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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM ACTING PRESIDENT GERALDINE JONES

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Posted on August 3, 2012

From: Acting President Geraldine M. Jones
To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friendsPortrait of Acting Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones.

The world’s attention has been focused on Olympic competitors this week, but I’d like to applaud a gold medal performance by our own student-athletes.

Earlier this summer we learned that Cal U had more Capital One Academic All-Americans during the 2011-2012 academic year than any other NCAA Division II member institution.

Thirteen Vulcan players received the honor, setting a school record.

Their achievements vaulted our University into sixth place among all participating schools, including NCAA, NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

We’re in good company: Taylor (Ind.) University topped the College Division with 20 honorees, placing it first among all institutions. With 12 Academic All-Americans each, Stanford (Calif.) University ranked first in Division I, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology led Division III.

Cal U’s latest cohort of Academic All-Americans represents 12 of our 16 varsity sports. Women’s cross country/track and field, women’s soccer and softball each had two honorees. Student-athletes representing swimming, tennis, volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country/track and field, football and men’s soccer also received the honor.

Student-athletes named to Capital One Academic All-American teams must distinguish themselves both in the classroom and on the playing field.

To be eligible for consideration, a player must be a starter or key reserve with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00. Nominees must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution, and each must be nominated by the school’s sports information director.

CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America, began the Academic All-American program in the 1950s and has honored thousands of collegiate athletes over the years. To date, 32 Cal U students have been recognized.

Each of them has been supported by a strong team of coaches, faculty members and academic support staff. Our Athletics Department embraces the NCAA Division II philosophy of balancing academics and athletics, and many members of our campus community play a role in helping our student-athletes achieve success.

With great pride, I applaud everyone who contributed to our recognition by CoSIDA, especially the 13 Cal U student-athletes whose dedication to their studies, as well as their sports, resulted in Academic All-American honors.

California University’s members of the 2011-2012 Capital One Academic All-American first team are Tim Lahmers (cross country/track and field), Paula Jackson and Kristen Orrett (soccer), and Alyson Johnson (softball). Second team members are Laurie Hall and Erin Kling (cross country/track and field), Chet Welc (football) and Franziska Steinhart (tennis). Third team members are Steve Swiech (basketball), Charlie Dagnal (soccer), Natalie Wideman (softball), Kelsey Nuhfer (swimming) and Meghan Franz (volleyball).

Please join me in honoring these academic and athletic achievers, and in wishing every one of our students success in all their endeavors.

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

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