by Bob Cornell
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete award a student-athlete must be at
least a sophomore and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better.
Jewett, a tri-captain on the women's cross country team, is a geology concentrator with a 3.44 GPA. She finished 11th at the Patriot League championships with a time of 19:48.3 to help lead her team to its best showing ever with a second-place finish.
Birgeneau, an all-Patriot League women's soccer first-team selection, is a sociology and anthropology concentrator with a 3.28 GPA. She helped lead the Colgate team to its fifth league title and second ECAC crown. Birgeneau tallied 28 points to rank third in overall league scoring and finished second in all-time scoring with 87 points.
Women's basketball assistant coach Jennifer Smith '95 saw her #10 jersey retired February 10 during the Red Raiders' doubleheader with Patriot League rival Lehigh. Smith is the first member of the women's basketball program to receive this recognition.
"There have been so many other deserving players before me who could have had their jerseys retired," Smith said, "but there is no doubt that this is a tremendous honor which means a great deal to me."
A four-year starter at guard, Smith was selected as the 1995 NYS NCAA Woman of the Year. In January she was honored with the Woody Hayes Award in Columbus, Ohio for demonstrating excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
On the basketball court Smith led Colgate in scoring three straight seasons, was named first-team All-Patriot League as a senior, and was a second-team all-league pick as a junior.
Smith received her Colgate degree with a 4.00 GPA in psychology. She was twice named the Patriot League's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and twice chosen as a GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American. Her undergraduate activities included Habitat for Humanity and the Women's Leadership Conference; she was also psychology editor of Colgate's Journal of the Sciences.
Fifty-seven Colgate student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll for earning a varsity letter while maintaining a 3.20 or higher GPA during the academic semester coinciding with his/her sport.
The field hockey team placed 14 members on the honor roll, followed by men's and women's soccer with 10 each. Junior Darcy Rollins of the women's soccer team finished the fall semester with 4.0 in political science.
Patriot League executive director Connie Hurlbut announced that Fairfield University and Ursinus College have accepted invitations to join the league as associate members in field hockey, to begin competition this fall.
"The addition of these two quality field hockey programs will substantially improve the competitive strength of Patriot League field hockey and allow the conference the opportunity for an automatic berth in the NCAA field hockey championships," Hurlbut said.