Feb. 21, 2013
Men's tennis student athlete Joseph Holm and women's swimming captain Kaela Bjornberg have been named the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month recipients for January. Both athletes have led by their example both in their sport and in the classroom.
Holm, a junior from Glenville, N.Y., has amassed an impressive 3.97 GPA through his three years as a finance major. He has been a member of Siena College's prestigious 4.0 club numerous times and is a member of the MAAC Academic Honor Roll. He was also honored with an invitation into the International Honor Society for AACSB Accredited Schools by the School of Business faculty and student members of the Beta Gamma Sigma.
"Academics is important in excelling on and off the court because the dedication and hard work that you put into classes translates well to being dedicated and working hard at tennis," Holm said. "There are so many excellent student athletes at Siena, that to be recognized among them is truly an honor."
Bjornberg, a senior biology major currently maintains a 3.27 GPA and has been selected to the MAAC All-Academic team all three years. The Wallingford, Conn., native has also been selected to the Deans list at Siena several times.
In the pool, Bjornberg is a part of two school records and has been a part of more team wins than any other swimmer in program history.
"Academics is very important to her," swimming coach Paul Kueterman said. "She always strives to do well in the classroom, it is just as important as anything else in her life."
The Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.