January 9, 2012

Academic Honors Announced

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday that 133 of its student-athletes earned Dean's List honors for the fall 2011 semester.

In addition to these 133 student-athletes earning Dean's List (3.25 GPA or above) honors, another 66 student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director's List (3.0 or above).

The 189 student-athletes represent 49 percent of the total number of students competing in intercollegiate athletics at Shenandoah.

Fourteen student-athletes: Kelcy Brown, Travis Enterline, Kyle Feldman, Kyle Gladu, Katherine Hooker, Misty Judd, Jenna Kline, Christine Lipovsky, Amanda Mittelkamp, Michael Paul, Heather Sink, Sara Vande Ryt, Missy Volonino and Jordan Wolford, had perfect 4.0 GPA's this fall.

Another six, led by a 3.96 from field hockey player Maria Payne, had at least a 3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Of the 189 Athletic Director's List honorees, 87 competed in a fall sport. Fifteen of these 87 earned some type of All-Conference recognition with football player Rico Wallace earning first team All-America honors and and women's cross country runner Dorothy Earner being named as USA South Conference Rookie of the Year.

Feldman was named as an Academic All-America.

All 20 teams had at least one member earning Dean's or Athletic Director's List honors with baseball and football leading the way with 16 and 15 honorees, respectively.

The women's cross country team, with seven of eight team members earning at least a 3.0 GPA and six of eight above a 3.25, had the highest concentration. 

Women's Basketball had nine of 13 members achieve at least a 3.0 while men's golf had four of its eight student-athletes earn Athletic Director's List accolades.

Women's cross country, which finished second in the USA South and was regionally ranked for most of the season, had the highest team GPA at 3.36.

Baseball, which trailed softball 3.28 to 3.27, led the men's sports.

Nineteen of the 20 intercollegiate sports had at least a 2.63 GPA this fall with nine of the 20 at 3.0 or better.

Eleven of the 20, led by women's cross country at 3.37, have a cumulative GPA above 3.0. 

All but two teams have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.65.

The overall GPA for the fall semester was 2.83 with the women earning a 3.11 and the men a 2.68.

The 189 AD's List honorees and 133 on Dean's List both surpass the numbers posted in the spring semester.

"We are extremely proud of the academic successes of our student-athletes," Director of Athletics Wayne Edwards said. "With nearly 400 participants within our intercollegiate athletics program, the achievement of an overall departmental GPA exceeding 2.8 is truly remarkable.

"While the student-athletes warrant their academic accolades, our coaches are to be commended for their direction, encouragement and requirements which led to that academic success."

Athletic Director's List | Dean's List