UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State University Athletic Conference announced the 2018 John S. Egli Outstanding Student-Athlete Award recipients on Tuesday at the annual PSUAC Awards Luncheon. Recognized for their accomplishments as Penn State student-athletes were Penn State Brandywine's Julie Foeldes and Penn State New Kensington's Daniele Smith.
The Egli award is presented annually to a male and female student-athlete in the PSUAC who are outstanding students and have had a distinguished athletic career. Winners of the award also exemplify the highest moral standards, leadership qualities and outstanding personal character through community service and other endeavors.
For the first time in PSUAC history, both Egli Award winners were also honored by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association as the Student-Athlete of the Year for their respective sport, which recognizes outstanding citizenship, academic success and athletic prowess.
Penn State Brandywine
Julie Foeldes graduated in early May with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies, and received Summa Cum Laude honors.
During her time at Brandywine, Foeldes was engaged in numerous academic projects, including serving a teaching assistantship under Dr. Joshua Marquit, a professor of psychology at Brandywine. Through her work with Dr. Marquit, Foeldes also created an Institutional Review Board-approved research project on youth sports participation and the perceived quality of parental relationships.
For her work in the classroom, Foeldes has received numerous honors, both regionally and nationally. As a junior, she was one of 137 students University-wide to be named an Evan Pugh Scholar as she held a grade-point average in the top 0.5 percent of her graduating class. Foeldes is also a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar-Athlete and became the campus' fourth student-athlete to earn academic all-area recognition from the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2017. At the USCAA awards banquet in May, she received her third consecutive National Academic Team honor and also landed PSUAC All-Academic Team honors for the fourth-straight year.
Outside of her studies, Foeldes has a wealth of volunteer and community service work. During her senior year, she helped to bring Team Impact to Brandywine athletics for the first time. Team Impact is a non-profit organization that connects children with serious illnesses to college teams. Through her work with Team Impact, Foeldes coordinated an official "signing day" and team activities with Brandywine's adopted teammate and her family throughout the semester.
While Foeldes has participated in multiple other community service projects, including Big Brother/Big Sister, Media Youth Softball and Chester Community Charter School, she has also been active on campus. In her spare time, Foeldes has been a game day and Fitness Center worker for the Brandywine athletic department for four years.
As the team's starting catcher during the last four seasons, Julie has played in all 136 of the Lions' games behind the plate. Recently, she became the fourth member of Brandywine's 100-hit club. With four home runs, 38 extra-base hits and 74 runs batted in during her career, Julie has helped Brandywine capture four consecutive PSUAC championships, the only team from Brandywine to ever accomplish the feat. She earned USCAA World Series All-Tournament Team laurels following the 2017 tournament when Brandywine placed fourth for the second-straight season.
Foeldes was also recognized as the USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year at their banquet on Sunday, May 13th.
Penn State New Kensington
Daniele Smith has made quite an impact in a short time at Penn State New Kensington. Not only has Smith received recognition within the PSUAC, but also nationally through the USCAA.
Smith finished 25th in the 2017 USCAA Tournament, and 8th in the PSUAC, during the concurrent championships held at the Penn State Golf Courses. But that wasn't the biggest piece of hardware he took home that week.
Smith was named the USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year for his continued participation in multiple efforts on the New Kensington campus and in the community. He is a member of the select GREAT program at New Kensington, which provides students access to paid internships in engineering and technology, professional development opportunities and sets a student on a path to future success in their field.
As a student with a 3.81 GPA, Smith is also an Honors Program member. On campus, he serves on the Student Facility Fee Committee, which allocates student facility fee money to projects around campus to enhance the resources for all students. Off-campus, Smith participates in the Toys for Tots program.
On the course, Smith has not only earned PSUAC All-Conference honors twice, but is a two-time medalist of the Bernie Guss Classic. He received the John Fritz Sportsmanship Award for the New Kensington golf team, an honor bestowed upon the student-athlete that shows the utmost respect to the game, teammates and others.
Smith is a two-time PSUAC All-Academic selection, earned USCAA National All-Academic honors in 2017, and received three Player of the Week honors over his career.
"Dan is a supreme example of a Penn State student-athlete," says New Kensington athletic director Megan Bratkovich. "He upholds all of the Penn State values and shows the utmost sportsmanship on the golf course. He leads his team by example and is well respected across campus by faculty and staff."