Seven Lafayette Student-Athletes to be Recognized at 2005 College Honors Convocation

April 1, 2005

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Seven Lafayette student-athletes will be recognized at the 2005 College Honors Convocation on April 17, including four who will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Senior Jenny Moerschbacher (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) and juniors Mark Lodato (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) Hannah Tuson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Somers) and Jenna Bratz (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Moerschbacher will also be receiving the Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in A.B. Engineering. Senior Stephen Bono (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) is the recipient of the Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, while classmate Kevin Penderghest (Lindenwood, N.J./Paul VI) will receive the Wesley S. Mitman Prize in the Department of Mathematics. Junior Daria Szkwarko (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston) will be presented the James F. Bryant '40 Excellence Award.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and elects to membership only those students who have demonstrated both breadth and depth of liberal learning and who have established for themselves academic records of unquestioned excellence.

Moerschbacher, a member of the swimming and diving program, is an Engineering major with a 3.6 gpa. A Lafayette Trustee Scholar and the female recipient of the 2004-05 Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, Moerschbacher has been a member of the College Swim Coaches Association of America Academic All-Star Team every semester of her college career. She served as a team co-captain in 2004 and has also earned the Lafayette swimming 2002 Coaches Award and 2003 Most Valuable Female Swimmer Award. Moerschbacher is a member of the school-record 800 free relay team.

Along with induction into Phi Beta Kappa, Moerschbacher will receive the Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in A.B. Engineering, awarded annually to senior students who best exemplify the ideals behind the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering degree and who have demonstrated leadership in the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Program.

Lodato, an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a 3.96 gpa, represents the fencing program. The 2004-05 foil squad captain helped lead the Leopard foil contingent to an eighth-place finish at the 2005 Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Championships. Lodato also competed at the 2004 NCAA Regionals.

Tuson, who competes in the cross country and track and field programs, is a Biochemistry major with a 3.86 gpa. A member of the school-record indoor 4x800-meter relay team, Tuson is an ECAC Championships qualifier and scored in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters at the 2004 Patriot League Championships.

Bratz boasts a 3.9 gpa in Mathematics. An All-Patriot League Field Hockey Second-Team selection, Bratz is also a three-time member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad.

Bono will receive the Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, presented to the students deemed most outstanding by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A co-captain of the 2004 Patriot League Championship team, Bono was an all-league first-team honoree and the Patriot League's Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Bono was named the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, is a three-time selection to the I-AA Athletic Directors' Academic All-Star Team and is the only two-time winner of the Maroon Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Penderghest is the 2005 recipient of the Wesley S. Mitman Prize, awarded to the senior most outstanding in mathematics. Penderghest, a member of the Lafayette cross country and track and field programs, carries a 3.91 gpa in Mathematics. His EXCEL Scholar research on knot theory is part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Lafayette. Last year, Penderghest presented his research to the Regional Student Mathematical Conference.

The James F. Bryant '40 Excellence Award is presented to a junior who meets standards of excellence by demonstrating high academic achievement, lettering in at least one varsity sport and showing noticeable and noteworthy evidence of community service. Szkwarko, a Neuroscience major with a 3.67 gpa, shares the Lafayette indoor pole vault record of 11'4". She finished fourth at the 2004 Patriot League Indoor Championships and fifth at the outdoor championships. Szkwarko's community service includes time spent volunteering for the AIDS Walk in Philadelphia.