Katherine Maher Named CUNYAC 2005-2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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2005-2006 CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Katherine Maher
From L to R: 2005-2006 CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Katherine Maher,
Honorable Mention Honorees Arby Gega, Louie Karis, and Safia Mian.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) named Baruch student and softball player Katherine Maher as one of four 2005-2006 Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Baruch’s Arby Gega, Louie Karis, and Safia Mian were awarded Honorable Mentions.

Maher is described by her coaching staff as a “warrior” and student-athlete who is as highly driven by her studies as she is on the diamond. She has earned Dean’s List honors in six different semesters, and has earned the CUNY Honors College Scholarship, Peter Vallone Scholarship, and the Presidential Academic Scholarship in each of her four years.

Numbers are a big part of her life, both on and off the field. An accounting major with a spectacular 3.87 grade point average, Maher has been one of the top pitchers in the CUNY Athletic Conference for the past four seasons, earning All-Star accolades in her first three campaigns. After entering the scene in 2003 as Baruch’s Rookie of the Year, the Brooklyn native followed that up by going 7-3 with a terrific 2.07 ERA in 2004, and was named the Bearcats’ Most Valuable Player.

Despite the daily rigors of combining academics and athletics, Maher has managed to find the time to serve in the Baruch Scholars Big Sister Program and has volunteered as a pitching instructor at her former high school, James Madison, as well as at the Joe Torre East Highway Little League. Her internship last summer at Ernst & Young LLP has already led to a position upon graduation at the company’s Assurance & Advisory Business Services Practice.

The other 2005-2006 Scholar-Athletes named were Omri Holzman (Hunter), Annelie Gregor (Borough of Manhattan), and Nizar Chahbani (Borough of Manhattan).

Story and Photo: CUNY Sports Information.