Dan Lammers & Dana Sroka Awarded Big South Scholarships
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - UNC Asheville women's soccer player Dana Sroka (Durham, N.C.) and Asheville baseball player Dan Lammers (Westlake, Ohio) have been awarded the annual Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowships, it was announced today by Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. Bob McCloskey Insurance, a Big South Corporate Partner, will award $2,000 each to Sroka and Lammers for their respective graduate studies on Thursday evening, June 2 as part of the Conference's Spring Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship Program was established by the League in the fall of 2005 as a means of recognizing the academic excellence of Big South Conference student-athletes who intend to pursue postgraduate studies upon graduation from a Big South Conference institution.
"I want to congratulate Ms. Sroka and Mr. Lammers for their outstanding undergraduate careers and selection for this prestigious honor," said Kallander. "The entire Big South family is proud of their accomplishments and we wish them the best in their graduate studies. We also are gratified by the support of McCloskey Insurance for this worthy award."
"It is with great pleasure that we present these scholarships to these two fine, deserving student-athletes, and wish to extend our heartfelt wishes to their continued success in their future endeavors," added Rob McCloskey. "We also are very proud and excited to be a Big South Corporate Partner, and look forward to a long-term relationship."
Sroka played four years for the Bulldogs, appearing in 34 games during her career with 16 starts. She tallied her first career goal in her senior campaign, a score against Francis Marion on Sept. 19. Sroka also had an assist for three total points during the 2010 season. She tallied two assists in 11 games during her freshman season as well. Sroka, who served as team captain, is a 3.879 student in Health and Wellness Promotion and has been accepted into Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for the Fall of 2011 and plans to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
During her time at UNC Asheville, Sroka has been a member of the Athletic Director's 3.0 Club, has been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll, has made the Chancellor's List twice (Fall 2007, Spring 2010) and the Dean's List five times (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009). In addition, Sroka has been an Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society inductee and National Society of Collegiate Scholars inductee, as well as honored with the Lehrer Family Scholarship Award and the Wilma Sherrill Memorial Scholarship Award. She has also been a Hippocrates Student Organization member, participated in Undergraduate Research in helping design and implement a wellness education curriculum for lower income adults in Asheville, and has worked with senior participants in WASA (Wellness Activities for Seniors in Asheville). Sroka has also worked as a Patient Service Aide at Duke University Medical Center in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department, and served as a physical therapy intern at Southeastern Fitness and Rehabilitation. She has volunteered in the Asheville community throughout her career, including National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the annual Asheville High School and Middle School Science Fair.
Lammers is in his fourth season as a reserve catcher for the Bulldogs. He has appeared in 31 games and has four hits, including one double, four runs scored and seven walks to his credit. He played a career-high 19 games as a freshman in 2008 and made 11 appearances last season. A 3.657 student in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Lammers is planning to attend medical school and study oncology. He has applied to the College of Medicine at Wright State, Northeastern Ohio, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Wake Forest.
While at UNC Asheville, Lammers has received an Undergraduate Research Grant from Asheville, as well as the Ralph Hooker Athletic Scholarship three times - which recognizes one baseball player for academic and athletic excellence based on leadership, integrity and character. Lammers has made the Athletic Director's 3.0 Club and Dean's List every semester at Asheville, and was named to the Chancellor's List in the Fall 2010. He also has been named to the Big South Presidential Honor since his freshman year. Lammers has volunteered in several initiatives, including the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program, the Special Olympics and the Manna Food Bank. He was involved with UNC Asheville's Undergraduate Research program and the North Carolina Biotech Science in the Mountains, and has spent time assisting in the medical field with Blue Ridge Bone and Joint, Parkway Medical Group, Asheville Medicine and Pediatrics and Mission Health System.