May 12, 2003
The Brown University Athletic Department had it's 13th Annual All-Sports Banquet, Monday May 5th. The Banquet honored all Brown Student Athletes. The graduating seniors were honored for their dedication, and there were several individual awards given out.
The Bessie H. Rudd Award is given to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year based on enthusiasm, spirit and leadership. This year's recipient is senior Jessie Cooper.
Cooper is a four-year letter winner in volleyball, she earned First Team All-Ivy honors in 2002 and Second Team All-Ivy honors in 2001. Cooper has 1,151 career kills, second all-time at Brown, and recorded 101 blocks throughout the 2002 season, fifth best in Brown history. Cooper's 363 career blocks, ranks her second all-time at Brown.
Cooper is one of only fifteen all-time Brown athletes to be recognized for three consecutive years as an Academic All-Ivy (2000, 2001, and 2002). Outside of the playing court, Cooper is the President of the Student Athletic Advisory Board, and has been the volleyball representative for three years.
She has also represented Brown on the Ivy Athletic Advisory Board since 2001, and at the NCAA Leadership Conference in 2002. Jessie coordinated the Meiklejohn Peer Academic Advising Program, a nationally recognized academic advising program of 300+ student advisors, 150+ faculty, and 1000+ freshman. She is also a volunteer at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point and was on the senior class gift fundraising committee and the special events committee.