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Lehman Athletes Take a Well-Deserved Bow

May 20, 2011

Louvinia Hayes with President Fernandez (President's Award)

After hundreds of hours of hard work in the gym and on the playing field, Lehman's student-athletes were showered with much-deserved praise on May 17, as the Lehman Athletics Department hosted its 59th annual end-of-year awards dinner.

Tobi Alli with Dr. Zwiren (Female Athlete of the Year)

In addition to the student-athletes, honored guests included Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández; Dr. Mary Papazian, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs; Vice President of Student Affairs Jose Magdaleno; Fredrick Gilbert, executive director of the Lehman College Foundation; Athletic Director Dr. Martin Zwiren; NCAA Faculty Representative Dr. Helene Silverman; Ted Hurwitz, former director of the CUNY Athletic Conference; and Mrs. Cheryl Kramer, the widow of former Lehman head coach Ed Kramer.

Front and center was the Lehman women's basketball team, whose members were presented with individual championship rings for capturing the 2010-11 ECAC Women's Division III Metro title. While looking back at a successful season, head coach Eric Harrison couldn't help himself from already looking ahead to 2011-12: "I'd just like to let everyone know that it's 182 days until the first game of the 2011-12 season," he said. "College of New Jersey, 7 p.m., right here in the APEX. We hope to see you all there."

Assami Valian with Dr. Zwiren (Male Athlete of the Year)

Also honored during the night were the individual Most Valuable Players and Rookies of the Year for each of Lehman's seventeen varsity sports, as selected by the athletes' respective coaches. Two athletes, Oscar Kamalu and Taofeqat Alli, were presented with multiple awards, with Kamalu taking home MVP hardware for cross country and indoor and outdoor track and Alli for indoor and outdoor track.

Four-Year Senior Award winners

To cap the night, Lehman Athletics presented ten special awards to a select group of College employees and student athletes who went above and beyond in either assisting the Department in various capacities, or in the case of the student-athletes, performing to an exceptional level on the field, in the classroom, or both. Louvinia Hayes, the star guard from the women's basketball team, received the President's Award, the highest honor given to a Lehman athlete, for her outstanding single season.