May 1, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ten University of Rhode Island student athletes were honored in the House Chamber of the Rhode Island State House in Providence, Monday afternoon. All the nominees were recognized for achievement on the playing fields as well as in the classroom, while exhibiting leadership in the community. In addition, the Athletic Alumnus Award was presented to two former URI student-athletes for their leadership roles in giving back to the University.
"I am proud to honor the accomplishments of these scholar-athletes," said URI Director of Athletics Tom McElroy, who presented each athlete their award. "They are role models and are the definition of what a scholar-athlete should be."
The following is a list of the student athletes honored at the State House:
Robert Johnson (Senior, Men's Track & Field, Rumford, R.I.)
An elite member of the track & field team for four years and one of this years team captains, Johnson is currently ranked ninth in the A-10 conference in the 400-meter dash. He is a native of Rumford, R.I. and graduated from St. Raphael Academy in 2002. Rob is double majoring in sociology and communication studies while maintaining a GPA of 3.23 and has been named to the Dean's List three times in his academic career.
Emily Anderson (Senior, Women's Track & Field, Westerly, R.I.)
Anderson is double majoring in economics and political science and maintains a 3.97 GPA. She is being awarded the Presidents Award for Student Excellence in Economics, which is awarded to the top scholar in the Economics Department each year. On the track, Emily is a team captain and is one of the top mid-distance runners in the A-10 and was named A-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She finished in second-place at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships in the 1,000-meter run, posting a personal best time. She went on to take third in the 800-meter run at the New England Championship and qualified for the ECAC Championships.
Dominic Moccia (Senior, Swimming & Diving, Mohopac, N.Y.)
Moccia is a biological sciences and Italian major with a minor in chemistry. He has made Dean's List seven times and the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times with his GPA of 3.9. A member of Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Cultural Italian-American Organization, Moccia is also the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. A diver for the URI swimming & diving team, he boasts bests of 242 on the three-meter board and 228 on the one-meter board.
Amy Brown (Senior, Field Hockey, East Greenwich, R.I.)
Captain of the field hockey team and a secondary education and mathematics major, Brown has made Dean's List seven times and the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times with a 3.80 GPA. She is an A-10 All-Conference Second-team member and two-time A-10 Field Hockey All-Academic Team member. Brown was been inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma National Student Athlete and Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Societies and is the treasurer of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Jason Pannone (Junior, Golf, East Greenwich, R.I.)
A graduate of East Greenwich High School and a transfer from Penn State, Pannone has been a key member of the golf team for the past two years. Third on the team with a 75.7 stroke average, his top finishes include a second at the NEIGA Championships and sixth at the Yale MacDonald's Cup. Pannone is majoring in Communication Studies.
Sam Gillson (Senior, Men's Basketball, Newport, R.I.)
Gillson earned the men's basketball team's `Sixth Man' award after finishing his third year with the team as manager. He played several different roles for the team and had many responsibilities in assisting the coaches and players. The accounting major boasts a 3.22 GPA and looks to pursue a career in finance.
Molly Bergren (Senior, Women's Soccer, North Kingstown, R.I.)
A three-year starter on defense for the women's soccer team, Bergren finished her career as captain of the 2005 Rams that finished runner-up in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. One of only four players to start all 19 games last fall, she anchored a defense that only allowed 1.59 goals per game. She is a communication studies major with a 3.37 GPA.
Lisa Mangione (Senior, Women's Swimming & Diving, Barrington, R.I.
Mangione was one of only five seniors on a very youthful women's swimming and diving team that finished in ninth place at the Atlantic 10 Championships this season. She is on track to graduate this month with a degree in elementary education major and has a 3.83 GPA.
Robert Sutphen (Senior, Men's Tennis, Wakefield, R.I.)
Sutphen played the entire men's tennis season as Rhode Island's No. 1 singles player, while also playing at No. 2 doubles. The business major will graduate this month with a 3.40 GPA.
Athletic Alumnus Award
Tom Cataldo '71, Kurt Wicks `73
Both former URI football players, Cataldo and Wicks were instrumental in the fundraising efforts that provided capital for the current renovations to the Meade Stadium football complex. They spearheaded the Fifth Quarter Club's efforts to raise money for the project by contacting the program's football alumni to pledge their support.