July 1, 2005
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.--Siena College senior John Michalisin has been chosen as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
The NCAA Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct will announce the national winners in July.
Michalisin, a spring '05 graduate, recently finished his collegiate career with the Saints tennis program. The Melville, N.Y. native served as team captain for two seasons and was voted as the team's Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons. The St. Anthony's High School graduate has served on the Siena Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years and has also volunteered at Huntington Hospital, the Blood Drive Committee, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Rotaract, Habitat for Humanity and Equinox, Inc.
During the past four years, Michalisin has volunteered his time to Siena's many community outreach programs, including St. Casmir Kids Day. In March of 2004, he participated in the American Cancer Society and Healthy Heart Walks, and this past spring, he participated heavily with the New Day Art Institute in after school programs.
"John Michalisin is the consummate student-athlete," head men's tennis coach Jim Serbalik said. "As captain of the men's tennis team for the past two years, John has established a standard of excellence both in the classroom and on the courts that will be sorely missed."
Most recently, he was inducted into the college's highest honor society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Honor Society, which is based heavily on academics and community and church related services as well as volunteerism. More impressively, during is four-year campaign as a Saint; Michalisin never missed a match in representing the Green and Gold. He was named the Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month in April.
Academically, Michalisin was a member of the Siena President's List for four years, and is a three time MAAC All Academic recipient.
With aspirations of becoming a doctor, Michalisin plans to obtain his postgraduate degree while spending the next two years studying abroad.