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Five Morrisville State student-athletes named NJCAA Academic all-America

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently named five Morrisville State College student-athletes to the 2005-2006 Academic All-American teams.

The NJCAA has named Shaun Waldron (Central Square, NY), Nao Murakami (Kamakura-si, Japan), Mark Luongo (Cary, NC) and McKenzie Hanehan (Saratoga Springs, NY) to its Distinguished all-Academic team and Matt Polak (Sanford, MI) to its all-Academic team.

Student-athletes selected to the academic team must have completed at least 45 credit hours of collegiate work with a minimum 3.60 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes selected to the Distinguished Academic All-America team achieved a minimum 3.80 cumulative GPA.

Waldron, a sports, nutrition and fitness management major at Morrisville State competed for two seasons on the men’s baseball team in the infield. Waldron accumulated a 4.0 cumulative GPA, earning the highest NJCAA distinguished academic honors. He was one of five student-athletes within Region III of the NJCAA to achieve a 4.0 GPA and was named to the Region III all-Academic team earlier this month.

Murakami competed for two seasons with the men’s soccer program at forward. The liberal arts and sciences – humanities and social science major at Morrisville State, accumulated a 4.0 cumulative GPA, earning the highest NJCAA distinguished academic honors. Murakami was one of five student-athletes within Region III of the NJCAA to have achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA, earning his place on the Region III all-Academic team earlier this month. Murakami graduated from Morrisville State in May.

Luongo, majoring in health related studies, competed for the national championship men’s ice hockey team at forward this season and earned a 3.85 GPA, earning distinguished academic honors this season. He was named to the Region III all-Academic earlier this month.

Hanehan, a May 2006 graduate with an associate’s degree in agricultural business, accumulated a 3.81 GPA while competing for the nationally ranked women’s cross country team for the past two seasons. Hanehan was a NJCAA all-American selection in 2004 and competed for the women’s field hockey, basketball and track and field teams while at Morrisville State. She earned distinguished academic honors this season and was named to the Region III all-Academic team in early June.

Polak competed as forward for the national champion men’s ice hockey team for the last two seasons at Morrisville State. An automotive technology major, he earned a 3.74 cumulative GPA and collected Region III and NJCAA all-Academic team honors this season.

Beginning in the fall of 2006, Morrisville State will enter its first year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.