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UIC Holds Inaugural `Night to Ignite'





May 2, 2014

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UIC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the inaugural 'Night to Ignite', an evening of glitz and glam that was solely dedicated to the efforts of UIC student-athletes. The night was highlighted by several major awards, including Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Best Upset, Weight Room All-Star, among several others. Shawn Sullivan, former Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing at UIC, served as emcee for the event, which took place on May 1 at the UIC Forum.

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2014 NIGHT TO IGNITE AWARD WINNERS

Rookie of the Year
Presented to a male or female student-athlete in their first year of competition at UIC who made a significant impact in his/her sport for the current season. The rookie of the year has to have competed in 75% of the competitions for their team.
Presented By:
Chelsea Bailey & Lukasz Adamczyk
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Imani Dixon - Women’s Track and Field
Andrew Putna - Men’s Soccer
Kyle Hauser - Men’s XC/ T & F
Tyler Pastore - Men’s Swimming
Mitchell Schulewitz - Baseball

Best Upset
Presented to the individual or team who has completed the best, most impressive or most significant upset of the 2013-14 athletic year. This upset moment should reflect a victory that others would feel was unexpected.
Presented By:
Sara Sternard and Alexander Raa
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Men’s Basketball versus Milwaukee
Softball versus Indiana and Michigan State
Men’s Soccer versus Gonzaga
Women’s Basketball versus Wisconsin
Men’s Swimming versus Milwaukee

Sportsmanship Award
Presented to the team and individual that exemplifies and continuously promotes integrity and sportsmanship on and off the Field.
Presented By:
Marissa Grossfeld
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Women’s Volleyball Team
Women’s Soccer Team
Trent Jarrett - Men’s Gymnastics
Women’s Gymnastics Team
Jay Parker - Men’s Basketball

Coach of the Year
Presented to a coach who not only has a successful record with their sport, but who has many other attributes such as; good rapport with other staff and student-athletes, involvement with UIC outside of their sport, and community involvement. It should be evident that this coach has a good reputation among the Horizon League and of course, bleeds fire engine red and navy blue.
Presented By:
Melanie Waszak & Brett Valin
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Shannon Tully - Women’s Tennis
Sean Phillips - Men’s Soccer
Regina Miller - Women’s Basketball
Michelle Venturella - Softball
Mike Dee - Baseball

Training Room All-Star
Presented to a male or female student-athlete who has spent tireless hours in the athletic training room rather than on the field. This student-athlete has the trainer's phone number on speed dial and refers to the trainer as their best friend.
Presented By:
Mike Gilmartin

NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Collin Weyer - Baseball
Scott Poort - Men’s Gymnastics
Maggie Strus - Volleyball
Marissa Grossfeld - Women’s Basketball
Riley Cholod - Women’s Gymnastics

Weight Room All-Star
Presented to a male or female student-athlete who has spent tireless hours in the weight room. This student-athlete has Nick and/or Drew's phone numbers on speed dial and refers to them as their best friend. They are also frequent members of the power Inc. club having their name permanently written in dry erase marker on the board.
Presented By:
Rebecca Zaiter & Mariya Denisenko
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Jake Wiegand - Men’s Basketball
Seyi Ogunleye - Men’s Track and Field
Sharon Mwale - Women’s Track and Field
Sara Sternard - Volleyball
Alex Jurich - Baseball

Breathes Fire
Presented to the male or female student-athlete who best represents UIC. This person should exhibit much pride not only in competition, but also in cheering on his/her own teammates & fellow flames and breathe fire for the Flames.
Presented By:
Ryann Gilley & Vince Errichiello
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Casey Mahoney-Muno - Men’s Gymnastics
Ricardo Ramirez - Baseball
Kimberly Randall - Women’s Gymnastics
Kendall Wilde - Women’s Soccer
MaryKate Imrie - Volleyball

Best Comeback
Presented to the individual or team with the best comeback in the 2013-2014 school year. This team started the competition off slowly but then found the fire and pulled out a victory that was talked about for weeks and utterly unforgettable.
Presented By:
Natalie Hernandez & Sharon Mwale
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Women’s Basketball Team
Men’s Soccer Team
Kerensa Mitchell - Women’s Gymnastics
Rebecca Zaiter - Women’s XC/T & F
Men’s Swimming Team

Lifetime Achievement
Presented to a UIC athletic alumni who has continually been a supporter and positive contributor to the UIC athletic family. This person is a true ambassador for UIC and exudes their love for their alma mater.
Presented By:
Anne Jacobsen & Kendall Wilde
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Curtis Granderson - Baseball
Jay DeMerit -  Men’s Soccer
Julie Popp - Volleyball
Jaime Johnson -  Women’s XC/T & F
J.T. Wilson - Men’s Basketball

Female Athlete of the Year
Presented to the most valuable female student-athlete who has exhibited an outstanding athletic performance throughout the 2013-14 athletic year. This award is based off of statistics, league & national awards, record-breaking performances, and individual and/or team achievements.
Presented By:
Kathryn Sharples & Piotr Lagowski
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Catherine Dion - Women’s Gymnastics
Tess Ehrhardt - Women’s XC/T & F
Sara Sternard - Volleyball
Natalie Hernandez - Softball
Ruvanna Campbell - Women’s Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year
Presented to the most valuable male student-athlete who has exhibited an outstanding athletic performance throughout the 2013-14 athletic year. This award is based off of statistics, league & national awards, record-breaking performances, and individual and/or team achievements.
Presented By:
MaryKate Imrie & Collin Weyer
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Alex Jurich - Baseball
Jason Gaides - Men’s Gymnastics
Woody Lord - Men’s Diving
Josh Beard - Men’s Soccer
Slobodan Aleksov - Men’s Soccer

Male Flame Thrower
Presented to the UIC male senior student-athlete that represents what it means to be the ultimate Flame. Nominees must have a GA of 3.0 or higher, have a significant impact on their team through athletic performance, take on a leadership role, maintain a positive influence both on and off the field, and have been actively involved in community service projects.
Presented By:
Citlali Cuevas & Ian Lewandowski
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Collin Weyer - Baseball
Slobodan Aleksov - Men’s Soccer
Lukasz Adamczyk - Men’s Gymnastics
Alexander Raa - Men’s Tennis
Angelos Karkalis - Men’s XC/T & F

Female Flame Thrower
Presented to the UIC female senior student-athlete that represents what it means to be the ultimate Flame. Nominees must have a GA of 3.0 or higher, have a significant impact on their team through athletic performance, take on a leadership role, maintain a positive influence both on and off the field, and have been actively involved in community service projects.
Presented By:
Jacki Fletcher & Alan Reifer 
NOMINEES (winner in bold italics)
Catherine Dion - Women’s Gymnastics
MaryKate Imrie - Volleyball
Emily Kobel - Women’s Basketball
Kathryn Sharples - Women’s Tennis
Melanie Waszak - Women’s Swimming

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