May 22, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Three Crusader athletes are among a total of 12 Holy Cross students who have been named 2008 Presidential Service Award recipients, as announced today by the college's student affairs department. Seniors Katie Falkowski (East Sandwich, Mass.), Cal St. Denis (Freelton, Ontario) and Victor Vaval (West Roxbury, Mass.) have all earned Presidential recognition after being nominated by members of the faculty and staff for their service and contributions to the college and greater Worcester communities.
A walk-on guard for the men's basketball team, Vaval played in two games this season, and totaled four points, two rebounds and a steal in eight games played during his collegiate career. Off the court, he served as co-chair of the Caribbean and African Student Assemblage (CASA), was a member of the Black Student Union, and brought the Lest We Forget exhibit to Holy Cross to educate students, faculty and staff on black history. Vaval was also a student assistant in the Holy Cross admissions office, and served as a Manresa retreat leader and a Christian Life community leader. A 2007 selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Vaval will graduate with a degree in Economics and French.
A forward on the women's ice hockey team, Falkowski played in 22 games this season, scoring six points on two goals and four assists. Over the course of her four-year career as a Crusader, she totaled 15 goals and 22 assists for 27 total points. Off the ice, Falkowski served on the executive board of the Christian Life community group, while being one of eight student representatives to the College Advisory Board on Alcohol for two years, and a lector for three years. She was also a student leader for the Mexico Immersion program and participated in Student Programs for Urban Development, in addition to volunteering at St. Mary's Nursing Home in Worcester. A three-time selection to the ECAC East All-Academic team, Falkowksi will graduate with a degree in Sociology and Religious Studies.
A forward on the men's ice hockey team, St. Denis played in 23 games this season, scoring five points on three goals and two assists. Over the course of his four-year career as a Crusader, he totaled 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 total points. Off the ice, St. Denis founded Crusaders for Kids, a mentoring program connecting Worcester's inner city youth with Holy Cross athletes. He recruited and coordinated 50 varsity athletes to serve as volunteers, scheduled events, organized travel arrangements and secured donations. St. Denis has ensured the program will continue following his graduation, recruiting and training underclass teammates to organize the program for years to come. A selection to the 2007 Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team, St. Denis will graduate with a degree in Biology.