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Six Bulldogs from Five Sports Receive NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic Award

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January 14, 2016

Bulldogs across five different sports earn NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award.

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News Release — For info contact Lori Melton,, 218-726-8830.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) commissioner announced the recipients of the seventh annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Awards on Thursday, Jan. 14. UMD saw six Bulldogs across five different sports earn the citation.

The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate. Each student-athlete will be recognized by the NSIC with a certificate of achievement and a wrist watch. Furthermore, each institution is highly encouraged to have these student-athletes be publicly recognized at a home athletic event. A total of 132 student-athletes from the NSIC's 16 institutions will receive the award in its seventh year.

UMD's selections include Taylor Dillinger of the women's basketball team, Jake Harder of the men's basketball team, Kate McMahon and Katie Peterson of the soccer team, Sami Schnyder of the softball team, and Kaitlin Wohnoutka of the tennis team.

"The Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award is one of the highest honors a student-athlete in the NSIC can achieve. To earn this prestigious honor, one must show a commitment and dedication to both academics and athletics, characteristics in which Dr. Myles Brand emphasized. I am extremely proud of all these student-athletes for their devotion to their universities, the NSIC and to their personal academic and athletic goals. I have no doubt these student-athletes will continue to achieve success in life well beyond the classroom and the competition venues," said NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind.

Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Brand presided over passage of the most comprehensive academic reform package for intercollegiate athletics in recent history – a package that refocused the attention of student-athletes, coaches and administrators on the education of student-athletes. Brand also changed the national dialog on college sports to emphasize the educational value of athletics participation and the integration of intercollegiate athletics with the academic mission of higher education. His impact on Division II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve academic success rates.

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Read the 2016 NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award Announcement.