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NAU Athletics February Student-Athlete Spotlight

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Johanna Vang of the women's tennis team and Max Jacobsen of the men's basketball team are featured in the first of Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight beginning with the month of February.

Jacobsen is a senior from Portland, Ore. and is majoring in Electrical Engineering. His academic accolades include Dean List, two-time AD Honor Roll and three-time Golden Eagle Scholar. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.52. He has completed 19 hours of community service this year by volunteering with Red Ribbon Week, Welcome Back Jacks, Blues and Brews and Fan Fest. Jacobsen is also a major contributor to the men’s basketball team averaging 13.0 points per game which is 14th overall in the Big Sky and he has the third highest field goal percentage in the Big Sky at 57.9 percent. Jacobsen was recognized by CEFNS at the ASNAU State of the Student Recognition Awards for making a significant contribution to the NAU community.

“Max is a great representation of what it is to be a top tier Lumberjack student and athlete," said Pam Lowie, Assistant AD for Academics. "From the moment Max arrived on campus in the summer of 2011, he has been a role model for other students by showing incredible maturity, self motivation and time management skills. Max will go on to be a tremendous leader in the field of Engineering, and we look forward to him representing NAU Athletics as a proud alumnus.”

Vang is a junior from Sollentuna, Sweden and is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Economics. Vang’s academic accolades include three-time honors in each of three categories: Dean’s List, AD Honor Roll and Golden Eagle Scholar. She has a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Vang has completed 15 hours of community service so far this year volunteering at the Part Time Job Fair, Welcome Back Jacks, Octoberfest, Red Ribbon Week and the Family Food Center. While she is excelling academically she is also a major contributor on the court, serving as team captain for the women’s tennis team. She recently helped the Lumberjacks defeat Montana State in their first Big Sky Conference match on Jan. 31.

“I feel lucky every day to have a kid like Johanna part of our tennis program," said women's tennis head coach Kim Bruno. "I know for a fact that there isn’t a team in the country that wouldn’t want her. Not only is she a great athlete, she is funny, easy going, hardworking, kind, smart and a good human being. She is our team captain and I have the upmost respect for her both on and off the court.”

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