Januskova, Urschel win McCoy Awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Women’s tennis standout Petra Januskova and All-Big Ten guard John Urschel have been selected recipients of Penn State’s 2013 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award.

In addition, Lady Lion basketball senior Gizelle Studevent was among the recipients of the John W. Oswald Award. All three student-athletes were recognized at the University's annual Student Awards Ceremony Sunday (April 7) at Eisenhower Auditorium.

The McCoy Award is presented annually to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. The award is named for Ernest B. McCoy, who was Penn State's Athletic Director and Dean of the College of Physical Education from 1952-70. His name adorns the Penn State natatorium.

Januskova has taken the women's tennis program to new heights during her tenure at Penn State. From Ottawa, Canada, the senior leader has thrived on and off the court. Majoring in marketing, Januskova received Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Big Ten All-Academic honors last year. With her 24 singles victories already this season, she ranks second all-time in Penn State history for most career singles victories with 89, trailing only Olga Novikova (95). Ranked No. 57 nationally, Januskova also holds the Nittany Lions' top two spots in the record book for most singles victories in a season with 30 and 27. She only needs two more singles wins this season to tie Novikova (26) for third all-time in the Penn State record books. She also ranks 13th all-time with 47 doubles victories. Januskova was named ITA Atlantic Region Rookie Player of the Year after the 2009-10 season.

Urschel enters his fifth-year senior season as arguably college football’s premier student-athlete and as one of the leaders of a young Penn State football team. Urschel started every game in 2012 and was selected first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. He was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense (437.0 ypg) in conference games and rank second in scoring offense (32.6 ppg) and second in pass offense (283.1 ypg) against Big Ten foes. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Urschel graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in mathematics in May 2012, less than three years after enrolling at Penn State. He immediately began working on a master’s degree in math and is on schedule to graduate in May. The Williamsville, N.Y., product was a 2012 first-team Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American.

This semester, Urschel is teaching a section of Math 041 -- Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry -- three days a week in addition to his own academic work and football responsibilities. He also had a paper published in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. The title of the paper was "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem".

Studevent was among five recipients of the Oswald Award. The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award features a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970-83.

After being bullied in high school, Gizelle Studevent used an independent study project at Penn State to create Penn State Athletes Take Action. The program works with the Centre County Women's Resource Center (CCWRC) to develop a program to take into local middle schools to talk with students about bullying and bully prevention. Throughout her development of the program, Gizelle has enlisted the help of several other student-athletes, including athletes from women's basketball, football, track & field, soccer, cheerleading and the dance team, to go to weekly training sessions at the CCWRC and then on to present at local middle schools. For her efforts, Studevent was honored as one of five members of the inaugural Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team award for volunteerism and civic involvement. Studevent is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who was a productive bench player for the Lady Lions, who won their second-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title.

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Last Updated May 24, 2013