Athletics News


Dec. 8, 2016

Fayetteville, NC -- Fayetteville State University Director of Student Engagement Julian Capel has been selected by the NCAA Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the 2016 Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award recipient. Capel will be honored for this accomplishment at the Division II Faculty Mentor Award reception on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. during the 2017 NCAA Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

The Division II Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award was created by the Division II SAAC to honor an institutional faculty member who has demonstrated dedication, support, and guidance to student-athletes and the institution's athletics program. The award was posthumously named for the inaugural winner of the award in 2013, Dr. Dave Pariser of Bellarmine University.

"The dedication from Mr. Capel to the students and student-athletes at Fayetteville State has gone above and beyond any job description and made him the perfect candidate for this year's award," said Lisa Rogers, representative for Division II Governance at the NCAA. "His nomination acknowledged his energy and passion for promoting the college experience and encouraging personal development of Fayetteville State student-athletes.

Capel had his nomination submitted by Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletics Director, Dr. LaWanda Miller and the Fayetteville State SAAC.

"It's an awesome feeling to know that the FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee nomination ended up number one out of the over 312 Division II colleges across 45 different states," exclaimed Dr. Miller. "We had a worthy subject, and Mr. Capel winning this award puts the CIAA, Fayetteville State University, and the SAAC efforts on the map nationally and it certainly makes us feel so, so proud."

Capel and a guest will receive invitations to accept the award at the 2017 NCAA Convention. The NCAA will provide accommodations for roundtrip transportation to Nashville, two nights' lodging and a daily per diem.

"It is an honor to receive the Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award," said Capel. "I am fortunate to be in a position of servant leadership and I take great pride in mentoring our student-athletes."

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