May 28, 2013
Golfers Kylie Strijek and David Gushee are the recipients of Siena’s Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month award for April. Both student athletes balanced their time in the classroom and on the links to achieve success in both aspects.
Strijek, a junior from Linwood, N.J., has maintained a 3.38 GPA as a marketing major. Overall, the women’s golf team holds the best grade point average of any Siena team. On the course, Strijek earned a spot in the top-10 in the MAAC Tournament in each of her three years with the program, including a second place finish in 2012. She also earned the MAAC Golfer of the Month award after two top-20 finishes at Princeton in September 2011.
Gushee, a senior marketing major, maintains a 3.02 GPA, including a 3.66 during last year’s spring semester. On the course, the Gorham, Maine native, was the Saints’ top finisher in several tournaments throughout his career. During his sophomore season, he helped his squad to a fourth place finisher in the Siena Invite in earning the MAAC Golfer of the Month award.
The selection of Strijek and Gushee continues the 2012-13 Leo Dufort Award schedule. The winners were: Ryan Egan and Olivia Whelly (September), Daniel Alderstad and Caitlin Cahalan (October), Taylor Akana and Lia Gizzarelli (November), Davis Martens and Lily Grenci (December), Joseph Holm and Kaela Bjornberg (January), Collin Parkhurst and Amanda Peguillan (February), and Rebecca Robinson and Brittany Filip (March).
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.