Emporia State student-athletes inducted into honor society

May 25, 2011

Emporia State athletes who were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society are, front row from left, Talena Lorren, Sarah Anderson, Dava Logsdon, Jennifer Heerey, Kaitlin Martin, Tiffany Orth, Casey Lippoldt; back row from left, Matthew Nelson, Dillon Cowing, Asher Delmott, Katelyn Kaiser, Kayla Krueger, Allison Volkens, Shea Schmidt. Not pictured are Tyler Eckenrode and Lucas San Martin.During ceremonies May 4, 16 Emporia State student-athletes were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society.

The mission and objectives of Chi Alpha Sigma are to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes; to recognize outstanding academic achievement; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship; to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his or her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and provide leadership to other athletes.

The organization was founded in May 1996 by Nick Mourouzis, head football coach and professor of kinesiology at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. According to NCAHS.org, “Mourouzis recognized that there were many organizations that honored top or elite athletes with high academic achievements, but none that honored all participants of athletic teams who were letter winners of their sport and who maintained a high cumulative grade point average.”

Qualifications to be inducted included earning a letter in an NCAA varsity sport, having a grade point average of at least 3.40, an endorsement from the head coach and good moral character.

The 16 who were inducted:

  • Baseball — Casey Lippoldt
  • Basketball — Kayla Krueger, Dava Logsdon, Matthew Nelson and Allison Volkens
  • Football — Tyler Eckenrode
  • Soccer — Sarah Anderson
  • Softball — Jennifer Heerey and Kaitlin Martin
  • Tennis — Talena Lorren and Shea Schmidt
  • Track and field — Dillon Cowing, Asher Delmott, Tiffany Orth and Lucas San Martin
  • Volleyball — Katelyn Kaiser



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