Austin College's Chanin; Colorado College's Brown Selected SCAC Character & Community Student-Athletes of the Week

Austin College's Chanin; Colorado College's Brown Selected SCAC Character & Community Student-Athletes of the Week

(Photo of Josh Chanin by Joe Fusco,,

- Josh Chanin of Austin College and Molly Brown of Colorado College have been selected as the SCAC Male and Female Character & Community Student-Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Sunday, March 9.

The SCAC Character & Community award was created in 2009 to honor and recognize the efforts of the extraordinary student-athletes of the conference who not only excel athletically on the field, course, court, pool or track, but also by serving their campus and community.

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, a sophomore on the men's swimming and diving team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week ending Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Chanin, a native of Coppell, Texas, has been active throughout his time at Austin College in the community both as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and in various community service projects. He has been dedicated to community and volunteer work since his days at Coppell High School, where he was awarded the prestigious Community Service Award as a senior. He was also the secretary of the school’s Red Cross Club and was inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.

During his high school years, Chanin completed more than 250 community service hours, volunteering with various projects such as animal shelters, working with the elderly, and Relay for Life. He also worked as a volunteer swim coach for his local YMCA Special Olympics for three summers. During his senior year at Coppell, he was selected as the Coppell Rotary Club Student of the Season for all of his work in the community. His work with Special Olympics has carried over to his time at Austin College, as he has helped organize multiple events as a member of the SAAC.

In addition to his work in the SAAC and with Special Olympics, Chanin serves as a member of the Environmentally Friendly ECOS Club, and as part of the Great Day of Service, he volunteered at the local Denison, Texas Food Pantry. He is also a Resident Assistant at Austin College, as well as a member of the Acapella Choir. He also excels in the classroom, having been named to the 2013 SCAC Spring Academic Honor Roll, and in high school he was a TISCA Academic All-State selection and a NISCA Academic All-American. 

, a senior on the women's swimming and diving team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week ending March 9, 2014.

It didn’t take long for the native of Decatur, Ga., to become a leader, both on the deck at Schlessman Natatorium and on campus.

By the end of her freshman campaign, Brown held school records in both the 100 back (1:00.30) and 200 back (2:11.10), and helped her team break another one in the 200 medley relay (2:14.17).

As a sophomore, she posted CC’s top times in three events – the 200 back (2:17.21), 200 IM (2:17.38) and 400 IM (4:56.73).

During the fall semester of her junior year, Brown sacrificed her training to study in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. That experience led to her selecting development and foreign direct investment in Latin America as her senior thesis.

Brown’s commitment to community service also began during her freshman year when she was named service and philanthropy chair of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. One of her biggest projects was planning Kicks for CASA, a campus-wide kickball tournament which raises an average of $6,000 annually for CASA of the Pikes Peak region.

Throughout her four years at Colorado College, Brown has been a leader among student athletes as well as the entire campus community. This year she was elected president of Kappa Alpha Theta, named to the President’s Council and elected president of the senior class committee, which is responsible for selecting and fundraising for the senior class gift. This year, the committee decided to fund an endowed scholarship in the name of Reuben Mitrani, a classmate who passed away while studying abroad during his sophomore year. The scholarship will provide aid to a deep- need student each year.

During her first three years, Brown represented the swimming and diving team on Colorado College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee before passing the torch to a teammate. During that time, she became one the organization’s representative to the SCAC and appeared in videos describing sportsmanship and what it means to be a Division III student-athlete, as well as another highlighting school spirit at CC for the #SCAC8in8 initiative.

The last two summers, she worked for the Colorado College Summer Conference office as an intern planning and executing all of the conferences that stay on our campus during the summer. This year, she fulfilled an internship with Kids are Dramatic, an organization with the mission of researching and developing education in the arts.

A three-time member of the SCAC Honor Roll, Brown has compiled a 3.33 grade-point average as an economics major with a minor in Spanish.