May 8, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - Red Storm women's soccer players Kelly McConnell and Nicole Pasciolla have been have been inducted into the prestigious St. John's University President's Society for the 2009-10 academic year.
"This is such a tremendous honor for both Kelly and Nicole, and we are very happy for them," head coach Ian Stone said. "Kelly and Nicole are great role models both on and off the field. They both work hard in the classroom and participate in numerous community service activities. They embrace the University's Vincentian Mission and I am proud that they will represent St. John's and the women's soccer team in the President's Society."
McConnell's and Pasciolla's induction for the upcoming academic year marks the first time the women's soccer program has had two players selected at the same time and are the most of any sport represented for 2009-10. They are two of six student-athletes that were inducted for the 2009-10 academic year, as Gavin Buckley (lacrosse), Renee Cloutier (women's golf), Jenai Mapp Watson (women's fencer) and Joy McCorvey (women's basketball) garnered this honor.
"The honor of being selected as a member of the President's Society is emblematic of these young men and women truly getting the most out of their experiences as student-athletes at St. John's," said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. "It is evidence that they have achieved not only on the athletic fields, but in the classroom and in the community."
McConnell and Pasciolla not only excel on the field for the Red Storm, but they also excel in the classroom. Both have helped the women's soccer team earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award each season they have been at St. John's, and the teammates were 2008 NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Team selections. Additionally, both are heavily involved in community service projects sponsored at St. John's, and they helped the women's soccer team win the Athletic Department's Community Service Award in 2008
To be considered for the President's Society, students had to attend a mandatory luncheon and be selected for an interview with the committee. Additionally, the students have to meet three requirements: have at least a 3.5 grade point average, participate and take leadership with extra-curricular activities on campus, and possess an overall University-wide awareness.
Once the interviews are conducted and the additional requirements are met, the committee nominates selected students, and the list is submitted to the President, Rev. Donald. J. Harrington, C.M., for his final selection. The average number of students selected range from 25-30. For 2009-10, 29 students were inducted.
The President's Society is regarded as the highest honor the University can bestow upon a student because it is a University-wide honor society - it spans across all five colleges and represents a cross-section of all St. John's students. The purpose of the Society is to highlight the top students of the University.
Once a student is selected to the President's Society, the members serve as a part of Rev. Harrington's official staff as ambassadors of St. John's for special University functions, including convocations and commencement exercises.