INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has named Roy Pickerill as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award, it was announced Monday by the conference office. The long-time sports information director (SID) at Kentucky Wesleyan College is in his 35th year of assisting in the promotion of GLVC sports and NCAA Division II basketball.
Pickerill will be a guest of the GLVC at this week’s Deaconess GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament and formally recognized at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Spring Awards Banquet in St. Louis on May 20.
Now in his 42nd year at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Pickerill has been helping promote the GLVC since its inception in in 1978. He served as the league’s SID from 1980 to 1983, while maintaining the same role on campus. The 1975 KWC graduate worked as a student assistant in the sports information office his senior year and was named the school’s first assistant SID upon graduation. He held that position for 13 years and then was named to his current full-time position in 1988.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at Kentucky Wesleyan, Pickerill has also played an integral role in the promotion of both GLVC and NCAA Division II basketball over the past two decades. Later this month, he will be involved with the media coordination of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight for the 21st season.
In 2012, Pickerill was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his 30-plus years of service at Kentucky Wesleyan. In 1999, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame – the only SID from the state of Kentucky and the GLVC to have achieved that honor.
In 1998, he received the prestigious Warren Berg Award, presented to a college division member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information. He was also elected the inaugural President of the newly formed Division II Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIDA) in 2006 and served a three-year term.
On campus, his alma mater accorded him the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1994, the highest honor for an alumnus. Pickerill was then inducted into the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012.
Following the 2012-13 academic season, Kentucky Wesleyan resigned its full-time membership from the GLVC and moved to the start-up Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference. After the 2013 football season concluded, Kentucky Wesleyan officially resigned from the GLVC as an associate member in the sport, leaving the 2014-15 academic season as the first in conference history without Pickerill holding official duties related to the GLVC. Despite being affiliated with another conference, Pickerill’s passion for and knowledge of the GLVC will continue to keep him as one of the few true league historians.
The GLVC Service Award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Kearns, who was Northern Kentucky’s faculty athletic representative for 23 years and provided unparalleled service to the GLVC during that period. Kearns served the GLVC as both treasurer and president during his tenure at NKU and assisted with the budget reporting system and the current revenue sharing policy. He spearheaded the league’s first major expansion, wrote the GLVC Hall of Fame guidelines, served on the initial GLVC Awards Committee and developed and maintained the GLVC Handbook. Kearns spent countless hours developing the GLVC into one of the premier NCAA Division II athletic conferences.
In honor of Dr. Kearns, the Service Award is presented to an individual or group that has contributed to the success of the GLVC as it relates to the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service. It was first presented in 2011 to Northern Kentucky’s Kevin Listerman, and has since been awarded to SIU Edwardsville’s Eric Hess (2012) and Southern Indiana’s Dave and Lois Stevens (2013) over the last two years.
This weekend Spudz-N-Stuff is donating $1 per entrée served on Saturday to the Theatre program. I plan to have students there from 11-2 to talk up Charlie Brown (April 25th & 26th), and to do some singing/skits if requested. This is all day Saturday, so if someone can’t make it till later in the day, then that’s fine too. If you have already Liked our Theatre Facebook page, this image is up on it and you can share it there. If you haven’t liked our page, you should.
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference has named Kaci Ovelgoenner (C) and Josalyn Ress (P) of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Softball’s Offensive and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Softball Offensive Athlete of the Week
Kentucky Wesleyan College (@KWCPanthers)
Sophomore – Catcher
Troy, Ill. – Triad High School
Kaci Ovelgoenner has been named the Softball Offensive Athlete of the Week after KWC recorded a pair of wins this past weekend at Missouri S&T. Ovelgoenner, in two starts, hit .571 (4-7) with a double, two home runs, five runs batted in, and an amazing 1.571 slugging percentage.
Her numbers over the two wins include a .625 on-base percentage and a perfect fielding percentage, recording nine putouts and an assist. In the first game of the double-header, Ovelgoenner went 3-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. She carried the team to a 7-0 win.
In the second game, a 8-2 win, she was 1-3 with another home run, a run scored, and two RBI.
On the season, she improved her average to .364 with a .682 slugging percentage and a .417 on-base percentage. She leads the team with nine RBI and two home runs. Her batting average is fifth in the conference, while her slugging ranks third. She is fifth with eight hits, first with nine RBI, tied for first with two home runs, and third with 15 total bases.
View Kaci Ovelgoenner’s bio (from KWCPanthers.com)
Softball Pitcher of the Week
Kentucky Wesleyan College (@KWCPanthers)
Junior – Pitcher
Tell City, Ind. – Tell City High School
Josalyn Ress has been named G-MAC Softball Pitcher Athlete of the Week after her tremendous performance in a KWC win this weekend. Against Missouri S&T, Ress threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out seven.
The win extended the Panthers win streak to three in a row, getting the team to .500 at 4-4.
Ress, in her two previous starts had allowed 13 runs and struck out just two hitters. So to turn around and throw a complete game shutout and strike out seven, gave KWC the performance they needed to start a perfect 2-0 weekend.
On the season, Ress is second with 16.1 innings pitched and nine strikeouts.
View Josalyn Ress’ bio (from KWCPanthers.com)
Owensboro, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2014) – Kentucky Wesleyan College student Jessica Hannah from York, S. C., will perform her senior voice recital on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Wesleyan collaborative pianist Patrick Risch will accompany her. The public is invited to attend.
Owensboro, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2014) – The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and Chamber Singers will perform at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 East Fourth Street, on Sunday, February 16, at all worship services. The choirs are conducted by Dr. Bradley Naylor and accompanied by Patrick Ritsch. They will perform works by Brahms, Faure and Kirchner. Dr. Craig Turner, president of the College, will bring greetings, music professor Diane Earle will play service music on the organ, and Chaplain Kent Lewis will participate in the service. Traditional services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m., and the contemporary service is at 10:45 a.m. For additional information, please contact Rev. Darren Brandon at 270-684-4226.