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May 14, 2002

Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Cleveland, Ohio -- 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 185 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 37th Annual Convention, June 16-19. The ceremony will occur at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, on Tuesday, June 18. Spencer Tillman of CBS 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
Katherine BrownNorthwesternCheerleaderEconomics3.80
Melissa DiPerriTowsonCheerleaderSpeech/Language Pathology3.93
Joshua MahanKentuckySports Information Asst.Political Science/History4.00
Monica QuinnMissouriAcademic SupportPsychology3.90
NCAA Division IIInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Laura DyerDelta StateCheerleaderPolitical Science3.96
Burt IwataNorthern ColoradoAssistant CoachFinance/Management/Economics4.00
Brandon KieperTruman StateSports Information Asst.Communications3.97
Michael PassafiumeLynn UniversityTeam ManagerCommunications3.51
NCAA Division IIIInstitutionActivityMajorGPA
Kemper Beasley, IIIHampden-SydneySports Information Asst.History3.78
Robyn BowersDenisonSports Information Asst./Asst. CoachEnglish Literature/Latin 4.00
Christopher GogginWilliamsSports Information Asst.Math/Chemistry4.07
Terri TraversJuniataAssistant CoachPsychology3.80
Chet BuchmanMcPhersonSports Information Asst.Accounting/Banking/Finance3.73
Michelle KennemurAzusa PacificAthletics TrainerAthletics Training3.84
Matthew SwiftVanguardAthletics TrainerAthletics Training/Pre-Physical Therapy3.86
Benjamin WeinsSioux FallsEquipment Room Manager/Team ManagerMathematics3.46

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 2002 Sears Directors' Cup champions will be announced on Tuesday, June 18 at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, during the NACDA Convention, June 16-19.

Sears Directors' Cup Division I Scholarship Recipients

Katherine Brown, Northwestern University, Cheerleader
Katherine Brown earned a 3.80 GPA at Northwestern University while majoring in economics and minoring in business institutions. A Dean's List honoree, she was a member of the Golden Key and Phi Alpha Delta honor societies and was a varsity cheerleader. She led the squad in its fund-raising efforts for its trip to nationals. Brown also was involved in Kappa Alpha Theta, serving on the Philanthropy Committee, New Member Team and as Co-Chair of its Calendar Project. She was chair of the special events committee for EmPOWER, the Panhellenic office of women's empowerment, and a member of the Transfer (Student) Transitions Team, after arriving from Truman State University her sophomore year. Last year Brown worked in the Northwestern department of fitness and recreation as a facility supervisor. She plans to attend law school in the fall.

Melissa DiPerri, Towson University, Cheerleader
Melissa DiPerri carried a 3.93 GPA with a double major in speech-language pathology and psychology at Towson University. She was a two-year team captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, was the squad's Student-Athlete Award recipient, presented for academic achievement, team contributions and leadership and was a four-year recipient of the Provost Scholarship for Academic Achievement. She represented Towson at two national competitions. DiPerri was a class representative and president of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She was the corresponding secretary for the Golden Key Honor Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She volunteered as a children's reading tutor at the Towson Literacy Clinic, assisted disabled Towson students as a note taker and student reader and was an orientation leader. She plans to attend graduate school this fall.

Joshua Mahan, University of Kentucky, Sports Information Assistant
Joshua Mahan earned perfect a 4.0 GPA with a double major in political science and history at the University of Kentucky. He served as a sports information assistant in the UK athletics media relations office for four years. Mahan, a Dean's List honoree, also was in the UK Honors Program, earned the Chancellor's and Arts and Science Dean's scholarships and was a member of the Golden Key and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. In 2000, he was named a Kentucky Colonel, a prestigious award granted to those who demonstrate exceptional service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mahan interned in the Kentucky State Legislature for the Senate president during two legislative sessions and served another internship where he assisted with public papers for Kentucky's governor. He also participated in the Sixth Congressional District Race Project. Mahan will begin pursuing a law degree this fall.

Monica Quinn, University of Missouri, Academic Support
Monica Quinn was a three-year student-athlete mentor at the University of Missouri, where she earned a 3.90 GPA in psychology with a minor in philosophy. She was an academic role model for at-risk student-athletes by teaching and providing guidance in academic developmental skills such as time management, note taking, test preparation and faculty communication. In addition, she specialized as a subject tutor in math, statistics, English, German, psychology, sociology and anthropology. She received the 2001 Most Inspiring Tutor Award. Quinn, a Dean's List honoree, was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta and Psi Chi honor societies. On the community level, she was vice president and service chair of the Little Sisters of the Pearls and Rubies, was a piano teacher and the lieutenant governor for her residence hall. Quinn plans to attend law school this fall.

