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      Three UP athletes receive GLIAC Winter 2013-14 Commissioner's Award

      The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announces the recipients of the Winter 2013-14 Meijer Commissionerâ??s Awards. The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Incorporated, are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade point averages are based on a 4.0 scale.

      The six female student-athletes to receive the Winter 2013-14 Meijer Commissionerâ??s Awards are:Alyssa Miller of Ashland University; Anna Rudd of Ferris State University; Caitlyn Madsen and Kristen Hixson of Grand Valley State University, Megan Fogt of Hillsdale College; and Kayla Scott of Wayne State University.

      The six male student-athletes to receive the Winter 2013-14 Meijer Commissionerâ??s Awards are: Ryan Sabin and Sven Kardol of Grand Valley State University; Derek Billing of Lake Superior State University; Austin Armga and Alex Culy of Michigan Technological University; andCory Veldhuizen of Malone University.

      â??It is with great pleasure that I offer congratulations on behalf of the GLIAC to our 12 award winners,â?? stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. â??The accomplishments of the 12 student-athletes is a shining example of the future leaders and individuals who serve as change agents on our campuses. I would like thank Meijer for their continued support that allows the GLIAC to honor our top student-athletes.â??

      The following are biographies of the Winter 2013-14 GLIAC Commissionerâ??s Awards recipients:

      Lake Superior State University senior menâ??s basketball player Derek Billing (Anna, Ohio/Anna) was 2014 All-GLIAC First Team and2014 Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team. Billing was fifth in scoring in the GLIAC and his 694 points ranked him seventh in the nation. He helped lead the Lakers to GLIAC regular season title and a school-record tying 27 wins. The senior is a four-time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Award winner and was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team. Billing has maintained a 3.59 grade point average and majoring in exercise science.

      Michigan Technological University senior menâ??s basketball player Austin Armga (Waupun, Wis./Waupun) finished second in the nation in total points and was seven points shy of breaking Techâ??s single season scoring mark He ended his career as Techâ??s leading in free throw percentage and ninth in field goal percentage and points. This season he was voted All-GLIAC First Team, GLIAC All-Tournament Team, and NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team. He also garnered awards for being NABC First Team All-Midwest Region and the Ken Hamar Award. Armga is a three time GLIAC Academic All-Excellence honoree, along with being a 2014 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and Capital one Academic All-American First Team. Armga posted a 3.78 grade point average in exercise science.

      Alex Culy (Rice Lake, Wis./Rice Lake) , a senior menâ??s basketball player from Michigan Technological University, helped lead the Huskies to the third most wins in school history during the 2013-14 campaign. Culy has started all 117 games in his college career and ranks seventh in assists and tenth in steals. He was named for the third time in a row to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team and also garnered the Harold Meese Award for sportsmanship. The senior is a four time GLIAC Academic All-Excellence honoree, has earned the Team Scholastic Achievement Award in 2010-11 and 2011-12, while also being named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2012-13. Culy is a chemical engineering major and boasts a 3.91 grade point average.