 20, valued at $100,000.

The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 36th Annual Convention, June 10-13. The ceremony will occur at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, on Tuesday, June 12. Leslie Gudel of ABC Sports will serve as emcee.

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's 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
Laurie BaumgartnerWestern IllinoisAthletics TrainerPhysical Education/Athletics Training4.00
Kathryn JordanMarylandBand MemberPhysiology & Neurobiology3.97
Cindy MastersTennesseeTeam ManagerMarketing4.00
Jay SnowMissouriAthletics TrainerNutrition & Fitness3.82
NCAA Division II Institution Activity Major GPA
Melinda Huhn Grand Valley State Athletics Trainer Health Sciences 4.00
Brian Hunt Augustana (S.D.) Assistant Coach Exercise Science 3.50
Josh Lovell Lenoir-Rhyne Team Manager Sports Management 3.74
Tim Mayfield Truman State Facility Staff Biology 3.69
NCAA Division III Institution Activity Major GPA
Brenda Ashby Widener Team Manager Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy 3.89
Nick Bachand Albion Team Manager Economics/Management 3.75
Teresa Saunders Notre Dame (Md.) Team Manager Biology 3.93
Steve Vladeck Amherst Sports Information Asst. History/Math 3.74
NAIA Institution Activity Major GPA
Adam Burns John Brown Facility Staff Family Studies 3.68
Jason Clouser Ozarks Cheerleader English 3.30
Jenni Rodwell Albertson Sports Information Asst. Economics/Business Administration 3.74
Mary Ryan St. Ambrose Athletics Trainer Athletics Training 3.82

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 2001 Sears Directors' Cup champions will be announced on Tuesday, June 12 at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, during the NACDA Convention, June 10-13.

Sears Directors' Cup Division I Scholarship Recipients

Laurie Baumgartner, Western Illinois University, Athletics Trainer
An athletics trainer at Western Illinois University the last two years, Laurie Baumgartner earned a 4.0 GPA in physical education/athletics training. She received two academic scholarships and obtained National Dean's List honors and WIU Dean's List honors every semester. She was an active member of both the National Athletic Trainers Association and Student Athletic Trainers Association, serving the latter as treasurer. Baumgartner was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Epsilon Sigma honor societies. A medical staff volunteer at the Prairie State Games the past two summers, Baumgartner also served as a coach for the Special Olympics. She was actively involved in the community with Toys for Tots, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Jump Rope for Your Heart campaign. She also was a major fund raiser for the physical education department at the annual Alumni Phonethon. Baumgartner plans to seek employment after graduation before entering a postgraduate program.

Kathryn Jordan, University of Maryland, Band Member

Kathryn Jordan was a member of the marching band at the University of Maryland, where she majored in physiology and neurobiology and carried a 3.97 GPA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College Park Scholars Program after earning Dean's List honors multiple times. Jordan was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies. A member of Who's Who Among American College and University Students, she was the honorary speaker at the commencement ceremony of the College of Life Sciences. Jordan, who served the Maryland band as squad and drum major during her career, was also a member of the school's pep band. Volunteering her time as a research assistant and teaching assistant, Jordan also interned at the local elementary school. She was an inclusion counselor volunteer for Project Sunshine, taking on the responsibilities of providing daily care for a special needs child at day camp. Jordan plans to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Cindy Masters, University of Tennessee, Team Manager

Cindy Masters was the top graduate from the College of Business at the University of Tennessee, maintaining a 4.0 GPA in marketing. Masters was a team manager for the women's basketball program for three years and was the supervising manager in 1999-2000. A Summa Cum Laude graduate, Masters was a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies. She financed 100 percent of her college education through academic scholarships - including the J&M Viles Merit and Tennessee Highway Patrol Merit scholarships; internships and her team managerial position. Masters interned with adidas America, supplying support to all aspects of equipment management for Tennessee's athletics department. Coupled with her marketing experience, Masters also worked on promotional projects at adidas America. She was equipment manager at the 2000 USA Basketball Jones Cup Trials and four Pat Head Summitt Summer Basketball Camps. Masters was a member of the American Marketing Association and Team Vols Community Service Organization. She plans to enter the work force prior to attending graduate school.

Jay Snow, University of Missouri, Athletics Trainer

A four-year athletics trainer at the University of Missouri, Jay Snow carried a 3.82 GPA. He majored in nutrition and fitness, with a minor in Spanish, and was named to the Dean's List every semester. Snow was chosen by the School of Medicine Pre-professional Scholars Committee to be a Conley Scholar, which automatically granted him admittance to the Missouri School of Medicine. He earned the 2000 Doc Ollie DeVictor Award for his academic excellence and athletics-training ability from the sports medicine department. He was a member of the QEBH Tap Day Honor Society and the Sports Medicine Club, of which he became president emeritus in 2000. Snow also was a member of the Alumni Association Student Board, the Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis Steering Committee and the Homecoming Steering Committee. He volunteered his time with multiple children's organizations. Snow will enter Missouri's School of Medicine following graduation.

