Every December, the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics celebrates the top academic athletes at the Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration during finals week. In the eighth year of the event, 40 Tartans were honored as the celebration returned to an in-person event where students invited influential faculty and staff members to share in their success.
Rich Lackner is the most successful head coach in Carnegie Mellon football history, but his legacy goes far beyond wins and championships. His story focuses more on the character of the student-athletes he recruited, the players he helped to develop, the men they’ve become and the football family he created.
Carnegie Mellon University, a leading DIII institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today announced that it has established a new athletic partnership with Nike and BSN SPORTS, the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets and a division of Varsity Brands. Through this partnership, BSN SPORTS will serve as the official apparel and equipment provider to the Tartan Athletics Program while outfitting Carnegie Mellon athletes and coaches in premier Nike product selection.
As a result of the current COVID-19 situation, the vast majority of Carnegie Mellon University Homecoming programs are moving to a virtual format this fall. Given this approach and the prioritization of everyone’s health and safety, it has been decided to postpone the 2021 Hall of Fame Celebration and Induction Ceremony.
Carnegie Mellon University Director of Athletics Josh Centor recently announced Rebecca Nugent as the department’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2021-22 academic year. Nugent, recently named head of the Department of Statistics & Data Science, replaces Susan Polansky who served as FAR for the past five years.
Gary Aldrich says he’s not a patient person, but he knows good things come to those who wait.
When the CMU track coach steps off the plane in Tokyo later this month, his Olympic dream, deferred more than a year ago thanks to COVID-19, will finally come true.
Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes continued a hybrid school year in the spring, and once able to return to competition in March for abbreviated seasons, shined in their fields of play while continuing to excel in their fields of study. For the second straight semester, more than 71 percent of the student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or better, with 172 achieving a 4.0 GPA.
Four Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were selected for spring initiation into the Upsilon of Pennsylvania chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The induction ceremony took place on May 21.
It is with great pleasure that the members of the University Athletic Association announce their intent to return to pre-COVID-19 levels of competition across all sports within the UAA beginning with the start of the 2021 fall season.
Carnegie Mellon University celebrated an unfamiliar 2020-21 season on Tuesday, as the athletics department hosted a gathering for senior student-athletes at Gesling Stadium. During the event, the department honored the athletic and academic achievements that emerged throughout the careers of the seniors.
Rosie Cheng is in her ninth year on the Carnegie Mellon University athletic training staff. The coordinator of student-athlete wellness and an athletic trainer, Cheng oversees the women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, and the women’s and men’s tennis teams. She is the coordinator of the SMART (Sports Medicine Assessment of Risk Tendencies) program and is an adjunct professor at Chatham University. Cheng spent three years at NCAA Division I University of San Francisco and has also served as head athletic trainer at Leland High School in San Jose, California and Keystone College in Pennsylvania. She interned as an athletic trainer at both Santa Clara University and Stanford University.
Carnegie Mellon University band director Paul Gerlach has announced his retirement as director of the Kiltie Band after 38 years as the leader of the high spirited and entertaining musical ensemble. The band, which plays at home football and basketball games, also hosts three concerts during the academic calendar, including a performance at Carnegie Mellon’s Spring Carnival.
The Tartans are back! Three-hundred and fifty-nine days after the Tartans last competed in a softball game against Skidmore, the nationally-ranked women’s tennis team will return Carnegie Mellon to competition on Saturday, March 7 against West Liberty. Men’s tennis, women’s soccer and volleyball will begin competition within the next week, and all Carnegie Mellon teams are planning to resume action this spring.
A total of 128 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the winter sports teams, as announced Wednesday, March 3.
Fred Dauphin graduated with a degree in astrophysics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020. The outdoor track and field program’s record-holder in the triple jump, he earned UAA All-Association honors three times, including a runner-up finish in the triple jump in the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the last meet he competed in before COVID-19 ended the remainder of his senior season.
The Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has recently announced the new execThe Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athletic Advisory Council(SAAC) raised more than $3000 to support the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. In a week-long virtual initiative centered around National Girls and Women in Sports Day, student-athletes celebrated by giving back to the Pittsburgh community as well as holding discussions on diversity and inclusion and female participation in sport. The fundraiser was made possible by Student-Athlete coordinators with donations from members of the Carnegie Mellon community. utive board members that will serve in 2021.
Bill Loebbaka was a fixture in Skibo Gymnasium when his son Matt was playing basketball for the Tartans from 2011-15. Despite the distance from Chicago, Bill and his wife Sue regularly made the trek to Pittsburgh for University Athletic Association (UAA) weekends and were beloved by fellow parents, players, coaches and staff. Bill was a positive force, always believing his Tartans would pull out a big victory in the waning seconds.
Every year beginning in 1975, Carnegie Mellon University has honored a select number of undergraduate seniors as Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars. This year, four athletes are included on the list of 40 honorees who represent the top two percent of their graduating class – Stefanie McMillan (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) of women’s swimming and diving, Parvathi Meyyappan (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) of women’s cross country and track and field, Nicole Shi (Hong Kong, China/Phillips Exeter Academy) of women’s cross country and track and field, and Chloe Yan (Singapore/Hwa Chong Junior College) of women’s basketball.
Lavonca Davis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in chemical engineering while minoring in computer science in 2020. In her senior year, she served as president of the school’s National Society of Black Engineers while helping lead the Tartans’ women’s golf team to the number one ranking in NCAA Division III before the remainder of the season was canceled. Davis works as a Chemical and Process Engineer at BP’s Whiting Refinery, where she interned the summer between her junior and senior years.
Carnegie Mellon University students are problem solvers driven to explore the questions that lead to change. This trait, along with the passion and knowledge to enact change, has led a group of Tartan student-athletes to be pioneers and form the Black and Latinx Athlete Coalition (BLAC) to build a cohesive, centralized affinity group and network of support, camaraderie and mentorship among Black and Latinx student-athletes and alumni.
Debarati Bhanja graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in neurobiology while competing in track and field. She is currently a medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine. Bhanja won the long jump at the 2016 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and swept the 400-meter dash at the UAA indoor and outdoor championships during her senior season.
The University Athletic Association Presidents Council has unanimously approved a resolution to cancel all formal UAA spring sport competition for the 2020-21 season. Carnegie Mellon University is one of eight institutions that form the UAA along with Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, University of Rochester, University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.
It was an unusual fall semester for athletics programs across the country, but the academic performance of Carnegie Mellon’s student-athletes was stronger than ever. While experiencing a hybrid semester with some attending classes and practices on campus and some remaining fully remote in their home cities, the Tartans excelled across all of the university’s undergraduate colleges. More than 71 percent of student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or better, while 189 student-athletes achieved 4.0 GPAs.