Fifty-SixHuskie Student-Athletes Graduate Saturday



A group of the NIU football spring 2011 graduates gathered for a photo with academic counselor Andy Owen Friday.


May 13, 2011

DeKALB, Ill. - Fifty-six Northern Illinois University student-athletes representing 16 of NIU's 17 sports programs, are set to earn their undergraduate degrees from NIU Saturday, bringing the total number of student-athlete graduates to 73 for 2010-11.

The Huskies' 2010-11 graduates list includes 24 members of the Northern Illinois football team, with seven players, including two members of the NIU starting offensive line and starting quarterback Chandler Harnish, returning for their senior seasons this fall. The NIU wrestling, women's golf and men's soccer teams each saw six members of their teams earn their undergraduate degrees this year. Six Huskie baseball players will leave the school with bachelor's degrees in hand after Saturday, even as their 2011 season continues on the field this weekend.

Northern Illinois teams with four 2010-11 graduates are men's basketball, women's track and field, women's soccer and volleyball while women's gymnastics and women's basketball each had three grads this academic year.

"Graduation is the ultimate `win' for us when it comes to developing champions in the classroom," said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. "To see so many of our student-athletes earn their undergraduate degrees this year is extremely gratifying to our coaches and staff, especially the academic counselors and learning specialists in our Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (S.A.A.S.S.) unit, who work so hard to guide our student-athletes to this goal."

Northern Illinois' 73 student-athlete graduates earned their degrees from six different colleges in 32 different majors. A majority - 44 - graduated from the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in disciplines ranging from media studies and organizational communications to English, biology, political science and meteorology.

The Huskies' 11 College of Business grads were in six different majors. Men's soccer player Brad Bahr, who earned his degree in mechanical engineering, is the lone College of Engineering and Engineering Technology student-athlete graduate this year while volleyball's Meagan Schoenrock and Jessica Parmenter of women's golf were the only student-athletes to earn their degrees from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, in studio art and art history, respectively.

Northern Illinois University will hold commencement ceremonies at the NIU Convocation Center on Saturday.

NIU's 2010-11 student-athlete graduates from both fall and spring are listed below.

*Indicates earned degree following fall 2010 semester.

Baseball (6)
Joe Etcheverry, Physical Therapy
Jeremy Gonzales, General Studies
* Jordin Hood, Sociology
Zach Oates, Marketing
Kevin Smith, General Studies
Tom Zelasko, History

Men's Basketball (4)
Najul Ervin, Organizational Communications
Lee Fisher, Corporate Communications
Michael Patton, Corporate Communications
* Xavier Silas, Rhetoric and Public Communications

Women's Basketball (3)
Mauvolyene Adams, General Studies
Terriel Cannon, Communications
Ebony Ellis, Sociology

Football (24)
Garrett Barnas, General Studies
Cameron Bell, Organizational Communications^
* Darnell Bolding, General Studies
Landon Cox, Applied Sociology
Ricky Crider, Media Studies
Connor Flahive, Kinesiology
DeMarcus Grady, Sociology^
Nick Groeniger, Organizational Communications
Chandler Harnish, Management^
* Ed Jackson, Sociology
Adam Kiel, Organizational Management^
* Alex Kube, General Studies
Pat McAvoy, Marketing^
Trevor Olson, History^
Keith Otis, Communications^
Nolan Owen, Media Studies
Kyle Skarb, Management
Alan Smith, Organizational Communications
* Chris Smith, General Studies
Donald Smith, General Studies
* Mike Sobol, General Studies
Chad Spann, English
Josh Wilber, Organizational Communications
Tracy Wilson, Sociology/Criminology

Men's Golf (1)
Jeff Dick, Marketing

Women's Golf (6)
* Kim Bailey, Textiles Apparel & Merchandising
* Devon Harteneck, Sociology
Kim Hunley, Physical Education
Jessica Parmenter, Art History
Laura Shutte, Meteorology
Mandi Vavrinchik, Physical Education

Women's Gymnastics (3)
Natalie Blum, Public Health and Administration
Jillian "Keiko" Tanaka, Textiles and Apparel
Jessica Watanabe, Finance

Men's Soccer (6)
Brad Bahr, Mechanical Engineering
* Luis De La Cerda, Finance
* Josh Karsten, Organizational Communications
* Kyle Knotek, Business Administration
* Daniel Lopez, Organizational Communications
* Ben Thomas, English

Women's Soccer (4)
* Lisa Maier, Kinesiology
Kylie Revelle, Business Administration
Mo Smunt, Kinesiology
Anne Wyer, Biology

Softball (1)
Michelle Williams, Nutrition Dietetics

Women's Tennis (1)
Katie Friedlund, Corporate Communications

Women's Track & Field (4)
Rasheta Butler, Political Science
Heather Childs, Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy
Deidra McIntosh, Organizational Communications
Kaylee Walters, Biology

Volleyball (4)
* Cassie Holmquest, Learning Behavior
Monica Lang, Elementary Education
Meagan Schoenrock, Art
* Amanda Tadla, Kinesiology

Wrestling (6)
Vince Castillo, Kinesiology
Tristen DeShazer, General Studies
Bryan Deutsch, History
Brad Dieckhaus, Organizational Communications
Dakota Greenhaw, Operations Management and Information Systems
Mike Smith, Psychology

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