INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Texas A&M Corpus Christi track & field competitor Sashane Hanson and Nicholls softball pitcher Megan Landry have been named nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The pair will represent the Southland Conference in a field of 148 nominees for the honor.Hanson recently closed out her four-year career with the Islanders, capturing second-team All-America honors following a 16th-place high-jump finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Montego Bay, Jamaica, product also captured a pair of gold medals in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Championships. In addition to her athletic endeavors, Hanson was named the 2019 Southland Women’s Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. She secured a position on the 2019 Academic All-Conference team with a 3.42 grade-point average (GPA) in biomedical science.Landry also concluded an illustrious collegiate career this past spring, setting numerous records for the Nicholls’ softball program and pushing her squad to a berth in the Southland Tournament title game. She stands as the Colonels’ all-time leader with 80 wins and nine saves. Landry is a three-time all-conference selection and the 2018 Southland Pitcher of the Year. She earned Academic All-Conference honors three times throughout her career and was deemed the conference’s 2018 softball Student-Athlete of the Year following her junior campaign. Landry completed her undergraduate degree in secondary education-English this past December with a 3.97 GPA.A total of 148 student-athletes were chosen by NCAA conferences and a selection committee and were selected from a poll of 585 nominees. The field of nominees represent collegiate student-athletes from 20 sports across all three NCAA divisions.The top 30 honorees, comprising of 10 women from each division, will be named the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the poll to nine finalists – with three from each division – in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year to be honored at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.The NCAA Woman of the Year program recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) hosted friends and art lovers on Thursday night at their Autumn Jazz Soirée Welcome Back Party on the Prado. Under a canopy of trees, neighbors joined for an evening of music, food and drinks on the doorstep of the NEMPAC building, the non-profit’s music studio and after-school programming space. Situated between the Old North Church and the Cyrus Dallin statue of Paul Revere, it was perfect place to celebrate arts in the North End.“We are truly grateful to our neighbors, supporters, families and friends for coming out to a fun, musical night to support NEMPAC”, said Sherri Snow, executive director of NEMPAC. Event organizer and board member, Jennifer McGivern added, “We are so fortunate to have NEMPAC in our neighborhood and to have the community support from this annual event to continue enriching lives through quality music programming.”*Advertisement* Live music was provided by Thomas Schiavoni and Stefano Marchese with his band Scanzonatti. Food came from Benevento’s, Modern Pastry, Manda and Me Catering, and an open bar featuring 90+ Cellars, Harpoon, and Southern Tier Brewing Company. Sponsors also included Rafi Properties, Andrea and Arthur Waldstein, Century Bank, Rep. Danny Ryan, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Design Loom, Sen. Joe Boncore and Councilor Sal LaMattina.