FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University athletic officials recently announced the names of nine Patriot student-athletes named to the university’s chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
To earn a place in this honor society, a student-athlete must be at least a junior, have a 3.40 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale, and have an endorsement from his or her respective head coach. The nominees are then screened by a selection committee.
The 2011 inductees are baseball players Buddy Sosnoskie (Statesville, N.C.) and Joe Wagstaff (Zebulon, N.C.), men’s basketball player Andrew Smith (South Milwaukee, Wis.), men’s soccer players Chuy Cruz (Austin, Texas) and Ivan Juric (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), women’s tennis player Jitka Gavdunova (Vejprty, Czech Republic), women’s soccer player Casey Durham (Waldorf, Md.), and volleyball players Amanda Mitchell (Farragut, Tenn.) and Danielle Parker (Lockwood, Mo.).
Seven current Patriot student-athletes were previously inducted: baseball players Phillip Mozingo (Florence) and Preston Shuey (Charlotte, NC), men’s basketball player Mindaugas Petreikis (Siauliai, Lithuania), men’s soccer player David Balutis (Florence), women’s soccer player Elisabeth Dobek (Sterling Heights, Mich.), and softball players Cea Knox (Myrtle Beach) and Chelle Phillips (Waukee, Iowa).
Chi Alpha Sigma was founded in May 1996 by DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis. The organization currently has 187 chapters in 40 states. Francis Marion is one of only seven chapters in South Carolina, and FMU was the first school to have a chapter in the Palmetto State.
Over the past 11 years, 99 different FMU student-athletes have earned this honor.
Chi Alpha Sigma's purposes are: to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited institutions; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letterwinners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics; to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.