Dale, Silvernagel and Steinke earn NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction award
Thursday, February 11, 2010
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond today announced that Bemidji State University’s Josh Dale (Sr., Cross Lake, Minn.), Josh Silvernagel (Sr., Bismarck, N.D.) and Farrah Steinke (Sr., Crosby, Minn.) have been selected as recipients of the inaugural 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 NSIC is excited to have this opportunity to honor an elite group of our student-athletes for their accomplishments. We feel very privileged to name the award after Dr. Brand in recognition of his strong support and the continued emphasis he placed on academics in the ‘Life in Balance’ theme of Division II,” said Raymond.

Dale, a member of the BSU golf team, is a two-time NSIC All-Academic selection, a constant on the BSU Dean’s List and has been recognized on the athletic department’s 3.0 club.  He has played a significant role on a team that has constantly placed among the top two in the NSIC and has been a regular at NCAA regional competitions.  He is a biology/chemistry/pre-dentistry major.

Silvernagel is a senior majoring in exercise science.  The 2010 Bemidji State University Outstanding Exercise Science Major enters his final season as an NSIC Baseball Player to Watch.  He is a two-time conference all-academic selection, is on the BSU Dean’s List and a member of the BSU Athletic Department’s 3.0 Club.

A senior majoring in biology, Steinke will graduate this spring.  A regular on the BSU Honor Roll and the athletic department’s 3.0 club, she is also an Academic All-NSIC selection.  Steinke, who led the Beavers with a third-place No. 3 singles finish at the 2009 NSIC Championships, is set to open her final season of collegiate tennis next weekend.

A total of 71 student-athletes from the NSIC’s 14 institutions will receive the award in its inaugural 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.


(Portions of this release courtesy of the NSIC and the NCAA)