M Club Hosts Senior Student-Athlete Luncheon
April 23, 2014
University of Memphis student-athletes Kelley Gravlin, Martin Ifedi, Meagan Nichols and Trent Scott were all recognized at the M Club’s annual Senior-Student Athlete Luncheon held Wednesday on campus.
Gravlin, a rising senior on the women’s soccer team who will receive her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering this May and pursue a master’s degree in her final year of eligibility, received the Elma Roane Award. Ifedi, who will all graduate this spring before returning for his senior year on the football field, received the Zach Curlin Award.
Nicholls and Scott, both cross country as well as track and field student-athletes, were named the University of Memphis’ Female and Male Scholar Athletes.
The Elma Roane Award was created in 1978 and named after the former women’s athletic director at the University of Memphis. It is presented annually to the female student-athlete who possesses drive, enthusiasm and determination, while maintaining a concern for others. In addition to serving as the women’s athletic director, Roane coached women’s basketball, volleyball and badminton from 1955-70.
Gravlin carries a 3.88 grade point average in her undergraduate studies. She is a multiple Conference USA Academic Medalist and has been routinely named to the Tiger 3.0 Club and the University of Memphis’ Dean’s List. Additionally, she was named to the 2013 NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Team.
A member of Memphis’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Gravlin not only participated but also organized her team to take part in Relay for Life. She has also assisted with canned food drives and has visited patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
On the playing field, Gravlin started 17 of the team’s 20 matches in 2013 and played primarily as a midfielder. She finished her redshirt junior year with a goal and two assists.
The Zach Curlin Award was created in 2011 and is presented annually to an outstanding male student-athlete who possesses Curlin’s drive, enthusiasm and determination for academics and athletics, while maintaining a concern for others. Curlin came to the University of Memphis in 1924 and during his tenure worked as the head football, basketball and baseball coach, in addition to serving as athletic director and the head of physical education and intramural departments.
Ifedi will receive his bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance/Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management next month. While he is a native of Houston, the star defensive end has claimed the city of Memphis as his own, evident by his service within the community.
Ifedi volunteers regularly for team community services projects, reading to children in the Shelby County School System as well as visits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Dorothy Day House. Beyond involvement in team projects, he has been a regular at the Orange Mound Community Center, serving as a clinician for various physical activities for children. He has tutored children at the Hickory Ridge Community Center. He was a speaker at the Memphis VA Hospital Mental Health Summit.
Ifedi has started the past two seasons for the Tigers. In 2013, while helping the Tigers’ defensive unit to be ranked as high as 15th in the nation, Ifedi ended the year ranked sixth nationally for quarterback sacks with 11.5. He was named to the inaugural American Athletic Conference Team and earned a spot on the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, annually presented to the nation’s top defensive end.
Both Nicholls and Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Memphis last December.
Nichols, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in News, was the sports editor of The Helmsman last fall. She was a Conference USA Academic Medalist as well as named to the Tiger 3.0 Club, Dean’s List and Tiger Academic 30 throughout her career. In 2012 she was named to the Conference USA Cross Country All-Academic Team and in 2013 named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team.
Nichols clocked a personal-best time of 11:28.79 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also notched a personal-best in the 5,000m at the C-USA Outdoor Championship with a time of 18:54.78. At the 2012 NCAA South Regional Championship, she clocked a season-best in the 6K with a time of 23:02.30.
Scott double majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the University of Memphis. He was a Conference USA Medalist throughout his career as well as a regular on the Tiger 3.0 Club, Dean’s List and Tiger Academic 30.
Scott won silver and took All-C-USA second-team honors at the Conference USA Indoor Championships as a member of the men’s distance medley relay team in 2012. During the 2013 outdoor season, he ran a season-best in the 800m at the Conference USA Outdoor Championship, notching a time of 1:55.23.
Classes for the spring semester at the University of Memphis conclude on April 30. Final exams will be administered May 2-8. Commencement is slated for May 10 at FedExForum.