Harnum and Heaton Awards Honor Outstanding Student-Athletes
The Susquehanna University Athletics Department honored senior volleyball middle hitter Jessica Cicioni and senior football running back Dave Paveletz with its annual Connie N. Harnum and Blair M. Heaton awards. Cicioni received the Connie N. Harnum Award, named for the SU Sports Hall of Fame coach whose tenure included 27 seasons as field hockey coach. Harnum also coached the women’s tennis program. Paveletz received the Blair M. Heaton Award, named in honor of the highly respected SU coach and math professor.
The Harnum Award is given to the senior female student-athlete who best represents the ideals of intercollegiate athletics. The Heaton Award is given to the Susquehanna senior male student-athlete who best exemplifies a devotion to scholarship and athletics, along with the self-discipline and courage that was characteristic of the award’s namesake. Cicioni represents an exciting time for Susquehanna women’s volleyball, which won a program-record 27 matches in 2008 before winning another 25 in 2009. She was a captain on both of those teams, leading the Crusaders to back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Landmark Conference championships.
She is Susquehanna’s all-time block-assists leader with a record of 276. She wrapped up her four-year collegiate career with a spot on the 2009 all-Landmark team, notching 199 kills, five service aces, 80 blocks, 16 assists and 137 digs that year. She ranks second at Susquehanna in career total blocks with 296 and career matches played with 145.
As a biology major with a 3.8 grade point average, she earned a spot on the last two Landmark fall all-academic teams. She also landed on the Landmark fall academic honor rolls from 2007 through 2009.
She was president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a student assistant in Susquehanna’s sports medicine and athletics communications offices. She also was a member of the university’s Prehealth Professionals Club, Beta Beta Beta biology honor society and Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society.
Paveletz, who was a captain of the football team, is the greatest running back in Susquehanna football history. A finance major and economics minor with a 3.6 grade point average, he wrapped up his collegiate career with a 2009 D3football.com All-America honor and an Academic All-America award from the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN The Magazine.
He is the Crusaders’ career leader in rushing yards (4,731), touchdowns (47) and single-season rushing yards (1,414 in 2009). He also owns the single-game rushing record with a 288-yard performance in a 28–13 win over the University of Rochester on Oct. 11, 2008. He tied his own school single-game record with four rushing touchdowns in that same game. In addition, his 17 rushing touchdowns in 2008 rank second in the team’s single-season record book.
Paveletz was an all–Liberty League first-teamer the past three seasons, including 2009, when he was tabbed as the Liberty’s Offensive Player of the Year after leading SU to a Liberty League title and its first trip to the NCAA Division III championships since 1991. He led the Liberty in rushing yards for the past three seasons. His 2009 total ranked sixth in all of Division III.
In addition, Paveletz is a three-time Liberty all-academic team honoree. He earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine aca¬demic all-district first-team honors in 2009 after being a second-teamer in 2008. He was a 2009 finalist for Jostens’ Gagliardi Trophy—awarded to the Division III Player of the Year—and was selected to compete for the United States against Mexico in the 2009 Tazon de Estrellas, or Bowl of the Stars.
This spring, the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame honored Paveletz for outstanding academic and athletic success. He also was accepted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society for outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field. When he wasn’t in class or on the field, Paveletz was working as a teacher’s assistant for the university’s Department of Accounting and Information Systems, a position he held during both his junior and senior years.
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Robert E. Healy III, director of athletics communications; Justin Lutes, assistant director of athletics communications.