student-athletes achieve record GPA
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NORMAL -- Instead of being
satisfied with the record success they experienced in the classroom
during the fall 2005 semester, Illinois State student-athletes
continued to reach new heights, setting a new athletic department
grade-point average standard of 2.99 for the spring of 2006.
Although just shy of the goal of a 3.0, the record-setting mark
bests the 2.93 GPA set in the fall of 2005. The Illinois State
assistant athletics director of academics and lift skills, Jane
Fulton, believes this mark is something to truly be proud of.
But their record-breaking success didn't stop there. Besting the
old mark of 28 set in the spring of 2002, 32 Redbird
student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA. Also, the 10 women's
varsity teams had an average GPA of 3.2, a figure that surpasses the
old mark of 3.14 previously set during the fall 2000 semester. This
is the first time in the history of Illinois State athletics that
all the women's teams earned at least a 3.0 GPA.
Several team records were also set. Not only did the men's tennis
team capture its first-ever Missouri Valley Conference
regular-season championship in the spring of 2006, but the team also
set a record GPA of 3.26, shattering the old mark of 3.04 set just
last semester. This was also the highest GPA among the seven men's
athletic teams. Also, the football team posted a best-ever 2.68 GPA
and had 35 student-athletes on the honor roll, the most ever.
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On the women's side, the basketball team posted a 3.33 GPA, the
highest of all women's teams. This figure was also a team-best.
Surpassing a record figure that was set over 10 years ago, the
Redbird swimming and diving team posted a 3.2 GPA for the spring
semester, setting a record mark for the squad.
In addition to their academic success, Illinois State
student-athletes from all 19 varsity sports contributed in community
service activities, and the department racked up more than 2,000
hours of community service. Volunteering their time, passion and
energy, Redbird student-athletes participated in events such as the
Washington Elementary School playground renovation project, the
Oakdale Elementary School carnival, Relay For Life and many others.
Although the annual goal is typically 1,000 hours, the department
achieved an astounding 2,339 hours of community service during the
2005-06 academic year.
Fulton could not say enough about the dedication and will of
State University news release provided by Kristen E.
Greenstreet, media relations graduate assistant]