Student-Athletes Honored At Athletic Awards Reception

Release Date:
May 3, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – On April 26, at the Hilbert College Athletics Awards Reception, members of the college’s 12 NCAA Division III athletics teams were recognized for their athletic and academic successes during the 2010-2011 year. Following the Swan Auditorium ceremony, a casual desert reception was held in the West Herr Atrium.

The evening consisted of a series of presentations profiling academic achievements, senior athlete awards, coaches’ presentation of team awards and the announcement of the McGrath Award recipients. Following President Cynthia Zane’s welcoming remarks, Hilbert’s athletic director, Susan Viscomi led the program, serving as the emcee and distributed the individual awards to team members.

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference honors student-athletes each year who maintain a 3.2 overall cumulative grade point average after the completion of the fall semester. The 2011 AMCC Academic All-Conference team consisted of 45 Hilbert athletes. To see the complete list of AMCC Academic All-Conference members (click here). 

The men’s volleyball and men’s lacrosse team members do not belong to the AMCC league but these athletes also achieved the same cumulative gpa and should be awarded for their efforts: From the men’s volleyball team: Adam Clabo, Fred Sickau, RJ Sykora and Adam Weaver. From the men’s lacrosse team: Michael Cavanagh, Nickolas Kieffer, Anthony Marchitte, Brandon Morse, Doug Takac and Ryan Wagner. And lastly a special acknowledgement goes out to the following student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 in the fall semester - Robbi Bailey, Nicole Estep, Angela Borkowski, Lanie Harrington, Carole Jones, and Adam Weaver.

Special recognition for Hilbert’s 2011 edition of the Chi Alpha Sigma New York Theta Chapter followed. The National College Athlete Honor Society honors junior and senior student-athletes carrying a grade point average of 3.4 or higher who exhibit good moral character. The seven news members (junior Lanie Harrington; junior Ed Heffron; junior Michael Maritato; junior Jill Martucci; junior Matthew Militello; senior Brandon Morse; and junior Eric Russell) were awarded a certificate and a medal of honor. These student-athletes joined four senior honorees (Amanda Dudek, Carole Jones, Emily Schilling and RJ Sykora). 

Head coaches of each program took a few moments to recap their team’s season and to announce each squad’s 2010-2011 award recipients. To see a complete list of Most Valuable, Most Improved and Coaches Award winners (click here).

Once the bulk of the evening presentations were distributed, Emily Schilling (women’s soccer; Holland, NY/Holland) and Richard James Sykora (men’s volleyball; Stow, OH/Stow Munroe Falls) were announced as the 2011 McGrath Award winners. The award is provided by Francis and Marie McGrath, two generous benefactors of Hilbert College who stipulate that an award be given to the one female and male graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. Schilling, who graduated in 3.5 years, was a Human Service major with a cumulative gpa of 3.64. Sykora transferred to Hilbert and completed his degree in five semesters earning a cumulative gpa of 3.77.

Click (here) for a brief sampling of photos of the winners from the evening

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.