Lerg Named MSU Male Athlete of Year

"It is a huge honor to receive the award, especially since it comes from the university itself," --Michigan State goaltender Jeff Lerg.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Six Michigan State University student-athletes have been recognized for excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom as they have earned the school's highest athletic awards for 2006-07.

The awards include the George Alderton Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Big Ten Conference Medals of Honor, the Chester Brewer Leadership Award and the Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award. A panel of administrators and head coaches selected the winners.

Sophomore goaltender Jeff Lerg (Livonia, Mich.) was named the George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year, while junior women's golfer Sara Brown (Tucson, Ariz.) earned George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year honors.

Lerg, the USA Hockey College Player of the Year, was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after helping lead Michigan State to the national title. The sophomore surrendered just one goal in the NCAA title game, a 3-1 victory over Boston College, and was named the NCAA Midwest Regional Most Valuable Player after stopping 44 of 46 shots in wins over Boston University and Notre Dame.

Brown, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, recorded the fifth-best stroke average in school history with a 75.75 and won the Landfall Tradition. She helped lead MSU to the Big Ten title and an appearance in the NCAA Championships.

Gymnast Kristen Coleman (Cornwall, Ontario) received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor along with former quarterback Drew Stanton (Farmington, Mich.). The Conference Medal of Honor is presented to a male and female senior student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.

Women's track and field jumper Taren James (Long Beach, Calif.) received the Chester Brewer Leadership Award, while football center John Masters (Carmel, Ind.) earned the Dr. James Feurig Service and Achievement Award.

AWARD - WINNER

George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year - Jeff Lerg (Hockey)

George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year - Sara Brown (Women's Golf)

Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor (Male) - Drew Stanton (Football)

Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor (Female) - Kristen Coleman (Gymnastics)

Chester Brewer Leadership Award - Taren James (Women's Track and Field)

Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award - John Masters (Football)

GEORGE ALDERTON MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

(Presented to top male athlete of 2006-07)

WINNER: Jeff Lerg (Hockey)

Jeff Lerg turned in one of the greatest postseasons in Michigan State hockey history to become just the fourth Spartan to win the George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year Award as a sophomore. The goaltender was solid throughout the regular season and came through countless times in the clutch during MSU's national title run, culminating with a 3-1 victory over Boston College in the NCAA Championship game, giving the Spartans their first national title since 1986.

"It is a huge honor to receive the award, especially since it comes from the university itself," Lerg said. "I am a huge fan of all the sports teams here at Michigan State. To be mentioned with other great athletes here at MSU, like Drew Neitzel and Nick Simmons, people who really excelled this year, is a great feeling. It's truly an honor to be looked at for my sport like they are for theirs."

Lerg was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after stopping 58 of 61 shots in two games against Maine and Boston College. The Livonia, Mich., native surrendered just one goal on 30 shots in the National Championship game, making several incredible stops, including one head coach Rick Comley said was "the best he has ever seen" on a shot off a two-on-one break. Lerg was the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional, stopping 44 of 46 shots in wins over Boston University and Notre Dame.

Lerg boasts career NCAA Tournament numbers - 1.50 goals against average and .949 save percentage - which rank in top five of the NCAA record books. In the four games of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, he finished third overall - and first among goalies playing more than one contest - in both save percentage (.954) and goals against average (1.25). Overall, Lerg played in 97 percent of available minutes in the team's 42 games, the highest percentage of any netminder in the CCHA and the second-highest percentage in the country. He allowed one goal or less 13 times and posted three shutouts.

During the regular season, Lerg was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week on four occasions. He garnered Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament and Goaltender of the Week honors after stopping 66 of 69 shots in two victories at the GLI, including 45 saves in a 5-2 victory over Harvard in the semifinals. Lerg earned CCHA Goaltender of the Week accolades for the fourth time of the season after collecting a career-high 54 saves against Michigan in a 3-3 tie at Joe Louis Arena.

For his outstanding season, Lerg has hauled in some impressive hardware. He was named the USA Hockey College Player of the Year, the CCHA Perani Cup Champion and team's Most Valuable Player. In addition, Lerg was his team's CCHA Scholar-Athlete designee, and was an Academic All-Big Ten and CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

After two seasons, Lerg is already ninth at MSU in career wins with 43 and tied for fifth in career shutouts with six.

