15 Wolves Earn NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award

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Burnsville, Minn.  – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released Thursday the 2018 Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award winners. A total of 15 Wolves were named to the list 11 teams.

The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate.  Each student-athlete will be recognized by the NSIC with a certificate of achievement and a wristwatch. Furthermore, each institution is highly encouraged to have these student-athletes be publicly recognized at a home athletic event.

The Northern State recipients include Mitch Brockhaus, Carly Brousek, Justin Charles, Katie Dawson, Lindsey Gast, Sasha Hovind, Kolin Kubitz, Adam Leach, Monte Meyerink, DJ Pollard, Miranda Ristau, Thomas Sertic, Alexis Tappe, Mackenzie Thielen, and Holly Vancura.

“I am filled with pride on how our student-athletes in the NSIC continue to excel in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field.  We continue to increase the number of student-athletes that have earned the Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award, which is a testament to the dedication of the student-athletes, coaches and administrators in our league.  These are characteristics in which Dr. Myles Brand emphasized. I am extremely proud of all these student-athletes for their devotion to their universities, the NSIC and to their personal academic and athletic goals. I have no doubt these student-athletes will continue to achieve success in life well beyond the classroom and the competition venues,” said Erin Lind, Commissioner of the NSIC.





Mitch Brockhaus


Hartford, S.D.

Management / Marketing

Carly Brousek


Wahoo, Neb.

English / Literature 

Justine Charles


Zimmerman, Minn.


Katie Dawson


Henderson, Nev.


Lindsey Gast

CC / T&F

Ramsey, Minn.


Sasha Hovind

CC / T&F

Stirum, N.D.

Elementary Education

Kolin Kubitz


Clintonville, Wis.


Adam Leach

CC / T&F

Grand Forks, N.D.


Monte Meyerink

Track & Field

Spearfish, S.D.


DJ Pollard


St. Louis Park, Minn.


Miranda  Ristau


Warner, S.D.


Thomas Sertic


Reno, Nev.

Business Administration

Alexis  Tappe


Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Health / Physical Education

Mackenzie Thielen


Prior Lake, Minn.

Management / Marketing

Holly Vancura


Barnesville, Minn.


About Myles Brand

Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Brand presided over passage of the most comprehensive academic reform package for intercollegiate athletics in recent history – a package that refocused the attention of student-athletes, coaches and administrators on the education of student-athletes. Brand also changed the national dialog on college sports to emphasize the educational value of athletics participation and the integration of intercollegiate athletics with the academic mission of higher education. His impact on Division II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve academic success rates.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $45 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.