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Mary Witte
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June 16, 2005

SIUE's Bauersachs, Witte Named
GLVC Scholar Athletes of the Year

         EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville standouts Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) and Mary Witte (Normal) were named Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports.
         Bauersachs earned the honor for men's basketball while Witte was lauded among the women's track and field student-athletes. The GLVC recognizes the top scholar athlete, as voted on by the Faculty Academic Representatives, for every sponsored sport.
         Bauersachs, a senior forward, graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in biology and secondary education and a final GPA of 3.307. During his senior season, Bauersachs became the first Cougar ever to earn first team All-GLVC honors after helping his team to a 23-9 campaign and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in more than 15 seasons.
         Bauersachs broke the school record for career games played with 113 and averaged a team-leading 11.9 points per game in his senior season. He also led the team in field goal percentage, posting the best numbers for a Cougar in nearly 10 years. During his 113 games as a Cougar, Bauersachs managed to break into SIUE's Top 20 leaders on the all-time scoring list and ended fifth all-time in rebounding. He is also among the all-time leaders in career assists.
         Off the court, Bauersachs was on the Dean's List during the 2004 fall semester and served as a full-time student teacher while taking night classes in the spring. Bauersachs will attend the Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, to pursue becoming a minister.
         Witte graduated from SIUE in May after majoring in Speech Pathology with a psychology minor. Witte held a cumulative GPA of 3.855, and was named the Cougar Cadre female captain, an award given to the SIUE student-athlete who not only demonstrates academic and athletic success but also promotes sportsmanship, encourages perseverance and displays self-discipline.
         Witte was named All-GLVC in track and field in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and was named GLVC Freshman of the Year at the 2002 Indoor Championship. Witte is a part of the record-holding distance medley relay and 3200-meter relay teams. As a 2004 national qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Witte placed 12th at the NCAA national championship meet, setting a school-record time of 11:09.98. Witte was a Chancellor's Scholar and earned Dean's list honors every semester.
         She has been conducting research on the speech of persons with ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease throughout her senior year, and was selected to present her research at the Illinois Speech–Language & Hearing Association convention in February of 2005. Witte is also involved in numerous community service projects, and plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in speech-language pathology.
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