Dec. 21, 2010
Senior Blair Atkins of volleyball and junior Emily Schultz of swimming and diving have been selected as the Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month, representing November. These two upperclassmen represent excellence in both the classroom and the realm of Siena athletics.
A senior from Pittsford, N.Y., Atkins has been a valuable member of Siena's volleyball team for four years, and assisted the Saints in winning back-to-back MAAC Championships in 2007 and 2008. This season, she played in 25 games, racking up 81 kills and finishing fifth on the team with 1.33 kills per set. An English major, Atkins carries a 3.78 cumulative GPA.
Schultz, a junior from Leawood, Kansas, was named to her first MAAC All-Academic Team in 2009-10, and also made the conference honor roll. This year, she's helped the Saints win six straight meets, putting them in prime position for a run at the MAAC Championship in February. A biochemistry major, Schultz carries a 3.81 cumulative GPA.
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.