Sears Directors' Cup Division II Scholarship Recipients

Melinda Huhn, Grand Valley State University, Athletics Trainer
Melinda Huhn graduated with a 4.0 GPA in health sciences from Grand Valley State University. The Dean's List honoree worked as an athletics trainer since 1999, and was elected head trainer in 2000. Huhn, who minored in athletics training, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and received the school's Presidential Scholar Award and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship all four years. In 2000, Huhn delivered multiple presentations on athletics training subjects to the school community. She was a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, GVSU Athletic Training Club and the GVSU Pre-Physical Therapy Club. Huhn also earned certification in CPR and first aid from the National Safety Council. She was a volunteer at DeVos Children's Hospital and was active with World AIDS Awareness Week. Huhn also was a substitute teacher and volunteer softball coach for the local school system. She will attend Grand Valley State this fall to pursue her master's degree in physical therapy.

Brian Hunt, Augustana College (S.D.), Assistant Coach

Brian Hunt carried a 3.50 GPA in exercise science and minored in biology at Augustana College (S.D.). He served as assistant baseball coach this year, after being signed as a free agent with the Sioux Falls Canaries last summer. As an assistant, he was responsible for tutoring catchers, hitters and infielders, while serving in the capacity of strength and conditioning coach and assisting in day-to-day operations. Hunt also worked at the Averna McKennan Hospital Center for Health and Fitness and in the Augustana Admissions Office. A Dean's List recipient, Hunt was named to Who's Who Among American College and University Students. Hunt was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and ACCENT, Augustana's community outreach program. He plans to pursue his master's degree in exercise science following graduation.

Josh Lovell, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Team Manager

A three-year team manager for the men's basketball team, Josh Lovell earned a 3.74 GPA in sports management from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a minor in business and communications. He was named to the President's List twice and the Dean's List four times during his academic career. A member of Phi Beta Lambda, Lovell was executive reporter and placed fifth in business law at the 2000 Phi Beta Lambda State Conference. He was chair of the Campus Activities Board, and also served as social chair. He also was involved with the Student Government Association and was college court chief justice. Lovell was a staff writer for the Lenoir-Rhynean, the school's newspaper, and participated in the Broyhill Leadership Mentor Program and numerous alcohol-awareness activities. Lovell performed several internships during his career, including at Global Licensing, Ltd.; Wake Forest University athletics marketing department; and the Davidson County District Attorney's Office. He will enter the work force prior to pursuing his master's degree.

Tim Mayfield, Truman State University, Facility Staff
At Truman State University, Tim Mayfield carried a 3.69 GPA with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He earned Dean's List honors seven semesters and received six scholarships. Mayfield, a part of the facility staff at Truman State, had numerous responsibilities for the institution's athletics department. He was an announcer at athletics events, assisted in season-ticket sales, coordinated special-event projects and supervised workers at sporting events. Mayfield was also a KTRM radio promotions consultant. He was a teacher's assistant, an assistant lab chemist and a research collaborator in the science division of the university. He tutored organic chemistry and volunteered at the Allied Physicians Outpatient Surgery Center and the Kirksville Osteopathic Medical Center. Mayfield was also an instructor for adult CPR and standard first aid classes. He will attend the University of Missouri's School of Medicine.

Sears Directors' Cup Division III Scholarship Recipients

Brenda Ashby, Widener University, Team Manager
Brenda Ashby carried a 3.89 GPA in psychology and pre-physical therapy while working as the manager for the Widener University volleyball team. She earned Dean's List and President's List honors every semester and was a member of Psi Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship and Alpha Chi Scholarship honor societies. A Presidential Scholarship recipient, Ashby was also named to Who's Who Among American College and University Students. She served as president of the Honors Program and was a representative for the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and Student Government Association. A member of the Psychology Club, Ashby volunteered as an admissions tour guide and volleyball recruiter. She was the only student to serve on the selection committee for the new Widener University president. Ashby was one of 12 students accepted into the school's Guaranteed Physical Therapy 3+3 Master's (and doctoral) Program and will obtain an advanced degree at Widener. She plans to continue in her role with the team while in graduate school.

Nick Bachand, Albion College, Team Manager
Earning a 3.75 GPA in economics and management, Nick Bachand had a concentration in the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service. He earned academic scholarships, was an Albion College Fellow and served four years as the baseball and football team manager. Bachand, who was named to the Dean's List, was treasurer of Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Epsilon while serving as vice president of Phi Beta Lambda. He also was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of Omega honor societies. Bachand was involved with the Retention Committee and the Student Life Committee, and volunteered as captain of Earth Day 2000 in Washington D.C. He helped rebuild Delta Sigma Phi, holding multiple positions in the hierarchy of the fraternity, and was vice president of membership of the school's Interfraternity Council. He worked as the desk manager at the athletics center for three years and completed two internships in the past two years, including working with the Internal Revenue Service. Bachand plans to enter Wayne State University Law School.

