Five students from the University of Kansas School of Engineering recently received special recognition for their academic and athletic achievements during the 2010-2011 school year.
Jeff Bell, a junior in men’s golf, majoring in civil engineering, Brian Blackwell, a senior in football, majoring in mechanical engineering, Eric Fattig, in track and field, pursuing a graduate degree in aerospace engineering, Melanie Luthi, a junior in rowing, majoring in mechanical engineering, and Nicole Schneider, a senior in rowing, majoring in civil engineering were honored May 2 in Allen Fieldhouse at the KU Athletics Senior and Scholar Banquet.
Bell, Blackwell, Luthi and Schneider were among 11 students from KU to receive the Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the highest academic honor the Big 12 Conference can bestow upon a student-athlete. To qualify, these students must have lettered at least once in their careers; they must have earned at least 100 credit hours in their respective degree programs and they must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher.
Schneider was named the Senior Athlete of the Year, and received one of two Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, which includes $7500 to support work in graduate studies.
Fattig was named an academic and athletic All-American and received the NCAA Elite 88 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site in each of the NCAA’s 88 championships. He received the award at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships.
All five students were named Academic All-Big 12 in their respective sports. They were all named to the KU Athletics Director’s Honor Roll – Blackwell, Fattig and Schneider for earning a 4.0 grade-point-average and Bell and Luthi for earning between a 3.00 and 3.99.
“The success in the classroom and on the athletic field enjoyed by these five student-athletes is an outstanding achievement,” said Dean of Engineering Stuart Bell. “Their accomplishments are a source of pride for the School of Engineering and demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence, while competing at a high level in their respective sports.”