2012 Student-Athlete Dean’s List Breakfast

Samantha Mathewson

In honor of all the hardworking student-athletes who achieved the Dean’s List, the University of New Haven Department of Athletics held a breakfast reception Feb. 24.

The reception took place in the Alumni Lounge upstairs in Bartels Hall at 8:00 a.m. where coaches and teachers joined their student-athletes to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.

Larry Earnesty, the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Welfare, started the ceremony off by introducing the students and the NCAA’s Division II “I Choose Campaign” hexagon and its six key attributes: learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion, and service.

It is important for all student-athletes to take close attention to these six attributes when they are living their double lives. At the University of New Haven, being a student comes first and being athlete comes second, which is why these students have been able to obtain a minimum 3.5 GPA to be put on the Dean’s List.

Next, Deborah Chin, the Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation, spoke in recognition of the all the student- athletes and their achievement. Her goal for next year is to have so many students on the Dean’s List so that the ceremony can no longer be held in the Alumni Lounge.

We also heard from Dr. James McCoy, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Dr. Melissa Whitson, Professor and Women’s Basket Ball Liaison. Unfortunately President Kaplan was not able to attend the ceremony as planned.

107 student-athletes made the Dean’s List last semester and for some of them this wasn’t their first semester on it. Scott Schultz, football, and Aubrey Duncan, Women’s Lacrosse, were two of the senior student-athletes who have been on the Dean’s List multiple times and who spoke at the ceremony.

The student-athletes received various gifts for their accomplishment ranging from awards, t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, or the ultimate gift: a University of New Haven inscribed portfolio, received for eight years on the Dean’s List.

On the women’s side the sport with highest cumulative GPA was the cross country team with a 3.79 over all GPA. For men’s the soccer team achieved the highest with a 3.05 GPA.