April 27, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB Athletic Department honored its seniors at the annual senior banquet on Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Athletic director Brian Mackin handed out eight scholarships to student-athletes from various sports, honoring individuals who have been instrumental to the development of UAB athletics.
Stephanie Gammon, a four-year cross country and track student-athlete, served as the keynote speaker for the evening. Gammon also received the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Award.
Softball had four seniors honored throughout the evening. Alisha Smith received the Harry "The Hat" Walker Endowed Memorial Scholarship, Caley Walden took home the National Alumni Women's Athletic Scholarship and Sallie Van Kirk was awarded the Jerry D. Young Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Natalie Mitchell, along with Jenny Cape from women's tennis, received the Female Academic Award for having the highest GPA among UAB female senior student-athletes. Both Mitchell and Cape have maintained a 4.0 GPA in biology.
Ryan Woolley from baseball earned the Male Academic Award with a 3.66 GPA in communications studies with an emphasis in management and a minor in business administration. Woolley's teammate, Blake Huddleston, took home the Ralph Holmes Memorial Endowed Award.
Seniors from football, men's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball also received scholarships. D.J. Reese (football) recieved the George "Snoozy" Jones Scholarship, Victor Sambade (men's soccer) the Old Boys Scholarship, Brittany DeFelice (women's tennis) the Lillyan Fahy Scholarship and Michelle Uzoh the Gene Bartow Scholarship.
The athletic department also awarded two honorary letters to a pair of longtime supporters. Dr. Harold Jones led the NCAA re-certification process for the athletic department and Dr. Frank Messina has served as the faculty athletic representative since 2008.