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Dayton Recognized for Excellence in Promoting the Scholar-Athlete Ideal
University of Dayton Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Kimberly Trick will be presented with a plaque from the National Football Foundation and $5,000 from Fidelity Investments.
Published: 4/20/2017 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: As part of the NFF Faculty Salutes, the NFF and Fidelity Investments will present University of Dayton faculty athletics representative Dr. Kimberly Trick with a plaque and the school with $5,000.)

IRVING, Texas  (April 20, 2017)
– As part of  the National Football Foundation (NFF) Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments®, the NFF will present University of Dayton Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Kimberly Trick with a commemorative plaque and the school with $5,000. Dayton and Trick are being recognized for their efforts in fostering excellence among student-athletes as exemplified by 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Chris Beaschler. The presentation will take place today at 4:30 p.m. ET in Room 15 of the Frericks Center on the University of Dayton campus.

“Dr. Kimberly Trick has been a critical liaison between academics and athletics at Dayton,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are proud to join with Fidelity Investments in highlighting her role in ensuring that Flyer student-athletes have an educational experience that prepares them for success long after their playing days in Dayton.”

Since 2011, the NFF has partnered with Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education, to recognize the contributions of the Faculty Athletics Representatives (FAR) at each of the schools with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the partnership, the NFF presents each of the FARs with a commemorative plaque, and Fidelity Investments donates $5,000 to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school. Since the program’s inception, the NFF has recognized individuals 88 different times, and Fidelity has made donations of $440,000.

Also at the event, the school will recognize several members of the Dayton faculty for their contributions in helping its student-athletes achieve success, and all of the school’s 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society members have been invited to attend. Dayton saw 12 seniors from its 2016 roster earn recognition in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. In addition to Beaschler, the school’s 2017 members include Jack Adams, Andy Carfagna, Carson Chatterton, Tommy Fanning, Mike Gray, Chris Hagan, Ian Palin, Shane Toub, Jimmy Vogel, William Will and Owen Williams.

“Dr. Trick is a valuable resource to the University of Dayton and our athletics programs as our Faculty Athletics Representative,” vice president and director of athletics Neil Sullivan said. “I applaud her, and her faculty colleagues, along with our student-athlete academic services staff for their commitment to our student-athletes and fostering an environment of academic excellence. We appreciate the National Football Foundation and Fidelity Investments for recognizing Chris Beaschler and our university.”

Dr. Trick is a lecturer for the Department of Chemistry and serves as an assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Dayton. Her research interests include corrosion, biocorrosion, composite material processing with an emphasis on kinetics, reaction mechanisms and process modeling, and pedagogy of secondary and post-secondary science education. As Dayton’s FAR, Trick works to support the academic progress and success of the university's student-athletes and helps monitor compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. She is an alumna of Dayton, having earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the university.

Dayton was represented in the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class by Chris Beaschler, who maintained a 3.72 GPA in mechanical engineering. A two-time First Team Academic All-American and FCS ADA Academic All-Star, he became the first two-time Pioneer Football League Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2016. One of only six two-time captains in Flyers history, Beaschler is a four-time Academic All-PFL selection while earning First Team honors in three of those seasons. A four-year starter at linebacker, he was named First Team All-PFL for the third year in a row in 2016. Beaschler led Dayton in tackles for the third straight season to finish his standout career with 384 tackles. Off the field, he has volunteered for the Rebuilding Dayton initiative, and he served as a student lab technician at the Engineering Innovations Center.

The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, were established in 1959 as the first initiative in history to honor scholar-athletes with postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. The program currently provides each member of the class with an $18,000 scholarship, distributing approximately $300,000 each year to the nation’s top scholar-athletes. Each year at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, one member of the class is declared the winner of The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, as the top football scholar-athlete in the country and has his scholarship increased to $25,000.

In 2011, Fidelity Investments became the first official sponsor in the 57-year history of the program, which has awarded more than $11.1 million to 828 individuals since its inception. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity also became the presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.

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