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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

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Posted on June 21, 2013

To: All students, faculty and staff
From: Interim President Geraldine Jones

Former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach once said, “Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort.” As the accolades continue to come in for our 2012-2013 student-athletes, I want to applaud their success and all the hard work that led to it.

For the spring semester, our student-athletes earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.186. This is the 14th consecutive semester that our teams achieved a collective grade of “B” or higher. It’s a wonderful accomplishment for our student-athletes, and also for the professors, coaches and mentors who teach and support them.

On this first official day of summer, I’m pleased to share more news from our athletics program:

  • The Major League Baseball draft kept us fans of Vulcan baseball on the edge of our seats until the Seattle Mariners selected catcher Kyle Petty in the 23rd round. The May graduate had been named one of 10 finalists for the Tino Martinez Award, which is presented to the top player in NCAA Division II. He also was the first Cal U player since 2007 to be selected the PSAC West Athlete of the Year. 

    Petty is the third Vulcan athlete tapped by a professional sports team this year. The Kansas City Chiefs selected center Eric Kush in the sixth
   round of the National Football League draft, and safety Rontez Miles signed as a free agent with the New York Jets.

 I’ll be watching those teams with a little added interest next season.

  • I’m also keeping tabs on this year’s list of All-Americans. Ten Cal U student-athletes achieved that national recognition this year, and one — runner Aaron Dinzeo — was selected twice.

    The names on the scoreboard: Dinzeo for both outdoor and indoor track; Clarissa Enslin, for swimming; Kush, Miles and B.J. Stevens,
 for football; Shelby Lia and Lindsay Reicoff, for softball; Petty, for baseball; and Lucie Rey and Lucie Sipkova, for tennis.

  • It takes special effort to excel not just in athletics, but in the classroom, too. Student-athletes who are standouts in both arenas are recognized as Academic All-Americans.

As of today, five Vulcans are on that elite list: swimmers Enslin and Kelsey Nuhfer; volleyball player Meghan Franz; softball pitcher Hope Spancake; and football linebacker Chet Welc.

When Academic All-Americans are named for track and field, I won’t be surprised to see Dinzeo’s name listed for the fourth time in his collegiate career, or Erin Kling’s name on the list for a second consecutive season.

While I’m cheering for the Vulcans, let me add a mention of the University’s 11th-place finish in the race for the Learfield Sport Directors Cup, an honor based on the national finishes of seven men’s and seven women’s sports teams.

I’ll close with a word of appreciation for those generous alumni and University friends who support athletic scholarships. To succeed academically while playing varsity sports takes a full-time commitment. Athletic scholarships make it possible for many of these hard-working students to earn a degree while also excelling in sports.

As we look ahead to the start of another exciting season of Vulcan athletics, I commend all of our student-athletes who are committed to success, and I thank those athletic boosters who support their quest for excellence.

With best wishes,

Interim President Jones' signature.

Meet Interim President Geraldine M. Jones