MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced the 2016-17 SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, naming two from Morrisville State College among 77 selected.
Senior Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) and junior Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) were honored for outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement as the recipients from Morrisville State College.
"It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work to achieve such a high level of academic and athletic success," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
"Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year's SUNY scholar athlete award, as well as the faculty, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support and inspire them to be the best."
In order to be considered for this award, student athletes were nominated by their campus athletic director. Nominees' academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the SUNY provost's office.
Anderson receives the accolade as the women's basketball honoree among SUNY independents, where she left her mark on athletics at Morrisville State with a slew of academic and athletic honors to her backing, wearing the green and white jersey across two sports during her career.
The senior standout on the court, directed the team for four seasons from the point guard position, and guided the program three straight appearances in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Tournament, reaching the finals twice.
Across her four-year career, she started all 108 games for the Mustangs, played 3,811 minutes (an average of 35.3 mins/gm), scored 1,400 points, collected 421 rebounds, dished out 515 assists and registered 334 steals.
A NEAC Rookie of the Year honoree as a freshman, and two-time first team All-Conference selection, Anderson led the NCAA, Division III, in assists on the year in her final season, recording 203, setting one of a total seven all-time records for the Mustangs.
Anderson became the first Morrisville State women's basketball player to reach the 1,000 point milestone, doing so as a junior, while writing her name into the all-time record books at the top in six additional categories: having played the most games, scored the most two-point field goals, total field goals made, total free throws made, most assists and most steals.
A two-sport student-athlete, Anderson's efforts on the court carried over to the lacrosse field where she played defense for the Mustangs. For three straight seasons she played an integral part in Morrisville State capturing not just their first, but two NEAC Titles and the programs first ever berth to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Anderson was a two-time NEAC All-Conference first team selection at defense is the lone player in Mustang history to be named the Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Anderson earned her bachelor's degree in human performance and health promotion from Morrisville State on May 6th.
Her athletic accomplishments came on the back of her dedication to being as equally competitive in the classroom and in the community, where she earned several academic accolades as well, including being a three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete selection and eight time Dean's List honoree.
"I can't think of a more deserving student-athlete, such as Jordan, to receive recognition as a SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award recipient," said head women's basketball coach Erin Skaradek.
"Jordan's work ethic, both on and off the field, is exceptional and unlike many of her peers."
"Over her four years here at Morrisville, she has demonstrated all the qualities of a committed student-athlete; I have been truly impressed with her maturity and character, and couldn't be more proud of all that she has accomplished," Skaradek stated.
Gamlen was selected as the field hockey honoree, having served as captain for the Mustangs in the 2016 season, and anchoring the defense from her center back / low midfield position.
Her efforts on the field assisted Morrisville State to four shutouts on the year, as they dropped from 5.0 goals allowed per game a year ago to 2.41 this season.
Gamlen also excelled off the field, having earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)/ZAG Division III National Academic squad accolades, as well as All-Academic Team honors through the SUNYAC.
This past fall she was honored by the NFHCA for a second time, earning National Academic Squad accolades for a second straight year, while being selected as a NFHCA Scholar of Distinction.
The President's List honoree at Morrisville State was also a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete, and represented the Mustangs on two intercollegiate teams across the year: field hockey and softball.
The junior added another academic accolade to her storied career this spring, becoming the college's first student-athlete to receive Capital One Academic All-District 3 first team honors, as presented through Co-SIDA.
The junior is majoring in human performance and health promotion at Morrisville State.
A graduate of Cazenovia High, Gamlen was also a second team all-conference selection for the SUNYAC in field hockey. She is the daughter of Tammy and Fred Gamlen of Cazenovia.
"Holly is an astounding student-athlete here at Morrisville, and truly strives both in the classroom and on the field," said head field hockey coach Allison Beardsley.
"I cannot think of someone more deserving for this award. Holly's plans after college are to pursue medical school, and I have no doubts this goal will become a reality for her, based on her intelligence, work-ethic and ability to thrive in a team environment."
"She is an amazing leader, and I am honored that I get to coach her," Beardsley said.
"I couldn't be happier to see Jordan and Holly receive the SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete award," said Athletic Director Greg Carroll.
"It would be difficult to find a pair of Morrisville State student-athletes who bring a greater commitment to their academic and athletic commitments, than Jordan and Holly."
"Both are tremendous leaders on their respective teams, and the example they set for others sets the tone, not just on their teams but across the entire athletic program. I can't thank them enough for their contributions to our college." Carroll commented.
SUNY offers athletic opportunities at all levels of competition, ranging from intramurals and club sports to nationally-ranked NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA or USCAA sports teams. Statewide, SUNY has more than 85 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletic teams, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.