Sears Directors' Cup Division II Scholarship Recipients

Laura Dyer, Delta State University, Cheerleader
Laura Dyer was a four-year varsity cheerleader at Delta State University and carried a 3.96 GPA in political science with a minor in history. She was captain of the cheerleading squad this past year and was a member of the Universal Cheerleaders Association national championship teams in 1999 and 2000. Dyer was the president of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Gammu Mu and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies. She was named to both the President and Dean's lists and was awarded by the university for having the highest GPA among the cheerleading squad. Among the many offices held by Dyer was Student Government Association attorney general and Student Alumni Association service chair. Last summer, she interned at the United States Senate and for the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. She plans to attend law school this fall.

Burt Iwata, University of Northern Colorado, Assistant Coach
Perfection in multiple areas was achieved by Burt Iwata, who recorded a 4.00 GPA in three majors - finance, management and economics - and one minor in physical education coaching at the University of Northern Colorado. He was a student assistant for the volleyball team, an intern in the athletics marketing department, a lab consultant for the Monfort College of Business (MCB) and portfolio manager for the MCB Student and Foundation Fund. Iwata, a Dean's List honoree, was named Student of the Year in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Monfort College of Business Management. He also was a member of the Scholars Program. He was vice president of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and was awarded the Outstanding Business Student Award from the organization. Iwata was a tutor in business and assisted the elderly and in community clean-up projects. He plans to attend graduate school in athletics administration this fall.

Brandon Kieper, Truman State University, Sports Information Assistant
A four-year student assistant in the sports information department at Truman State University, Brandon Kieper excelled with a 3.97 GPA in communications with a minor in sociology. Heavily involved in all aspects of the TSU athletics media relations department, Kieper served as the student assistant for soccer and baseball. He was honored with numerous awards for his work from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He also was very involved with KTRM radio, the campus station, where he was a member of management and served in numerous capacities during his career. Additionally, he was a staff reporter for the campus newspaper, The Index. He was also a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, where he held numerous positions during his four years, most notably chair for the Intramural Sports and Social committees. Kieper plans to pursue a degree in sport sociology or sport law in 2003.

Michael Passafiume, Lynn University, Team Manager/Assistant Coach
Michael Passafiume graduated with a bachelor's degree in December 2001 from Lynn University with a 3.51 GPA in communications with a sports management minor. He served five years as the team manager and student assistant coach for the men's basketball program. He has also contributed to the student newspaper, working on its staff in various capacities. Passafiume, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, has a tireless work ethic in the classroom and a relentless passion for basketball. He was an inspiration to all student-athletes at Lynn and is currently working on his master's degree of education in varying exceptionalities.

Sears Directors' Cup Division III Scholarship Recipients

Kemper Beasley, III, Hampden-Sydney College, Sports Information Assistant
Kemper Beasley, III maintained a 3.78 GPA in history at Hampden-Sydney College. He worked two years in the sports information office, assisting the director in all phases of public relations. Beasley was a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and also received the President's Award for Excellence of Character and Scholarship. He was honored with the Katherine S. and Paul S. Trible, Sr. Merit Scholar and the William F. Bliss History awards. Beasley was a leader on campus, holding the posts of president of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He was also a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of the Hampden-Sydney Admissions Committee from 1999-2002. Beasley plans to attend graduate school in theology/religious studies.

Robyn Bowers, Denison University, Assistant Coach/Sports Information Assistant
The third scholarship recipient to have a perfect record, Robyn Bowers maintained a 4.0 GPA in English literature and Latin at Denison University. She worked for two years as an assistant women's basketball coach and three years as an assistant to the sports information director. A Dean's List honoree, Bowers was the president of Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary and a member of Eta Sigma Phi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. She received the faculty Achievement Scholarship - the highest academic scholarship available at Denison. She was editor-in-chief of the campus journal, co-editor of the campus magazine and sports editor of the campus newspaper. Bowers was also a volunteer for Legal Aid of Newark and a student representative for the Denison Campus General Education Task Force. She was a member of the school's anti-harassment organization, student senator in the Denison Governance Association and student representative to the Academic Affairs Council. Bowers plans to pursue postgraduate studies in athletics and coaching.

