Three Student-Athletes Receive May Honors
June 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes were honored during the month of May by the IU Department of Athletics. Junior Georgie Jones was selected as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month, while redshirt sophomore Chris Haffner was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Sophomore golfer Molly O'Connor was named IU's C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Jones, a native of St. Paul, Minn., transferred to Indiana from Marquette University in January of 2010. The 6-2 center was a 2008 Associated Press First Team All-State selection and a finalist for Miss Basketball in the state of Minnesota. She was one of five student-athletes in Minnesota named a Timberwolves Ten, which is an award based on basketball skill and community involvement. She was also a four-time all-conference selection and averaged a double-double her senior season at Central with 12.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
"Georgie joined the women's basketball team in January, and from day one, she was focused on getting acclimated academically and finding a fulfilling degree path," said Kelly Noonan, IU Assistant Athletics Director for Academic and Student Development Services. "She takes ownership and initiative, which allows her to make the most of the opportunities at Indiana University. Her professors reported on her perfect attendance and participation in the classroom. It has been a pleasure working with Georgie, and the drive she displayed this past semester will open-up doors and lead to great success."
"Georgie has done a tremendous job of making the necessary adjustments when transferring schools, by not only getting to know a new coach and new teammates, but also a new academics system," said IU head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "She has done an amazing job of making that adjustment and paying attention to the academic details to be successful. We are so proud of Georgie and we know that there is more to come."
Haffner, a native of St. Louis, Mo., appeared in three matches in 2009 and played a part in shutouts of No. 13 Kentucky (3-0) and No. 6 Louisville (2-0). Haffner led SLUH to the state finals in 2007 and a top-10 national ranking in 2006. After making the switch from forward to central defender his senior season, Haffner anchored a defense that allowed just 10 goals in 33 matches played.
"His focus and motivation was recently rewarded by his admittance into the Sport Marketing and Management program," Noonan said. "Chris does not back away from challenges, and when he has a goal in mind, he is determined to see it through. His recent achievements are well deserved and he will continue to make the most of his time at IU to prepare for opportunities after college."
"Chris had a wonderful spring in the classroom and on the soccer field," said IU head men's soccer coach Todd Yeagley. "Balancing a tough academic course-load along with our busy practice schedule and earning a 3.6 is a great accomplishment. We are proud of Chris and our entire team for their continued excellence in the classroom."
O'Connor, a native of Wheaton, Ill., finished 10th as a senior, eighth as a junior and 16th as sophomore at the IHSA golf finals after winning the conference individual title as a sophomore, junior and senior.
"Molly's involvement in SAAC and our leadership development programs has been beneficial to not only her, but our department as well," said Mattie White, IU Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services. "She is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program and will be the SAAC president next year. Molly's passion and desire to make a difference is contagious. I am proud of the work she has done and am excited for her bright future here at IU."
"Molly is the quintessential student athlete," said IU head women's golf coach Clint Wallman. "She excels on the course, in the classroom and is recognized as a leader among our student athlete population. We are very proud of her and her accomplishments."
The C.H.A.M.P.S. (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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