Feb. 23, 2005
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Wednesday, February 23, 2005) A record 145 student-athletes were honored as Southeast Missouri State University Scholar Athletes at a noon luncheon on Wednesday. The honored athletes all have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
The 145 honorees represent 51% of the total number of student-athletes at Southeast. Eleven of the 14 teams at Southeast have a 3.0 or higher GPA. The women's cross country team has the highest team GPA with 3.659.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment for over half of the student-athletes at Southeast to have over a 3.0 grade point average," said Southeast President, Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, who spoke at the luncheon. "The academic performance of our athletes brings great distinction to the University and is a credit to the coaches who recruit not only great athletes, but great students."
Two Southeast student-athletes, track and cross country runner Brian Whitehead and soccer player Jen Cross, were honored as Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes. They were two of the six honorees in the OVC selected on the basis of academic performance, athletic performance and evidence of leadership.
Eight Southeast athletes won a total of 11 OVC Academic Medals of Honor for having the highest grade point average in an OVC sponsored sport. All eight had 4.0 GPA's for the 2003-2004 academic year. They include Jennifer Burke, Kim Krieger and Kaci Pilcher honored in both track and cross country, Matt Boyack from football, Jen Cross from soccer, Jamie Birk from softball, Kay Ehlke from tennis and Michelle Jett from women's track.