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28th Scholar-Athlete Banquet Recognizes Scholar-Athletes and Professors

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Feb. 23, 2014

The "R" Association and the Office of Academic Advising for Athletics honored 18 Rice student-athletes who were named as the Rice Scholar-Athlete for their respective sports during the 28th Scholar-Athlete Banquet which was held in the R Room at Rice Stadium on Sunday evening.

Each of the 18 honorees were joined at the event by the professors they had selected as their favorite educators during their time at Rice. The closing remarks for the evening were given by Dr. Brian Gibson, Associate Dean of Undergraduates and Director of Academic Advising.

"It's a special evening for us," said Rice Associate Director of Academic Advising for Athletics Julie Griswold. "To bring together the student-athletes, their coaches, and their professors to celebrate excellence in the classroom always makes for a rewarding and memorable event."

"We are very proud that the "R" Association can be a part of this event" said "R" Association President Gene Walker. "Julie and her team, every professor on campus, the student-athletes and their coaches all work so hard to represent the best of Rice University in everything they do. This event is important to show that we recognize and appreciate that."

The following are this year's Rice Owls Scholar-Athletes and their favorite professors:
Andrew Murphy
Sport: Baseball
Major: Kinesiology-Sports Medicine
College: Martel
Favorite Professors: Ms. Roberta Anding, Dr. Brian Gibson, Dr. Matthiass Henze

Klein Kubiak
Sport: Football
Major: Sport Management
College: Martel
Favorite Professors: Mr. Tom Stallings, Dr. Clark Haptonstall, Dr. Rick Schell

Tanner Leland
Sport: Football
Major: Mathematical Economic Analysis
College: Brown
Favorite Professors: Dr. Stephen Zeff, Dr. Rick Schell

Bahrom Firozgary
Sport: Men's Basketball
Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
College: Weiss
Favorite Professors: Dr. Michael Gustin, Dr. John Olson

Anthony Urbanelli
Sport: Men's Cross Country
Major: Mechanical Engineering
College: Will Rice
Favorite Professors: Dr. Brent Houchens, Dr. Maria O'Malley

Ryan Benevides
Sport: Golf
Major: Mathematical Economic Analysis
College: Jones
Favorite Professors: Dr. Ted Lochtemzelides, Dr. Dagobert Brito

Leif Berger
Sport: Men's Tennis
Major: Economics
College: Jones
Favorite Professors: Dr. Ted Lochtemzelides, Dr. Kluas Wessenberger

Wyatt Doop
Sport: Men's Track & Field
Major: Chemical Engineering
College: Baker
Favorite Professors: Dr. Sibani Biswal, Dr. Ken Cox, Dr. Sean Hartig

Zach Watterson
Sport: Men's Track & Field
Major: Political Science/Policy Studies
College: Wiess
Favorite Professors: Dr. Lisa Balabanlilar, Dr. Daniel Cohen, Dr. Sonying Fang

Megan Shafer
Sport: Women's Basketball
Major: Sport Management
College: Baker
Favorite Professors: Mr. Tom Stallings, Dr. Elias Bangmba, Dr. Jason Sosa

Kathleen Abadie
Sport: Women's Cross Country
Major: Chemical Engineering
College: Baker
Favorite Professors: Dr. Laura Segatori, Dr. Sean Hartig

Amy Czyz
Sport: Women's Soccer
Major: Sport Management
College: Lovett
Favorite Professors: Dr. Clark Haptonstall, Dr. Otilia Obodaru

Hayley Williams
Sport: Women's Soccer
Major: Kinesiology-Sport Medicine
College: Martel
Favorite Professors: Ms. Wendy Schell, Dr. Augusto Rodriguez

Quincy Christian
Sport: Women's Swimming
Major: Political Science, Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality
College: Wiess
Favorite Professors: Dr. Rosemary Hennessy, Dr. Robin Paige

Stephanie Nguyen
Sport: Women's Tennis
Major: Kinesiology-Sports Medicine
College: Martel
Favorite Professors: Dr. Ozge Gurcanli, Dr. Elizabeth Slater, Dr. Augusto Rodriguez

Kylie Cullinan
Sport: Women's Track & Field
Major: English, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
College: Brown
Favorite Professors: Dr. Beth Beason, Dr. Nicole Waligora-Davis

Precious Knighton
Sport: Women's Track & Field
Major: Kinesiology
College: Will Rice
Favorite Professors: Dr. Heidi Perkins, Mr. Christopher Taylor

Tyler Jenkins
Sport: Volleyball
Major: Economics
College: McMurtry
Favorite Professors: Dr. Margaret Beier, Dr. Mikki Hebl

 

 

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