PAST WINNERS - ALDERTON MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

2006-Brad Gebauer (track and field); 2005-Nick Simmons (wrestling); 2004-Jeff Smoker (football); 2003-Charles Rogers (football); 2002-Paul Terek (track and field); 2001-Ryan Miller (hockey); 2000-Mateen Cleaves (basketball); 1999-Mateen Cleaves (basketball) and Mike York (hockey); 1998-Chad Alban (hockey); 1997-Reid Friedrichs (soccer); 1996-David Morgan (wrestling); 1995-Shawn Respert (basketball); 1994-Emilio Collins (wrestling); 1993-Bryan Smolinski (hockey); 1992-Anthony Hamm (cross country/track and field); 1991-Steve Smith (basketball); 1990-Kip Miller (hockey) and Percy Snow (football); 1989-Bobby Reynolds (hockey); 1988-Todd Krumm (football/baseball); 1987-Don McSween (hockey); 1986-Mike Donnelly (hockey), Lorenzo White (football), Scott Skiles (basketball); 1985-Sam Vincent (basketball); 1984-Carl Banks (football); 1983-Ron Scott (hockey); 1982-Ron Scott (hockey).

GEORGE ALDERTON FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

(Presented to top female athlete of 2006-07)

WINNER: Sara Brown (Women's Golf)

Junior Sara Brown is the leader of the nationally-ranked women's golf team and has helped maintain the program's prominence on the national stage throughout her career. A first-team All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year, Brown recorded a 75.75 scoring average this season, which was the fifth best in school history. The Spartans won two team tournament titles in 2006-07, including the program's eighth Big Ten Championship, and tied for 16th at the NCAA Championships, tying for the second-best finish in school history. Brown won her first career tournament at the Landfall Tradition in October and placed in the top five in three tournaments, the top 10 in six and the top 20 in nine. After three seasons, Brown's career stroke average is best in program history at 75.63.

"Just thinking about how many other great female athletes there are at Michigan State, to be in that same category is amazing," said Brown. "At first, you always have doubts going to a cold-weather school from Arizona. I have proven that I can make it work and I have succeeded. I'm really excited. To be mentioned in the same category as Jeff Lerg, who is just amazing, it's unreal. It's just great to be in that category. I am very honored to receive this award."

In addition to scoring average, Brown also led the team in birdies (82), sub-par rounds (four), first-round scoring average (75.38) and final-round scoring average (74.67). She competed at the World University Games in Torino, Italy, finishing fifth overall at the event. Brown finished fifth at the Lady Northern Invitational in September, helping the Spartans to the team title, and followed the act in October at the Landfall Tradition by earning medalist honors for the first time in her career, with a score of 215 (74-69-72). The second-round 69 tied for the fourth-best round in MSU history. For her efforts at the Landfall Tradition, Brown was named Golfweek.com's Player of the Week.

Brown continued her success in the spring season, earning Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after posting a second-place finish at the Central District Invitational in February. She collected two more top-10 finishes at the Liz Murphey Invitational and the Lady Buckeye Invitational before garnering her second straight top-10 finish at the Big Ten Championships by placing sixth. Brown was just as successful off the course, garnering Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year.

"It's such an honor to have the MSU Athlete of the Year," said women's golf head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "Sara has meant so much for the program. It's such a wonderful honor for Sara - it says a lot about what she has done so far in her career and what she has left to do. What's really great is she has one year left."

PAST WINNERS - ALDERTON FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

2006-Liz Shimek (basketball); 2005-Kristin Haynie (basketball); 2004-Jamie Krzyminski (cross country/track & field); 2003-Michelle Carson (cross country) and Jamie Krzyminski (cross country/track & field); 2002-Emily Bastel (golf); 2001-Summer Mitchell (swimming & diving); 2000-Emily Bastel (golf); 1999-Carrie Carpenter (softball); 1998-Jill Lusher (field hockey); 1997-Sevatheda Fynes (track & field); 1996-Val Sterk (volleyball); 1995-Karen Winslow (soccer); 1994-Susan Francis (track & field); 1993-Jodi Blotcher (gymnastics); 1992-Misty Allison (cross country/track & field); 1991-Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse (swimming & diving); 1990-Julie Farrell (swimming & diving); 1989-Julie Farrell (swimming & diving); 1988-Michelle Ingalls (gymnastics); 1987-Odessa Smalls (track & field); 1986-Mary Schoenle (swimming & diving); 1985-Kelly Becker (volleyball); 1984-Deanne Moore (softball); 1983-Judi Brown (track & field); 1982-Molly Brennan (track & field).

BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR

(Presented to a male and female student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement)

MALE WINNER: Drew Stanton (Football)

Former Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton, who earned team MVP honors for the second time in his career after accounting for 2,252 total yards and 17 TDs as a senior, becomes just the third male student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honors two consecutive years (Tyler Harlton, hockey - 1997, 1998; Walt Bartels, hockey - 1990, 1991).

The 6-3, 230-pound Stanton was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round (No. 43 overall) of the 2007 National Football League Draft. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist completed 61 percent of his throws (164 of 269) for 1,807 yards, 12 TDs and 10 interceptions in 2006. Stanton also rushed 110 times for 445 yards and five scores. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native started 24 consecutive games at quarterback before sitting out the season finale at Penn State (suffered a concussion midway through the first quarter Nov. 11 vs. Minnesota).

He shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (with Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith) after accounting for 331 total yards and three scores in engineering the greatest comeback in NCAA I-A history as Michigan State rallied from a 35-point third-quarter deficit for a 41-38 victory at Northwestern. Stanton recorded his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season against the Wildcats, completing 27-of-37 throws for 294 yards and two TDs. His other 200-yard passing efforts came against Michigan (252), Eastern Michigan (254) and Idaho (225).

Stanton accounted for 303 total yards and three TDs to lead Michigan State to a 38-23 victory at Pittsburgh. He completed 16-of-25 passes for 198 yards, and also recorded his third career 100-yard rushing game, gaining 105 yards on 13 carries against the Panthers including a 1-yard TD run.

A three-year starter, Stanton ranks among MSU's career leaders in completion percentage (first at .642), pass completions (second at 543), pass attempts (second at 846), passing yards (second at 6,524), total offense (second at 8,036 yards), 200-yard passing games (second at 18), passing efficiency rating (third at 138.7) and TD passes (fifth at 42). He also is listed among the Big Ten's career leaders in completion percentage (third).

A four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Stanton earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in May 2006. He was named a second-team Academic All-American and a first-team Academic All-District IV selection in 2005. Last fall, he began working on a master's degree in kinesiology, making him eligible for the award for a second year in a row.

In 2006, Stanton was presented the MSU Football Players Association's Community Service & Outreach Award. In addition, he was selected as MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, which is presented to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Stanton started the "Special Teams" program at Heartwood Schools in Mason, Mich., hosting field and spirit days for special needs children. He also participated in "Jump Start Your Heart," jumping rope with elementary school children to promote exercise and healthy living; spoke at an assembly for the entire Grand Ledge Middle School to discuss the importance of leadership, teamwork and education; and participated in Teams for Toys, Athletes 4 Kids and SPYN Awards (student-athlete lip sync contest) to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

"It is only every so often a student-athlete of Drew's caliber and character comes through an athletic program," said associate athletics director Jim Pignataro, who serves as the director of Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). "His commitment to education and this community are extraordinary, and his impact will be felt for years to come. Drew did what was right when nobody was looking, whether that be performing academically or participating in multiple community outreach events during the season."

PAST WINNERS - BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR MALE WINNERS:

