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Tulsa's Top Student-Athletes Recognized at Golden `Cane Awards Gala

President Steadman Upham and Athletics Director Ross Parmley presents Golden rings to the TU senior student-athletes at the Golden 'Cane Awards Gala on Tuesday.
President Steadman Upham and Athletics Director Ross Parmley presents Golden rings to the TU senior student-athletes at the Golden 'Cane Awards Gala on Tuesday.
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April 24, 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa recognized its athletic teams and student-athletes on Tuesday night at the school's 17th Annual Golden `Cane Awards Gala at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The top awards were given to TU's "Ultimate Team" members, while the Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award, Outstanding Team Community Service Award, Faculty Member of the Year Award, Dan Bitson Courage Award and Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Awards were also announced.

In addition, Director of Athletics Ross Parmley made a special presentation to President Steadman and First Lady Peggy Upham. Parmley presented Tulsa's retiring President with a "Salute Trophy" which depicts Tulsa athletic successes on the field, in the classroom and the numerous facility improvements on each side of the base of the trophy during Dr. Upham's eight years as The University of Tulsa's President.

The "Ultimate Team" honors those athletes who, during the current academic year, have exemplified those qualities and characteristics that are consistent with the missions and values of The University of Tulsa. The qualities and characteristics considered include academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, athletic participation and other areas of student involvement.

The "Ultimate Team" members for the 2011-12 academic year are Alan Dock (Football), Kelsey Hancock (Volleyball), Steven Idlet (Men's Basketball), Bill Martin (Men's Track & Field), Chris O'Hare (Men's Track & Field), Jessica Stoelke (Softball) and Arielle Tillou (Rowing).

The "Ultimate Service" award was established in order to recognize the efforts of student support staff for service to the teams and student-athletes. The selection of this individual is based on academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, service-oriented participation in athletics or other areas of student involvement. This year there were two honorees, rower and athletic training student, Meredith Papps, and women's basketball athletic training student, Emily Wahrman.

Papps helps serve as the rowing athletic trainer on road trips, helping teammates ice and stretch, and she maintains the medical bag, while Wahrman has worked with football, women's basketball, rowing, women's soccer and softball the last three years.

The Dan Bitson Courage Award winner is men's soccer player Jake Dobkins. The award was established in 1992 in the name of former TU football standout Dan Bitson (1986-91) who fought back from severe injuries suffered in an automobile accident to play football again. The award is presented annually to the TU student-athlete who exemplifies courage, perseverance and tenacity for overcoming adversity.

Prior to his sophomore season, Dobkins had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, but he fought his way back and returned to the field two months ahead of schedule. He started in 15 of 17 games, was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team and was named as TU's Defensive Player of the Year that season. This spring Dobkins again had surgery on a torn labrum, this time in his right hip, but will have completed nearly six months of rehab to be back in time for the 2012 season and his senior campaign.

The Tulsa student-athletes, through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, select a Faculty Member of the Year. This year's award goes to Associate Director of the School of Nursing for Athletic Training and Exercise and Sports Science, Dr. Greg Gardner.

The Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award goes to the graduating senior who has completed his or her eligibility with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year's award winner is men's soccer player Adrian Klammer. Klammer earned his degree in history with a 4.0 GPA in December. The award is named in honor of Tulsa's first athletic academic coordinator and longtime Golden Hurricane Club member Warren Garrison.

The eighth annual Outstanding Team Community Service Award is given to the team most involved in community service activities throughout the year, and is selected by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This year's winner for a second consecutive season was the Spirit Squad. The spirit squad turned in 867 volunteer hours this past year, and volunteered for Angel Tree, Catholic Charities, Kendall Whittier, Metro Christian Academy and the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, just to name a few.

2011-12 Team Awards

Men's Basketball Steven Idlet, Offensive Player of the Year D.J. Magley, Defensive Player of the Year

Women's Basketball Taleya Mayberry, Offensive Player of the Year Taylor Hooker, Defensive Player of the Year

Men's Cross Country Paulo Pinheiro, Athlete of the Year

Women's Cross Country Paula Whiting, Athlete of the Year

Football G.J. Kinne, Offensive Player of the Year Curnelius Arnick, Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Fitzpatrick, Special Teams Player of the Year

Men's Golf Chris Worrell, Golfer of the Year

Women's Golf Kristina Merkle, Golfer of the Year

Rowing Stephanie Rogers, Co-Rower of the Year Melissa Urquhart, Co-Rower of the Year

Men's Soccer Corey Albertson, Offensive Player of the Year

Women's Soccer Claire Nicholson, Offensive Player of the Year Claire Hulcer, Defensive Player of the Year

Softball Softball awards will be announced following the season.

