June 1, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Three individuals closely associated with Santa Clara University athletics were recognized Thursday as recipients of awards handed out by the Office of Student Life and Leadership at its annual awards ceremony.
Bronco women's basketball standout Annie Garrison was named the winner of the George W. Evans Memorial Prize presented by Peter Facione, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award was founded by the family and friends of the late Dr. George W. Evans III and is given to the students placing highest in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.
George Husack, the athletic department's director of marketing and corporate partnerships, was honored as the co-recipient of the Club Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor Award. Husack played a major role in the creation of the Ruff Riders spirit group two years ago and continues to serve in an advisory role to the group. The award, given annually to the faculty or staff members who have contributed to the positive development of an undergraduate club, was presented by Jeanne Rosenberger, the Dean of Student Life and Leadership. Latonya Johnson, the advisor to Igwebuike, was also a co-recipient. Igwebuike aims to promote awareness of African-American issues and provides numerous social and educational activities as well as support for students. The word "igwebuike" is Swahili for "In Unity There Is Strength."
Kevin McDonough, the president of the Ruff Riders, was honored with the Club Outstanding Leader Award, presented by Rosenberger. The award is presented to the undergraduate who has, though membership and leadership, enhanced the organization's growth and development. McDonough worked to establish the Ruff Riders two years ago and has worked to create the largest student organization on campus with over 1,000 members.