Notre Dame Students Named Scholarship Finalists
Jane Pater and C.J. Lanktree vying for Sears Directors’ Cup postgraduate scholarships.

April 19, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame seniors Jane Pater and C.J. Lanktree are among 47 finalists for the eighth annual Sears Directors’ Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards for student members of the athletics department support staff. The scholarships are sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

There are 17 finalists from NCAA Division I colleges and universities and 10 finalists from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools. The support staff includes students from the categories of academic support, athletic trainers, band members, equipment room managers, facility managers, sports information assistants, and student coaches. Senior students are eligible for the scholarships and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, their demonstrated leadership qualities at the institution which they attend are taken into consideration.

Pater, a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., has worked for four years in the Notre Dame Sports Information Office, assisting the office’s primary women’s basketball contact with the day-to-day public relations effort with that sport. She traveled to both the NCAA Final Four and regional championship with members from SID staff. Pater has served as a feature writer in Notre Dame’s football and men’s basketball game programs as well as a contributor on the school’s athletic department website. Pater also has had articles published in the Scholastic, a magazine published by Notre Dame students.

A government and international studies major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50, she has been named to the Dean’s List four times. A candidate for a Fulbright Scholarship, Pater studied abroad for a semester in Fremantle, Australia. Currently, she serves as secretary of the Australia Club and is a peer educator for the Notre Dame’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Education.

Lanktree, who hails from Morris Plains, N.J., served as the leprechaun mascot for Notre Dame’s Olympic sports teams. A finance and computer applications major in the Mendoza College of Business, he has been named to the Dean’s List all seven semesters and on three occasions has earned perfect 4.0 grade point average. Lanktree was one of 25 of the top finance students at Notre Dame selected for the Applied Investment Management course which helped manage the University’s endowment fund. A recipient of a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) scholarship, he was one of five students chosen this year to represent Notre Dame in the Tucker Anthony BIG EAST Stock Challenge.

Lanktree served as captain of the cheerleading squad during the 2000-01 school year and also was secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). He has accepted a position with as an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith.

The winners will be announced at the 36th annual NACDA Convention which will take place June 10-13 at the Little and Grand America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. The NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, will take place on Tues., June 12, 2001.