Warren Anderson and Laura Mickelson Named Scholar-Athletes of the Year

April 28, 2006

Los Angeles - Men's crew senior Warren Anderson and women's cross country runner Laura Mickelson highlighted the 2006 Student Service and Leadership Convocation held on April 21 as they were named the Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

Each year the Division of Student Affairs selects a male and female student-athlete that have excelled within the athletic venue, within the academic environment and within the community. Anderson and Mickelson were two of seven student-athletes honored at the annual Convocation.

In four seasons with the LMU men's crew program, Anderson grew into one of the best athletes on the team in years, possibly in the programs history, according to his coaches. The Madera, Calif., native led the Lions men's program to its best start in years with a 6-0 record in head-to-head competitions.

His success with the team allowed Anderson to compete as individual on the world stage and he excelled. He became the Collegiate World Champion in the 2006 Ergometer race in Boston, placing sixth overall for all men (including the elites).

Anderson has done all this while earning a 3.25 grade point average in Biology. He is a teacher's assistant in the 2005-06 school year for both Biology 111 and 112. This past year he has been doing molecular genetic research with Dr. Danciger.

Serving his community, Anderson has participated in various volunteer projects throughout his four years at LMU, including as a facilitator for R.C.I.A., Right of Catholic Initiation for Adults.

In her second season at LMU, Mickelson has already become one of the premier runners in the West Coast Conference. As the top runner for the Lions, she led the women's cross country team to a second place finish in this year's WCC Championship, the best finish ever in the program's history. She finished in the top-10 at the WCC Championships, earning first-team All-WCC honors.

With the success in the WCC's, Mickelson and the Lions earned their first-ever regional ranking as the women's team cracked the top-10 for the first time ever in the weekly West Region Coaches Poll. In regionals she went on to earn a top-30 finished and helped the team to a 14th-place standing, the highest finish in LMU history.

The 3.93 Natural Science major has also earned a 4.0 in two of the last three semesters and is a member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society. She has devoted an enormous amount of time to Sursum Corda and has also volunteered with Feed the Hungry and the Los Angeles Marathon.

Also handed out during the annual convocation were the service and leadership awards for individual by class. Freshman are given the Sr. Peg Dolan, RSHM, award; sophomores are give the Dr. Renee L. Harragnue Award; juniors are give the Fr. Alfred Kilp, SJ, Award; and seniors are given the Sr. Raymunde McKay, RSHM, Award. Five student-athletes were given these awards. Freshman Brian Locke (golf) earned the Dolan award. Three juniors were given the Kilp award- Damian Martin (men's basketball), Rosanna Tomiuk (women's water polo) and Jon Ziri (men's basketball). Rounding out the awards, senior Jevay Grooms received the McKay award.

On Thursday, three student athletes were given awards at LMU's Academic Awards Convocation. Adam Baker (men's crew) and Jevay Grooms (women's basketball) were given Presidential Citations. These are awarded by the President to the graduating seniors nominated by the academic community and selected by a committee of faculty and administration for outstanding academic record, leadership and service. The 26 awardees earned the distinction by demonstrating their commitment to the University mission in their own unique ways, and they were commended for embodying the University's goal to create "men and women for others."

In addition, Scott Henderson (men's crew) was named a Program Scholar for the mathematics major in the School of Science and Engineering. Program Scholars have achieved the most outstanding academic record in their respective majors. Each of the recipients has completed at least sixty graded semester hours in residence at the University and has achieved the highest grade point average of the seniors in his or her field of study.

Two basketball players were honored at the African American Academic and Service Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19th. Brandon Worthy was given the Julius Erving "Dr. J" Award, and Jevay Grooms was the recipient of the Lisa Leslie Award. Both awards are given for the highest GPA for the graduating African American male and female with service to the department and the University.





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