The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced Keuka College as the recipient of the NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup, which annually recognizes community service completed by conference institutions. This marks the first individual cup for the Wolves since the change in format to the Presidents’ Cup in 2014-15.
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.
Complete results for the 2017-18 NEAC Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup are available online.
The Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup is determined by the community service activities of each full-member college during the 2017-18 academic year.
Keuka College earned its first Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup by ranking first in three of the four categories ranked by the SWA: The Wolves raised $8,960 to lead all NEAC schools in total dollars raised; led the league with 810 participants, and finished first in a college-ranking vote among SWA members. Keuka College placed fourth with 1,686 volunteer hours.
“Community service has always been a backbone of education at Keuka College,” said Dave Sweet, Keuka College Director of Athletics. “We are excited to have won this award and are appreciative of what our student-athletes have done for our local community.”
“One of the most under-recognized elements of campus life is the dedication many campuses and athletic departments give to community service to provide a huge benefit to their own campuses and the communities to which they belong,” said Candice Murray, NEAC Commissioner. “This year, we recognize Keuka College for their top ranking and we thank their entire athletic department for providing so many meaningful contributions to the community and the world!”
Given Keuka College’s rural location, student-athletes have the opportunity to make an immediate impact in service projects. That impact served as a focus of the athletic department during the 2017-18 year, with student-athletes helping throughout the county and getting involved in projects that touched their own lives.
“This year, we put an emphasis on what it means to belong to a community and the importance of giving back,” said Michelle Wojnar, Keuka College Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Women’s Administrator. “We live in a small town and by being a Keuka College student you are automatically immersed into the Penn Yan community. We challenged our student-athletes to give back in a meaningful way. It’s not about the number of hours put in but more about the ongoing impact of these student-initiated efforts that make me most proud of Keuka College student-athletes.”
Penn College finished second in the SWA Cup; Morrisville State College rounded out the top three.
The 14 NEAC schools raised a more than $35,000 in 2017-18. NEAC institutions had 5,188 total participants and completed 13,891 hours of community service.