FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University athletic director Murray Hartzler recently announced the names of 13 Patriot student-athletes named to the university’s newly chartered 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 (GPA) on a 4.00 scale, and have an endorsement from their respective head coach. The nominees are then screened by a selection committee.
The first inductees are baseball pitcher Marty Watson (Pinopolis, S.C.), men’s basketball players Andre Bovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Judson Ruig (Singleton, New South Wales, Australia), women’s basketball player Brandy Hensley (Cookeville, Tenn.), cross country and track and field athletes Matt Biviano (Little Mountain, S.C.) and Emily Reid (Reno, Nev.), golfers Clinton Pinder (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Andrew Ross (Pietermartizburg, South Africa), women’s softball pitcher Janet Rice (Topeka, Kan.), women’s soccer player Sabina Sapienza (Shoreham, N.Y.), men’s tennis player Glynn Hulley (Port Alfred, South Africa), women’s tennis player and cross country runner Stefanie Schaller (Nuremberg, Germany), and volleyball player and women’s cross country runner Jen Michael (Canal Fulton, Ohio).
Chi Alpha Sigma was founded in May 1996 by DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis. The organization currently has 55 chapters in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Francis Marion has the only chapter in South Carolina.
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.