16 Kent State College of Nursing student-athletes recognized at Honors Dinner
Kent State College of Nursing student athletes were honored at the Judith K. Devine Athletic Academic Honors Dinner and Starner Distinguished Speaker Series on Sunday, April 24, 2016, in the Kent State Student Center Ballroom. The 16 students, one freshman, five sophomores, four juniors and six seniors, were recognized for performing at a high level in the classroom and on the field.
The student-athletes and student athletic trainers maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and freshmen earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
“Competing in Division I athletics is taxing, both on the body and mind. This year, 260 student-athletes were honored for excelling both academically and athletically,” said Joel Nielsen, Kent State athletic director. “The athletic department GPA reached a record high of 3.24 cumulative GPA at the end of fall 2015. This figure represents the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and staff members who support them.”
Morgan Bing, a sophomore on the Cross Country/Track and Field team, was one of those honored at the dinner. When asked about the challenges she has had to overcome as a nursing student-athlete, Bing mentioned she works daily to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
“I try and work ahead on anything I can,” Bing said. “I plan out what I want to get done each night and each week. I have to compartmentalize everything and sometimes I have to remind myself to stop, breathe and take it one day at a time.”
Larissa Lurken, a junior nursing student with a minor in sociology, is a member of the women’s basketball team. She participates in team workouts 10 out of 12 months of the year, logging roughly 8-30 hours of basketball-related activities per week.
“I have had to stay organized and manage my study time with my basketball obligations,” Lurken said. “Going to my professors’ office hours to ask questions about assignments or upcoming exams helps a lot, as well as studying on road trips.”
Bing and Lurken hope to inspire future student-athletes.
“I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to handle it,” Bing said. “But here I am two years later and I cannot imagine being in any other major or not being on the cross country/track and field team.”
The following nursing students were also honored during the Judith K. Devine Athletic Academic Honors Dinner and Starner Distinguished Speaker Series: Madison Badger, sophomore, cheerleading; Morgan Beattie, sophomore, cheerleading; Kristen Bergmeyer, senior, track and field; Kristen Brots, sophomore, soccer; Isaiah Conkle, junior, track and field; Lauren Engleman, senior, volleyball; Rachel Hutson, senior, track and field; Brittney Jakscht, sophomore, volleyball; Michael Kenyon, junior, cheerleading; Kayla Kosmerl, senior, gymnastics; Kelsey Lawless, senior, gymnastics; Jacklyn Leppelmeier, senior, track and field; Mackenzie Lesnick, freshman, soccer; and Michaela Romito, sophomore, gymnastics.
About Kent State University’s College of Nursing
In existence for nearly 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit www.kent.edu/nursing.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Dean Barbara Broome, second from the right, takes a break with student athletes from left to right: Kristen Bergmeyer, Morgan Bing, Brittney Jakscht, Isaiah Conkle and Larissa Lurken.