NMSU student-athletes celebrate success in the classroom
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State athletics department proudly announced Wednesday that the Aggies were among the leaders in the Western Athletic Conference last year with 190 Academic All-WAC team members, finishing second overall for the 2012-13 academic school year. NM State’s 190 honorees surpassed the number of 2011-12 honorees.
This total encompasses freshmen, transfers and returning student-athletes at NM State for the 2012-13 season. All-WAC recipients must carry at least a 3.0 grade point average and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's contests to qualify for recognition.
"Our student-athletes continue to amaze me in how they are able to balance their academic and athletic commitments and fit some social life into the mix of all the things they managed,” NM State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said. “I say to our coaches that academics and athletics are not mutually exclusive of each other and that a quality student-athlete experience encompasses success in both. We finished fourth in the WAC Commissioner Cup and one and half points out of second place and collectively our student-athletes finished second in the total Academic All-WAC selections and provided over 5,000 hours of community service.”
New Mexico State earned 59 All-WAC Academic honors in the fall 2012 and 46 All-WAC Academic selections in the spring 2013. The Aggies also garnered 37 awards in winter 2013 to raise the total to 142 returning athletes recognized by the conference.
Aggie freshmen and first-year transfers totaled 48 honors on the year with 13 in the fall 2012, 12 in the winter 2013 along with 23 accolades in the spring 2013.
“It gives me great pleasure and honor to have our student-athletes recognized for the outstanding dedication they put forth when exemplifying what it means to be a student-athlete at NM State,” Associate Athletic Director, Sports Administrator & Student Development James Hall said. “Over the past seven years I’ve had the opportunity to witness the growth and development of these young women and men as they continue to prepare themselves for the global job market. The high quality programs and services the academic staff (Brenda Blackburn/Director, Marcis Fennell & Rahman Anjorin/Academic Coordinator and the Student Development Specialist), focuses on providing on a weekly bases, along with receiving a high level of academic expectation and support from their respective coaches, and the wonderful faculty and staff on campus is a true testament of everyone’s commitment to engaging in student development. We are extremely proud of the student-athlete recipients and appreciate them for carrying the honorable flag of academic excellence.”
After exhausting their eligibility, Aggie student-athletes graduate on a more frequent basis than the general NM State student population at a rate of 70 percent. Over the past year, 77 Aggies received their diplomas.
At the end of 2012-13, 15 Aggies maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. Additionally, 55 student-athletes completed the spring semester with a 4.0 GPA after 34 Aggies finished the fall semester in the same manner.
Last season 112 student-athletes were recognized at the El Paso Electric Crimson and White Society Banquet for earning or maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher during the course of the academic year. Another 324 Aggies earned a 3.0 GPA between spring 2012 and fall 2012 and were honored at halftime of a men's basketball game on Wells Fargo Academic Night.
In spring 2013, Aggie softball player Amber Olive earned First Team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
The cumulative GPA for all of the Aggie athletic teams combined remained above a 3.0 for the past eight years / 16 consecutive semesters. During the same period, scholar student-athlete representation has been higher than 50 percent of the student-athlete population. Moreover, the combined GPA from Aggie athletic teams topped 3.0 in 15 of the last 16 semesters.
In addition to all of their athletic and academic success, NM State student-athletes compiled over 5,000 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Aggies begin the 2013-14 season in August with women's soccer and volleyball matches leading up to Labor Day weekend when the football and cross country teams begin competition.
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