MARQUETTE, Mich. – Caitlin Glendenning of the Northern Michigan University soccer team has been named NMU’s February 2012 Student-Athlete Scholar of the Month by the Athletic Council. Glendenning was nominated by Randall Jensen from the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.
“Caitlin is always at the top of her classes and is an excellent writer and thinker,” Jensen said. “She is a leader outside the classroom as well and is a very personable and friendly young woman who is enthusiastic and hardworking. I anticipate that she will continue to be a leader in her chosen field of physical therapy and in society.”
Glendenning, a senior from Green Bay, Wis., started as a defender for the soccer team for the past two seasons. She was a co-captain in 2011 and a three-time selection to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Academic Excellence team.
Glendenning has maintained a 3.92 grade point average through the winter 2012 semester, making the Dean’s List all seven of her semesters at NMU.
She was the treasurer of NMU Soccer Club her freshman year, active in her House Student Government, is a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, charter member of the NMU Student Association of Sports Sciences, the NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program, the NMU Superior Edge Program, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and Mortar Board Honor Society. In addition, she has been a volunteer for Special Olympics and Science Olympiad and involved in Make a Difference Day for four years. She has also been a tutor for Upward Bound High School Students and a Residential Mentor for NMU’s summer Upward Bound for Math and Science program.
“I can’t think of a better mentor for youth looking to go into Math or the Sciences, as Caitlin is bright and enthusiastic as well as someone who can show that those fields are cool!” Jensen added.
The past year Glendenning worked with a group of students and faculty on several research projects that resulted in her being a co-author on four papers that have been accepted for presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine and International Society of Biomechanics in Sports; two of the top international conferences in Sports Science. The research investigated forces and angles of the knee when women soccer players perform a jumping/landing/cutting maneuver that often results in knee injuries. The goal of the research was to provide additional information to lower the occurrence of this often career ending injury.
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