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For Immediate Release
June 9, 2009

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Four Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award

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Press Release Photo Brittany Burr '09, Gymnastics

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Press Release Photo Brittany Burr, a gymnast who specializes in the floor exercise, graduated in May.

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Press Release Photo Stephanie Geer '10, Softball

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Press Release Photo Stephanie Geer is a pitcher for the Golden Eagles softball team.

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Press Release Photo Matthew Mangona '10, Football

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Press Release Photo Matthew Mangona is a linebacker for the Golden Eagles football team.

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Press Release Photo Bethany Schlegel '09, Volleyball

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Press Release Photo Bethany Schlegel, a libero for the women's volleyball team, graduated in May.

Brockport, NY—Four students from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, received the 2008-09 Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award. The award recognizes academic excellence and athletic achievement at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, Division III and NJCAA levels. Brockport competes in NCAA Division III athletics.

Brockport student recipients are:

Brittany Burr ’09, a health science major in the College’s 3+3 Doctor of Physical Therapy program, held a 3.97 GPA and graduated summa cum laude in May. This fall, she will continue her next three years of study in the 3+3 Program at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Brittany, a floor exercise specialist, helped the gymnastics team to a second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship as well as a second place finish for the second straight season at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships. She was tied for second on the team with a 9.375 score on her floor routine at the NCGA Championships. She also scored a 9.5 on floor at the ECAC Championships.

Stephanie Geer ’10, a chemistry major (with minors in coaching and economics), has a 3.88 GPA. Stephanie led the softball team to a 28-13-1 record and a second place finish in the final SUNYAC regular season standings. Her team highs as pitcher: games pitched (21), pitching victories (14), innings pitched (143 2/3) and strikeouts (157). Her 1.09 strikeouts per inning pitched established a new school record at Brockport. She was a first-team All-Region selection by the National Fast pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and was an All-SUNYAC selection as well as a selection to the SUNYAC Tournament All-Tournament team.

Matthew Mangona ’10, holds a 3.82 GPA and is a double major in accounting and finance. Matthew, a linebacker, was sixth on the Golden Eagles football team with 49 tackles, including 16 solo stops. He registered two tackles for loss and also had a fumble recovery.

Bethany Schlegel ’09, held a 3.87 GPA with a double major in physical education (teacher certification) and health science. Bethany was a libero for the volleyball team and also was a team captain. Schlegel led Brockport with 515 digs in 2008 and finished her career with 1,774 digs, which is second on the all-time list at Brockport. She also holds the school record for digs in a season, with 681 digs in 2007.

“We are very proud of the academic success of our athletic department,” said College at Brockport Athletic Director Linda Case. “Our SUNY Chancellor Award Winners have set the standard for academic and athletic excellence at The College at Brockport. This prestigious award goes to the student-athlete with the highest GPA among the SUNY schools in their sport. In addition to the outstanding GPA, these athletes also must have been selected to the All-Conference team based on athletic achievement. These athletes fit the Division III model of combining athletics with academics.”

Recipients of this year’s award include 72 student athletes from 28 campuses participating in 29 different sports across SUNY’s 64 campuses. With an average GPA of 3.69, these student-athletes have combined exceptional accomplishments in the classroom with superior performance in the athletic arena. They are nominated by campus representatives and are reviewed and approved by SUNY System Administration and athletic directors representing SUNY Division I programs, Region 3 and Region 15 of the NJCCA, the State University of New York Athletic Conference and from independent SUNY institutions participating in Division III programs. Each student receives a congratulatory letter as well as a plaque from SUNY.

“It is an honor for me to recognize these students not simply for their distinguished athletic accomplishments, but for their substantial academic achievements. These exemplary student athletes are winners on the field, and more importantly in SUNY classrooms across New York. My heartfelt congratulations go to all 72 State University scholar athletes,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

View the complete list of 2008-09 Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award recipients.

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