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Twenty-seven student-athletes inducted into Chi Sigma Alpha

April 28, 2016

South Orange, N.J. - Twenty-seven Seton Hall University student-athletes were inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, Thursday as part of a ceremony in held in the Walsh Library Rotunda Room.

The impressive group of honorees joins over 150 Seton Hall student-athletes who have been inducted into the prestigious group since 2011. Among those honored were 2015-16 Junior Scholar-Athletes Julian Spindler (Weiersbach, Germany) of men's soccer and Melody Bush (Guelph, Ontario) of women's swimming & diving, Sophomore Scholar-Athlete Katie Landes (Stony Point, N.Y.) of women's soccer and Seton Hall Academic All-Stars Shakena Richardson (Neptune, N.J.) of women's basketball, Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) of women's cross country and Ian Campbell (Corvallis, Ore.) of men's swimming & diving.

The Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society was founded at DePauw University in 1996 as a student-athlete honor society. Its purpose is to recognize high academic achievers and sport letter winners at the collegiate level.

In order to achieve the distinction, the student-athlete must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher, have achieved at least junior academic standing and be of exceptional moral character. 

The stated purposes of the organization are to:

  • Encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four year accredited colleges.
  • To recognize outstanding academic achievements by intercollegiate varsity sport student-athletes.
  • To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics.
  • To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department and university.
  • To mentor and provide leadership to other athletes.

In the Seton Hall Class of 2016, 13 of the university's 14 varsity programs were represented.

A leader among its peers in academic success, Seton Hall's excellence in the classroom is evidenced by the department's commitment to resources and the student-athletes' commitment to placing a high value on their education. Seton Hall supports its student-athletes with outstanding mentoring and tutoring, led by the Academic Support Services staff, and offers its student-athletes a state-of-the-art learning environment in the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence, which was built less than two years ago and offers a main study area, group meeting spaces and private tutoring rooms.

The Pirates have responded with once again breaking a department record for highest grade-point averages. After the Fall 2015 semester, Seton Hall student-athletes had an all-time high 3.353 cumulative GPA, which came after achieving a 3.380 GPA as a collective during the fall. Individually, 141 Pirates, or 58 percent of the student-athlete population, earned Dean's List recognition.


Joelle Arrante Junior Softball
Desyre Blackburn Junior Women's Cross Country
Melody Bush
Junior Women's Swimming & Diving
Ian Campbell
Junior Men's Swimming & Diving
Mike Caputo Junior Baseball
Chris Chiaradio
Senior Baseball
Cathy Chukuka Junior Women's Soccer
McKenzie Cutter Graduate Women's Golf
Sarah Fiorino
Junior Women's Soccer
Lauren Fischer Junior Softball
Derrick Gordon
Graduate Men's Basketball
Lloyd Jefferson Go
Junior Men's Golf
Katie Landes Sophomore Women's Soccer
Meg Larsen Junior Women's Soccer
Cooper Lindsley Junior Men's Swimming & Diving
Frankie Maier Junior Women's Soccer
Alex Mallue
Junior Men's Cross Country
Jackson Martin
Junior Baseball
Ryan Moumblow Junior Men's Cross Country
Erica Naumann
Junior Women's Swimming & Diving
Kevin O'Brien Junior Men's Golf
Caitlin O'Kane
Junior Women's Cross Country
Joe Poduslenko
Junior Baseball
Alex Rabbetts
Senior Softball
Shakena Richardson
Graduate Women's Basketball
Julian Spindler
Junior Men's Soccer
Valerie Suto Junior Softball