Christopher Goggin, Williams College, Sports Information Assistant
Going above and beyond the best, Christopher Goggin earned a 4.07 GPA while double majoring in math and chemistry at Williams College. He also assisted in the sports information department for two years and was a student broadcaster for football, ice hockey and men and women's basketball on TEAMLINE and the campus radio station, WCFM. He hosted a weekly campus radio show, "Take Our Word For It," and produced and hosted the special radio series "Take Our Word For It Survivor." Goggin was a contributing writer to the Williams Record as the golf correspondent, and also played varsity golf for two years. He was co-president of Phi Beta Kappa Honorary and a contributing sports writer to the school newspaper. He earned the Harold H. Warren Prize, given to the top organic chemistry student, and received the Class of 1960 Scholar Award in chemistry. Goggin plans to study journalism or attend law school.

Terri Travers, Juniata College, Assistant Coach
Terri Travers carried a 3.80 GPA in psychology at Juniata College, where she was a three-year student assistant for the women's basketball team. A Dean's List honoree, she received the Robert C. Backer Scholarship and the Juniata Foundation Scholarship for academic performance. Travers was treasurer of the Psi Chi Honor Society, president of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary, a member of the Juniata Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, an extended orientation instructor for freshmen and an academic tutor. She was extensively involved with the youth community in such projects as Girls in Sports Day, Dream to Read and the Little Eagle Program. She was also a volunteer basketball coach and basketball camp counselor for young girls. Travers interned at Gaudenzia Drug and Rehab last summer, gaining experience in family counseling. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology counseling.

Sears Directors' Cup NAIA Scholarship Recipients

Chet Buchman, McPherson College, Sports Information Assistant
Chet Buchman carried a 3.73 GPA in accounting and banking/finance with a minor in business administration at McPherson College. He also was student director of sports information for four years and he structured a public relations department for the college after having kept statistics for McPherson football and basketball while in high school. Buchman played three years of varsity golf and one year of varsity tennis, served as president of the McPherson Student Body, was treasurer of the Business Club and served on multiple campus-wide committees, including budget, strategic planning, convocation and athletics. Buchman was a peer tutor and president of his hall dormitory. A two-year national Dean's List honoree, he was bestowed the National Collegiate Business Merit Award as the most outstanding senior in his class. He was on the college's honor roll all four years and plans to pursue his master's degree in business administration.

Michelle Kennemur, Azusa Pacific University, Athletics Trainer
Michelle Kennemur accumulated a 3.84 GPA in physical education and athletics training at Azusa Pacific University. She was a student athletics trainer since her sophomore year, working with the football, tennis and men's basketball teams, and provided administrative assistance. A member of the Honors Program, Kennemur earned the U.S. Achievement Academy All-American Scholar Award, was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was honored with the APU Athletic Training Program Professionalism Award. She was also named the Outstanding Senior of Azusa Pacific's academic athletics training program. On campus, she was the student representative for the Athletic Training Education Program and was a member of the accreditation committee. Kennemur was active as a volunteer with the local youth and elder communities. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and is certified in first aid and CPR. She plans to obtain her teaching and athletics training certifications and become a high school certified athletics trainer.

Matthew Swift, Vanguard University, Athletics Trainer
Matthew Swift earned a 3.86 GPA in athletics training and pre-physical therapy and will graduate in December from Vanguard University. He served the university as a student athletics trainer and event staff coordinator. For his academic excellence, he was awarded the Presidential Award Scholarship and was named to the Dean's List. He was the student trainer for the softball, men's basketball and baseball teams this past year and was the first recipient of the university's Champions of Character Award. He has also served as a student event supervisor at basketball, baseball and softball games. Swift, a varsity soccer player, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and was a team leader for the campus chapel worship band. He volunteered for various international mission trips and has been an intern to the youth pastor of his church. Swift plans to study physical therapy in graduate school.

Benjamin Weins, University of Sioux Falls, Equipment Room Manager/Team Manager
Benjamin Weins graduated as the top mathematics student in his class, carrying a 3.46 GPA at the University of Sioux Falls. He minored in education/computer science. Due to a car accident as a freshman, Weins was unable to continue his basketball career and turned to the other side of the court as equipment room and team manager. He was awarded the Natural Science Endowment Award and was named to the Dean's List. He was a member of a research team that presented at the 2001 Mathematics of the Northern Plains Conference. He was also a math tutor for three years and a resident assistant for his dormitory. Weins earned the USF Purple Feather Award for his service and leadership to the campus community. Locally, he volunteered at numerous youth basketball events. He is seeking employment as a secondary math teacher and high school basketball coach.

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