Men's Tennis Ashley Watling, Player of the Year

Women's Tennis Anastasia Erofeeva, Player of the Year

Men's Track Chris O'Hare, Indoor Athlete of the Year Outdoor Athlete of the Year will be announced following the season.

Women's Track Done Vermaak, Indoor Athlete of the Year Outdoor Athlete of the Year will be announced following the season.

Volleyball Tyler Henderson, Offensive Player of the Year Jessica Adams, Defensive Player of the Year

2011-12 Special Individual/Team Awards

Ultimate Team Members Alan Dock, Football Kelsey Hancock, Volleyball Steven Idlet, Men's Basketball Bill Martin, Men's Track & Field Chris O'Hare, Men's Track & Field Jessica Stoelke, Softball Arielle Tillou, Rowing

Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award Meredith Papps, Athletic Training Emily Wahrman, Athletic Training

Dan Bitson Courage Award Jake Dobkins

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Faculty Member of the Year Award Dr. Greg Gardner, Associate Director of the School of Nursing for Athletic Training and Exercise and Sports Science

Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award Adrian Klammer, Men's Soccer

Outstanding Team Community Service Spirit Squad

2011-12 Ultimate Team Members

Senior Alan Dock is a four-year football letterwinner. He started all 13 games during his senior campaign, and was fifth on the team with 71 tackles, while adding two interceptions and three pass break-ups. Dock had 91 career tackles in 42 contests. He earned his degree in accounting in just three years with a 3.6 GPA in accounting and has volunteered for Tulsa Service Day, Feed the Starving Children program and the "Just Plane Fun" family festival benefitting the Tulsa Camp Fire organization.

A four-year volleyball letterwinner, senior Kelsey Hancock averaged 1.74 kills per set and a .214 hitting percentage this season. She also posted .69 digs per set and .27 blocks per set, totaling 1.9 points per set as a three-rotation front row player. Hancock maintains a 3.3 GPA in psychology and has volunteered for TITAN, the Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Abuse and Neglect, A Mile in Their Shoes program and the Laura Dester Shelter.

Senior Steven Idlet was a two-year starter with the men's basketball team who played in 132 career games and had 60 career starts. He became TU's 34th 1,000-point scorer and concluded his career with 1,052 points. He averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, and tallied 42 double-digit scoring games. Idlet maintains a 3.2 GPA in history and has volunteered with local elementary and middle schools, as well as Animal Aid of Tulsa.

An eight-time men's track and field/cross country letterwinner, senior Bill Martin recently won the C-USA Indoor Championship in the Distance Medley Relay, earning first-team all-conference accolades. He also picked up third-team All-Conference USA Cross Country honors last fall, and was instrumental in the team winning both the 2011 C-USA Cross Country Championship and 2012 C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Martin maintains a 3.9 GPA in biochemistry and has volunteered at Will Rogers High School, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the emergency room at St. John's Medical Center.

Junior Chris O'Hare is a seven-time letterwinner in track and field/cross country, and is TU's first track National Champion after winning the mile run at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. O'Hare is a two-time USTFCCCA First-Team All-American and a USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American once, as well as a nine-time All-C-USA first team honoree. He maintains a 3.0 GPA in exercise and sports science and volunteers for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, St. Francis Children's Hospital, Kendall Whittier Elementary School and the St. Phillip Newman Neri Center to name a few.

A four-year letterwinner in softball, senior Jessica Stoelke has started 24 of 26 games so far this season, hitting .300 with 16 runs, two triples, a .417 slugging percentage, a .421 on-base percentage and has a 1.00 fielding percentage. She maintains a 3.5 GPA in marketing and volunteers with the Food Bank, Angel Tree and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Senior Arielle Tillou is a four-year letterwinner on the rowing team. She has participated in over 30 regattas, including all six this year, and has been a member of the Varsity 8+ all four years. Tillou maintains a 3.5 GPA in elementary education and has volunteered over 50 hours this season with Row for Humanity, TU Service Day, Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank, Walk a Mile and Shop with a Cop to name a few.