Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | Athletics
MVC Recognizes State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award Recipients

In an effort to honor model student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has partnered with State Farm Insurance in creating the MVC Good Neighbor Award.  Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for this past winter.

The honorees include Kelly Krumwiede of Bradley, Sam Schuett of Creighton, Lindsay Whorton of Drake, Rebekah Parker of Evansville, Kristi Cirone of Illinois State, Laura Rudolphi of Indiana State, Amy Crowder of Missouri State, Chris Lawson of Northern Iowa, Erica Smith of Southern Illinois, and Whitney Rice of Wichita State.

In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.   The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their Good Neighbor Award honorees.

Kelly Krumwiede, Bradley, Jr., Women's Basketball
• Two-time Bradley Country Insurance & Financial Services Scholar-Athlete of the Week
• 2007 Fall Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
• 2007 Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
• 2006 Fall Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
• 2006 Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
• Participated in basketball clinic for Autistic children.
• Volunteered at the Neighborhood House.
• Visited sick children at St. Francis Hospital.
• Visited War Veterans in Alaska.
• Helped local elementary students with computers.
• Hoops for the Cure
• Buddy with the Braves in 2006-07.

Sam Schuett, Creighton, So., Women's Basketball
• 3.7 Cumulative GPA
• Dean’s List Spring/Fall 2007
• MVC Honor Roll 2007
• MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
• SAAC Representative 2007-2008
• National Youth Sports Clinic volunteer 2006-2008
• Participant Adopt-A-Family 2006-2008
• “Just Read” Participant
• Volunteer at Trinity Christian School
• Volunteer for Wheel Chair Basketball of the Midlands
• YMCA volunteer
• Children’s Hospital, Quality Living Developmental Home, Siena Francis Homeless Shelter, and Bellevue Rec Clinic volunteer

Lindsay Whorton, Drake, Sr., Women's Basketball
• 4.0 GPA
• Majoring in English
• Prairie Farms Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
• Three year SAAC member
• SAAC representative to the Drake Student Senate

Rebekah Parker, Evansville, Sr., Women's Basketball
• 3.690 Cumulative GPA
• MVC Scholar-Athlete Team
• CoSida-2nd Team Academic All-District V
• Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
• Candidate for Lowe’s Senior Class Award
• Mentor program at local elementary school
• Race for the Cure
• Main Street Trick or Treat
• Distributed teddy bears to Children’s Hospital
• ARC Volunteer
• Girl Scout Clinic
• YMCA Basketball volunteer
• “Just Read” program participant

Kristi Cirone, Illinois State, Jr., Women's Basketball
• CoSida/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team
• AFNI Honor Roll every semester
• ISU Scholar-Athlete nominee
• MVC Honor Roll
• Two-time Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
• 2006-2007 MVC Scholar-Athlete 2nd Team
• “Just Read” program participant
• Festival ISU
• Recess with the Redbirds
• Redbird Kid’s Club Pen Pal
• Westminster Village
• Game Time Gym
• Salvation Army
• Home Sweet Home Missions

Laura Rudolphi, Indiana State, Sr., Women's Basketball
• 3.98 Cumulative GPA
• Business Insurance major
• 2006 INS Verizon All-Academic Team
• Candidate for 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior Class Award
• 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team
• 2007 CoSida Academic All-District Five Team
• 2007 MVC Prairie Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• 2007 Nominee for INS Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester
• Beta Gamma Sigma Business Fraternity
• 2007-08 SAAC President
• MVC SAAC member
• SAAC member 2 years
• Children’s Museum Volunteer
• “Just Read” program participant
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure Wabash Valley volunteer
• Member of St. Joseph’s University Parish
• KidSmart Volunteer
• Wabash Valley United Way Day of Caring volunteer
• INS Insurance and Risk Management Oktoberfest Golf Outing volunteer

Amy Crowder, Missouri State, Sr., Diving
• 2006-07 MVC Scholar-Athlete
• MSU Academic Honor Roll
• MSU SAAC Representative
• “Just Read” program participant
• Assisted with Halloween in the Halls
• Adopt-A-Street Clean-up
• Christmas party with local middle school
• Character Education with local elementary schools
• Volunteer at local Battered Women’s Shelter

Chris Lawson, Northern Iowa, Sr., Track & Field
• Marketing Major
• Pi Sigma Epsilon (Marketing) and Rho Epsilon member
• Started the Panther Book Club 3 years ago.  The program will read five books with a local elementary school and then give the books to the school.
• Collected $600 for purchasing Christmas presents for families in Waterloo.
• Collected shampoos, conditioners, etc. for the Battered Women’s Shelter.
• Participant in the “Just Read” program.
• Speaks against drug use in the Cedar Valley elementary schools during red ribbon week.
• Volunteered with both running camps in Cedar Falls and Ankeny, IA.

Erica Smith, Southern Illinois, Jr., Women's Basketball
• Dean’s List every semester
• 2007 MVC Scholar-Athlete 2nd Team
• Saluki Scholar Recipient
• Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
• Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Money Collection
• Carbondale Main Street Pig Out
• Parrish School Pumpkin Festival
• Trick or Treat canned goods
• Veterans Hospital Visit
• A Gift of Love Charity money collection
• Girl Scouts basketball camp
• Hoops for the Hungry
• Santa’s Shoebox
• “Just Read” program participant
• National Women and Sports Day guest speaker
• Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Out

Whitney Rice, Wichita State, Jr., Women's Basketball
• Communication Sciences and Disorders Major
• 2.717 Cumulative GPA
• Volunteered over 34 hours in 2007-08 working with children with disabilities and attending an elementary school Hoops for Heart assembly.
• Volunteered 42 hours of community service in activities such as “Light the Night” walk, “Rock with the Shocks” character education workshop, and a Halloween “Trick or Treat Street.”