As the 2016-2017 academic year came to a close with the University’s 120th commencement on Sunday, May 21, the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics celebrated the graduation of 98 student-athletes. Among those graduating, 34 earned a 4.0 in their final semester, while a total of 78 student-athletes earned the perfect mark for the spring.
The Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Department hosted its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, May 3. More than 300 student-athletes attended the event, which honored athletic and academic achievement during the 2016-17 season.
More than 600 athletes competed in the Western Pennsylvania Spring Sectionals of the Special Olympics at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, April 29. Weather caused the cancellation of some events, but basketball games and swimming races gave the athletes and fans plenty to cheer about.
The Carnegie Mellon University athletics department welcomed Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to speak with its student-athletes on Tuesday, April 25. The Army Ranger, Pittsburgh Steeler and Carnegie Mellon graduate student spoke about leadership and how he has become the person he is today through his experiences. Following his presentation, Villanueva participated in a question-and-answer session with the student-athletes.
The NCAA has just announced that the city of Pittsburgh will host 11 NCAA Championships from 2018 to 2022. Along with SportsPITTSBURGH, Carnegie Mellon University will serve as the host for the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional in 2019 and the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in 2020. In total, Pittsburgh was awarded 22 preliminary and finals rounds of NCAA championship events in Tuesday's announcements, the most of any city in the country.
A total of 59 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the spring sports teams, as announced Wednesday, April 12.
With the spring season comes additional opportunities for Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes to engage in discussions about leadership. On Wednesday, April 5, Tartan Athletics Club board member and athletics alum Mark Weinsten (DC’85) spoke to the rising juniors about how leadership is always changing.
Carnegie Mellon University and men’s basketball alum Buddy Hobart made his annual trip to the Pittsburgh campus to speak with select rising seniors about becoming world-class leaders. Hobart spoke with students for the ninth year as part of the department’s Leadership Symposium.
Softball is coming to Carnegie Mellon University. The university has announced its intention to add softball as an intercollegiate sport, beginning with the 2019 spring season. Like Carnegie Mellon’s other intercollegiate programs, softball will compete in the University Athletic Association.
Carnegie Mellon University football senior Samer Abdelmoty (McLean, Va./McLean) and men’s soccer senior Andreas Fatschel (Seven Fields, Pa./Seneca Valley) have been selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for excelling academically and athletically while showing leadership and commitment to the community. Abdelmoty and Fatschel are two of 29 male fall athletes to receive the award across all three NCAA divisions.
The partnership between the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics and the College of Fine Arts continues to grow. On Tuesday, February 28, more than 150 Tartan student-athletes, along with Provost Farnam Jahanian and Vice President for Student Affairs Gina Casalegno, attended a School of Drama production of Ragtime at the Philip Chosky Theater.
The Carnegie Mellon University athletics department opened a new student-athlete lounge in Skibo Gymnasium on Friday, February 10th prior to home basketball games that evening against Brandeis University. As student-athletes gathered in the lounge for refreshments, Director of Athletics Josh Centor welcomed them to their new space.
A total of 68 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the winter sports teams, as announced Tuesday, February 14.
Carnegie Mellon University’s sophomore student-athletes gathered on Sunday, January 29 to continue their leadership training when sport psychologist Greg Shelley returned to campus as part of the athletics department’s Leadership Symposium. The session was attended by approximately 100 sophomore athletes.
The 2016 fall semester proved to be yet another successful chapter for Carnegie Mellon University athletics teams in competition and in the classroom, as a total of 76 student-athletes recorded a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) for the semester. This is a continuation of last year’s academic success, when 74 student-athletes posted 4.0s in the fall semester while 80 were perfect last spring.
Carnegie Mellon took time to celebrate its student-athletes on Wednesday, December 14, as members of the academic community and senior administration joined the athletics department to honor a select group of student-athletes for their success in the classroom.
Three Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were invited to join Tau Beta Pi as fall 2016 initiates. Tau Beta Pi is the only all-engineering Honor Society and the second-oldest Honor Society in the nation.
Carnegie Mellon University Director of Athletics Josh Centor has announced the appointment of Dan Rodgers as full-time head golf coach of both the men’s and women’s programs. The first head coach of the varsity women’s golf program, Rodgers was hired in a part-time capacity in 2014, and has been the interim head coach of the men’s program for the last three months, also in a part-time role. He served as assistant men’s golf coach for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
In what has become a tradition for Carnegie Mellon University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), the group has once again made a statement by investing in their own experience, as the leadership committee reached 100 percent giving to the University for the third straight year. Each of the Council’s 47 members made a gift to support the athletics department.
A total of 90 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the fall sports teams, as announced Tuesday, November 8.
Four Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were selected for early initiation into the Upsilon of Pennsylvania chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The fall ceremony took place at Carnegie Mellon on October 27.
With the 49-33 victory over Thiel today by the Tartans, Carnegie Mellon University head coach Rich Lackner became the 79th football coach in NCAA history to amass 200 wins. Coach Lackner is one of 13 active head coaches among all divisions with 200 career victories, and he is tied for third place among active Division III head coaches in total career wins.
Kim Kelly, Carnegie Mellon University’s head volleyball coach, will be inducted to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor as part of the Bullets Homecoming Weekend on September 30. At Gettysburg, Kelly led the volleyball program first as a player and later as head coach.
On Monday, September 12, 2016, The Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) partnered with the Athletics department to host a Student-Athlete & Employer Networking session from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Legacy Plaza.
Two weeks into the fall playing season, Carnegie Mellon University’s first-year student-athletes gathered together on Sunday, September 11 for a session on leadership training and how they can develop and enhance their skills while participating in athletics at Carnegie Mellon. The session was presented by sport psychologist Greg Shelley as part of the athletics department’s Leadership Symposium and was attended by approximately 150 first-year athletes, as well as two dozen upperclassmen facilitators.
At 45, Vince Sonson made his fortune in the software industry and walked away. Now, the Carnegie Mellon University alumnus and former Tartan football player is paying it forward, focusing on the mental well-being of student-athletes everywhere.
On Monday, September 5 the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation hosted a Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Prevention Workshop with more than 450 student-athletes participating in the four-hour workshop.
Following another strong season in 2015-16 and the completion of 25 years of varsity competition for the Carnegie Mellon University women’s soccer program, the Tartans have another reason to celebrate – the establishment of an endowed fund to support the program. Thanks to a multi-year pledge and lead gift from Christina Isaly Liceaga (BHA 1995), the 25th Anniversary Endowed Fund for Women’s Soccer will provide transformative support for the program.