April 14, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. - Six Northern Illinois University student-athletes were honored Sunday as the university held its annual NIU Outstanding Women Student Awards ceremony.
Seniors Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) and Kaylee Heller (Madison, Wis./Madison West) of women's soccer, Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa) of softball, Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) of women's golf, Justine Schepler (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) of volleyball and Natalie Tarter (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) of track & field all earned recognition for their dedication to their sport and the service they provide to the community.
This year over 120 students were nominated," said awards chairperson Judy Santacaterina. "This year, 43 women were chosen representing every college. These six women are truly outstanding, exemplifying remarkable achievement on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community."
The NIU Outstanding Women Student Awards were created in 1980 to foster the development of leadership among women students. Run by the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, the honors are given on an annual basis to individuals who demonstrate leadership, community involvement, scholarship and overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their education.
Frankenberg capped her senior season with three goals and two assists for the Huskies in 2013, while playing 1,318 minutes in 20 matches and scoring the game-winning goal against Lewis. She holds a 3.265 GPA as a media studies major. Teammate Heller posted an assist in 18 matches and 588 minutes, while maintaining a 3.639 GPA in operations and information management.
In 2014, Miller had compiled a .333 batting average in 37 games and ranks second on the team with 25 RBIs. In addition, she has seven doubles and four home runs so far this season. Miller owns a 3.726 GPA in organizational/corporate communications.
Parthie ended her career last spring with a team-best 79.5 stroke average in 10 tournaments in 2012-13. She also recorded four top-five finishes on the year, including a second-place performance at the Gary Freeman Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology - finishing with a 3.84 GPA - and is currently attending graduate school at NIU.
Schepler was an Academic All-MAC honoree in 2013 after starting all 32 matches at libero for the Huskies. The Sycamore, Ill., native led NIU with 547 digs and helped guide the team to rank as one of the top defensive units in the Mid-American Conference. Schepler earned her bachelor's degree in May 2013 in accounting and is pursuing a master's degree in accountancy.
Tarter has competed in six meets for the Huskies this season, setting personal records in three different events. A native of Batavia, Ill., she set a new school record in the heptathlon (since broken) at the MAC Outdoor Championships. Tarter holds a 3.918 GPA in general emphasis.