Julie Ann Hufnagel '04
B.S., Biology; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Julie Hufnagel was inducted into Phi Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honorary and Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a University Scholarship and was named an Anderson Summer Scholar award winner. She has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was a member of the varsity women indoor and outdoor track and field teams earning varsity letters in 2003 and was named to the 2003 All-NCAC Team. In cross country competitions, Hufnagel earned All-NCAC first team honors three times and was the individual conference champion in fall 2003. On the national level, she was named to the Division III Cross Country Coaches' Association Academic All-American team three times, placed 31st in the NCAA Division III championship meet and led the Denison cross country team to a All-Ohio Division III championship for the first time in Denison's history. The team was ranked in the top 25 nationally.
"Julie, in the past four years you have carved a wide pathway through Denison's academic hallways and over its cross-country track terrain, and in doing so you have infused the term 'scholar-athlete' with new meaning. Phi Beta Kappa, Anderson Scholar, and stellar biology major, your sophisticated research on olfactory sampling by crayfish has led your faculty mentor to say that you have 'set the bar very high for future students.' 'In fact,' she adds, 'I treat Julie like a graduate student, and she responds like a graduate student.'
"At the same time you have written a record of unforgettable accomplishments in women's track and field, and especially in that track category in which you have rightly earned the Denison title of 'Ms. Cross-Country.' Here is the litany of your athletic successes: All-NCAC three times, and last year NCAC conference champion; three-time NCAA All-Region; at the national level, a 2003 NCAA Division III All-American, and named to the national NCAA Cross Country Coaches' Academic All-American team not once, but three times.
"Your leadership on the team resulted this year in the NCAC Conference Championship for our women's track and field team. Perhaps most impressive of all, and emblematic of your special blending of scholarly and athletic achievement, we recently learned of your winning the coveted NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. I might add that this accomplishment is not only a personal triumph for you, but a triumph you've brought to Denison, which now claims a total of 34 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships, the fourth largest number in Division III sports in the nation.
"At the same time you have spent summers working at a summer camp for autistic children, our own DCA Hope for Autism and First Mentors, and on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
"Julie, as you embark on the next leg of your marathon toward a graduate degree in physical therapy, we know that you will be a resounding success, and we trust that, as always, the wind will be at your back."