Four Earn 2013 MVC Emerson Excellence Awards
Monday, June 10, 2013

  Chelsea Voet of Missouri State, Jacqui Kalin of UNI, Lucas Cherry of Southern Illinois, and Ryan Krogmann of UNI have been named 2013 Missouri Valley Conference postgraduate scholarship "Emerson Excellence Award" winners as announced by Commissioner Doug Elgin. The Missouri Valley Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee voted to award postgraduate scholarships to the four student-athletes, due to their exemplary academic and athletic performances. Each will receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship from the Conference.

 Voet, a native of Omaha, Neb., was a goalie for the Missouri State women's soccer team. She completed her undergraduate degree in May with a cumulative 3.98 grade point average in exercise and movement science, and she had a phenomenal senior season in goal for the Bears, recording seven shutouts. Following the season, Voet was named to the All-MVC honorable mention squad and was the fall recipient of the 2012 MVC Leadership and Service Award. Voet was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI first team and also picked up an MVC Scholar-Athlete first team accolades in November. Most recently, she earned the 2013 Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award. The award is presented annually at Missouri State to the graduating female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. She has been admitted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center physician assistant program.

 Kalin graduated with her undergraduate degree in Sport Psychology in 2010, posting a 4.0 GPA each year. The sixth-year senior has been defending her thesis for her Master’s in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology, also finishing with a 4.0 GPA. She became the first player in UNI women’s basketball history to be named a finalist for the award Senior CLASS Award and became the first player in UNI history to be named to the CoSIDA All-American first team, and she also earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She is an active member and the MVC representative for the NCAA Division I National Student Athlete Advisory Committee and is an active member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee. Kalin was the UNI Co-President of the SAAC from the spring of 2010 to the spring of 2012 and is a member of the UNI Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council. The Sioux City, Iowa, native is a two-time Jackie Stiles Player of the Year and MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year winner. She was a three-time MVC All-Conference first-team pick and is the all-time leader at UNI in scoring (2,081), three-point field goals made (265), free throws made (484), free throw percentage (.920), assists (491), games started (136), games played (136) and minutes (4,352).

 Cherry, a senior native of Carbondale, Ill., is a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete, a two-time All-MVC performer in the 3000 meter steeplechase, a two-time MVC Elite 18 recipient, and a 2012 first-team selection to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District team. This spring, Cherry won the 3000 meter steeplechase at the prestigious Kansas Relays. He was a spring recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award. An MVC President's Council Academic Excellence Award winner, Cherry was also honored as the SIU College of Business Outstanding Senior of the Year and SIU College of Business Outstanding Senior of Accountancy. He plans to pursue a Masters of Business Administration at Oral Roberts University this fall.

 Krogmann, a DeWitt, Iowa, native, was a member of the UNI men's cross country and track and field programs. He graduated from UNI with a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in Biochemistry. He was a member of the Dean's List every semester and a 2012 MVC Elite 18 Award recipient. This past winter, he finished sixth in the 800-meter run at the MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships and was a 2012 all-conference selection as part of the UNI distance medley relay. While at UNI, he volunteered at a local hospital, most recently meeting with hospice patients, and he hopes to one day be an orthopedic surgeon.

 To be eligible for consideration, recipients must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.40, participated with distinction in a Missouri Valley Conference championship sport for at least two seasons at the nominating institution and must graduate from their institutions within 18 months following selection at the spring meetings of the Faculty Athletics Representative Committee.

 Also, the recipients must be accepted for postgraduate studies at an institution of higher learning at the time of receipt of the scholarship. And, the recipients must have completed eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics in the academic year in which nominated.