KEENE, N.H.--During the summer of 2018, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the memorable and historic moments from the year that was 2017-18.
At No. 7, we step away from the field of competition and into the classroom, recalling when the athletic department held its first ever induction ceremony into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
The Owls inducted 32 members into Chi Alpha Sigma, a lifetime honor that will stay with them through graduation and beyond.
The National College Athlete Honor Society was founded at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, on May 17, 1996, by DePauw head football coach and professor of kinesiology, Nick Mourouzis. Mourouzis recognized that there were many organizations that honored top or elite athletes with high academic achievements, but none that honored all participants of athletic teams who were letter winners of their sport and who maintained a high cumulative grade point average. Chi Alpha Sigma hopes to bring honor and recognition to deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments, and colleges in much the same way as Phi Beta Kappa honors scholastics.
Criterion for induction include:
- Must attend a four-year accredited college or university that is a member of the NCAA or NAIA
- Must have earned a letter in a varsity intercollegiate sport sponsored by the NCAA or the NAIA.
- Must have achieved at least junior academic standing by the fifth semester or seventh quarter as determined by the certifying institution.
- Must have achieved a minimum cumulative 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent grade point average by the time of the selection process. Local chapters may require a higher minimum cumulative grade point average, if they choose.
- Must be of good moral character.
The inaugural class included:
|Jared Hannon||Jr.||Cross Country/Track and Field||Management|
|Emily Jarka||Sr.||Cross Country/Track and Field||Elementary Education|
|Katharine Lynch||Sr.||Cross Country/Track and Field||Environmental Studies|
|Gavin Thomas||Jr.||Cross Country/Track and Field||Architechture|
|Julia Babbitt||Jr.||Field Hockey||Exercise Science|
|Mia Brickley||Jr.||Field Hockey||Elementary Education|
|Josh DeGrenier||Jr.||Men's Basketball||Safety Studies|
|Paul Beling||Sr.||Men's Lacrosse||Elementary Education|
|Joseph Downey||Jr.||Men's Lacrosse||Safety Studies|
|Charles Molloy||Jr.||Men's Lacrosse||Safety Studies|
|Olivia Indorf||Sr.||Softball||Health Science|
|Lauren Arsenault||Jr.||Swimming and Diving||General Science|
|Kathleen Brandeberry||Jr.||Swimming and Diving||Architechture|
|Alexandra McCafferty||Sr.||Swimming and Diving||Elementary Education|
|Hope Walsh||Sr.||Swimming and Diving||Graphic Design|
|Dominique Pascoal||Sr.||Track and Field||Theatre and Dance|
|Riley Bunker||Jr.||Volleyball||Secondary Education/Math|
|Sandra Purcell||Sr.||Women's Basketball||Psychology|
|Emily Parker||Jr.||Women's Lacrosse||Nutrition|
|Samantha Sullivan||Jr.||Women's Lacrosse||Secondary Education/Math|
|Cora Telles||Sr.||Women's Lacrosse||Safety Studies|
|Katelyn Bottis||Jr.||Women's Soccer||Nutrition|
|Morgan Kathan||Sr.||Women's Soccer||Physical Education|
|Patricia Norton||Jr.||Women's Soccer||Athletic Training|
|Zoe Paige||Jr.||Women's Soccer||Physical Education|
|Julia Pearson||Sr.||Women's Soccer||Nutrition|
|Katie Silegy||Sr.||Women's Soccer||Communication|
|Stephanie Spitz||Sr.||Women's Soccer||Safety Studies|
|Tyrah Urie||Jr.||Women's Soccer||Early Childhood Education|