June 15 2012
CoSIDA announces 2012-13 undergraduate, graduate and graduate scholarship winners and graduate internship grant
by Jeff Griesch, University of Nebraska/CoSIDA Scholarship Committee member
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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the winners of their 2012-13 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships.
The organization will distribute a total of $25,000 to scholarship winners during the 2012-13 academic year after choosing a pair of $5,000 postgraduate scholarship recipients, two more $2,500 undergraduate scholarship winners, and one school to receive a $10,000 graduate internship grant.
The scholarships will be formally announced during CoSIDA’s upcoming annual workshop in St. Louis, June 23-26.
The Fred Nuesch-Dave Wohlhueter Undergraduate Scholarships and Phil Langan Graduate Internship Grant have been awarded since 1999, when CoSIDA expanded its scholarship program in order to foster interest in the sports information field. Since presenting the first Wylie Smith Graduate Scholarship in 1981, CoSIDA has provided more than $400,000 in grants to students working in sports information offices at member institutions and conferences.
To be eligible for either the Postgraduate or Undergraduate Scholarships, candidates must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and express an interest in pursuing a career in sports information.
Wylie Smith Postgraduate Scholarship ($5,000)
Carli Todd, a DePaul University graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in new media studies from that institution, earned the Wylie Smith Postgraduate Scholarship ($5,000). Todd, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of Tampa in May of 2011, spent 2011-12 as a graduate assistant for DePaul Director of Athletics Communications Greg Greenwell.
Todd served as the primary communications contact for the Blue Demon volleyball, track and field and cross country teams. Before joining the DePaul staff, Todd spent four years as a student assistant in the University of Tampa Sports Information Office, where she served as the primary contact for the Tampa baseball and men’s soccer programs under Director Tom Kolbe. In addition to her collegiate experience, Todd also worked as an assistant/intern in the communications and public relations department for the Tampa Bay Rays, working for vice-president of communications Rick Vaughn.
The Wylie Smith Postgraduate Scholarship is named in honor of the former CoSIDA Scholarships Committee chairman and long-time Sports Information Director at Northern Arizona University.
Langston Rogers Postgraduate Scholarship ($5,000)
Joelle Milholm, who is working as a graduate assistant in the CSU Bakersfield Athletic Communications Office for Sports Information Director Matt Turk and Director of New Media Corey Costelloe, claimed the Langston Rogers Postgraduate Scholarship ($5,000). Milholm, who earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Colorado State in 2005, is pursuing a master’s degree in English from CSUB. In addition to her graduate studies, Milholm serves as the primary contact for nine CSUB sports, including volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s track and field and men’s and women’s golf, women’s cross country and women’s tennis.
Following her graduation from Colorado State in 2005, Milholm spent three years as a sports reporter and editor at the Glenwood Springs (Colo.) Post Independent, before working three years at the Lodi (Calif.) News-Sentinel as a sports reporter from August of 2008 to July of 2011.
The Langston Rogers Postgraduate Scholarship is named in honor of former Mississippi Sports Information Director and CoSIDA Hall of Famer Langston Rogers, who served as the SID at Ole Miss from 1981 until his retirement in 2010. The scholarship is presented annually to a rising minority or female student.
Fred Nuesch-Dave Wohlhueter Undergraduate Scholarships ($2,500 each)
CoSIDA’s Fred Nuesch-Dave Wohlhueter Undergraduate Scholarship awards ($2,500 each) were presented to Jake Faber of Pittsburg State and Ashley Goettl of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Faber, a native of Overland Park, Kan., has posted a 3.3 GPA as a broadcast communications major with a minor in leadership studies at Pittsburg State. In 2012, Faber won the Kansas Association of Broadcasters top award for the Best Collegiate Sportscast, while adding a trio of second-place finishes. He has worked for Associate Athletic Director Dan Wilkes as a student videographer for the Gorillas for two seasons. He was the sports editor for the Collegio campus newspaper and on-air talent for CAPS-13 student television for two years. He is on track to graduate in May of 2013.
Goettl carries better than a 3.8 GPA as a triple major in communication studies, digital film and television journalism, and political science at Wisconsin-River Falls. The senior-to-be from North Mankato, Minn., has assisted Sports Information Director Jim Thies for the past two seasons at UW-River Falls, while also competing in softball for the Falcons the past three years. In fact, Goettl earned NCAA Division III Capital One First-Team Academic All-America® honors from CoSIDA as a junior infielder in 2012.
Goettl also earned spots on NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams in 2011 and 2012. She is a three-time NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection. Goettl was the editor-in-chief of The Student Voice campus newspaper in 2011-12, and has spent three years as a broadcaster and host on the campus radio station, WRFW. She also has spent two summers as a newsroom intern at KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minn., and one year as an intern at Wisconsin Public Radio in Eau Claire. Goettl is on track to graduate in May of 2013.
