Buerkle earns NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction award
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Buerkle earns NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction award

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond today announced that Bemidji State University’s Kristi Buerkle (Sr., Stacy, Minn.), Alysha Domiano (Sr., Dayton, Minn.), Colleen McKay (Sr., Barnum, Minn.), Jenny Stromberg (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) and Lindsey Weyer (Sr., Loyal, Wis.) have been selected as recipients of the second 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 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.

Buerkle, a member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor women’s track and field teams, is a five-time All-America standout, All-NSIC performer, while owning multiple school and conference records. In the classroom, Buerkle is a regular on the BSU Athletics’ 3.0 Club and is a NSIC All-Academic Team Member for cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. She has been a member of the, 2010 ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District V Second Team, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Teams and earned a spot as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual in track and field, while being named to the BSU Dean’s List. She is an elementary education major.

Domiano was a four-year letterwinner for the women’s soccer team. She was a four-year starter, earning an all-conference nod each season. The defender was a two-year NSCAA all-region member and was twice named to the Daktronics all-region team. She was a key piece to a BSU soccer squad that hosted a first round playoff game and made a trip to the semifinals of the NSIC Tournament his past season. Domiano is a three-year all-conference academic team member, a constant on BSU’s 3.0 club and earned ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District V honors her sophomore and senior years. She is majoring in mathematics.

McKay was a four-year player for the women’s basketball team. The senior captain posted career numbers in 2010-11 in points (9.3 ppg), rebounds (5.7 rpg), steals (1.1 spg), blocks (0.7 bpg) and minutes (26.3 minpg). She played in more than 100 games in the green and white. A nursing major, McKay was a regular on BSU’s 3.0 club and the NSIC All-Academic Team.

Stromberg was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s soccer team. She was a starter her senior season, making the best of her time with a career-high six goals and a career-best 16 points that placed her third on the team in scoring. She tied for the team-high in game-winning goals with three, netting the winning goal in the 82nd minute of the 2-1 victory against Augustana College in the first round of the NSIC Tournament. The exercise science/pre-physical therapy major is a regular on BSU’s 3.0 club and is a three-year all-conference academic team honoree.

Weyer was a four-year player on the women’s volleyball team with the ability to play front and back row. She recorded career-highs in every statistical category her senior year, including kills (170) and digs (213), making her one of 15 players in the NSIC to record more than 150 kills and 200 digs in 2010. She is a three-time all-conference academic member majoring in exercise science/pre-physical therapy.

A total of 82 student-athletes from the NSIC’s 14 institutions received the award this year. In its inaugural year, BSU’s Josh Dale (Men’s Golf, Cross Lake, Minn.), Josh Silvernagel (Baseball, Bismarck, N.D.) and Farrah Steinke  (Women’s Tennis, Crosby, Minn.) were honored.

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.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).