May 7, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Catamount Athletics Department had 24 of its own have their degrees conferred by Western Carolina University Chancellor Dr. John W. Bardo Saturday afternoon at the Ramsey Activity Center. Of the 24, 15 were student-athletes, six were graduate students with ties to the athletics department and three were students who worked in the athletics department.
The women's basketball program led the way, seeing four of its players who were central in the Catamounts winning the 2005 Southern Conference Championship. SoCon Tournament MVP Jennifer Gardner and All-SoCon Tournament selection Sigita Maleraite earned B.S. in Criminal Justice and Business Administration & Law, respectively, while Ki-Ki Glass, who set a SoCon Tournament record with 28 assists during the championship, also received her degree in Accounting/Marketing. Redshirt junior Teyawna Hardy, who is slated to return for her fifth year next season, received her B.S. in Criminal Justice.
Like Hardy, the Catamount football program had a student-athlete graduate who will return for a fifth year as fullback John Bush received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration & Law. The baseball program had a player who is still in season graduate as Luke Miller, the SoCon leader in appearances, received his B.S. in Mathematics.
Those graduating with honors include former tennis player Rocio Perez (magna cum laude in Telecommications Engineering Technology) and volleyball player Stefanie Peters (magna cum laude in English), Layna Stoetzel (cum laude in Communication).
The following is a complete list of Catamounts to have degrees conferred on Saturday:
Johnny Bomar Track & Field Grad Asst M.A. in Two-Year College/Physical Education Ryan Lewis Track & Field Grad Asst M.A. in Comprehensive Education/Physical Education Nardia Moore Former Soccer Player M.A. in Comprehensive Education/Special Education/ Learning Disorders Mike Stewart Game Operations Master of Business Administration Mark Mancebo Athletic Training Master of Health Science Lisa Shook Athletic Training Master of Health Science Jennifer Gardner Women's Basketball B.S. in Criminal Justice Teyawna Hardy Women's Basketball B.S. in Criminal Justice Dwain Johnson Football B.S. in Criminal Justice Rocio Perez Former Tennis Player B.S. in Telecommunications Engineering Technology Stefanie Peters Volleyball B.A. in English Denver Edick Former Baseball Player B.S. in Sociology Jordan Howell Former Soccer Player B.S. in Sociology Luke Miller Baseball B.S. in Mathematics Layna Stoetzel Volleyball B.S. in Communication John Bush Football B.S. in Business Administration & Law Ki-Ki Glass Women's Basketball B.S. in Accounting/Marketing Chase Kress Men's Golf B.S. in Management Sigita Maleraite Women's Basketball B.S. in Business Administration & Law Lunzaya Nlandu Men's Basketball B.S. in Entepreneurship Albert Reid Football B.S. in Computer Information Systems Jamie Feingold Women's Basketball Manager B.S. in Sport Management Tracy Linville Sports Info Student Asst B.S. in Sport Management Holly Wilson Academics Student Asst B.S. in Birth-Kindergarten
Note: Rans Brempong, who had previously received his degree, went through graduation exercises on Sunday. The SoCon all-time leader in blocked shot and recipient of the SoCon Mike Wood Postgraduate Scholarship is has completed one year of graduate school in entrepreneurship.