STUDENT DEVELOPMENT FOR ATHLETES
Student-athletes face a unique set of challenges and circumstances as they participate in Division I intercollegiate athletics. In addition to the enormous investment of time and energy, each student-athlete must adhere to strict NCAA guidelines regarding academic eligibility while balancing their athletic and academic pursuits. The Division of Academic Support Services, in collaboration with the Department of Athletics, has developed a comprehensive support and resource program to help maintain this balance. The Student Development for Athletes program provides a wide range of services from the recruiting stage through graduation.
Over the past decade the Student Development for Athletes program has received national recognition as a best practice from three different organizations. First in 2005, St. John's University was one of five institutions nationally to receive the National Basketball Association's Player Development Service Award. The award sponsored by the NBA recognized programs and individuals who provided innovative educational programming and support services with special focus on assisting men's basketball student-athletes. In 2008, the Student Development for Athletes program was recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as an exemplary practice for its holistic approach to meeting the needs of the student-athlete population. NACADA showcased the Student Development for Athletes program in a Best Practice Monograph entitled Advising Student-Athletes: A collaborative Approach to Success, published in 2008. Finally in 2012, the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) recognized the Student Development for Athletes Program by presenting Director of Academic Support Eric Rienecker and Assistant Director, Academic Support for Student-Athletes Victoria Laemmel with the N4A Model Practice Award. The N4A Model Practice Award is given annually to the university or college that displays best practices in academic programming for student-athletes. Programs are judged upon innovativeness and use of creativity, recognition, effectiveness, measurability as well as applicability of the best practice. St. John's received commendation for its Faculty Engagement Program creating ways for faculty members to become more familiar with the student-athlete experience at the University.
STUDENT-ATHLETE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE:
The program focuses on five key areas: Academic Support, Career Development, Personal Development, Leadership and Community Service.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & RECOGNITION:
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
Dr. Nancy S. Kaplan, Associate VP for Academic Support: x6899
Eric Rienecker, Director, Academic Support for Student-Athletes: x5687
Frauke Davidow, Director, Leadership Development for Student-Athletes: x6979
Ray Howell, Associate Director, Academic Support for Student-Athletes: x1459
Nik Berisha, Assistant Director, Academic Support for Student-Athletes: x6736
Vicki Laemmel, Assistant Director, Academic Support for Student-Athletes: x5546
Joanne Zissel, Administrative Assistant, Student Development for Athletes: x2643
Fr. Richard Rock, Campus Minister for Athletics: x5058
Mark Armiento, Sports Psychology and Counseling Consultant: x6899
Cheresa Fewell, Career and Internship Advisor, University Career Services: x6031
Amy Connell, Nutritionist: x7984
Rose Costanzo, Graduate Assistant
Megan Klement, Graduate Assistant
Jonathan Ochoa, Graduate Assistant
Frank Peluso, Graduate Assistant