Carnegie Mellon University to Add SoftballSoftball 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.
Abdelmoty and Fatschel Awarded Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate ScholarshipCarnegie 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.
Tartan Student-Athletes Attend CMU Drama Production of RagtimeThe 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.
Tartans Open New Student-Athlete LoungeThe 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.
Lessons in Leadership Continue for Tartan SophomoresCarnegie 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.
Tartans Enjoy Successful Fall Semester In and Out of ClassroomThe 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.
Student-Athletes Embrace Full CMU ExperienceCarnegie 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 Athletes Join Prestigious Engineering SocietyThree 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.
Rodgers Appointed Full-Time Head Golf CoachCarnegie 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.
Student-Athlete Advisory Council Reaches 100% Giving for Third YearIn 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.
Four Athletes Among Fall Initiates to Phi Beta KappaFour 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.
Rich Lackner Records Milestone 200th VictoryWith 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.
Women's Soccer Players Featured on CMU HomepageAt Carnegie Mellon University, teamwork doesn't just happen on the field for the nationally ranked women's soccer team. For three biological sciences majors, it follows them into the science lab.
Kim Kelly to be Inducted to Gettysburg’s Hall of Athletic HonorKim 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.
First-Year Athletes Begin Leadership SessionsTwo 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.
Alumnus Puts College Athletes' Mental Health Top of MindAt 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.
Carnegie Mellon Women’s Soccer Celebrates 25 YearsFollowing 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.
Group X Classes to be Offered for Free to CMU StudentsCarnegie Mellon students will have an extra reason to smile on their first day of classes this academic year. Effective August 29, Group X-ercise classes at the university will be free to all undergraduate and graduate students.
Tartans Add Live Video Coverage for Men’s and Women’s TennisThanks to donor support, the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics will significantly enhance the coverage of men’s and women’s tennis beginning this fall. The department has signed with PlaySight to install six video cameras on its campus courts, making Carnegie Mellon a leader in live video streaming in Division III tennis.
2016 PAC Football Media Day(LATROBE, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University head coach Rich Lackner and senior co-captain and H-back Zach Cree (Vanderbilt, Pa./Connellsville Area) discuss the upcoming season at the 2016 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Media Day. Above is the full interview conducted at Media Day on Wednesday, August 3.
Tartan Athletics Club Adds Three Alumni to Leadership RolesFollowing a successful year for Carnegie Mellon Athletics in which the department opened a new Fitness Center, won three UAA team championships and created endowed funds to support several varsity programs, the Tartans Athletics Club has added three alumni to its Board of Directors to provide new leadership and insight. Joining the Board in 2016 are Joanna Downer, Jonathan Hall and Jonathan Spero.
14 Carnegie Mellon Athletes Named to the UAA Presidents Scholar-Athlete TeamCarnegie Mellon University had 14 student-athletes named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) Presidents Scholar-Athlete Team, as announced be the league’s office on Monday, July 18. Seven football athletes, two women’s basketball and women’s soccer athletes along with a member from men’s golf, women’s cross country and women’s track and field from Carnegie Mellon received the prestigious honor along with 94 other student-athletes representing all eight UAA member institutions.
Tartans Continue to Excel in ClassroomThe 2015-16 school year closed with another semester of outstanding work in the classroom by Carnegie Mellon University’s student-athletes. A total of 80 student-athletes recorded a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) for the spring semester, while 33 of them earned a 4.0 for the academic year.
Tartans Celebrate 73 Graduating Student-AthletesThe Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics celebrated the graduation of 73 student-athletes on Sunday, May 15 during the campus-wide ceremony held in Gesling Stadium. In total, more than 5,000 graduates were recognized over the weekend by CMU for the University’s 119th commencement.
Department Celebrates Record Year with Annual BanquetWith a record year coming to a close, the Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Department hosted its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, April 27. More than 300 student-athletes attended the event, which honored athletic and academic achievement during the 2015-16 season.
Despite Cold Weather, Field Day Fun For AllIn what has become a much-anticipated tradition at Carnegie Mellon University, on Sunday, April 3 over 50 children from the Pittsburgh community came to campus to participate in the sixth annual Carnegie Mellon Athletics Field Day.
CMU Campus Community To Host Special OlympicsWorking with Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) for the past eight years has been a life-changing experience for CMU Police Lieutenant Joe Meyers. And now, he’s helping to share that experience with hundreds of others in the university community.
Plaidvocates Partner with One Love Foundation to Provide Education on Dating ViolenceAs part of an ongoing initiative to empower student-athletes to engage in responsible and informed decision making, the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics and the Plaidvocates hosted an Escalation Workshop in February 2016 which was open to all student-athletes. The workshop centered on dating violence and an effort to bring awareness to how prevalent dating violence is on college campuses.
Jon Spero (TPR'10) Establishes Endowment Fund for TennisYoung alumnus Jon Spero (TPR’10) has chosen to support the Carnegie Mellon University tennis programs with an endowment gift in honor of his late parents, Dr. Joel Spero and Dr. Janet Amico. A native of Pittsburgh who now works for BelHealth Investment Partners in New York City, Spero enjoyed his time as a Tartan men’s tennis player and was an integral part of the best season in men’s tennis history.