The Northern State Athletic Department honored some of the best individuals in NSU Athletics history with its "Mural of Champions" that was recently completed in the Barnett Center.
The mural, which features Amanda (Madden) Mahlke (track & field), Matt Meuleners (wrestling) and coach Don Meyer (men's basketball), is on the west wall near the entrance to the Barnett Center and was finished in late August.
"We have an awesome story to tell and this mural was one way to showcase three of the most decorated individuals in Northern State University history," said Athletic Director Josh Moon.
"We want people to understand who we are as a department and what we expect of our student-athletes each and every day – and what it takes to get to the top, academically and athletically."
Amanda (Madden) Mahlke was a National Champion in the weight and hammer throws while at Northern, she was also a five-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American with the Wolves.
Matt Meuleners was also a two-time National Champion for the Wolves. Meuleners won titles at heavyweight while a member of the NSU wrestling squad. He was also a four-time All-American.
Legendary coach Don Meyer, who retired as the all-time leader in collegiate coaching wins with 923, was the 2009 recipient of the Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance. Meyer was also inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honored with the 2012 Naismith Outstanding Contribution to Men's Basketball Award.
"The idea for this mural came from Arizona State in the entrance of their main athletic building," said Moon. "The entrance of the Barnett Center, one of the highest foot traffic buildings in the upper Midwest, is a natural fit for this display."