Teresa Saunders, College of Notre Dame (Md.), Team Manager
Teresa Saunders earned a 3.93 GPA in biology at the College of Notre Dame (Md.). Unable to compete in basketball due to a high school injury, she served as the team's manager for three years and assisted in multiple capacities at home events for each of the seven sports sponsored at Notre Dame. She volunteered in the training room for two years, assisting student-athletes with all phases of rehabilitation. Saunders was named to the Dean's List every semester and was a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma and the Alphi Xi Chapter of Beta, Beta, Beta honor societies. A Presidential Scholar all four years, Saunders was the Honor Board Representative for the Class of 2001. She was active in the Community Service Organization, the Best Buddies Program and Campus Ministry. She co-chaired the college's blood drive for two years and participated in the school's Alternative Spring Break Outreaches for three years, helping the less fortunate. She plans to enter a master's or doctoral program for physical therapy.

Steve Vladeck, Amherst College, Sports Information Assistant
Earning a double major in history and math, Steve Vladeck carried a 3.74 GPA at Amherst College while working in the sports information office for four years, gaining the title of assistant sports information director. He served in editorial capacities for The Amherst Student, the school's student newspaper; SportsAmherst, the school's sports magazine; Scrutiny, the college's student-run course evaluation catalog; Capitol Pages, Amherst's nonpartisan political journal; The Spectator, another campus political journal; and Prism, the college's creative writing and fine arts magazine. Vladeck served on Student Senate, co-founded the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Student Forum and served as a representative to the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Vladeck was involved with numerous residential, event-coordinating organizations and also volunteered as a peer tutor, for student security and as a tour guide. He won the Bowles Prize for Excellence in Journalism in 1998 and the Sphinx Award for Dedication to Athletics in 1998 and 1999. Vladeck plans on pursuing a joint doctoral and law degree.

Sears Directors' Cup NAIA Scholarship Recipients

Adam Burns, John Brown University, Facility Staff
Adam Burns graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.68 GPA in family studies from John Brown University, where he was a member of the facility staff. He also performed many other duties in the athletics department, including public relations, game and event management, office administration and student-athlete recruitment. Burns, who was named to the Dean's List several times, was a member of Who's Who Among American College and University Students and the Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society. Burns was involved in many school-orientated projects, including the director of IMPACT - a Christian ministry for children, Siloam Spring Christian Church mission trips to Mexico, Summer Rec Team Leader and Freshmen Orientation. He participated in many intramural sports and was a member of the Alpha Chi fraternity. He served as an intern at a physical therapy clinic last summer, and plans to pursue a master's degree in physical therapy.

Jason Clouser, College of the Ozarks, Cheerleader
Jason Clouser was a cheerleader at the College of the Ozarks for three years and earned a 3.30 GPA in English. He was on both the Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll and was named to Who's Who Among American College and University Students. He was co-captain of the C of O Cheer Team. Clouser was a member of the campus volunteer fire department, reaching captain this past year. He also was crew boss of the student landscape workers for two summers. In addition to his work as a firefighter, Clouser became involved with Student Senate, Habitat for Humanity, numerous school theatrical performances, poetry and college-orientation seminars. Clouser also was active in Dorm Council and was a resident assistant for a year. He plans to earn his master's degree and then pursue a doctorate in English, ultimately becoming a college professor.

Jenni Rodwell, Albertson College, Sports Information Assistant
Jenni Rodwell excelled with a 3.74 GPA in economics and business administration at Albertson College, while obtaining a minor in chemistry. She worked all four years as an assistant in the sports information department. Rodwell was single-handedly responsible for the athletics department web site, providing maintenance for all 11 sports. She also was in charge of organizing fund raisers, ticket sales and providing support to the sports information director. Rodwell was a member of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee at Albertson and was instrumental in writing the conclusion report of the committee for the Board of Trustees. She spent a summer organizing golf activities as a member of the Idaho Youth Fest Committee. She also volunteered for the local junior golf association. She will enter the work force before pursuing a postgraduate degree.

Mary Ryan, St. Ambrose University, Athletics Trainer
Mary Ryan spent three years at St. Ambrose University as an athletics trainer, where she earned a 3.82 GPA in that field of study. She minored in biology and psychology. A member of the Dean's List, Ryan was named a State of Iowa Scholar. She was a member of the Biology Club, where she was a senior mentor. She also mentored freshmen biology and athletics training students. A member of Students Trained as Role Models (STARs), Ryan volunteered her time teaching a new student seminar class and also helping students with scheduling. Ryan was involved with Campus Ministry for four years and participated in numerous church activities. She also donated her time as a volunteer athletics trainer for the local arena football team when they were short handed. Ryan plans to attend a physical therapy graduate program in the fall.

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