2006-Drew Stanton (football); 2005-Chris Hill (basketball); 2004-Steve Manz (track and field); 2003-Tyler Robinson (soccer); 2002-Josh Thornhill (football); 2001-Shaun Mason (football); 2000-Shawn Horcoff (hockey); 1999-Steve Schell (cross country/track & field); 1998-Tyler Harlton (hockey); 1997-Tyler Harlton (hockey); 1996-Brian Picklo (wrestling); 1995-Emilio Collins (wrestling); 1994-Steve Wasylk (football); 1993-Dave Smith (cross country/track & field); 1992-Stuart Hirschman (baseball); 1991-Walt Bartels (hockey); 1990-Walt Bartels (hockey); 1989-Danton Cole (hockey); 1988-Michael Davidson (baseball); 1987-Dean Altobelli (football); 1986-Don McSween (hockey); 1985-Carlton Evans (lacrosse); 1984-Kelly Miller (hockey); 1983-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1982-Morten Andersen (football); 1981-Jay Vincent (basketball); 1980-Mark Brammer (football); 1979-Gregory Kelser (basketball); 1978-Larry Bethea (football); 1977-Tyrone Willingham (football/baseball); 1976-Pat Milkovich (wrestling); 1975-Dennis Olmstead (hockey); 1974-Robert Cassleman (track); 1973-Kenneth Popejoy (track); 1972-Herb Washington (track); 1971-Thomas Muir (wrestling); 1970-Richard Saul (football); 1969-Allen Brenner (football); 1968-Dale Anderson (wrestling); 1967-Eugene Washington (football, track); 1966-Steve Juday (football); 1965-David Price (gymnastics); 1964-George (Pete) Gent (basketball); 1963-Richard Schloemer (fencing); 1962-Edward Ryan (football); 1961-William Reynolds (track/cross country); 1960-Stan Tarshis (gymnastics); 1959-Robert Anderegg (basketball); 1958-Robert Jasson (hockey); 1957-Selwyn Jones (track); 1956-Carl Nystrom (football); 1955-Kevan Gosper (track); 1954-Robert Hoke (wrestling); 1953-John Wilson (football); 1952-Orris Bender (wrestling); 1951-Everett Grandelius (football).

FEMALE WINNER: Kristen Coleman (Gymnastics)

A four-year letterwinner on the Spartan gymnastics team, this is Kristen Coleman's first MSU Major Athletic Award. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, she was named the 2007 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year at the Big Ten Championships on March 31, becoming MSU's first Gymnast of the Year honoree since the 1989 season. Coleman was a two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week in 2007, and set the top two scores in the Michigan State record book in the all-around event during her senior campaign. In addition, the Cornwall, Ontario, native finished the season ranked tied for 12th in the nation in the all-around event.

Coleman won or shared first-place honors four times on the uneven bars, four times on the balance beam, and five times in the all-around in 2007. In the final national statistics, Coleman led the Big Ten Conference in both the all-around and balance beam, while ranking in the top five on both the uneven bar and floor exercise events. She competed in three NCAA Regional Meets during her career, and advanced as an individual competitor to the 2006 NCAA Championships in the all-around competition.

"Michigan State University is filled with extremely dedicated and talented athletes and to be recognized with this award is such a tremendous honor," Coleman said. "I had a great season in 2007, and this honor is just the icing on the cake for what has been my most memorable and cherished year in gymnastics."

"Kristen (Coleman) had an outstanding year, both on the competition floor and in the classroom," said gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages. "She had her best competitive year as a senior and was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, a first-team All-Big Ten member and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. As a program, we are honored to have her receive the Big Ten Conference Medal Award for Michigan State. This is truly a prestigious award and we are thrilled she can add this to her already numerous accolades for the season."

PAST WINNERS - BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR FEMALE WINNERS:

2006-Liz Shimek (basketball); 2005-Veerle Goudswaard (field hockey); 2004-Michelle Carson (cross country/track & field); 2003-Stephanie Anisko (swimming & diving); 2002-Carly Weiden (swimming & diving) and Krista Buzzell (crew); 2001-Carly Weiden (swimming & diving); 2000-Carly Weiden (swimming & diving); 1999-Carrie Carpenter (softball); 1998-Melissa Pryor (field hockey); 1997-Val Sterk (volleyball); 1996-Patti Raduenz (softball); 1995-Laura Bell (cross country/track & field); 1994-Laura Bell (cross country/track & field); 1993-Ruth Aguayo (gymnastics); 1992-Misty Allison (cross country/track & field); 1991-Emily Coatney (soccer); 1990-Eileen Shea (basketball); 1989-Mary Schoenle (swimming & diving); 1988-Kim Hartwick (gymnastics); 1987-Lisa Marino (golf); 1986-Julie Polakowski (basketball); 1985-Kelly Belanger (basketball); 1984-Anne Pewe (cross country/track & field); 1983-Karen Wells (basketball); 1982-Lisa Speaker (golf).

