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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The NorthernMichigan University Athletic Department held its annual Student-AthleteAcademic Awards Banquet last night. Academic awards as well as special awardswere given out.


The NMU Athlete of the Year was presented.  The award isgiven to the top male and female student-athlete based solely on athleticperformance.  Lindsey Weier from the womenâ€Â™s cross country ski team and RickyVolcy from the menâ€Â™s basketball team were honored.


The Gildo Canale Award is given to a male and femalestudent-athlete with senior standing who finished all four years of eligibilityat NMU while achieving a superior academic record and exhibiting high charactertraits.  Winning this yearâ€Â™s award was Matt Shem from the football team and MichelleRuiz from the womenâ€Â™s swimming and diving team.


Shem received the Jack A. McAvoy Award from the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  He is the second Wildcat toreceive the award in the past four years.  The award is presented annually to afootball player in the GLIAC who combines outstanding character and leadershipon the field and in the classroom.  The candidate is a role model for histeammates, school and community.


Athletes of the Month were given out for the 2005-06 year. The individual is nominated by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee foroutstanding athletic achievements and voted on by a committee of athleticadministrators.  Winners for the year included:  Renee LeBlanc (soccer) andVincent Mayfield (football) for September; Stephanie Howe (cross countryrunning) and Bill Zaniboni (hockey) for October; Allison Carroll (basketball)and Marco Volcy (basketball) for November; Lindsay Williams (cross countryskiing) and Pat Bateman (hockey) for December; Lindsey Weier (cross countryskiing) and Andy Contois (hockey) for January; and Ruiz (swimming and diving)and R. Volcy (basketball) for February.


Members of the deanâ€Â™s list for the 2005 fall semester werehonored.  A student-athlete must have a semester grade-point average of 3.25 orbetter.  A total of 124 student-athletes were on the deanâ€Â™s list, whichrepresents 36 percent of all student-athletes. 


The GLIAC All-Conference Academic Award was presented toqualifying student-athletes.  To qualify, a student-athlete must be a starteror key reserve, but not a true freshman or first-year transfer, with agrade-point average of 3.0 or better.  For the fall and winter sports, 37student-athletes were honored.


Over 130 student-athletes were recognized for Student-AthleteDay.  A student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 orbetter for this award. 


The Chi Sigma Honor Society academic award was given out.  Toqualify, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner with a junior or seniorstanding and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better. Twenty-fiveathletes received this award.







Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director