March 5, 2009
Seven student-athletes from the University of Louisville have been selected to the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Michael Eaton, Mallory Hamman, Tarah McKay, Jessica Mello, Christina Pachuta, Julie Anne Smith and Shannon Smyth were the seven Cardinals selected to the honor society.
Candidates must earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and/or rank in the upper 35 percent in scholarship of their school or college. Candidates must show leadership in at least one of the five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; and creative and performing arts.
Michael Eaton, a junior on the Men's Cross Country and Track and Field teams, is an All-American in the 10,000 meters. He is member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.). He also serves as a mentor in UofL Athletics Protecting Our NEST Mentoring Program as well as volunteering his time with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Wayside Christian Mission.
Mallory Hamman, a senior on the rowing team, serves as the Community Service Captain for Rowing and volunteers with the Fit4Me program and Project Warmth.
Tarah McKay, a junior on the women's cross country and track and field teams, is an All-BIG EAST and All Region performer from St. Clements, Ontario who earned a runner-up finish at the Canadian Cross Country Championships this past fall.
An engineering major, Jessica Mello, is a senior on the women's soccer team as well as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Jessica captained the women's team for two years while earning All-BIG EAST and All-Region honors in 2007 and 2008. She serves as a mentor in the Protecting Our NEST Program as well as with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Hailing from Perry, N.Y., Christina Pachuta is a junior on the Women's Golf team who will graduate a year early to pursue a law degree. Chrissy also serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was an active volunteer for the Ryder Cup last fall.
A native of Louisville, Ky.., Julie Anne Smith, is a redshirt junior on the field hockey team. Julie Anne serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as coordinates all CardsCARE community service for the field hockey team. She was also recently named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad.
Shannon Smyth, a senior on the women's soccer team, is a sports administration major who volunteers her time with the Fit4Me program as well as mentoring in the Protecting Our NEST Program and with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Smyth also earned All- Big East honors in 2008 season.