Captain David Goodwin has been the face of Penn State hockey during his four years on campus: he is the leading scorer and first-ever 100-point player in program history. But, it is what Goodwin does outside the arena that makes the biggest impact. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Goodwin impresses most by putting others first. Along with volunteering at special needs schools and working one-on-one with mentally challenged students, Goodwin commits personal time during summers to travel to less fortunate countries to work in local communities. He has helped teach at elementary schools, built retaining walls in El Salvador and Nicaragua, and he spent time in Mexico volunteering while getting closer to fluency. Most recently, Goodwin taught an English course at a university in Cuba. These impressive efforts have led to Goodwin’s candidacy for the Senior CLASS Award.
Mika Nervick embodies the highest standards of personal character, scholarship and selflessness found among college hockey’s best. Beyond the ice, Quinnipiac University’s senior forward displays an unrivaled warmth, passion and sense of purpose as the team’s Community Service Coordinator. Her outreach to students, administrators and community leaders in support of numerous causes, most notably the promotion of mental health awareness and the mentorship of at-risk high school students, demonstrates a unique ability to think big, clearly communicate ideas and inspire people. During the past year, Nervick helped raise thousands of dollars and personally developed and initiated a department-wide mentorship program. Coordinating almost 50 Quinnipiac student-athlete volunteers, Nervick helms a program that addresses the issues of leadership, motivation and self-confidence with over 100 at-risk students from a local high school.