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CMU Blazers Recognize Athletes’ Achievements

March 30, 2012 –  Members of the CMU varsity soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams gathered earlier this month to recognize the outstanding achievements of CMU athletes   for the 2011-12 MCAC seasons.

One of CMU proudest accomplishments this year was the success of its varsity athletes in the classroom. CMU   honoured nine student-athletes for academic achievements    of 4.0 or higher:  (back row, l .to r.)  Jacob Miller, Christina Janzen, Vanessa Kornelson, Simon Dueck, Lindsay Braul, Rodger Toews, Josh Ewert; (front row, l .to r.): Nina Schroeder, Laura Tait 

The MCAC recognizes student-athletes who achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 (80%) or higher with academic awards for Scholar-Athletes. This year, 47 members of CMU varsity teams received recognition for their classroom success (69% of all team members) at CMU’s March 11, 2012 Athletics Awards Banquet.

Evelyn Kampen took home her second-consecutive Female Athlete of the Year honours. The fifth-year women’s volleyball star completed her final year at CMU in style, winning her third-consecutive conference MVP honours last month.

Other major award winners included Jacob Miller of the men’s basketball team who was selected Male Athlete of the Year. The 5’10 second-year guard was selected to the MCAC All-Conference Team for the first-time earlier this month and helped lead the Blazers to a first-place finish in the regular season.

The Trailblazer Award, given to a student-athlete who showed excellence in team leadership and community service was awarded to Todd Reimer of the men’s volleyball team. The 5’10 outside hitter from Rosenort has captained the Blazers and will be graduating from CMU this spring.

The following athletes were honoured by their CMU coaches with varsity team awards:

Women’s Soccer
Rookie of the Year – Amy Carlson
Outstanding Graduate – Chrissy Scheerer
Most Valuable Player – Maraleigh Short

Men’s Soccer
Rookie of the Year – Simon Dueck
Most Valuable Player – Sean Dyck

Women’s Volleyball
Rookie of the Year – Taylor Bain
Outstanding Graduate – Kathleen Vitt
Most Valuable Player – Evelyn Kampen

Men’s Volleyball
Rookie of the Year – Selanne Sangalang
Outstanding Graduate – Josh Krueger
Most Valuable Player – Todd Reimer

Women’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year – Darcie Donald
Outstanding Graduates – Meghan Kjartanson, Mallory Shack
Most Valuable Player – Nina Schroeder

Men’s Basketball
Rookies of the Year – Matt Koenig, Matej Juric
Outstanding Graduate – Nick Miller
Most Valuable Player – Wyatt Anders

Canadian Mennonite University has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through its Outtatown discipleship program. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

For Athletics Information, contact CMU Athletics Director Russell Willms: rwillms@cmu.ca

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Sports Camp Kicks Off Summer Programs

The fun is officially under way this week as CMU Sports Camps kicked off their summer programming.

The bike campers have been ‘spinning their wheels’ at the inaugural Blazer Bike Camp, learning safety and maintenance tips, all while touring the scenic trails of the Assiniboine Forest to such destinations as the Children’s Garden at Assiniboine Park and Fort Whyte Alive. Later in the week, working with Instructor Thomas Epp, the bike campers tested their new skills on CMU’s cyclocross challenge course.

“Afternoon campers have learned new skills and been challenged with a multitude of sports,” says CMU Athletics Director Russell Willms. “Beach volleyball, kick-ball, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball are just some of the sports that have been highlighted.” Of course, the greatest daily challenge has been “Win it in a Minute,” based on the popular television game show and organized by CMU summer camp co-directors Maraleigh Short and Evelyn Kampen.

Next week Junior High Campers will take over the gymnasium to develop their skills and meet new friends at our volleyball and basketball camps. Current CMU athletes Clare Schellenberg and Jacob Miller are two of the talented coaches that will work with these aspiring, young athletes. High Performance Evening Basketball camp for Senior High begins next Monday night. This camp hopes to work more closely with young athletes to refine skills and get plenty of practice with a smaller group that allows for more individual coaching.

Our final week of camp features Senior High Volleyball and Basketball day camps and an evening High Performance Volleyball camp. Day Campers will enjoy the fun of volleyball and basketball, while practicing their skills in a supportive yet competitive environment. Our “Pass It On” camp theme will be a significant part of camp, challenging campers to make a difference in the places they find themselves. High Performance Camps feature two of our CMU Blazers varsity coaches, Andrea Charbonneau and Mark Kliewer.

Spaces are limited, but it is not too late to get in on the fun! Email SportsCamps@cmu.ca to ask about registration or phone 487-3300 for more information.

