DePaul Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Class

CHICAGO - The DePaul Athletics Department is set to induct eight former student-athletes and reward a former university employee with a special service award during the annual DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame induction weekend Feb. 28-Mar. 1.

The 2009 Hall of Fame Class includes men's basketball's David Booth and Stephen Howard, women's basketball's Andrea Morgan Davis, track and field's Major General Stephen Crane and Lorece Collins-White, softball's Susan Coleman Labovic and Jenn Laczynski Schissler and volleyball's Dana Kalvaitis Curta. Former men's basketball secretary Patsy Burns will also be honored with the Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award.

David Booth | Men's Basketball (1988-92)

Booth finished his career ranked in the top six in DePaul history in blocked shots, field goals, free throws, points and steals. He is second all-time with 1,933 points, third with 713 field goals, fifth with 165 steals and 444 free throws, and his 113 career blocked shots are sixth in program history. Booth averaged 15.6 points per game during his career and led the Blue Demons in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior. He led DePaul to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992 and was named a honorable mention All-American as a junior. Finishing his career as the first player with at least 1,500 career points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocked shots, Booth was a first team All-Great Midwest Conference honoree as a senior and participated in the Pan American Games trials in 1991.

Susan Coleman Labovic | Softball (1985-89)

Coleman played first base for the softball team from 1985-89 and is a former NCAA record holder for career walks. Currently, she ranked second in NCAA history with 130 walks and was the 1989 recipient of DePaul's Jean Nordberg Award for excellence in academics, athletics and character. In the DePaul record books, Coleman is second all-time with 1,336 putouts holds the season walks record with 54 in 1989. Her 495 putouts at first base in 1989 is third all-time in the DePaul season record book. Following her senior season, she was named Co-MVP and led the 1986 squad with a .996 fielding percentage. Following her playing career, she became the first full-time assistant coach for the softball program.

Lorece Collins-White | Women's Track and Field (1985-1989)

Collins-White finished her standout track and field career by holding a combined 14 school indoor and outdoor track and field records. During her four seasons from 1985-89, she held indoor records in the 200m hurdles (29.01), 400m (58.38), 4x400m relay (4:06.4), 4x400 yard relay (3:59.9) and the triple jump (11.38m). Her outdoor records included the 400m (56.94), 400m hurdles (1:00.02), 4x100m relay (48.37), 4x200m relay (1:41.24), 4x400m relay (3:51.64), sprint medley (1:46.96), shuttle relay (1:0046), long jump (5.43m) and the triple jump (11.91m). Her 400m hurdles record and the shuttle hurdle relay record still stands in the Blue Demon record books. As a junior and senior, she was named MVP for both the indoor and outdoor seasons and was the 1989 recipient of DePaul's Jean Nordberg Award for her excellence in academics, athletics, and character.

Major General Stephen Crane | Men's Track and Field (1947-1950)

Crane served as team captain after serving in World War II as a member of the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army for four-and-a-half years. He was president of the Monogram Club and named "Most Valuable Trackman" by The DePaulia. During his time at DePaul, Crane set records of 136' in the discus and 47'9.75" in the shot put. In his final competition, the Central Collegiate Conference Championships held at Notre Dame, he placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot put. The conference featured 15 schools including Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Marquette, and Ball State.

Stephen Howard | Men's Basketball (1988-92)

DePaul's most decorated men's basketball student-athlete on and off the floor, Howard is the only CoSIDA Academic All-American in the program history. He earned the honor twice as a junior and senior, earning the honor in 1991 and 1992. He also picked up CoSIDA All-District honors in 1990, 1991 and 1992 while also earning a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1992. The first team All-Great Midwest Conference honoree ranks sixth all-time at DePaul with 1,691 career points. Howard also holds school records of 126 games, 528 free throws and 697 free throw attempts while sitting at fifth with 883 rebounds and eighth with 571 field goals. Following his DePaul career, Howard played six seasons in the NBA for the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Seattle Supersonics.

Dana Kalvaitis Curta | Volleyball (1984-88)

Kalvaitis was a two-time first team All-North Star Conference honoree in 1984 and 1986 for volleyball and set DePaul's match record with a .818 attack percentage against Cleveland State in Nov. 1985. She also holds the record for services aces with 11 against Marquette in Nov. 1986. The 1985 Co-MVP is fifth in program history with 176 career service aces and her career .232 attack percentage is also fifth all-time.

Jenn Laczynski Schissler | Softball (1990-91, 93)

Laczynski played softball at DePaul during the 1990, 1991 and 1993 seasons. She earned North Start All-Conference honors in 1993 and picked up Mid-Continent All-Conference recognition in 1993. She was also named the Most Outstanding Player for the Blue Demons in 1993.

Andrea Morgan Davis | Women's Basketball (1984-88)

Morgan holds the program record in three-point field goal percentage at .440 (89-134). As a senior, she earned special mention All-American honors from the American Women's Sports Federation and leading the Blue Demons to their first WNIT Championship. She is also ranked among all-time leaders with 237 steals for sixth and 325 assists for eight all-time. The three-time team captain led DePaul to two North Star Conference titles.

Patsy Burns | Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award

Burns receives the Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award after serving as the men's basketball secretary for 24 years. Among her many duties in Alumni Hall and the Sullivan Athletic Center, she mentored and supported student-athletes by encouraging them, talking to them when they were homesick, and getting to know the parents. She worked with four different coaches during her tenure including Ray Meyer, Joey Meyer, Pat Kennedy, and Dave Leitao.

The Hall of Fame class will be introduced at halftime of each DePaul basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 28. The men's team hosts St. John's at 11 a.m. at Allstate Arena followed by a 7 p.m. women's game against Marquette at McGrath Arena. A celebratory brunch at Noon on Sunday, Mar. 1 will take place in DePaul's Sullivan Athletic Center. For more information and ticket reservations, contact Katie Ramsey in the DePaul Athletics Department at (773) 325-7504.

2009 Hall of Fame Weekend

Saturday, Feb. 28

9:30 a..m. - Pre-Game Reception in the Allstate Arena Skyline Room
11 a.m. - Men's Basketball vs. St. John's (inductees will be recognized at halftime)
7 p.m. - Women's Basketball vs. Marquette (inductees will be recognized at halftime)
Sunday, Mar. 1

11 a.m. - Hall of Fame Mass Celebrating the Lives of Coach Don Amidei and Basketball Legend Curtis Watkins
Noon - Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Noon - Social Hour
12:30 p.m. - Buffet Opens
1:15 p.m. - Program

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