Student Athlete Recognized for Achievements On and Off the Field

Senior communication studies major Andrea Rinehart was recently named a PNC Student Athlete Achiever for her contributions to the Kent State University field hockey team.

According to Rinehart, the award recognizes student athletes who display well-rounded achievement through leadership in the classroom, community and competition.

“Getting this award is very exciting,” Rinehart said. “It is very challenging [balancing] sports and academics, but it makes me feel that all of my hard work on the field and in the classroom has paid off.”

Rinehart said her coursework in communication studies helped her become a better player and leader on the field.

“Being a communication studies major, I have learned many different ways to communicate properly with my teammates and how to handle different situations that may be difficult otherwise,” Rinehart said. “Being a leader on a team is challenging, but very rewarding, and being able to communicate with my teammates and coaches are vital to having a successful team.”

Rinehart said the support she received from College of Communication and Information faculty and staff has helped lead to her success.

“Although my time at Kent State is coming to a close, I can’t be thankful enough for what Kent State, the College of Communication, coaches and teammates have done for me,” Rinehart said. “All of these have helped me become a better, more well-rounded person. I believe my time here has set me up for the next step in life, and I am very grateful for everyone who has helped me and pushed me along the way. I am so honored to receive this award.”