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Penn State: 68 Nittany Lions Earn Fall Academic All-Big Ten Accolades

by on December 14, 2011 4:43 PM

Penn State athletics announced Wednesday that 68 athletes representing seven fall sports have been named to the Academic All-Big Ten honoree list.

The 68 honorees were good enough to place Penn State fourth in the Big Ten Conference, and brings the university's total count of honorees to 3,852 student-athletes.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, a student-athlete must be a letter-winner in his or her second academic year -- or higher -- at his or her institution; the student-athlete also must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Big Ten has recognized 788 fall sports student-athletes this year.

The NCAA's annual study of institutions nationwide revealed that Penn State student-athletes earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88 percent. The average for all Division I institutions stood at 80 percent for students who entered from 2001-02 through 2004-05. 

Penn State's 88-percent figure was third in the Big Ten Conference, behind only Northwestern (96 percent) and Illinois (89 percent).

The Nittany Lions football team also recently earned the top spot in the fifth annual Academic Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Junior John Urschel maintained a 4.0 GPA and was named a Capital One Academic All-District selection. Senior Drew Astorino, senior Quinn Barham, senior Chima Okoli and senior Nate Stupar all earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten nods.

The following is a complete list of all Penn State student-athletes who have received the Academic All-Big Ten honor this fall:


Field Hockey

Annie Abdo, So., Health and Human Development

Kelsey Amy, Jr., Art

Abby Fuhrman, So., Health and Human Development

Brittany Grzywacz, So., Health and Human Development

Ayla Halus, Sr., Biology

Jacqueline Kenney, So., DUS

Casey McCartin, Sr., Communication Sciences and Disorders

Lauren Purvis, So., Health & Human Development

Whitney Reddig, So., DUS

Alex Schlener, Sr., Supply Chain and Information Systems



Drew Astorino, Gr., Education

Quinn Barham, Gr., Integrative Arts

Brad Bars, So., Business

Brandon Beachum, Sr., Advertising and Public Relations

Glenn Carson, Jr., Advertising and Public Relations

Mike Farrell, Sr., Secondary Education

Ty Howle, Jr., Kinesiology

Mike Hull, So., Business

Evan Lewis, Sr., Kinesiology

J.D. Mason, Sr., Marketing

Content Sponsor

Chima Okoli, Gr., Media Studies

Ken Pollock, Sr., Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

Jon Rohrbaugh, Sr., Management Information Systems

Ryan Scherer, Sr., Finance

Matt Stankiewitch. Sr., Management

Nate Stupar, Gr., Sociology

Joe Suhey, Gr., Media Studies

John Urschel, Jr., Mathematics

James Van Fleet, Sr., Landscape


Men's Cross Country

Chris Cipro, Sr., Elementary Education

Tyler Corkedale, Jr., Finance

Matt Fischer, So., DUS

Thomas Luff, Jr., Environmental Systems Engineering

Nick Scarpello, So., DUS


Women's Cross Country

Natalie Bower, Jr., Kinesiology

Kalyn Fisher, So., Education

Emily Giannotti, So., Education

Lindsey Graybill, Jr., Elementary Education

Marta Klebe, So., DUS

Kara Millhouse, Sr., Kinesiology


Men's Soccer

Mackenzie Arment, Sr., Kinesiology

Marco Ciarla, S., Biological Engineering

Micah Collins, Jr., Engineering Science

Brian Forgue, Jr., Crime, Law and Justice

Daniel Parr, Jr., Economics


Women's Soccer

Ellen Arnaud, So., Communications

Maddy Evans, Jr., Secondary Education

Bri Garcia Sr., Communication Sciences and Disorders

Meghan Gill, Sr., Accounting

Maya Hayes, So., Health and Human Development

Emily Hurd, So., Liberal Arts

Lexi Marton, Jr., Communications Arts and Sciences

Jackie Molinda, Jr., Science

Christine Nairn, Jr., Communication Arts and Sciences

Carly Niness, Sr., Crime, Law and Justice

Jess Rosenbluth, Sr. Security and Risk Analysis

Ali Schaefer, Sr., Film and Video

Taylor Schram, So., DUS

Emma Thomson, Sr., Kinesiology

Krissy Tribbett, Sr., Nutrition


Women's Volleyball

Erica Denney, So., Animal Sciences

Maggie Harding, So., Agricultural Sciences

Katie Kabbes, Sr., Human Development and Family Studies

Ali Longo, So., Health & Human Development

Maddie Martin, So., Communications

Marika Racibaskas, Jr., Kinesiology

Megan Shifflett, Sr., Secondary Education

Katie Slay, So., Communication Sciences Disorders

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