June 5, 2007
Eastern Washington University women's basketball senior Joanna Chadd has been named the Exercise Science Department's Student of the Year. She has earned a stellar 3.96 cumulative grade point average throughout her time at Eastern and is set to earn her bachelor's degree in the commencement ceremony on the EWU campus on June 16.
Chadd has already become just the second Eagle women's basketball player to ever attain ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, as she was selected on the second team. Kathleen Nygaard was the other player to be so named, as she also earned second team honors in 2003-04.
Exercise science is a major in the department of physical education, health and recreation. The recipient of this award is determined by the faculty of the exercise science program and is based on academic performance, as well as involvement outside of the classroom in the university and in the department.
"We do a lot of community service projects in various classes, and Joanna oftentimes would be the one who would organize the committee work, get things set up and make sure everybody got to where they were supposed to be," Wendy Repovich, the director of the exercise science program, said.
"What Joanna managed to do here was be a four-year athlete with a pretty tremendous workout schedule and still be an exceptional student in the program. I don't think she thinks of herself necessarily as being the best student we have, but she definitely goes the extra mile when it's needed. She always puts a little flair into everything. When I have asked essay questions, she would actually put it into a story, so it's fun to read the paper, as well as put the right information in."
On the court, Chadd ranked in the top 75 nationally in three-point shooting. Her 2.2 makes per game placed her 67th among all NCAA Division I players, while her shooting percentage of 34.4 beyond the arc placed her 71st in that category.
The Philomath, Ore., native ended her basketball career in the top 10 in the Eagle record book in three-point field goals attempted (second, 510), three-point field goals made (third, 173), three-point shooting percentage (fourth, 33.9), assists (seventh, 318), games played (tied for seventh, 112) and steals (tied for eighth, 119).
Chadd is just the shining beacon for an entire women's basketball program which has seen success academically. The team as a whole has ranked third or higher nationally on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the past four years (2002-03 through 2005-06). The 2005-06 squad earned a cumulative GPA of 3.474.
Head coach Wendy Schuller has seen first hand how focused Chadd has been on and off the court.
"I and our entire program are extremely proud of Jo," Schuller said. "She is a shining example of the student-athletes we try to recruit here at Eastern. In her time here, she has learned to enjoy life and being a college student, while also balancing the demands of athletics and academics.
"I am just really proud of her and everything she has accomplished."