Adeyemi-Berglund is the 20th student-athlete in school history to be recognized as an Academic All-American by CoSIDA and the first football representative. His selection marks the fifth straight athletic season that Southeastern has had at least one Academic All-America selection.Adeyemi-Berglund was a second team All-Southland Conference selection as a senior, as the leading pass rusher for a SLU defense that ranked among the FCS leaders in tackles for loss and sacks. Adeyemi-Berglund led the Lions with 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to go with 61 tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.Gibbens is a first-time honoree and Fink was a First Team awardee at the conclusion of the 2018. Fink is the first Wildcat football player to receive this honor in consecutive years since defensive Bill Clayton won his third prize in 1989. Wide receiver Sean Grady also received a spot on the second team that same year.Gibbens, a native of Bulverde, Texas and accounting major with a 4.0 grade-point average was one of three first team linebackers along with Bucknell’s Rick Mottram and Nevada’s Lucas Weber.Fink, a native of Coppell, Texas and finance major will be graduating this Friday, was one of only four wide receivers nationwide named Academic All-America along wide first-team picks Brandon Arconado (Washington State) and Andrew Griffin (Princeton), and fellow second-team honoree Bryce Nunnelly (Chattanooga).Fink leaves ACU with 2,323 career receiving yards on 188 receptions and 14 touchdowns. He ranks seventh all-time at ACU in receiving yardage and third behind Jerale Badon (235) and Taylor Gabriel (215) in catches.Walker achieved a 3.69 GPA as a biochemistry/molecular biology major. He led the FCS with 15.0 sacks for losses totaling 108 yards. Walker recorded 55 tackles overall, 19.5 for losses totaling 134 yards and forced two fumbles.The Slidell, Louisiana, native was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2017 and 2018. Walker was an All-Southland Conference First Team selection and earned all-conference honorable mention as a freshman and has been an academic all-conference selection each of the last two years.To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-American consideration, a student-athlete in his or her second year or later at his or her current institution must carry a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher and be a key contributor in competition. The Academic All-American teams are made of first team Academic All-District selections and were voted on by the CoSIDA membership.FIRST TEAMPos. Name School Yr. GPA MajorQB Justin Herbert (1) ($) University of Oregon Sr. 4.00 General ScienceRB Travis Brannan U.S. Naval Academy Sr. 4.00 Ocean EngineeringRB Ezra Gray Alabama State Sr. 4.00 Computer Information SystemsWR Brandon Arconado Washington State University Gr. 3.65 MIS (UG) / MBA (G)WR Andrew Griffin Princeton University Sr. 3.82 Computer ScienceTE Charlie Kolar Iowa State University Jr. 3.98 Mechanical EngineeringOL Jacob Bacon (1) Drake University Sr. 4.00 MBAOL Eric Cal U.S. Naval Academy Sr. 3.93 ChemistryOL Adam Holtorf (1) Kansas State University Gr. 3.92/3.80 Business & Agribusiness (G)OL Jacob Marnin (1) Southern Illinois University Gr. 4.00/4.00 Criminology & Criminal JusticeOL Justin Szuba Monmouth University So. 4.00 History EducationK Rodrigo Blankenship University of Georgia Gr. 3.71/3.65 Broadcast Journalism (UG) / Journalism (G)ST Blake Best (2) University of Kentucky Sr. 4.00 Economics & FinanceDL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Southeastern Louisiana University Sr. 3.81 Exercise ScienceDL Kyle Finch Montana State University Jr. 4.00 Mechanical EngineeringDL Victor Jergens Drake University Sr. 3.98 FinanceDL Jack Raines Mercer University Gr. 3.99 Finance / SpanishLB Jack Gibbens Abilene Christian University Sr. 4.00 AccountingLB Rick Mottram Bucknell University Jr. 4.00 Mechanical EngineeringLB Lucas Weber University of Nevada Gr. 4.00 Public Health (UG)/Secondary Education (G)DB Spencer DeMedal Duquesne University Jr. 3.98 BiologyDB Kyle Hegedus Youngstown State University Gr. 3.89/4.00 Exercise Science (UG)/Physical Therapy (G)DB K.J. Smith University of North Alabama Sr. 4.00 Interdisciplinary StudiesDB Jelani Taylor Cornell University Sr. 3.95 Hotel AdministrationP Blake Gillikin (1) Pennsylvania State University Sr. 4.00 KinesiologySECOND TEAMPos. Name School Yr. GPA MajorQB Tom Flacco (*) Towson University Gr. 4.00/3.80 Applied Information Technology (G)RB Jake Chisholm University of Dayton So. 3.97 Pre-MedRB Brad Sznajder (2) Butler University Sr. 3.88 FinanceWR Josh Fink (1) Abilene Christian University Sr. 3.81 FinanceWR Bryce Nunnelly Chattanooga Jr. 3.81 Mechanical EngineeringTE Ean Pfeifer University of Louisville Gr. 4.00/4.00 MBA (G)OL Blaise Andries University of Minnesota Sr. 3.86 MathematicsOL Graham Ashkettle Eastern Kentucky University Jr. 4.00 ChemistryOL Isaiah Kent-Schneider Drake University Gr. 3.98/4.00 Sec. Edu./Env. Science (UG)/STEM Education (G)OL Calvin Throckmorton University of Oregon Sr. 3.82 Human PhysiologyOL Dakota Wilson (2) Idaho State University Sr. 3.97 Health ScienceK Samuel Hayworth Eastern Kentucky University Gr. 3.96 Biomedical Science (UG) / Public Health (G)ST Connor McGinnis University of Oklahoma Gr. 4.00 Finance (UG) / Finance (G)DL Jonathan Clayton Coastal Carolina University Sr. 3.95 Business Management & MarketingDL Brogan McPartland Harvard University Sr. 3.65 Applied MathematicsDL Sam Renner University of Minnesota Gr. 3.54/3.60 Accountancy (G)DL Andre Walker Houston Baptist University Sr. 3.69 Biochemistry / Molecular BiologyLB Jackson Hankey North Dakota State University Jr. 4.00 Agricultural EconomicsLB Luke Nelson University of Northern Colorado Sr. 3.97 Criminology & Criminal JusticeLB Dante Olson University of Montana Sr. 3.91 Business Administration / ManagementDB Jordan Fuller (1) (#) Ohio