|OU's 2017 Lage Award Winners|
|Ben Hollas||Baseball||Liberal Studies|
|Brian Schibler||MGym||Chemical Biosciences|
|Liz Keester||Soccer||Health & Exercise Science|
|Paige Welch||Soccer||Biomedical Engineering|
|Lane Maguire||T&F/XC||Environmental Sciences|
NORMAN — Seven University of Oklahoma student-athletes have been awarded the 2017 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor.
The Sooners named to the prestigious listing include senior Ben Hollas (baseball, liberal studies), junior Brian Schibler (men's gymnastics, chemical biosciences), senior Liz Keester (soccer, health and exercise science), sophomore Paige Welch (soccer, biomedical engineering), redshirt senior Mimi Fotopoulos (women's tennis, communications), redshirt junior Lane Maguire (track and field/cross country, environmental sciences) and redshirt sophomore Haley Redwine (track and field/cross country, accounting).
The award is in its sevent year and has honored a total of 483 Big 12 student-athletes, including 59 in 2017.
The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He was the chairman on three occasions (1985-86, 93-94 and 2003-04).
Lage had been a member of the Oklahoma State family since 1966, when he joined the College of Business Administration as an assistant professor. During his tenure at OSU, he served as the director of graduate studies in the department of economics (1974-77), head of the department of economics and finance (1978-84), director of the OSU Center for International Trade and Development (1985-87), and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the college of business administration (1997-2004).
In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, which can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of the nomination.
The Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients will receive public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 8-11 at Sprint Center in Kansas City.