CHESTER BREWER LEADERSHIP AWARD

(Presented to a graduating senior in his or her last year of eligibility for distinguished performance in athletics and scholarship and for possessing a high degree of leadership qualities and skill.)

WINNER: Taren James (Women's Track and Field)

Taren James has been a model of leadership and commitment not only in the athletic realm, but in the classroom, in the community and on campus since she arrived at Michigan State University. The four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, who won the Big Ten triple jump crown in 2006, competed in the NCAA Mideast Regional for the fourth time in her career this spring. James had her best triple jump of the season at the Big Ten Championships to place fourth. But her athletic accomplishments are only one measure of her impact on MSU.

James graduated in May 2006 with a 3.65 grade-point average in journalism and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public relations. She was a four-year award winner at MSU's annual Academic Excellence Gala, a multiple honoree on the Dean's List, and twice earned the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award.

James was involved in numerous community service activities throughout her time at MSU. She participated in the Women Working Wonders 5K run/walk, the teen summit at Haslett High School, Teams for Toys and March is Reading Month at local schools. She worked at the New City Academy as a mentor for at-risk youth and was a four-year participant of the student-athlete lip sync contest that raised money for the Children's Miracle Network. When the Hurricane Katrina tragedy struck the Gulf Coast, James volunteered at Red Cross to raise money for the area and also participated in a dodge ball tournament that served as a hurricane relief fundraiser.

A very active member in MSU's SASS (Student-Athlete Support Services) Department, James has served as president of the MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) the past two years and was an advisory board member for the SASS Multicultural Program. James represented Michigan State at the 2005 NCAA National Leadership Conference and was one of two MSU representatives at the 2005 NCAA Regional Leadership Conference.

"Taren exemplifies this award," said Walt Drenth, director of track and field and cross country. "Her athletic and academic accomplishments speak for themselves. What stood out to me in Taren's senior year was her willingness to lead and mentor the younger athletes in her event group. Our program was truly fortunate to have had a chance to have Taren for her final year."

"It is a privilege to be acknowledged by the athletic department with this award," James said. "It means a lot to me that they see my commitment to the university by bestowing this award on me. I pride myself on being a well-rounded individual both in the classroom and on the track, and this award is a reflection of those qualities that I deem important."

In addition to the Chester Brewer Leadership Award, James was named the Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award winner in 2006. She is the third student-athlete in MSU history to receive both awards during a career (Michael Brown, swimming and diving - 1984; Melissa Pryor, field hockey - 1999).

PAST WINNERS - CHESTER BREWER LEADERSHIP AWARD:

2006-R.J. Boudro (wrestling); 2005-Kristin Haynie (basketball); 2004-Allison Fouch (golf); 2003-Sandy Lewis (softball); 2002-Adam Hall (hockey); 2001-Ann Cieszkowski (soccer); 2000-Leah Nilsson (cross country/track & field); 1999-Melissa Pryor (field hockey); 1998-Kyle Baker (cross country); 1997-Dana Cooke (volleyball) and Tamika Matlock (basketball); 1996-Courtney DeBolt (volleyball); 1995-Eric Snow (basketball); 1994-Rob Fredrickson (football); 1993-Steve Johnson (baseball); 1992-Mike Gilmore (hockey); 1991-Becky Belanger (volleyball) and Eileen Shea (basketball); 1990-Chris Willertz (football); 1989-Sheila Ovenhouse (softball); 1988-Pat Shurmur (football); 1987-Shane Bullough (football); 1986-Anthony Bell (football); 1985-Kelly Miller (hockey); 1984-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1983-Eliot Tabron (track & field); 1982-Shawn White (wrestling); 1981-Ray Stachowicz (football); 1980-Terry Donnelly (basketball); 1979-Rodger Bastien (baseball); 1978-Jeff Rudolph (gymnastics); 1977-Gary Domagalski (golf); 1976-Thomas Ross (hockey); 1975-No Award Presented; 1974-Val Washington (lacrosse); 1973-Jerry Sackmann (baseball); 1972-Greg Johnson (wrestling); 1971-Kim Hartman (cross country/track); 1970-Ronald Saul (football); 1969-Toby Towson (gymnastics); 1968-John Bailey (basketball/golf); 1967-Gary Dilley (swimming); 1966-Payton Fuller (soccer), James Curzi (gymnastics); 1965-Douglas Roberts (hockey/football); 1964-Sherman Lewis (track/football); 1963-George Azar (football/baseball); 1962-Stephen Johnson (gymnastics); 1961-William Steuart (swimming); 1960-Crawford "Forddy" Kennedy (cross country/track); 1959-Sam Williams (football); 1958-Dave Lean (track/cross country); 1957-Pat Wilson (football/basketball); 1956-Earl Morrall (football/baseball); 1955-John Matsock (football/baseball); 1954-Tom Yewcic (football/baseball); 1953-Bert McLachlan (swimming); 1952-Robert Carey (football/track/basketball); 1951-Everett Grandelius (football).

