Student Development

    Three Hoosiers Honored For Work On and Off The Field

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Abby Cooper is IU's first CHAMPS CHAMP of the Month for the 2007-08 year.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Abby Cooper is IU's first CHAMPS CHAMP of the Month for the 2007-08 year.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 8, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes have been honored for their efforts on and off the field during the month of September. Junior men's soccer standout Nick Sutter and field hockey sophomore Brittney Hacken were honored as the IU Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Month, while junior swimmer Abby Cooper was selected as the CHAMPS CHAMP of the Month for September.

    Sutter, a 5-11 midfielder from Barrington, Ill., has appeared in two matches this season for the Hoosiers and started one match against Saint Louis on Sept. 15.

    "Nick is a valuable member to our team," IU head men's soccer coach Mike Freitag said. "His minutes in games do not reflect his contributions to our team. He comes and competes everyday at practice and is always there with advice and encouragement for our young players. He is very serious about his studies, which is one of the reasons he chose to transfer from UIC. I am glad that he is a part of our program."

    "Nick has been a pleasure to work with," Indiana academic advisor Korinth Patterson said. "He has made a good adjustment to Indiana University. Nick has come in very academically focused this semester taking advantage of the resources available to help him be successful."

    Hacken, a 5-5 back/midfielder from Mountain Top, Pa., has appeared in 10 matches this season, while starting four.

    "Brittney is a bright, self-motivated student-athlete that sets very high goals for herself," Hoosier head field hockey coach Amy Robertson said. "She is a great representative of what a student-athlete can be when they apply themselves to everything that they do."

    "After earning perfect marks her freshman year, Brittney has continued the trend her sophomore year," Indiana academic advisor Kelly Noonan said. "Her professors have provided outstanding progress reports and state that she is a model student. She has very high expectations for herself and is working towards a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. Brittney does a great job balancing the academic rigors of her major, playing field hockey, and spending time with her friends. She is a goal-oriented person and I look forward to seeing her continued success throughout college and beyond."



    Cooper, a junior swimmer from Cincinnati, Ohio, reached the finals in two events at the Big Ten Championships, taking fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke. She also became the second-fastest swimmer in IU history in the 100 breast with her time at Big Tens.

    "As one of our team captains, Abby Cooper has always distinguished herself with volunteer activities in the Bloomington community," IU head swimming and diving coach Ray Looze said. "It is not surprising to her teammates or coaches to see her positive contributions in the CHAMPS program."

    "Abby exemplifies servant leadership, commitment, and time-management," Noonan said. "In addition to her intense training program in the pool and academic coursework, Abby has participated in field experience hours at a local elementary school, community services events and athletic department leadership programs. She is willing to sacrifice for the success of the team or happiness of others. She is the ultimate teammate and you can count on her to get any job done."

    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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