History was made at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday night, as 17 individuals and one team were inducted into the inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class. The honorees were celebrated in front of a packed ballroom, which included President Farnam Jahanian, Provost Jim Garrett, members of the University Board of Trustees, university leaders, students, staff, family and friends.
“While CMU is well known for our rigorous academics and global impact, we are equally proud of our athletics programs. In fact, we are undoubtedly stronger as a university because of them,” Jahanian said on Friday night. “Whether through teamwork in athletic competitions, or in the classroom, lab or studio, CMU student-athletes are working together every day to reach new levels of achievement.”
The inductees represented 14 sports and had influence on the athletics program as far back as 1905. In his remarks, Director of Athletics Josh Centor recognized the impact the Hall of Famers have made on the community.
“To our Hall of Famers, I’d like to simply say thank you. Thank you for paving the way for our students, and demonstrating that academic and athletic excellence are not mutually exclusive. Thank you for showing that Carnegie Mellon is serious about athletics, as we are serious about our academic disciplines. Thank you for the way you inspire, the way you give back, the example you have set. You are the legends of Carnegie Mellon Athletics, and we are so thrilled to celebrate you this weekend,” Centor said.
Inductees Lisa Lightner Georgiana and Rich Lackner also made remarks at the induction dinner. Both reflected on their time while a student-athlete at Carnegie Mellon while Lackner added remarks about the players he coached and the success they have had following graduation as well. Georgiana also read statements from all the inductees of what the night meant to them in three words or less. Some of those were; meaningful, appreciative, surprising, humble, proud, complete, honored, grateful, happy, nostalgic and appreciated being remembered.