FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University athletic director Murray Hartzler recently announced the names of 11 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 (GPA) 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 inductees are women’s volleyball player Jessica Bartlett (Richmond, Va.); women’s basketball players Michelle Ghere (Long Beach, Miss.) and Jennifer Howard (Raleigh, N.C.); women’s softball players Amber Gaines (Garden Grove, Calif.) and Jamie Wiggins (Marion, S.C.); men’s soccer players Mike Greenaway (Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada) and Jonathan Runion (Findlay, Ohio); and women’s soccer players Kate Anderson (Loveland, Ohio), Cyprian Gillingham (Hollywood, Md.), Megan Harwood (Hornell, N.Y.), and Katie Riley (Hampstead, Md.).
Chi Alpha Sigma was founded in May 1996 by DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis. The organization currently has 90 chapters in 32 states. Francis Marion has the only chapter in South Carolina.
Over the past five years, 38 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.