(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University will take a major step in celebrating its rich athletics history, as it prepares to introduce a Hall of Fame next fall. The initiative, which has been supported by the Tartan Athletics Club Board of Directors, is intended to recognize excellence in athletics performance.
Nominations for the inaugural Carnegie Mellon Hall of Fame class can be submitted here and will be accepted through February 15, 2019.
The inaugural class will celebrate its induction at the Carnegie Mellon Hall of Fame Dinner next fall. Inductees will also be honored at a football game that weekend. A selection committee of former and current student-athletes has already been named and will announce the inaugural inductees in the summer of 2019.
Intercollegiate sports at Carnegie Mellon date back to 1906 with the start of football, six years after Andrew Carnegie founded Carnegie Technical Schools in 1900. Twelve years later, it became known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology. In 1967, the school merged with Mellon Institute and became what is known today as Carnegie Mellon University.
“Carnegie Mellon is a world-class university and we celebrate that excellence in a myriad of meaningful and appropriate ways,” said Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “Our intercollegiate athletics program also has a history of excellence, and it is important to celebrate that legacy, and the contributions our student-athletes have made to help make Carnegie Mellon the place that it is today.”
Candidates nominated for their achievements as student-athletes must be five years removed from their final year of intercollegiate competition. Teams of distinction also may be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame five years after the end of the particular season. Administrators, coaches and others may be nominated – candidates may also include graduates and non-graduates who, through historic service and dedication to Carnegie Mellon, have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics. These other nominees shall be eligible for induction to the Athletics Hall of Fame after 10 years of exemplary service to the university and athletics program.
Members of the inaugural Carnegie Mellon Hall of Fame Selection Committee include:
Amy Buxbaum, a 1992 women’s basketball alumna and former Tartan Athletics Club (TAC) Board member
Josh Centor, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Athletics
Bridget Caster, a 1995 women’s soccer alumna and former TAC Board member
Mark Fisher, Sports Information Director
Evan Gelacek, a 2005 men’s basketball alumnus and Past-President of the TAC Board
Monica Harrison, Head Softball Coach
Seth Henry, a current men’s basketball student-athlete
Tod Hunt, Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees member and TAC Board member
Rich Lackner, a 1979 football graduate and Head Football Coach
Don Michel, a 1990 men’s golf alumnus and former TAC Board member
Susan Polansky, Head of Modern Languages and Faculty Athletics Representative
Mark Weinsten, a 1985 football and baseball alumnus and current President of the TAC Board
To learn more about the mission of the Athletics Hall of Fame, and the guidelines for induction, please visit the athletics department website.
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