Bowdoin grad Calnan up for NCAA Woman of the Year

Michaela Calnan, a 2011 Bowdoin graduate and a former two-sport athlete for the Polar Bears, has been chosen as one of the 30 nominees (and only hockey player) for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991.

Calnan played both field hockey and ice hockey at Bowdoin and was a mentor to other students in the campus and local communities, all while pursuing a degree in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. Calnan graduated with honors this past May from Bowdoin with a 3.63 grade-point average.

Among her many honors and awards, Calnan was recognized as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, honored on the NESCAC All-Academic team in both field hockey and ice hockey in 2009-10 and 2010-11, named an Academic All-American four times and was twice the recipient of Bowdoin’s Christopher Charles Watras Memorial Women’s Ice Hockey Trophy.

“Four years ago, I never would have imagined that during my senior year I would present my neuroscience honors research at a state-wide symposium, be charged with coordinating 30 volunteer groups on campus, or win a third national championship with my field hockey team,” stated Calnan in a statement. “Throughout my college career I have been presented with extraordinary opportunities and I have been able to follow my passions to the fullest on the field, in the classroom, and in my community.

“While following my passions, I created a unique identity for myself on campus – I am not just another athlete, scientist, or volunteer. Instead, I think of myself as a well-rounded woman and a contributing member of my community. Through my academic, athletic, and service experiences, I have learned to adapt and succeed in a diverse array of situations.”