DR. JAMES FEURIG ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD

(Presented to a male or female graduating senior involved in athletics as a competitor or in a supporting role. The recipient should carry a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better, and in addition to athletic and academic success, demonstrate involvement in school/campus and community activities.)

WINNER: John Masters (Football)

Through the Student-Athlete Support Services Department (SASS), Michigan State student-athletes are active in the community with the Multicultural and PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) programs. Sometimes, the bar can be raised even higher.

A participant in numerous PACT programs, football center John Masters created the "Make A Change" program last fall, a student-athlete initiative founded to raise money to assist in the fight against cancer. Through his leadership, Masters has helped raise over $6,000 for the American Cancer Society. He organized the effort to collect cash donations at the spring football game at Spartan Stadium on April 21, as student-athletes from various teams assisted in the fund-raising project that brought in $4,000. The program also collected donations at football games last fall and a men's basketball game in the winter.

In addition to founding "Make a Change", Masters is a three-year award winner at MSU's Annual Academic Excellence gala and a two-year representative for MSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Masters, who is scheduled to graduate later this summer, also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for his 3.1 grade-point average in advertising. On the field, he started the last three games of the 2006 season at center, grading out 96 percent or higher in each start.

"Everything I've done is to help others, and I've seen great rewards for the service," said Masters. "Cancer became a personal issue last year with my family after my father was diagnosed with skin cancer. I wanted to do everything I could to help others facing a similar situation. We put the ‘Make a Change' idea together, and it's been amazing to be a part of its success. My father beat his cancer, and hopefully, we can help benefit others to do the same with this program."

"Through John's efforts, the local chapter of the American Cancer Society - at the Capital Area Service Center - is among the national leaders in university students raising money for cancer research," said Angela Howard, associate director of SASS and director of the Life Skills program. "In a national challenge for college students, the donations raised through ‘Make A Change' placed Michigan State No. 2 in the country. John has shown great leadership in organizing the program and has given it a solid foundation. It's not just a one- or two-year project, this is something that will continue on after John has left MSU. His idea for ‘Make A Change' was that if people gave just a little bit, the collective effort would make a difference. The idea has really paid off in helping fund cancer research."

FEURIG ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD PAST WINNERS:

2006-Taren James (track and field); 2005-Erin Carlson (soccer); 2004-Joe Tate (football); 2003-Brad Fast (hockey); 2002-Adam Hall (hockey); 2001-Deb White (field hockey); 2000-Jennifer Hanink (soccer); 1999-Melissa Pryor (field hockey); 1998-Dave Mudge (football); 1997-Stephanie Dueringer (cross country/track & field); 1996-Susan Gibson (soccer); 1995-Angela Howard (gymnastics); 1994-Mill Coleman (football); 1993-Molly West (tennis) and Chris Brown (track & field); 1992-Matt Steigenga (basketball); 1991-Jason Muzzatti (hockey); 1990-Dawna Wilson (gymnastics) and Todd Mercer (swimming & diving); 1989-Kelly Collister (volleyball); 1988-Keiko Timmerman (gymnastics); 1987-Kristen Nelson (swimming & diving) and Barry Fordham (basketball); 1986-John Wojciehowski (football); 1985-Bob Fossum (golf) and Riney Wilke (lacrosse); 1984-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1983-Syd Wells (golf); 1982-Molly Brennan (track & field); 1981-Ivan Merritt (gymnastics); 1980-Michael Longaker (basketball); 1979-Kevin Willitts (lacrosse); 1978-Joan Garety (golf); 1977-Herb Lindsay, track/cross country.


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