Soccer’s Dusty Page wins 2015 Bob James Memorial Award

Dusty Page
Dusty Page

Dusty Page of the NIU men’s soccer team was named the male recipient of the Mid-American Conference’s 2015 Bob James Memorial Award, announced by the league office Thursday.

In its 27th year, the Bob James Memorial Award recognizes one female and one male student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50 and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).

Awarded by the MAC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives, Page is joined by Kent State’s Stephanie Haugh (women’s soccer) as the 2015 Bob James Award honorees. He is NIU’s fifth all-time Bob James Award honoree, its first since Nabal Jefferson (football) claimed the honor in 2013.

“It is an honor to receive this award from the Mid-American Conference,” Page said. “I’m really proud of everything I have accomplished over the last four years at Northern Illinois and this award is really just another statement about how much support I have had from people throughout my life and at NIU.

“My experience at Northern Illinois University has really been unparalleled. I have said it before but I really can’t imagine having had such a great college experience anywhere but Northern. I’ve come into contact with so many great people from teammates, to administrators, to friends along the way, and I think every single one of those people have helped shape me into the person that I am and I am truly thankful for it.

A native of Germantown, Wis., Page graduated from NIU this past May with a degree in finance while carrying a 4.0 GPA and Summa Cum Laude honors. A three-time Academic All-MAC honoree and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient, this past season Page also earned Capital One Academic All-America Second Team honors and was awarded a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Page also received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and the “Mr. Victor E. Huskie” award at NIU’s 2015 awards show, The Victors.

Dusty Page
Dusty Page

Page has also been highly involved in student-athlete affairs both at NIU and nationally.

A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at both NIU and the MAC, Page was selected to serve on the NCAA Division I SAAC in May of 2013. After becoming the vice chair of Division I SAAC, Page was appointed, along with Duquesne women’s soccer player Devon Tabata, as a voting member of the NCAA Division I Council, becoming the first two student-athletes ever appointed to the council, giving them the opportunity to cast votes on NCAA legislation.

Through NIU SAAC, Page has participated in canned food drives and an adopt-a-family Christmas gift drive. He also collected over $1,000 for Samaritan’s Feet with NCAA SAAC promoting an NCAA “Jeans Day.”

On the field, Page was a four-year letterwinner for the Huskies, appearing in 49 matches, including 43 starts.

Page was a part of NIU’s 2011 MAC Championship team, appearing in both the MAC Tournament Final against Western Michigan and the NCAA Tournament First Round against Western Illinois. As a senior in 2014, Page served as a team captain and started all 17 matches, tallying his second career goal on Senior Night against Bowling Green.

Page will continue his studies this fall at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

“I’m ready to take on the next challenge and I think that Northern has really prepared me for that next challenge. So while I won’t be continuing at NIU, I’m really excited to use all the tools that I have learned at NIU when I head to Wisconsin.”

For more information on NIU men’s soccer and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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