BURNSVILLE, Minn. — NNorthern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Commissioner Erin Lind has announced Bemidji State volleyball player Rachel Craig and cross country and track and field standout Emily Turner have been selected as recipients of the sixth annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award.
The award, named in honor of 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.
"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 Lind.
Craig, who was Fall Academic All-NSIC Team this fall, is a two-time BSU Student-Athlete of the Year. The Wadena, Minn. native has also led BSU in blocks in each of her four seasons and was just shy of moving into a tie a for tenth place on BSU’s all-time block list (280). Craig was a captain in 2013.
Turner has been the Beavers' top cross country and track and field distance runner for each of the past two seasons.
A total of 111 student-athletes from the NSIC's 16 institutions will receive the award in its sixth year.
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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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).