May 8, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - In just five days, Siena College Cross Country runner Meghan Yi's outstanding collegiate career will come to a close when she walks across the stage at the Times Union Center and graduates. Prior to receiving her degree, she will be bestowed a number of Siena College's major awards including being named the Student of the Year.
"I feel really honored to receive this award and be recognized for what I've been able to do over the past four years," said Yi. "I have been blessed with all the opportunities that Siena College has given me academically, athletically and musically. It has been just a great place for me to foster all of my passion."
The Siena College Student of the Year Award is presented to the most deserving student by their peers. The award is voted on by members of the student senate.
A native of Ellicott City, Md., this is not the only award Yi will be honored with on Saturday prior to graduation. She has been named a recipient of the Outstanding Academic Athlete Award and will be inducted into the Alpha Kappa Alpha Honor Society for achieving academic excellence, demonstrating an awareness of the problems facing society and exhibiting a sincere concern for others during a special awards ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Maloney Great Room of the Sarazen Student Union.
Yi, who possesses a 3.79 GPA in the Albany Medical College pre-med program, also recently received a Student Athlete Academic Excellence Award for accruing the highest athlete GPA in the School of Science. Additionally, she earned the College's Fr. Cyprian Mensing O.F.M. Award for demonstrating prominent leadership, outstanding scholarship and for exemplifying the highest ideals of Christianity and the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
All of these awards are greatly deserved for a fantastic four years Yi has enjoyed while at Siena College. Amazingly, she has found the time to be a successful Division I athlete, to excel in the classroom and give back countless hours to the community.
Although she's graduating this weekend, Yi plans to continue her good works without a break. Just three days after commencement, she will embark upon a 3,993 mile bike ride from Jacksonville, Fla. to Fresno, Calif. as part of the "Bike and Build" program which organizes cross country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups.
To take part in the ride, Yi had to raise $4,500 and you can also make a contribution to the cause by donating through clicking the link at the top of the release.
This is just one of a number of service trips Yi has participated in during her time at Siena. She has taken part in two Spring Break Habitat for Humanity trips, most recently building houses in Winston-Salem, N.C. last month. This inspired her to participate in the upcoming Bike and Build program.
Last summer, Yi spent seven weeks volunteering at the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre in Windhoek, Namibia which is directed by former women's soccer player and Siena Alumni Service Medal recipient MaryBeth Gallagher '86. While at the camp, Yi taught Math and English to elementary school students.
When not studying, running, and participating in community service ventures, Yi still finds time, somehow, to partake in extracurricular activities. She is an R.A., sings in the Siena College chorus and is an active member of the music ministry in the Chaplain's Office where she is a cantor.
A biology major and French minor, Yi will enroll at Albany Medical College where she hopes to become a pediatrician and take another service mission to a French-speaking country in Africa.