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota. CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics(ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is an accredited Christian university offering undergraduate degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology, and church ministries, and master degrees in theological studies and Christian ministry. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) . Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through Outtatown, CMU’s adventure and discipleship program.
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For Sports Camp or Blazer Athletics information, contact:

Athletics Director Russell Willms – rwillms@cmu.ca

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Communications and Marketing Director Nadine Kampen – nkampen@cmu.ca
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Student Athletes Honoured for Scholastic Achievements

Fr. row, l-r.: Scholar-Athletes Bethany Abrahamson, Nina Schroeder, Jaime Semchuk, Josh Ewert; back row l.-r., Jacob Miller, Holly Goossen, David Epp, Josh Krueger, Graeme Leaver. Missing Justin Rempel & Erin Sawatsky.

72% of Athletes Earn “Scholar –Athlete” Title
Members of the CMU varsity athletics teams recently gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 2010-2011 – a year that saw the Blazers achieve some new personal bests. At a banquet held March 20 to recognize annual athletic achievements, most worthy of note was the academic performance of the current team of CMU athletes.

“We were pleasantly surprised to see our current group of student-athletes achieve an even higher academic performance than last year,” raved CMU Director of Athletics Russell Willms. “In 2010, we recognized 69% of our team members for achieving the title of “Scholar-Athlete” as instituted by the MCAC for student-athletes that achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. We led the conference last year with that total, and I would hasten to guess that we will do the same in 2011.”

This year, 54 of 75 CMU student athletes achieved Scholar-Athlete recognition, improving to 72%. “This statistic is very worthy of recognition,” said Willms, who informed guests that the national average of scholar athletes recognized by colleges and universities across Canada is approximately 24%. “This shows that CMU student-athletes are applying themselves whole-heartedly to their studies and finding success in the classroom. It is something that we are truly proud of.”

The Blazers formally recognized 11 student-athletes that achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher – a true standard of academic excellence.

Other major award winners were Evelyn Kampen and Todd Reimer, who were recognized as the female and male Athletes of the Year for their outstanding performances on the CMU volleyball teams.

Carrera Lamoureux and Wyatt Anders were honoured as female and male Rookies of the Year, for their contributions to the CMU basketball teams in their first seasons. Nina Schroeder of the women’s basketball teams was recognized for a second-consecutive year with the Trailblazer Award, recognizing excellence in team leadership and community service.

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference , CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota. CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is an accredited Christian university offering undergraduate degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology, and church ministries, and master degrees in theological studies and Christian ministry. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) . Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through Outtatown, CMU’s adventure and discipleship program.

Visit www.cmu.ca/blazers

For Blazer information, contact:

Athletics Director Russell Willms – rwillms@cmu.ca

For CMU information and photographs, contact:
Communications and Marketing Director Nadine Kampen – nkampen@cmu.ca

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CMU Blazer Evelyn Kampen Named MCAC Volleyball League MVP

CMU Women’s Volleyball Team Captain Evelyn Kampen has been named two-time MCAC League Most Valuable Player in volleyball regular season play.

A forth-year player with two years’ experience playing with CMU in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference and two years in the CIS league with BC’s Trinity Western University, at age 21 Kampen is a skilled and seasoned player who brings leadership to her team.

“We’re proud of Evelyn’s accomplishments and appreciate the consistent high quality of play that Evelyn brings to the game and to our league,” says CMU Women’s Volleyball Coach Andrea Charbonneau.

Kampen has earned a number of honours in her sport.  Career highlights include gold in 2010 and now silver in 2011 in MCAC league play with CMU; MVP Final 4 title in 2010 and, among pre-CMU highlights, gold with Team Manitoba at Canada’s national championships for women 17&under.  A resident of North Kildonan in Winnipeg, Evelyn played for River East Kodiaks during her high school years.

A Communications & Media major at CMU, Kampen enjoys coaching young athletes. She presently coaches a 14&under girls’ club team and in summer 2010 instructed at CMU’s summer Sports Camp along with CMU setter Kathleen Vitt.  With the CMU volleyball season now over, Kampen looks forward to playing summer beach volleyball.

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota.  CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

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Invitational Basketball Tournament video

The second-largest university men’s basketball tournament in Manitoba was held on October 14-16, 2010 hosted by Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers host the first annual Holiday Inn Airport-West Invitational. The first annual Holiday Inn Airport-West Invitational tournament took place in CMU’s Loewen Athletic Centre.

Tournament entries included the University of Manitoba Bisons and The University of Winnipeg Wesmen of CIS Canada-West, along with Canadian Mennonite University Blazers of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, Briercrest Clippers from Caronport, Saskatchewan, Lakeland College Rustlers from Lloydminister, Alberta, and the Dakota College Bottineau (DCB) Lumberjacks from North Dakota.

CMU Communications and Media students, Laura Tait and Evelyn Kampen, were there to catch the action!

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Russel Willms – Athletics and Theology

Russel Willms
Director, CMU Blazer Athletics
Interview Date: May 30, 2010

In this interview David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, speaks with Russell Wilms about his life story and the connections he’s found between athletics and theology here at CMU.

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