Twenty-two Jackson State University student-athletes were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society at the University’s Student Center Theater Tuesday morning. In order to be included into Chi Alpha Sigma student athletes must have lettered in their prospective sport and maintained a 3.4 grade point average or greater.
The following student-athletes were inducted into the 2010 class of Chi Alpha Sigma: College of Business – Vishesh Bhatia (Men’s Tennis), Mitchell de Jong (Men’s Tennis). College of Education and Human Development – Chyna Coleman (Volleyball), Antoine Guice (Men’s Track), Nicole O’Grady (Softball), Raina Sanders (Women’s Track). College of Liberal Arts – Daedra Carline (Volleyball), Allison Lane (Soccer), Kenesha Phillips (Softball), Janell Plaza (Softball), Britney Shy-Nelson (Women’s Tennis), Glenn Walker (Baseball). College of Public Service – Latoya Clark (Volleyball), Daria Lawrence (Soccer). College of Science, Engineering and Technology – Ashley Blakley (Bowling), Charles Epperson (Baseball), Liana Knight (Soccer), Kendall Logan (Baseball), Elisa Mulzac (Soccer), Asha Saravanamohan (Women’s Tennis), Jennifer Sells (Women’s Golf) and Shauna-Kay Spencer (Soccer).
In addition, Shauna Kay Spencer (Soccer) and Lemnyuy Bernard Nyuykongi (Men’s Track) were recipients of the David Halbrook award. This award is given to a male and female student-athlete with the highest grade point average. Men’s Tennis won the Academic Performance Report (APR) award with a score of 970 and soccer and women’s golf tied for the award with an APR score of 1,000.
Earnest Wilson, JSU’s offensive coordinator for football, was the guest speaker. Wilson told the inductees that they are great representatives of Jackson State University.
“Athletics can take you all around the world,” said Wilson. “And some of you are from all parts of the world. You are great for Jackson State. You are in great company – being inductees of this organization. Chi Alpha Sigma chapters are located on 186 college campuses across the nation at some of the most prestigious universities.”
He also stated that the female athletes are doing a great job and more males need to be inducted into the honor society and vowed that some football players will be on the list next year.
“There are three things that we all should work on to be successful in life. (1.) Physical – as athletes you all are doing a good of that, (2.) Mental – as scholars you are doing a good job of that and (3.) Spiritual – this is the aspect of our lives that we will have to lean on when times get tough.”
Wilson concluded his speech with a passage from the bible – Ephesians 2:10. ‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.’
Interim Athletic Director Robert Walker also praised the 2011 induction class for their dedication on the field and in the class room.
“You are showing that it is possible to succeed in the classroom and in athletics,” said Walker. “You are showing that you can take some of the principles used in athletics – hard work and discipline – and apply them in the classroom. You are doing a great job of getting it done.”
Jackson Sate is only the second member Institution of Higher Learning in the state of Mississippi, and has been designated as the Mississippi Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma in 2008. Jackson State is one of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma.
More About Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society
Established in 1996 at DePauw University, Chi Alpha Sigma is a non-profit organization, established to recognize college student athletes who have earned a varsity letter in at least one sports while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years.
For the purposes of rewarding high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities, encourage good citizenship, moral characters and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletes, and to provide leadership to other athletes are some of the reasons this organization was chartered.
For more information about the Mississippi Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, contact Clarence Lowe, athletic academic coordinator at 601-979-2127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.