Record nine Bemidji State student-athletes tabbed for NSIC Myles Brand Award

Record nine Bemidji State student-athletes tabbed for NSIC Myles Brand Award
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Record nine Bemidji State student-athletes tabbed for NSIC Myles Brand Award

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Commissioner Erin Lind has announced that nine Bemidji State University student-athletes have been selected as recipients of the eighth annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. BSU’s contingent of nine this year is a new high water mark for the department in eight years of the NSIC awarding the honor.

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.

"I am truly excited to see the student-athletes in the NSIC continue to raise the bar each year as we continue to reach new record number of recipients of the Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. This is one of the highest honors a student-athlete in the NSIC can achieve and our student-athletes have shown a commitment and dedication to both academics and athletics. These are 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.

A total of 139 student-athletes from the NSIC's 16 institutions will receive the award in its eighth year.

Bemidji State NSIC Myles Brand Award Recipients





Gena Adams


Phoenix, Ariz.

Business Administration

Allison Cordes

Women’s Basketball

Roseville, Minn.


Mitchell Elbe


Sayner, Wis.

Elementary Education

Alayna Krejci


Wausau, Wis.

Elementary Education

Ryan Rumpca


Ramsey, Minn.

Engineering Technology

Jack Stigman


Perham, Minn.

Art and Design

Sarah Stram


Elk Grove Village, Ill.


Christine Szurek


Andover, Minn.

Business Administration

Shane White

Men’s Basketball

Rhinelander, Wis.


The NSIC is a 16-team, 18-sport, NCAA Division II conference with member institutions located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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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).