State University Sr. 3.60 Business MarketingDB Tiger Garcia (2) UC Davis Sr. 3.92 Managerial EconomicsDB Kekaula Kaniho Boise State University Jr. 3.93 Health SciencesDB Tim Simon University of Dayton Sr. 3.83 Mechanical EngineeringP Trent Schneider University of South Florida Jr. 4.00 Communication Courtesy of Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Media RelationsAUSTIN, Texas – The Southland Conference placed four football student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All-America Division I Football Teams, CoSIDA announced Monday. Southeastern Louisiana defensive lineman Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund and Abilene Christian linebacker Jack Gibbens were selected to the first team while Abilene Christian wide receiver Josh Fink and Houston Baptist defensive lineman Andre Walker appeared on the second team. In addition to being one of the team leaders for a Lion team that made its third playoff appearance in school history, Adeyemi-Berglund carries a 3.81 cumulative grade point average as an exercise science major.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 12, 2017September 13, 2017By: Anne Wittenberg, Program Specialist, United Nations Population FundClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Midwife Hauwa Lassa (third from left) shows colleagues how to use UNFPA-supplied equipment to safely deliver babies. © Anne Wittenberg/UNFPAMaiduguri, Nigeria – Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria.“I have been working in the field of maternal health in this country for more than 35 years,” she told UNFPA in Maiduguri, where she works at a health facility in one of the displacement camps. “It is now with this crisis going on that the women need support. So I decided to come back to the health center and help.”Her skills are desperately needed. There is an alarming shortage of skilled health personnel in the region. The violence has left more than 40% of health facilities either destroyed or badly damaged, and many doctors and nurses were forced to flee.Women in Nigeria already face one of the highest maternal death rates in the world – a woman dies of pregnancy-related causes about every nine minutes. The conflict has aggravated this dire situation, leaving around 8.5 million people in need of life-saving assistance. Millions have fled their homes, filling displacement camps and host communities in the three worst-affected states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.UNFPA estimates that 1.7 million affected women are of reproductive age, meaning they will require reproductive health care and support. Some 276,000 of these women are likely to become pregnant this year. Health personnel are critically needed to provide reproductive health services, including obstetric emergency obstetric care and treatment for survivors of sexual violence.Training for a crisis environment“Well-trained doctors, nurses and midwives, like Hauwa Lassa, are the bedrock of our mandate to save lives,” said Ada Pouye, UNFPA’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria.To help these personnel work in a complex humanitarian environment, UNFPA is training them in the Minimum Initial Service Package – a series of actions required to meet reproductive health needs in a crisis setting. These actions include coordinating with humanitarian partners, providing clinical care to survivors of sexual violence, preventing HIV through condom distribution and other measures and facilitating access to emergency obstetric care.“This, together with equipping the health facilities and hospitals with supplies for safe deliveries, access to family planning and equipment to respond to sexual and gender-based violence is one of the cornerstones of UNFPA’s work here,” said Mr. Pouye.Ms. Lassa was one of more than 300 health providers in Borno State to participate in the training. “I learned a lot in this training which I can use in my daily work,” she told UNFPA. “I did not like to give family planning to single ladies before, but now after the training I know that I can give it to everyone who needs it. It’s to protect people from sexual transmitted infections like HIV, and I learned it’s important to give it to everyone who wants to delay pregnancy. I will inform people about female and male condoms because giving choices is important.”Caring for those most in needMdapilawa Yatzubu also participated in the UNFPA training. She works in a health center in the local government area of Biu. There, she and her colleagues manage an average of 150 deliveries per month. They also provide antenatal care, family planning services and immunizations for newborns.“We have a special way of making women come back for the second immunization shot for their baby after 40 days,” said Ms. Yatzubu. “We give them a small gift, mostly soap. They all come back to collect the soap and have their health checked and the baby immunized with the second dose. This is how we follow up on them.” She sees her share of pregnancy complications, most of them involving bleeding, hypertension and sepsis – potential fatal conditions.“If the women have complications that we cannot manage, we refer them to the general hospital,” she said. Establishing a referral system for emergency care is one of the requirements of the Minimum Initial Service Package. So far, the efforts are working. “Right now, we have had zero maternal deaths in our health facility,” Ms. Yatzubu said. And she is determined to keep it this way.This post originally appeared on the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) website.—Check out the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)’s three-part series, “Profiles of Maternal and Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings”:Ebola Virus Outbreak | 2015 Nepal Earthquake | Conflict in SyriaRead other posts from the MHTF’s Global Maternal Health Workforce blog series.Share this: