May 9, 2013

Olsen, Parziale earn Roger F. Keleher '15 Award, Athletic Department's oldest honor

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College seniors Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Eric Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) both earned the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award on Thursday, drawing an accolade that has been presented to outstanding scholar-athletes of the College's graduating class who maintain high scholastic averages since 1954. Olsen is a member of the women's basketball program, and Parziale hails from the men's tennis team.

A four-year member of the women's basketball team, Olsen served as a captain during her senior year while becoming the ninth Academic All-America selection in College history, landing on the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America second team in February. A double major in economics and psychology, Olsen's cumulative grade-point average is 3.98 and has helped her gain entry into five honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, for liberal arts and sciences; Psi Chi, for psychology; Omicron Delta Epsilon, for economics; Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Catholic Honor Society; and Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

Olsen was lauded with Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District I accolades twice during her career. Previously also a two-year member of the women's soccer team, Olsen earned Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference laurels on three occasions and has landed on the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll during seven semesters. Olsen has also served as a mentor for the Sisters in Sport program, studied in the College's Honors Program, and participated in the Purple Knight Leadership Academy.

Also a multi-sport student-athlete during his time at Saint Michael's, Parziale transferred in for his final three years, competing for the men's tennis team each season while simultaneously playing two years of soccer. A two-time NE-10 Academic All-Conference pick, Parziale carries a 3.95 GPA and has gained entry into Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Epsilon Sigma; Chi Alpha Sigma; and Pi Mu Epsilon, for mathematics.

A mathematics major, with minors in computer science and music, Parziale qualified for the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times. He has also displayed his diverse talents around campus, including as a cellist with the Saint Michael's String Ensemble, writing and performing the award-winning rap music video "Why Saint Michael's?", and competing in a soccer analytics competition with Dr. Philip Yates from the mathematics department.

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