Two Hoosiers Earns April Scholar-Athlete of the Month, Men's Basketball Honored as CHAMPS Champ of the Month
April 15, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Indiana student-athletes have been named the male and female Scholar-Athletes of the Month for April, while an entire Hoosier team has earned CHAMPS Champ of the Month.
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Haverly was selected as IU's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April. The 6-1 native of Cherry Valley, Ill., helped lead the IU volleyball team to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011, totaling 463 kills and 37 aces for the Hoosiers.
"Jordan's first two years at IU have been full of academic and athletic successes," said Kelly Noonan, IU Assistant Athletics Director for Academic and Student Engagement. "In the classroom, her professors regularly comment on her thoughtful participation and engagement in the class. Jordan is open-minded and welcomes the learning opportunities on campus. She is a top-notch student and is continually opening doors for her future. She is off to a tremendous start and I look forward to what is to come."
"Jordan really is the model student-athlete," said Sherry Dunbar, IU head volleyball coach. "She is very good with time management and takes responsibility for always being prepared for class. Her professors always comment on her attendance, participation and the fact that she always stays on task. She is a role model for others and is truly here to be a student-athlete to the best of her ability."
Graduate student and wrestler Ricky Alcala was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month. The Bakersfield, Calif., native transferred to Indiana from UC Davis and finished fifth in the heavyweight division at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships to earn All-American honors.
"Even though Ricky will only be at IU for one year, he has made the most of his time here," said IU Academic Advisor Mike Greene. "Since his arrival Ricky has been a model student-athlete both on the mat and in the classroom. He continuously brings a mature approach and strong work ethic towards all his obligations and due to his high character, he not only became an All-American on the mat, he will be completing his 36-credit graduate program in one calendar year."
"Ricky embodies what it means to be a student-athlete here at IU," said Duane Goldman, IU head wrestling coach. "He performs at a very high level in the classroom as he pursues his Graduate Degree and he has excelled on the mat where he just earned All-American honors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. We are very proud of him and thankful for his efforts."
The IU men's basketball team earned the CHAMPS Champ of the Month award after committing its time in serving the Bloomington community. Along with trips to local elementary schools by freshman Victor Oladipo and sophomore Jordan Hulls, the Hoosiers participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters March to College Day where they spent some time with a group of students on campus.
"I am very proud of their excitement toward working with children," said Marni Mooney, IU Director of Academic Services for Men's Basketball. "I get to see first-hand how appreciative each of these students are to be student-athletes at Indiana University. It is refreshing to see them understand the value of giving back to the community and having an appreciation for people who support them."
"I think it is an honor to be able to go and talk and spend time with the kids in school," said Oladipo, who visited with several classes at Lighthouse Christian Academy recently. "We are very lucky to have this opportunity."
The CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) Champ of the Month is an outstanding student that has excelled in all of the five areas of CHAMPS: service, personal and career development, and academic and athletic excellence.
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