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    Augustana Athletics: Three Vikings earn NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award

    BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Augustana College student-athletes Katie GuseKatie Niesen and Jessica Spalding have earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award, NSIC commissioner Butch Raymond announced Wednesday. A total of 96 student-athletes from the NSIC'S 16 institutions and two affiliated members will receive the award in its fifth year.

    The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate. Each student-athlete will be recognized by the NSIC with a certificate of achievement and a wristwatch.

    "Dr. Brand, in his leadership role with the NCAA, always gave strong support to Division II and our dual emphasis on academics and athletics. The NSIC is proud to recognize and honor this elite group of student-athletes in Dr. Brand's honor," Raymond said.

    Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His impact on Division II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve academic success rates.

    Name Sport Hometown Major
    Katie Guse Track & Field Waseca, Minn. Communications & Business Administration
    Katie Niesen Volleyball Fort Dodge, Iowa Elementary Education
    Jessica Spalding Tennis Fremond, Neb. Computer Science & Communications

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