Phil Langan Graduate Internship Grant ($10,000)
In addition to the four scholarships, CoSIDA awarded the 2012-13 Phil Langan Graduate Internship Grant ($10,000) to DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Director of Sports Information Bill Wagner covers 23 varsity sports for the Tigers without the assistance of any other full-time employees at DePauw.
The Phil Langan Graduate Internship Grant provides funds for a sports information office to hire a graduate intern on a one-year basis, hoping the success of the program can help the schools demonstrate the need for additional assistance in the future. Wagner, who served on the CoSIDA Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008, will also be honored for 25 years of service to the profession at this year’s annual convention. He was the founding president of D3SIDA, the NCAA Division III management group, in 2008.
All-Time CoSIDA Scholarship Honorees
1981 Craig Bohnert, Evansville
1982 John Lashway, Oregon
1983 Jay Hill, Michigan
1984 Jonathan Dukes, Georgia Southern
1985 Brian Teter, Illinois State
1986 Mark Berger, Ohio
1987 Chris McMurry, Northern Arizona
1988 Angela Hultman, Mankato State
1989 Beth Haag, Iowa State
1990 Stephanie Grimes, Boise State
1991 Lana Bandy, Purdue
1992 Amy Stabley, Central Michigan / Robert Hester, Northern Illinois
1993 Will Roleson, Miami (Ohio)
1994 Randy Hayson, Illinois State
1995 Stuart McFarland, Missouri / Sally Krauss, Western Kentucky
1996 Jeff Griesch, Nebraska
1997 Chris Ambrose, Purdue / Jeff Griesch, Nebraska
1998 Chris Ambrose, Purdue / Brian Gunning, Marshall
1999 Brian Gunning, Marshall / Heidi Roth, Syracuse
2000 Mark Fratto, Maryland / Andy Knappick, Illinois State
2001 Brad Caudill, Eastern Michigan / Susan Seabrook, Alabama-Birmingham
2002 Michelle Kelley, Colgate / Sean Wright, Westminster (Mo.)
2003 Brad Fischer, Wisconsin-La Crosse / Lainie Guiddy, West Virginia
2004 Eric Braley, Northern Iowa / Kristopher Sears, Indiana
2005 Michael Potter, Ball State / Erin Whiteside, Penn State
2006 Chris Yandle, Marshall / Jessica Calderone, Southeast Louisiana
2007 Caroline Domecq, Georgia / Kyle Chilton, Southern Virginia
2008 Jared Verner, Northwest Missouri State / Kendra Lee, Ohio State
2009 Laurie Wild, Northern Iowa / Britney Wright, Florida State
2010 Grant Abston, Texas / Mariel Brady, St. John’s
2011 Andrew Lentz, Tennessee / Britney Reddick, Kutztown
2012 Carli Todd, DePaul / Joelle Milholm, Cal State Bakersfield
1999 Kate Adams, Iowa State / Michelle La Scola, Northern Illinois / Casey Taylor, Christopher Newport
2000 Daniel Dykstra, Wheaton (Ill.) / Kimberly Frederick, Manhattan / Bobbie Horstman, Iowa State
2001 Bobbie Horstman, Iowa State / Shayla Reiff, Mt. Vernon Nazarene / Dustin Roberts, Oklahoma
2002 Branie Davidson, Northwest Missouri State / Shante Gree, Fayetteville State / Teri LaJeunesse, Michigan Tech
2003 Kimberly Gray Folkes, Virginia Tech / Adam Holtz, Bethany Lutheran / Laura Schoenberger, Pittsburg State
2004 Cassie Chance, Mississippi State / Nick Kiger, Colorado State
2005 John Vogel, Youngstown State / Monique Bowman, Capital University
2006 Todd Zeidler, Bemidji / Amy Robertson, Mississippi State
2007 Caleb Hawley, Oregon State / Christina Marshall, James Madison
2008 Andrew Middleman, Baldwin-Wallace / Kevin Flora, University of the Cumberlands
2009 Carli Todd, Tampa / David Bodman, La Salle
2010 Michael Benson, Southern Illinois-Carbondale / James Rodriguez, Baldwin-Wallace
2011 Adam K. Moussa, Memphis / Erica LaBranche, Stonehill
2012 Jake Faber, Pittsburg State / Ashley Goettl, Wisconsin-River Falls
Graduate Internship Grant
1999 Alabama A&M, Wright State
2000 Central Oklahoma, Urbana (Ohio)
2001 Central State (Ohio), Cheyney
2002 Eckerd College, Hardin-Simmons
2003 St. Francis (N.Y.), Tennessee Tech
2004 Carroll College
2005 Wesleyan University
2007 Central College of Iowa
2008 Grand Canyon University
2009 Lake Erie College
2010 Illinois Wesleyan