MUNCIE, Ind. -- Skylar Chew, who completed her career with the Ball State soccer team last fall, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Bob James Memorial Award from the Mid-American Conference.
Voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and announced Tuesday by the conference office, the award is given each year to one male and one female student-athlete. Northern Illinois football player Nabal Jefferson was the male recipient.
In its 25th year, the Bob James Memorial Award recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50, and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).
This is the second straight year Ball State has had a winner. Football alum Briggs Orsbon received the honor in 2012.
Chew graduated summa cum laude from Ball State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology – Interpersonal Relations (Counseling Psychology) and a 4.00 cumulative GPA. She was selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Chew was a four-year letterwinner and ranks among Ball State’s all-time career leaders with 68 starts and 6,187 minutes played.
Chew was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team (2012), becoming the first soccer player in Ball State history to achieve this honor. She was a three-time Capital One Academic All-District selection, a three-time Ball State Athletics Scholar Athlete Award winner (2010, 2011, 2012) and a two-time Academic All-MAC Team selection (2011, 2012).
In addition to her focus to academics and athletics, Chew was very active in campus activities, community service and professional experience. She has worked overseas with Leadership Center as a volunteer in Honduras and Projects Abroad as a teaching assistant and coach in Peru. Chew also has volunteered in the Muncie, Ind., community with AseraCare Hospice, Muncie Mission, Hope House Mission, A Better Way canned food drive, Glad Tidings Church and various soccer clinics and camps.
A native of Mason, Ohio, Chew plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a M.S. Ed. & Ed. S. in Counseling & Counselor Education.
Other Female Nominees:
Taylor Ruper, Akron (basketball)
Madelyn Eccleston, Bowling Green (tennis)
Shante White, Buffalo (track and field)
Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan (soccer)
Brianna Emig, Eastern Michigan (swimming)
Hannah Newhouse, Kent State (soccer)
Leah Thornton, Miami (swimming)
Lindsey Tobias, Toledo (softball)
Kaylee Imel, Western Michigan (golf)
Other Male Nominees:
John-Martin Cannon, Buffalo (wrestling)
Aaron Sulzer, Eastern Michigan (wrestling)
Spencer Keith, Kent State (football)
Jordan Thompson, Ohio (football)
Bryant Dudzik, Toledo (tennis)
Past Bob James Award Winners
2013 Nabal Jefferson, Northern Illinois (football); Skylar Chew, Ball State (women’s soccer)
2012 Kristin Hoffman, Northern Illinois (volleyball); Briggs Orsbon, Ball State (football)
2011 Jon Edgington, Miami (Baseball); Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green (Tennis)
2010 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan (Football); Megan Chronister, Bowling Green (Gymnastics)
2009 Gonzalo Barinaga, Ball State (Football); Jillian Wolosiansky, Eastern Michigan (Volleyball)
2008 Wynn Michalak, Central Michigan (Wrestling); Stephanie Swiger, Bowling Green (Volleyball)
2007 Matt Lefeld, Bowling Green (Basketball); Jody Yednock, Northern Illinois (Gymnastics)
2006 David Mitchell, Miami (Cross Country/Track & Field); Marie Zidek, Northern Illinois (Volleyball)
2005 Burke Badenhop, Bowling Green (Baseball); Robin Davidson, Toledo (Soccer)
2004 Travis Barclay, Ball State (Football); Andrea Kremer, Miami (Track & Field)
2003 Brett Faustman, Central Michigan (Wrestling) and Katrina Kerns, Bowling Green (Track & Field)
2002 Anthony Malik, Bowling Green (Soccer); Kate Miller, Kent State (Basketball)
2001 Nick Iagulli, Miami (Track & Field); Jennifer Jarjosa, Bowling Green (Swimming)
2000 Cato Coleman, Miami (Track & Field); Laura Szczepanski, Ball State (Gymnastics)
1999 Justin Millard, Akron (Soccer); Wendy Feldman, Central Michigan (Volleyball)
1998 Desmond Johnston, Akron (Soccer); Janelle Tranquillo, Ball State (Field Hockey)
1997 Joseph Burch, Bowling Green (Soccer); Sarah Mikrut, Ball State (Gymnastics)
1996 Dustin Swinehart, Miami (Soccer); Kristin Gaddis, Bowling Green (Cross Country/Track)
1995 Stephen Fetyko, Eastern Michigan (Swimming); Dana Drew, Toledo (Basketball)
1994 Bob Dudley, Bowling Green (Football); Kris Parks, Ohio (Cross Country/Track)
1993 Sander Scott, Central Michigan (Basketball); Kelly Weir, Ohio (Basketball)
1992 Jeff Bender, Central Michigan (Football); Julie Young, Western Michigan (Volleyball)
1991 Pat Jackson, Bowling Green (Football); Kristin McDaniel, Kent State (Track & Field)
1990 Danny Rieman, Ball State (Baseball); Linda Popovich, Bowling Green (Volleyball)
1989 Rick Winegardner, Ball State (Swimming); Kim Keenan, Kent State (Cross Country/Track)