Sutherland Receives Prestigious Geppi-Aikens Award

Oct. 3, 2012

BALTIMORE - During last weekend's Family Weekend celebrations at Loyola University Maryland, women's basketball senior Alyssa Sutherland received a prestigious honor, one bestowed annually to the top male and female student leaders at the school.

Sutherland was named the female recipient of Loyola's Diane Geppi-Aikens Award for service to the Loyola community. The award, named in honor of the Greyhounds' late women's lacrosse coach, recognizes and honors distinguished members of the senior class whose enthusiastic spirit and unwavering commitment have enhanced the quality of life for students, faculty and/or staff at Loyola.

In presenting the award, Loyola President Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., said, "(Alyssa) has found a way to serve others in her community through numerous service projects including adopting a family at Christmas, working at a soup kitchen, and volunteering at a school for students with Autism. She is the first to volunteer for a committee and is the loudest fan supporting fellow Greyhounds at their games.

"This young woman is the very definition of a student-athlete here at Loyola and her resume of activities backs that up. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the co-captain of the Women's Basketball team, the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a member of the Green and Grey Society. She maintains a high GPA as a Mathematics major with a specialization in Special Education."

Sutherland, along with women's soccer standout Nichole Schiro, was also formally recognized as one of 14 seniors chosen by their peers and the Loyola administration to the Green & Grey Society. Their contributions to the University, as well as their leadership abilities, garnered them inclusion to the group that serves as a liaison between Linnane and the student body.

In her first three years at Loyola, Sutherland has played in 93 games, starting 72, while averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Last season, as a junior, Sutherland played an average of 33 minutes per game and logged career-high averages of 6.8 points and 4.97 rebounds per contest.

Read more about the other student-athletes honored at the school's Honor Convocation and Gratias Reception last weekend.