April 7, 2008
Florida State’s student-athletes were dressed to the hilt at the 14th annual Golden Nole Awards Banquet, Monday night at the University Center. Hosted by the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and presented by the Florida State Department of Athletics, the glitzy event is an all-sports banquet that recognizes the achievements of FSU student-athletes, those who have proudly worn the Garnet and Gold during the last year.
“This is a special evening for me,” Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “I wish I could have been with you all year long to share in the great accomplishments that I have heard about this evening. What I see every day is that you make great accomplishments in the academic arena and in the athletic arena and I totally appreciate what you do so much. I’m here for you. I’m here for you everyday to make it better for you. Tonight we have deans, vice presidents, faculty, staff, coaches, trainers, doctors here to support you, to make you better, make you better citizens, better people. I thank those who are here to support these great athletes of the Seminole family.”
Attended by more than 300 student-athletes, administrators and guests, awards from fall and spring sports were given to individuals from each team as chosen by the coaches. Criteria for the award consist of overall athletic achievement, community service, attitude and dedication. Other special awards were also presented including the Doc Fauls Award, the ACC Top Six Awards for Service, the Shining Star Award, the Jason Evans Memorial Scholarship and the Athletic Director’s Cup for Service.
GOLDEN NOLE AWARD WINNERS
Women’s Basketball – Shante Williams
Men’s Basketball – Jason Rich
Men’s Cross Country -Luke Gunn
Women’s Cross Country – Susan Kuijken
Football – Andre Fluellen
Men’s Swimming & Diving – Brendan Burke
Volleyball – Lauren Richardson
Baseball – Dennis Guinn
Men’s Golf – Jonas Blixt
Women’s Golf – Ashley Kemp
Softball – Robyn Petrovich
Men’s Tennis – Sam Chang
Women’s Tennis – Tapiwa Marobela
Men’s Track & Field – Walter Dix
Women’s Track & Field – Kandia Batchelor
The ACC Top Six for Service recipients were selected throughout the year for something unique that distinguished them as top performers in FSU’s community service program. The primary criteria are a willingness to participate and a desire to serve despite time constraints. The selected students made significant contributions to the community and were positive ambassadors for the department.
ACC TOP SIX FOR SERVICE RECIPIENTS
Everette Brown – Football
Jessica Carr – Women’s Swimming
Walter Dix – Men’s Track
Naikeya Heath – Women’s Track
Brad Mixson – Men’s Tennis
Cayla Moore – Women’s Basketball
The Doc Fauls Award, established in 1998, is an award that recognizes the male and female senior Seminole student-athletes who have overcome the most adversity to participate in athletics for Florida State University. As the Head Athletic Trainer at Florida State University from 1954-1986, Doc Fauls had the opportunity to touch the lives of many. He consistently treated each and everyone in an honest, professional manner and was always willing to take the time to help the athletes through the physical and emotional pain that often came with participation in intercollegiate athletics.
DOC FAULS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Jacky Claude – Football
Shante Williams – Women’s Basketball
The Jason Evans Memorial Scholarshipis given annually to an exceptional athletic training student. This scholarship is named for Jason Evans who was an outstanding first-year athletic training student, ranked #1 in his admission class. In the fall of 2006, he and his sister were tragically killed. This scholarship commemorates Jason and his family’s commitment and passion for athletic training at Florida State University.
JASON EVANS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Mary Anderson – Graduate Student Trainer
The Shining Star Award, a new award this season, recognizes a person who makes a major commitment to community service. This person goes out and gives of him or herself even when they are busy or do not feel well. This person genuinely makes community service a priority all of the time.
SHINING STAR AWARD
Ashley Kemp – Women’s Golf
Donated more than 1100 hours of community service over the last four years.
While a student-athlete from each sport was honored, there was only one team award given which was the prestigious Athletic Director’s Cup for Service. While the race was tight, Athletics Director Randy Spetman proudly presented the trophy to the Seminole women’s golf team for the seventh straight year.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR’S CUP FOR SERVICE
Women’s Golf (7th year in a row)