Van Horn receives SAAC Student Athlete of the Month award
Ross Van Horn ’08
LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College senior Ross Van Horn, a tight end on the Bobcats football team, was named the SAAC December Student Athlete of the Month by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s Academic subcommittee.
A politics and classics double-major from Highland Park, N.J., Van Horn is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic award winner. On the field, he has been the Bobcats’ starting tight end for three seasons, and won 2007 NESCAC Second Team All-Conference laurels, after registering career-high receiving totals, with 20 receptions and 220 yards.
Van Horn has been cited for his superb participation in class discussions, and was nominated by the politics faculty to write an honors thesis, for which only 20 percent of students in the department are eligible.
Van Horn is an active presence in the world’s classroom as well. In the winter 2007 semester he went abroad to Brazil, where he conducted an independent study on land conflict with the indegenous people of certain areas. Van Horn was a recipient of the Phillips Fellowship, with which he traveled to Cambodia to work with a non-governmental organization (NGO) and taught English, while researching the sustainability of NGOs in that area.