|Liz Gulick, left, shares a laugh with Anna Panagiotakopoulos before a match last season. Gulick was recently named a nominee for the 2013-14 Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year.
|All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
– Senior Liz Gulick
of the West Virginia University volleyball team was named a nominee for the 2013-14 Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year, announced today by the conference.
"Liz has been a great ambassador for WVU athletics and our volleyball program the past four years. I can't think of a better award than the Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year to symbolize the time and commitment she's put into her experience as a WVU student-athlete representing the Big 12," says coach Jill Kramer. "Her service involvement in the greater Morgantown community and leadership within our volleyball program have been extraordinary. Lizzy has always gone above and beyond to be the best she can be and to lead by example."
Gulick joins eight fellow female nominees from Big 12 member institutions as finalists for the distinction. The conference will announce the lone female recipient of the award on Thursday, June 26.
The Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year. A male and female are honored each year.
Gulick has maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, while majoring in elementary education with a concentration in special education and mathematics. She has participated in numerous community service activities, including volunteer experience with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Miracle League Baseball, the Monongalia County Special Olympics, the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Programs for children with special needs, the WVU LeadWell Mentor program, and Tiny Tykes - an organization established to allow children with special needs to participate in gymnastics.
"Liz will be completing her masters in special education this coming year and her students will be very lucky to have her in their lives for years and years to come," Kramer says.
The Wheaton, Ill., native served on the 2014 WVU presidential search committee chair, was the Vice President of the Education Student Governance Association, and was the secretary of the WVU chapter of the council for exceptional children. She was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2010-14, represented WVU at the 2013 Big 12 Leadership Summit, a Student-Athletes Speak Out participant, as well as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team. Most recently, Gulick was inducted into Mortar Board in 2014 – an honorary society focused on academics, leadership and community service.
She was a two-time Capital One Academic All-District 2 honoree and earned the Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award in 2013. She was on the President’s List every semester as a Mountaineer, named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in both 2012 and 2013, as well as received the 2012 Female Student-Athlete Community Service Award for her volunteering and commitment to community service.