Athletics News

Student-Athletes Recognized at Honors Assembly

A. Guentner

May 2, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -Several student-athletes received recognition for their academic work recently at the University of Memphis honors assembly sponsored by the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa.

"This level of academic accomplishment by these student-athletes gives our Athletics department and CAAS program staff a tremendous sense of pride," Center for Athletic Academic Services director Bob Bakersaid. "We are fortunate to have such high achievers that represent UM in the classroom as well as on the field/court and truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete."

Men's soccer players Andreas Guentner and Austin Grosswere honored. Guentner received the M-Club Senior Scholar Athlete award presented to a graduating male/female student athlete with the highest GPA. Guentner graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.91 GPA in December of 2012.

Gross was honored with the Outstanding Teaching All Learners Student award. The award is presented to an outstanding Special Education Teaching All Learners student who exhibits exceptional scholarship, accomplishments, character and leadership in the Instruction Curriculum Leadership department of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Memphis.

Women's soccer players Kylie Davis, Kelley Gravlin, Elizabeth Hildebrant and Bailey Pembrokeeach received honors.

Davis was awarded the Distinguished Herff Scholarship given to outstanding students who maintain exceptionally high academic standards.

Gravlin and Hildebrant each received recognition from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Gravlin was presented with department's Outstanding Junior award with Hildebrant picking-up the Outstanding Senior Award. The awards, presented annually, are given to the outstanding junior/senior in mechanical engineering based on scholarship, leadership and service.

Pembroke was honored with three awards, receiving the M-Club Senior Scholar Athlete Award, the Dean's Award for Most Outstanding Student and the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management's Academic Excellence in Marketing Award. The M-Club Senior Scholar Athlete Award is presented to a graduating male/female student athlete with the highest GPA. The Dean's Award for Most Outstanding Student is presented to outstanding students who have displayed strong leadership, character, scholarship and an active role in departmental, college and campus activities. The department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management's Academic Excellence in Marketing Award is presented to the Marketing and Supply Chain Management student with the highest academic achievement.

Pembroke was also recognized for the Highest Grade Point Average for the University-Undergraduate given to those students who have attained a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA during their undergraduate program. Pembroke will graduate Summa Cum Laude this May with a 4.0 GPA

Women's track and field/cross country sophomore Meagan Nicholsreceived two honors from the Department of Journalism. Nichols received the Frank Ahlgren Scholarship and the Daniel Pearl Scholarship.

Men's rifle junior Jimmy Zakenwas presented with the Professor of Naval Sciences Second Class Midshipman Award. The honor is presented annually by the Professor of Naval Science to a junior who demonstrates superior academic aptitude, outstanding leadership ability, and balanced qualities of initiative, dependability, and judgment that make the awardee a promising candidate for commissioning as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer.

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