BSU trio tabbed for NSIC academic excellence
Thursday, January 23, 2014
BSU trio tabbed for NSIC academic excellence

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond today announced Bemidji State University’s Miles Campbell (Baseball, Eden Prairie, Minn.), Jessica Voeller (Soccer, White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Tiffany VanHaaften (Soccer, Chaska, Minn.) have been selected as recipients of the fifth 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.

“Dr. Brand, in his leadership role with the NCAA, always gave strong support to Division II and our dual emphasis on academics and athletics. The NSIC is proud to recognize and honor this elite group of student-athletes in Dr. Brand's honor,” said Raymond.

Campbell enters his senior season as the most experienced hurler on the BSU baseball pitching staff. In three years, Campbell has appeared in 35 games and made 19 starts. He owns a 6-6 career record and is notorious for throwing strikes. The right-hander owns 104 career strikeouts and has only issued 33 walks. Last season, Campbell went 1-1 in six starts and recorded a 4.12 ERA. He fanned a career-high 39 batters, while allowing just seven walks. The biology major is a 2012 Capital One All-Academic All-District 7 College Division First-Team selection and is a two-time Academic All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Team member.

VanHaaften was a force in the midfield for the Beavers’ soccer program both offensively and defensively over the course of the last four seasons. Since 2009, VanHaaften has logged 11 goals and nine assists for 31 points in 69 games played and 62 starts. A defensive-minded midfielder, VanHaaften also contributed to 27 shutouts by the Beavers. The Chaska, Minn. native left the program tied for fifth all-time with five career game-winning goals. As a senior in 2013, VanHaaften was fifth on the team with 10 points, included a career-high four goals and a team-leading three game-winning goals. VanHaaften is a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection and a two-time College Division Capitol One/CoSIDA Academic All-District pick and earned a spot on the 2013 NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team.

Voller, a three-time Academic All-NSIC pick and 2013 All-NSIC Honorable Mention selection, scored 12 goals and 13 assists in 67 games played during her four-year career at Bemidji State. The forward played in all 19 of BSU’s games as a senior logging four goals, which included two game-winners, and five assists to sit third on the team with 13 points. Her two overtime game-wining goals in 2013, places Voeller in a tie for second in BSU soccer history.

A total of 96 student-athletes from the NSIC’s 16 institutions will receive the award in its fourth 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.