Three Earn Big 12's Highest Academic Honor

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 04, 2014 03:38 PM
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Kara Blosser
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three West Virginia University student-athletes earned the Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the Conference’s highest academic honor.
Women’s soccer senior Kara Blosser, along with rowing seniors Courtney Schrand and Karen Verwey, were three of the 64 recipients of the league’s fourth annual award.
In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their careers while maintaining residence at their institutions for at least one academic year. The honoree, who can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of nomination.
The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He was the chairman on three occasions (1985-86, 93-94 and 2003-04).
Lage had been a member of the Oklahoma State family since 1966, when he joined the College of Business Administration as an assistant professor. During his tenure at OSU, he served as the director of graduate studies in the department of economics (1974-77), head of the department of economics and finance (1978-84), director of the OSU Center for International Trade and Development (1985-87), and association dean for research and graduate programs in the college of business administration (1997-2004).
Courtney Schrand
The Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients will receive public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships.

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