HOBOKEN, NJ – On Monday night, the Stevens Institute of Technology Department of Athletics hosted its annual awards banquet honoring its student-athletes and members of the Stevens community. A total of 87 seniors were honored, the most in the history of the program, and seniors Zach Carr (Carmel, Ind.) and Laura Barito (Arkadelphia, Ark.) were named the Irvin “Buzz” Seymour Athletes of the Year.
After dinner, Stevens acknowledged its seniors with plaques honoring their participation over the course of their careers. It was the greatest number of seniors in the history of the department and more than 550 people were in attendance for the banquet – also a program-best.
Each team honored its MVP’s and Coach’s award winners before the department announced several special award winners.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Roger Power (East Windsor, N.J.) gave junior men’s basketball player Sheldon Jones (Queens, N.Y.) and junior track & field athlete Alina Duran (West New York, N.J.) his “Most Improved Power Award.” Barito and senior men’s lacrosse player Chris Laurita (South Brunswick, N.J.) were his “Power Award” winners. The women’s swimming squad that placed sixth nationally was named the “Power Team.”
Research Assistant Professor Jon Miller was given the ECAC Staff Appreciation Award. Miller, a former Stevens men’s basketball player, is the men’s basketball faculty mentor and a person that helps with recruiting, search committees and more. He also is a program-wide supporter, coming to games played by a variety of different teams.
Professors Bill and Ruth Schwartz were the Max Klimkeit Sportsmanship Memorial Award recipients. The men’s volleyball faculty mentors have been fantastic supporters for each and every sport at Stevens and have gone above-and-beyond in showing support for teams in Hoboken and all over the tri-state area.
Michael Collins, a 2007 graduate and men’s basketball player, was the Edwin “Doc” Farrell Award winner which is given annually to the individual that exemplifies the ideals of integrity, service, conduct and dedication to the athletics program. Collins, who is working towards his Master’s degree, volunteered as a member of the women’s basketball staff and has been a member of the men’s staff for the last two years. He has helped multiple teams with training programs and has truly been a department-wide supporter for the last seven years.
Carr, the Irvin “Buzz” Seymour Award winner for the second year in a row, helped the men’s soccer team to its fourth-straight Empire 8 title and NCAA Tournament appearance. He was a first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American and became the first men’s soccer player to earn back-to-back first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. Carr was also named the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Academic All-America of the Year and was an NCAA Top VIII Award winner – one of just eight across all sports in the three divisions of NCAA athletics.
Barito, a third-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2010 and two-time “Buzz” Seymour recipient, was the National Champion in the 50-yard freestyle at the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimmer and Diving Championships. She is an 18-time All-American in swimming and has also qualified for the NCAA’s in track & field in the 400-meter hurdles. Barito helped lead the women’s swimming team to a sixth-place finish at this year’s NCAA’s and was also named the Empire 8 Swimmer of the Year.
The rest of the department’s awards will be announced at the Senior Dinner on May 25, 2011 in Canavan Arena.
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Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.