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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- Seventy-eight Penn State student-athletes have been honored with Fall Academic All-Big Ten laurels. The Nittany Lions' Football team led Penn State's fall teams with 19 honorees.
Seven fall sports are included in the Big Ten's first of three Academic All-Big Ten releases for 2016-17: men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. The Big Ten will also announce awards for Winter and Spring/At-Large later this academic year.
Penn State's Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament champions led all conference field hockey programs with its 16 Academic All-Big Ten honorees. The Nittany Lion men's soccer team was tied for second in the Big Ten with its 13 academic all-conference selections. The Big Ten Champion women's soccer team had 14 Academic All-Big Ten recipients.
Penn State women's cross country senior Cara Ulizio (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was recognized for being among the 16 Big Ten fall student-athletes who have maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Ulizio is a supply chain management major.
Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions with 5,654 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports. Ohio State is next with 5,574 over the past 25 years.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Earlier this fall, the NCAA released its annual national graduation rates study, which revealed that Penn State student-athletes earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent compared to the 84 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2006-07 through the 2009-10 academic year. The 89 percent graduation figure was just one point off Penn State's 90 percent all-time graduation record mark and one point higher than last year's figure.
The NCAA data revealed student-athletes from seven Penn State squads earned a Graduation Success Rate of 100 percent, an increase of two from last year's five teams. The seven Nittany Lion squads posting perfect graduation scores were: men's basketball, field hockey, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball and women's tennis.
The NCAA also released in November the federal graduation rates for students and student-athletes as it has for the past 26 years. The four-year federal graduation rate average for Penn State student-athletes was 78 percent, No. 3 among Big Ten institutions, and significantly above the 66 percent Division I average.
Two Penn State student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this fall. Nittany Lions Football's Tyler Yazujian (Royersford, Pa.) was selected a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and women's volleyball standout Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was selected to the third team. Both earned their second career CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.
Penn State has had 195 Academic All-Americans all-time, which ranks fifth among all NCAA institutions and fourth among Division I schools.
The complete listing of 2016 Penn State Academic All-Big Ten honorees for fall sports is as follows:
|Fall 2016 - Penn State Academic All-Big Ten|
|Brooke Birosik||Sr.||Recreation, Park And Tourism Management|
|Shay Cannon||Jr.||Biobehavioral Health|
|Carly Celkos||Sr.||Rehabilitation And Human Services|
|Emilee Ehret||Sr.||Education And Public Policy|
|Kirsten Gochnauer||Sr.||Biobehavioral Health|
|Delani Higgins||Jr.||Rehabilitation And Human Services|
|Lauren McNally||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Aurelia Meijer||So.||Business Administration|
|Kasey Morano||Jr.||Childhood And Early Adolescent Education|
|Jenny Rizzo||So.||Health And Human Development|
|Mary Nell Smith||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Lisa Winters||Jr.||Business Administration|
|Manny Bowen||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Ryan Buchholz||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Brian Gaia||Sr.||Labor And Employment Relations|
|Gregg Garrity||Sr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Mike Gesicki||Jr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Grant Haley||Jr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Zach Ladonis||Sr.||Aerospace Engineering|
|Brandon Smith||Sr.||Nutritional Sciences|
|Tyler Yazujian||Sr.||Information Sciences And Technology|
|Men's Cross Country|
|Women's Cross Country|
|Victoria Crawford||Jr.||Health Policy And Administration|
|Elizabeth Chikotas||Jr.||Chemical Engineering|
|Cara Ulizio||Sr.||Supply Chain Management|
|Wes Bergevin||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Malik Cameron||Sr.||Information Sciences And Technology|
|Mac Curran||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Ryan Gallagher||Jr.||Management Information Systems|
|Riley Grant||Sr.||Labor Studies And Employment Relations|
|Brennan Ireland||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Travis Keil||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Ibrahima Kouyate||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Austin Maloney||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Dani Marks||Jr.||Political Science|
|Robby Sagel||Sr.||Labor And Employment Relations|
|Taylor Campbell-Phipps||So.||Biobehavioral Health|
|Frannie Crouse||Jr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Nickolette Driesse||Sr.||Recreation, Park And Tourism Management|
|Haleigh Echard||Jr.||Elementary Education|
|Cecilia Knaub||So.||Information Sciences And Technology|
|Alina Ortega Jurado||So.||Psychology|
|Megan Schafer||Jr.||Communication Sciences And Disorders|
|Marissa Sheva||So.||Information Sciences And Technology|
|Liisi Vink-Lainas||Jr.||Biomedical Engineering|
|Charlotte Williams||So.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Salina Williford||Sr.||Broadcast Journalism|
|Tori Gorrell||So.||Recreation, Park And Tourism Management|
|Taylor Krause||Sr.||Childhood And Early Adolescent Education|
|Carley Muller||Sr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Jelena Novakovic||So.||Division Of Undergraduate Studies|
|Lainy Pierce||Jr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Nia Reed||Jr.||Advertising/Public Relations|
|Bryanna Weiskircher||Jr.||Communication Arts And Sciences|