Buckeyes Give Back at Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Kelcey McKinney with her advisor Ashley Sweaney

Nov. 7, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State Student-Athlete Advisory Board hosted its Faculty Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday in the Ohio Union. The event provided student-athletes the opportunity to show gratitude to the advisors and professors who help coach them in the classroom.

"I don't think the average person knows how hard these student-athletes work," Betty Kaye of the College of Human Sciences said. "I know this is an appreciation for us faculty members, but we also appreciate these student-athletes and how hard they work."

Emceeing the event was Kelcey McKinney, a member of the Ohio State track and field team. Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Gene Smith along with faculty representative Dr. John Bruno addressed the crowd of 75-plus in attendance.

To demonstrate the jam-packed schedule of a student-athlete, the Buckeyes put together a "Day in the Life" video in which cameras were taken around with members of the women's track, men's lacrosse and rowing teams to show how they balance life between school and training.

After the video presentation, SAAB recognized a professor and advisor based on submissions from the student-athletes. The Most Valuable Professor award went to Psychology 1100 instructor Haleigh Scott, who was nominated by freshman Katie Mitchell of the women's volleyball team. McKinney recognized her advisor Ashley Sweaney of the Psychology department as Most Valuable Advisor.

Finally, academic counselor John Macko provided the final award of the day to Judy Monson of the Math Advising Office. Monson was awarded the SASSO Star for her work in assisting student-athletes and SASSO over the years.

"It is great to show our appreciation to the faculty," Colleen Courtmanche, senior on the synchronized swimming team, said. "They understand the hard work we have to put in to succeed and are always willing to help us. It is nice to give back to them."