Softball Featured in KU Women of Distinction Calendar

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 2013-14 University of Kansas Women of Distinction calendar honors 23 female students, staff and faculty for outstanding achievements and it features members the KU softball program.

Head coach Megan Smith and former softball players Maggie Hull-Tietz and Rosie Hull were among those women honored in the upcoming calendar. 

“It is a big honor for our program and for Maggie and Rosie, that we are amongst a group of such influential and impactful women on our campus,” said Smith of KU softball being featured in the calendar. “We’ve worked really hard the last four years to improve our program and do it the right way. It’s nice to be recognized.”

A reception for the 2103-14 honorees will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. Calendars are available at several locations across campus.

In 2013, Smith led the Jayhawks to their best winning percentage since 1992. The squad finished fourth in the Big 12 Conference—their best finish since 2001—and recorded the best batting average in Big 12 history. The team’s historic season included an upset victory over eventual NCAA National Champion Oklahoma.

Maggie Hull-Tietz graduated this spring from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication and also played four years with the Jayhawk softball team. The Free State High School graduate was a Third Team Capital One CoSIDA All-American and a First Team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American. She was selected 11th-overall to the Chicago Bandits in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch League Draft.

Rosie Hull was an integral member of the KU softball squad. Rosie was on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for three straight seasons and a 2013 Gerald Lage Award Winner, the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honorary Society and graduated from KU in 2013.

Others honored in the calendar are listed below.

Students, faculty and alumnae featured for individual achievements: Alesha E. Doan, Alexis Knutsen, Mulubrhan (Mulu) Evangline Negash, Alyssa Ong and Lt. Molly C. Rutledge.

Students, faculty and alumnae featured for group recognition: Megan Smith, Maggie Hull-Tietz and Rosie Hull as Team Players. Advocates for Change are Vicky Reyes, Amanda G. Johnson and Fatoumata Bayo.

Women in the Humanities: Giselle Anatol, Jill S. Kuhnheim, Dorthy Pennington and Kathy Porsch. Students Transforming the World: Brittany Krutty, Nicole Nunes, Natalie Scott and Hannah Sitz. Promoting Healthy Communities through Education and Advocacy: Dr. Paige Geiger and Jenny McKee. The Artistic Achievers: Barbara A. O’Brien and Jenny Curatola. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.