Athletics Department Honors Senior Student-Athletes

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. --The Willamette University Athletics Department hosted the ninth annual Athletic Awards Night on Monday, May 3. Sixty-six senior student-athletes were honored for their collegiate athletic participation and accomplishments. The event was held at the Mission Mill Museum.

Jim Booth, long-time director of alumni relations and current director of alumni travel programs, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Booth graduated from Willamette in 1964 after participating in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. He spoke about the special experiences of being a Willamette student-athlete and encouraged the seniors to stay connected to Willamette.

The annual Professor of the Year and Meritorious Service awards also were presented. Emily Drew, assistant professor of Sociology and American Ethnic Studies, received the honor of Professor of the Year as selected by student-athletes. Professor Drew was recognized for her continued interest in her student-athletes and her commitment to the success of her students.

Melvin Henderson-Rubio '74, a member of the Board of Trustees, was chosen by the Willamette coaching staff for the Meritorious Service Award. Mark Speckman, head football coach, presented the award and Mark Majeski, director of athletics, accepted on Henderson-Rubio's behalf. Henderson-Rubio has made immeasurable contributions to Willamette Athletics as well as to the greater Willamette community.

Graduating seniors who participated in a sport for four years each received a Willamette blanket. Seniors who participated in a sport for less than four years earned a framed Willamette letter.

Emily Drew, assistant professor of Sociology and American Ethnic Studies, was chosen Professor of the Year.

Emily Drew, assistant professor of Sociology and American Ethnic Studies, was chosen Professor of the Year.