Carstens Earns C-USA Spring Spirit Of Service Award
June 11, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - SMU senior rower Emily Carstens earned her second consecutive Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today. Carstens is one of 12 student-athletes in the league to earn the award, which is given out three times a year. The Tulsa, Okla., native joins SMU women's basketball senior Alisha Filmore, who earned the award for the winter athletics season, as a repeat honoree.
Carstens has made an immediate impact with her service to the Dallas community. She served as the SAAC Vice President of Community Service, organizing the Let's SAAC Hunger and SAAC Thank-a-Thon programs. Carstens continues to work with the Big Brother, Big Sisters of Dallas and has worked as an English-to-Spanish translator at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.
She has also volunteered at the Genesis Women's Center, Promise House, North Texas Food Bank and the Stonewall Jackson Elementary School and Foundry Church Halloween carnivals. Carstens is a four-time selection to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll as a business management major, with a minor in biological sciences, women's and gender studies. A 2013 All-Conference USA selection, All-Academic team member and captain of the Mustang rowing team, Carstens holds the second-fastest erg time in SMU history.