Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ A total of 128student-athletes were honored at the recent Northern Michigan University Student-AthleteAcademic Banquet. The Gildo Canale Award winners as well as the Athletes of theYear were honored at the event.


Jennie Lahr from the womenâ€Â™s indoor and outdoor track andfield teams was honored as the winner of the female Gildo Canale Award.  KevinGardner from the hockey team won for the menâ€Â™s side of the award.  The GildoCanale Award is given to a male and female athlete from NMUâ€Â™s former AthleticDirector to a senior who has completed all four years at NMU, has a superioracademic record and exhibits high character traits.


Named as the NMU Athletes of the Year were Lindsay Williamsfrom the cross country ski team and Tuomas Tarkki from the hockey team.  TheAthletes of the Year are selected as NMUâ€Â™s top female/male athlete in athleticperformance, nominated by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) repsfor athlete of the month with final selection by the NMU Athletic Departmentstaff.


Other awards were given out for the following:  NationalCollege Athlete Honor Society Award â€Â“ This award requires student-athletes tobe a junior or senior academic standing, a varsity letterwinner with a 3.40GPA; National Student-Athlete Day Award â€Â“ A student-athlete has a 3.00 GPA anddemonstrated volunteer work in the community or on campus; Student-AthleteAdvisory Committee â€Â“ Two members of each team who represents theirstudent-athlete body on issues and activities throughout the academic year. Participants are involved with conference and national meetings/legislativeissues;  Athlete of the Month â€Â“ Nominated at the end of each month by SAACrepresentatives, then chosen by the Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director,Assistant Athletic Director and the Sports Information Director.  Nomineespicked based on monthâ€Â™s athletic achievements; Academic Athlete of the Month â€Â“ Chosen based on previous semesterâ€Â™s grade point average of achieving a 4.00 or next highestsemester GPA.  Award winners must be above freshman status; Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic Team â€Â“ Recipient hasabove a 3.0 GPA, is a starter of key reserve.  No freshman or first yeartransfers are eligible for the award.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director