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WCU Athletics Has 24 Degrees Conferred

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.