NSIC honors seven Beavers with Myles Brand All-Academic With Distinction award
Thursday, February 2, 2012
NSIC honors seven Beavers with Myles Brand All-Academic With Distinction award

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond today announced that Bemidji State University’s Courtney Anderson (Sr., Virginia, Minn.), Megan Beard (Sr., Eveleth, Minn.), Kelli Christiansen (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.), Brianna Duff (Sr., Ramsey, Minn.), Britney Greenwaldt (Sr., Morris, Minn.), Alison Hougen (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., Brandon, Manitoba) have been selected as recipients of the third 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.

Anderson, who is in her senior season on the Bemidji State softball team, has been the team’s top pitcher over the course of the last three seasons.  A two-time Academic All-NSIC pick, she enters her final season poised to solidify herself among BSU’s best hurlers.  She currently ranks second on the Beavers’ all-time strikeout list (310), which includes two of the top five single-season performances, she’s tied for second in appearances 71, is fourth in career innings pitched (353) and is among the top 10 in wins (11).  She is a design technology major.

Beard started all 32 games for the Beavers at shortstop as a junior college transfer in 2011.  She led the team in home runs, (2), ranked second in hits (26) and batting average (.280), while accounting for eight RBI to sit fourth.  She was tied for the team’s lead with nine multiple hit games. She is a design technology major.

Christiansen is a senior on the BSU women’s tennis squad. She played No. 2 and 3 singles for coach Beth Campus’ team last season picking up four wins. In doubles’ she teamed up with Kara Johnson to hold down the No. 1 spot. She is slated to begin the 2012 season as BSU’s No. 2 singles player. Christiansen has frequently been recognized on BSU’s 3.0 club and the NSIC All-Academic Team. She is majoring in chemistry.
Duff, who started 18 of 19 matches for BSU in 2011, was a vital cog for a BSU back line that finished third in the NSIC with just 10 goals allowed in conference play.  The Ramsey, Minn. native and her fellow defenders helped Bemidji State post eight shutouts during the course of the season to rank third in the league. She has been a regular Academic All-NSIC selection and earned a spot on the 2011 Capitol One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Soccer Academic All-District First Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom. Duff is an elementary education major.

Greenwaldt is currently a senior for the Bemidji State women’s tennis team. She teamed with Katherine Wolak last season to amass a team-best 7-6 doubles record for the Beavers. In singles, Greenwaldt played No. 2 singles and picked up four wins. Greenwaldt will open the 2012 season as BSU’s top singles player. She has consistently been on BSU’s 3.0 club and the NSIC All-Academic Team. Greenwaldt is a science education major.

Hougan is a member of the BSU cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams.  A seven-time Academic All-NSIC selection, she has been a member of three BSU cross country teams that have been honored nationally by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as a Division II All-Academic Cross Country Team.  Fresh off a senior cross country campaign during which she placed as one of BSU’s top five runners in five of six races, is in the midst of the indoor track and field season specializing in the mid-distance events. Hougan is majoring in mathematics and education.

McCannell, a four-year member of the BSU volleyball team, finished her career with over 1,000 assists and 800 digs in 318 career games played. She served as the team’s starting setter her last two seasons for the Beavers. She posted six double-doubles (assists and digs) for coach Wayne Chadwick’s squad in 2011. McCannell has been a regular on BSU’s 3.0 club and the NSIC All-Academic Team. The 2012 Outstanding Exercise Science Major, will complete her degree in May.
A total of 83 student-athletes from the NSIC’s 14 institutions received the award this year. With seven student-athletes receiving the 2012 award, Bemidji State ranks tied for fourth among league-member counterparts.

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 NSIC.


(Portions courtesy of the NSIC)