Students that Excel Outside the Classroom

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have announced the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Teams for men’s and women’s basketball, including Division I, II, III, and college (division). All first-team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot. Two Tau Beta Pi members have been named to 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball teams:
(See the full list)

NCAA Division III: Fist team (District 3)
Amanda Lynch – (NY G 2015) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, biomedical engineering
NCAA Division I: Fist team (District 6)
Megan M. Waytashek – (SD B 2015), South Dakota State University, mechanical engineering and recording secretary of the SD Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi

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The Greenville News recently profiled the Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries as the program was awarded the 2014 Andrew Heiskell Award in the “study abroad” category. As part of the program, which was started in part by Jeff Plumblee, Ph.D. (SC A ’07), Clemson students “designed and helped build a system that provides clean water for about 10,000 residents of Cange (Haiti).”

Associate professor Jennifer H. Ogle, Ph.D. (TN A ’96), serves as the program’s faculty advisor and spoke about the lack of sanitation and water filtration causing cholera outbreaks in Cange. “A lot of people were perishing just because they couldn’t make it to the hospital,” she said. “It’s a treatable disease, and a problem that can be eliminated with proper infrastructure, so that’s the tragedy.” Click here to read the full article for more on the program and some of its alumni, including Nathan A. Schneider, SC A ’12.

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There was only one member of the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Basketball teams that may be a Tau Beta Pi member. Dennis O. Ogbe of Tennessee Technological University was selected to the first team NCAA Division I (District 3). He is an electrical engineering major and was elected to join Tau Beta Pi this semester, but his initiation was postponed until April 2014.

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