By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
ST. LOUIS – Stephens College basketball player Dana Heggemann was selected as the recipient of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Emil S. Liston Award, announced by the league office on Friday.
The prestigious Emil S. Liston Award annually recognizes junior student-athletes in men’s and women’s basketball based on athletic achievement, academic excellence and character. As a winner at the conference level, Heggemann will represent the AMC on the ballot for the Emil S. Liston National Award, which will be announced by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in September.
Heading into her junior year, Heggemann has a cumulative 3.84 G.P.A., which is significant in a very demanding biology program at the College. She is a two-time AMC Academic All-Conference honoree and an active member of the Stephens community.
In 2013-14, she served as a resident assistant for a select group of Honors House Plan students. With her leadership and experience, she was selected to be head resident/resident director of an entire hall for 2014-15. As an officer in the Tri Beta biological honor society, she gained the respect of her peers and was elected to the role of president for the upcoming academic year.
This summer, the Warrenton, Mo., native was a key member of the basketball search committee that helped land new head basketball/golf coach Ray Fron.
On the court, she has proved her versatile skill set, constantly switching between guard and post play. Last season as a sophomore and co-captain, she started every game and led the Stars in free throws made, rebounds, blocks and assists. She earned AMC Player of the Week honors on Dec. 2 after scoring a career-high 21 points against Missouri Valley College. On two occasions, Heggemann was one assist shy of a rare triple-double performance.What They’re Saying About Dana …
“Dana actively participates in course lectures and activities and provides an excellent example of stewardship for others in the class. Dana consistently asked questions in lecture that led to the ‘next level’ of discussion of a topic. Dana is a remarkable young lady, having excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to and communicate to her classmates in a way that is considerate and kind.”
–Katrina Walker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
“In the classroom, Dana is a joy. Her demeanor is polite and quiet, yet she never hesitates to participate in class. She is not the student who sits in the front of the room eager to impress, rather she leads with a quiet, respectful strength from the middle of the room. Students have great respect for her because of her abilities, but also because she never flaunts success nor complains about difficult situations.”
–Tara Giblin, Ph.D., Dean of Humanities and Sciences
“Dana is the athlete who sets the bar high for athlete and scholastic achievement at Stephens College. Dana is a wonderful leader on and off the basketball court who is very deserving of the Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award.”
–Deb Duren, Director of Athletics
“Dana’s value to the team is more than her defensive play and scoring ability. She is responsible and dependable, honest and hard working, a good decision maker and a great role model. As a sophomore, Dana was a captain and leader of the team. She was inspiring to those around her and pushed her teammates to be the best they could be, even through some very trying times.”
–Jessica McConnell, Assistant Basketball Coach
“Her thoroughness and incredible work ethic never ceases to amaze me. She wears many hats on campus, but first and foremost, she puts her role as a student first. In my time working with her, she’s shown great leadership, initiative and intuition when dealing with matters in the residence halls. Her ability to be a high-achieving student, committed athlete and an involved Stephens woman has set Dana apart from most of her peers.”
–Alissa Pei, Director of Residence Life
“As a resident assistant, she is a steadying influence on younger students and is known on campus for being a volunteer in the larger Columbia community. To her leadership on the basketball court and in the classroom, Dana adds a strength of character that deserves recognition.”
–James Walter, Faculty Athletics Representative