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NSU’s Student Athletes Recognized at Academic Luncheon

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NSU’s Department of Athletics held the annual Student Athlete Academic Recognition luncheon hosted by NSU President George L. Hanbury, II to honor those student athletes who excelled in the classroom with a 3.8 or higher GPA during the 2017 fall semester.

The overall grade point average for NSU’s student athletes in Fall 2017 was a 3.20 with nearly 70 percent earning a 3.0 GPA or higher.

89 student-athletes, including 17 who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA, gathered at Grande Oaks to celebrate their academic accomplishments. NSU administrators and faculty also attended the luncheon, including NSU’s University Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs, Ralph Rogers, Ph.D., and NSU Faculty Athletic Representative, Elizabeth Swann, Ph.D., Representatives from campus resources (Career Services, Henderson Behavioral Health, Academic Advising, Tutoring & Testing, Residential Life, Admissions) coaching staff members, and academic mentors also attended the luncheon and were acknowledged for their pivotal role in helping student-athletes achieve academic success.

“I think it’s a tribute to the high-quality recruitment process done by our coaches, the combined efforts of our campus partners and the dedication of our faculty and staff to be involved in our student-athletes’ lives outside the classroom,” said CA Tolchinsky, Ed.D., NSU’s assistant Athletic Director of Academics & Student Athlete Services.

Two student athletes delivered heartfelt speeches regarding their experiences as student-athletes at NSU. Men’s cross country senior, Ian McQuate, spoke about the personal growth he experienced after leaving his home in Hawaii to attend college in South Florida and the “second family” he gained through his time as a Shark. Similarly, senior women’s swimming captain, Lindsay Craig, emphasized the importance of community in a student-athlete’s collegiate career. “Wherever life may take you, have confidence and faith that your family, friends, coaches, and professors have prepared you for all that lies ahead. Deep down inside we share one exceptional characteristic: we’re Sharks!”