Penn College Earns First NEAC Senior Woman Administrators' Cup

Penn College Earns First NEAC Senior Woman Administrators' Cup

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Penn College as the recipient of the NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup, which annually recognizes community service completed by conference institutions. This is the first individual cup for the Wildcats since Penn College joined the NEAC in 2014.

The Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup serves as one component of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup. The conference determines four individual cup winners in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and community service to encompass the NCAA Division III philosophy. Cup winners will be announced each day this week with the culminating announcement of the NEAC Presidents’ Cup recipient scheduled for Friday.

Complete results for the 2018-19 NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup 

“I am incredibly proud of how the Penn College student-athletes and athletic department have embraced what community service is and how else we can leave our mark besides just in competition,” said Jackie Klahold, Penn College Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) and Chair of the NEAC SWAs. “Four years ago, we began establishing ideals of what it means to be a Penn College Wildcat, knowing community service and giving back was a major part of our culture. Our student-athletes have continuously strived to not only challenge each other, but also explore the many different opportunities to better the surrounding community.”

The Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup is determined by the community service activities of each full-member institution during the 2018-19 academic year. A blind vote is conducted with the SWA from each institution ranking the community service activities of each full-member institution. Each institution also receives a ranking in three separate categories: total dollars raised, total number of participants, and total number of volunteer hours. The three rankings are added to the ranking from the SWA vote to produce a total score, with the lowest score earning the top spot in the cup standings.

Penn College earned its first Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup by ranking first in two of the four categories and finishing with six total points. The Wildcats ranked second among all NEAC schools by raising $4,168 while leading the league with 864 participants. In addition to finishing first in the SWA vote, Penn College completed a wide variety of projects throughout the year to place second with 2,225 volunteer hours.

“I am extremely proud of our SAAC, student-athletes, coaches and staff,” shared John Vandevere, Penn College Director of Athletics. “The Williamsport community supports our teams and the college in many ways and we want to give back to them. I am very pleased to see our student-athletes, coaches and staff reset the bar in terms of how we give back to our community.”

“We are thrilled with the success of Penn College’s community service efforts from this past year,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “The commitment by the Wildcats to give back to their community in such a meaningful way and with this much success highlights their dedication to the core values of Division III. We commend the entire Penn College athletic department on this achievement.”

Morrisville State finished second in the SWA Cup with a total of eight points. The Mustangs ranked first with 2,441 hours of service, second with 856 participants and third in dollars raised with $3,463.71. Keuka College rounded out the top three after raising $3,195, completing 1,595 hours of service and engaging 696 participants in community service events during last academic year. Lancaster Bible placed fourth after completing 1,868 hours of service while SUNY Poly ranked fifth after leaded all NEAC institutions with $5,000 raised.

With 12 institutions participating in community service efforts throughout the year, NEAC schools raised a total of $22,025.69 in 2018-19. In addition to the significant amount of monetary donations, NEAC institutions had 5,389 total participants and completed 12,660 hours of community service.

“Our NEAC institutions continue to make a tremendous impact in so many communities and we are proud to see our student-athletes making such a difference,” Murray added. “While a dedication to service remains one key component of the Division III experience, we are certain our student-athletes are also greatly impacted by serving others.”

The week-long NEAC Presidents' Cup series will continue Wednesday with the announcement of the Athletics Direct Reports' Cup.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.