Tuesday, April 29, 2014

KU honors 2014 scholar athletes of the year


Kansas University football player Gavin Howard and volleyball player Caroline Jarmoc were named winners of the Bob Frederick male and female scholar athletes of the year on Monday at the Senior Celebration and K Ring ceremony in the Student Union.

Howard, an offensive lineman out of Owasso, Okla., helped open holes for KU running back James Sims’ back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons while starting eight games at center in 2013. Howard also earned his third straight Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection.

The first two-time AVCA Division I All-American in KU volleyball history, Jarmoc finished her career first in the KU record book with a .327 career hitting percentage and second all-time with 1,333 kills. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada native had a career record 555 total blocks and 454 block assists. Jarmoc started 33 matches in 2013, running her consecutive-starts streak to 126 while leading an NCAA Tournament team in kills (382), attack percentage (.320), service aces (26) and blocks (144, 24 solo/120 block assists) on the season.

Bill Hougland was presented the K Club Lifetime Service Award on a night his grandson, Tom Hougland, earned his K Ring as a senior member of the baseball team. Hougland played basketball at KU from 1949-52 and was inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Elizabeth Scherer (rowing) and Kellum Schneider (track) were the recipients of the Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Scherer is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member and a seven-time Athletic Director’s Honor Roll member. An exercise science and pre-physical therapy major maintaining a 3.9 GPA, Scherer is a former Gerald Lage Academic Achievement award winner and the 2013 Big 12 Rowing Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Aaron Clopton (HSES) was picked as the recipient of the 2014 Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award.

Of her honor, Jarmoc said: “I came here a long way from home, but it only takes a week to learn the traditions and you’re a Jayhawk for life after that. I’m so honored to have been with this program for five years. This award was such a complete surprise and an amazing honor.”


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