Three graduating student-athletes receive special recognition
Jennifer Fields
Jennifer Fields

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 2, 2005) - As this weekend's graduation draws near, the East Tennessee State University Department of Athletics would like to recognize and applaud all of its graduating student-athletes. Among those graduating are three student-athletes who have received special honors by being named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in their department; Jennifer Fields (Mount Airy, Md.), Jennifer Habbestad (Tampa, Fla.) and Moisés Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia).

Jennifer Fields the lone senior on this year's ETSU women's soccer team was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences. During her career, Fields has been named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, dean's list and Buccaneer Honor Roll. She will graduate with a 3.52 GPA and a degree in sport management, with a minor in sociology. As a member of the ETSU women's soccer team, Fields saw success sharing time as a midfielder and a defender. During her career, she posted 12 points off of six goals. Among those six goals is the game-winning goal against Winthrop University in the first minute of play during the 2003 season. Fields graduates having played and started in every game of her career for a total of 70 career starts.

            Jennifer Habbestad a member of ETSU's women's track and field and cross country teams was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. During her career, Habbestad has been named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, dean's list and Buccaneer Honor Roll. She also was selected as a TIAA-CREF/SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week in both indoor track and field and cross country during the 2003-04 season. She will graduate with a 3.585 GPA and a degree in criminal justice and criminology. As a member of the ETSU track and field and cross country teams, Habbestad has helped to lead the team to continued improvement, and in the process, has collected All-Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field honors in 2004 for her second-place finish in the 800 meters (2:18.23).

            Moisés Serrano, a member of the SoCon championship winning ETSU men's tennis team, was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Department of Physics. During his career, Serrano has been named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, dean's list and Buccaneer Honor Roll. He also was named as a CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Men's At-Large Second Team selection (2004), a TIAA-CREF/SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week (2004) and an ITA-Scholar Athlete (2003). He will graduate with a 3.775 GPA and a degree in physics with a minor in mathematics. As a member of the ETSU men's tennis team, Serrano helped the Bucs to back-to-back SoCon Regular and Tournament Championships and will help lead the team in his third NCAA appearance on May 13. Over the years, his play on the court has earned him several accolades including SoCon Tournament MVP (2002) and All-SoCon selection in singles (2004) and doubles (2003, 2004, 2005).

            All three of these student-athletes are examples of "Winning the Right Way" and the East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud of their efforts.

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