Three Purchase College students were named recipients of the SUNY 2007-2008 Scholar Athlete Award, which recognizes a combination of academic excellence and outstanding student achievement. The students are Maya Seegers, Emilie Buse and Matthew Plen.
“The Scholar Athlete Award is one of the most selective and prestigious awards bestowed by SUNY,” said Interim Chancellor John B. Clark in announcing the recipients. “It speaks volumes to the hard work, dedication and perseverance that our student athletes exhibit both in the classroom and in their particular sport throughout the year.”
Sophomore Emilie Buse is co-captain of the women’s soccer team and has a GPA of 3.32 as a new media major. She began the season as the starting goalie, but made an easy transition to starting center defender when the team’s co-captain was struck with a season-ending injury. She anchored the team’s defense, which allowed only four goals in conference play and ended the season with five straight shutouts. She was named to the All-Skyline Conference First Team for the season. She was MVP of the NEAC Tournament last season as a goalie after the team won the conference title.
Sophomore Maya Seegers was a top cross-country runner and earned a GPA of 4.01 in biology. After being named to the NEAC All-Conference team her freshman year, she continued to garner awards in her second season. For three straight weeks she was named Skyline Conference Runner of the Week. She finished second place individually for the women at Skyline Championships with a time of 21:40 in the 5K and received All-Skyline honors. She led her team to a second place team finish at championships and later ran in the Eastern Conference Athletic Championships.
Freshman Matthew Plen has been an outstanding rookie in men’s tennis and earned a GPA of 3.87. He was named a Skyline Conference Men’s Rookie of the Week and to the Honor Roll from the league during the season, going 10-7 overall in singles play and 4-2 in the conference. He predominantly played No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles. He was named to the All-Skyline Second Team.
Purchase College is a member of the Skyline Conference and competes in NCAA Division III.