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Katy Buck Named First Team Academic All-America

TOWSON, Md. - Junior outside hitter Katy Buck '14 of the Towson University volleyball team has been named as a first team selection to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A biology major and member of the Honors College at Towson with a 3.99 G.P.A., Buck becomes the first Tiger since Adam Overbey (football) in 2000 to earn first team honors. She is the fifth Tiger in school history to earn first team Academic All-America® honors from CoSIDA.

The only junior on the first team this year, Buck served as one of the Tigers' co-captains while starting all 29 matches. The 2012 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Preseason Player of the Year, Buck wasted little time in showing her dominance on the court as she was named the Battle at the Bay Tournament MVP in the season's opening weekend. She had 40 kills, 19 digs and six blocks while hitting .273.

Buck was also named to the all-tournament team at the Hokie Classic and the Hilton University 49er Invitational. She had 37 kills and 23 digs in three matches at the Hokie Classic. While leading the Tigers to the Hilton University 49er Invitational Championship, Buck recorded 31 kills and 26 digs.

On September 8, Buck had 15 kills to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 win over Furman. The win over Furman started an 18-match win streak that carried the team through the end of the regular season. The 18 straight wins were one shy of the school record for the longest win streak. Buck posted double digit kills in 11 of the team's 12 CAA matches and helped Towson post just its second undefeated conference record in program history. Buck reached a career milestone on October 14 at James Madison as she became the 13th player in program history to record the 1,000th kill of her career.

In the regular season finale against William & Mary, Buck recorded a career-high 23 kills. Despite the Tigers being upset in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament, Buck contributed 12 kills and 13 digs against Hofstra for her 11th "double-double" of the season.

Buck finished the season leading the team in kills (352) and ranked fourth in the CAA in kills per set (3.42).

"Katy is an extremely dedicated and focused student," said Towson coach Bruce Atkinson. "She is definitely a deserving recipient of this award."

She was joined on the Capital One Academic All-America® first team by Andrea Beck of Wake Forest, Moriah Bellissimo of Georgia Southern, Katherine Fischer of Oregon, Gina Mancuso of Nebraska and Ariel Turner of Purdue.

Honors College Students Among Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum Scholarship Recipients

The Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has awarded scholarships for the spring 2013 academic term to Honors College students Daniel Whitt '13 and Heather Pesce '13. Pesce, a Computer Science major, is a two-time recipient of this scholarship. Whitt, a Computer Information Systems major with a concentration in Computer Security, is the Vice President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines.

Alumni News

Jeffry Bothe ’11, received the 2011 Regina Lightfoot Student Service Award. Only one undergraduate student is selected by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to receive the award each year.

Dr. Regina Lightfoot devoted her adult life to public service to young people whether it was through her church, numerous other volunteer activities or in the higher education field. Before she died of cancer, Dr. Lightfoot was the Maryland Higher Education’s Director of Academic Affairs. While she had many duties in this capacity, Dr. Lightfoot also worked closely with MHEC’s Student Advisory Council, which now selects the recipients of the Regina Lightfoot Student Service Award.

Jeffry organized the TU Veggie Garden group on campus, which created Towson’s first on-campus vegetable garden. Produce from the garden is organically grown and sustainably harvested, and it is donated to area homeless shelters. The TU Veggie Garden group plans to use the garden to educate the community about the importance of healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. Jeffry also volunteers with numerous organizations in the Baltimore community, including the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the University of Maryland Baltimore City Master Gardeners.

Sivan Chaban ‘11, will be listed as a contributing author with Dr. Alison McCartney (Political Science) in a chapter of From Service-Learning to Civic and Political Engagement, a book to be published by the American Political Science Association in 2012. The APSA is the premier professional organization for Political Science. Dr. McCartney is the book's lead co-editor. This is only the second book of this type published by the APSA.


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