April 24, 2012
Siena student athletes Lesli Akeo, Peter Collins, Joseph Holm, Adam Myers, Jannis Opalka, Michael Thomas and Olivia Whelly have been 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.
Akeo, a junior from Kapolei, Hawaii, is a key member of the Siena volleyball team, both on and off the court. Akeo was one of the top liberos in the MAAC in 2011, and won the conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year award. Akeo also shines academically, and this past October, she was named the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month.
Sophomore Peter Collins, native to Delmar, N.Y., is one of the men's tennis team's top players. Named captain as just a sophomore, Collins' leadership is extremely present both athletically and academically. Collins was honored to the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month this past October with Akeo.
Joseph Holm is a sophomore from Glenville, N.Y., who also excels in tennis and academics. Holm is a solid doubles player for the Saints and managed to finish his freshman year with a remarkable cumulative grade point average of 4.0.
Men's soccer also boasts two invitees to the International Honor Society. Adam Myers, a sophomore goalkeeper from Ballston Spa, N.Y., has excelled academically in his two years at Siena College. An accounting major, Myers was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2011, which means that he completed two semesters with a cumulative GPA or 3.20 or higher.
Jannis Opalka, a junior marketing major from Stade, Germany, is a stellar student athlete. A solid center back for the Saints, he was named to the All-MAAC Second Team this past fall. Opalka was also the MAAC's Male Nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award this past summer. In the classroom, he holds a 3.94 grade point average and was recently one of just 68 student-athletes to be named an NSCAA Scholar All-American. Opalka and Myers both greatly assisted their team in receiving the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 Academic year.
Michael Thomas, native to Brewster, N.Y, is a vital member of the men's cross country team. The sophomore runner for the Saints shines in the classroom, boasting an impressive 3.63 cumulative grade point average in the 2010-11 school year. With that, Thomas was named to the exclusive MAAC All-Academic Team.
Junior Olivia Whelly represents Siena field hockey. Whelly, a junior from Red Hook, N.Y., is a vital member of the team, both on the field and in the classroom. She appeared in all eighteen games this past season, starting thirteen of them. Academically, Whelly was named to the NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll for the second consecutive year, and this past year made the Commissioner's Honor Roll, an honor given only to students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. She was also named to the SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team.
These seven Saints truly represent what it means to be a Siena Saint, excelling both academically as well as athletically. The inductees will be honored on Friday, April 27, in a 4:30 p.m. ceremony in the Sarazen Student Center, Room 243.