Kent State Intercollegiate Athletics Honors Student Athletes for 4.0 GPA

Kent State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics hosted its second annual 4.0 GPA Student-Athlete Breakfast at the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony.

"These student-athletes show remarkable determination, and it's a great achievement," says Joel Nielsen, director of athletics. "While these results are a credit to them individually, we need to recognize the outstanding support our student-athletes receive from the Kent State faculty and staff, along with our academic services personnel. The young men and women recognized [today] continue to set the gold standard for our department in balancing athletics with their academic responsibilities."

The 54 student-athletes who achieved a 4.0 term GPA in either the fall or spring of 2015 were invited to celebrate with Kent State President Beverly Warren and Nielsen. It was a record-high for Kent State Athletics as 17 of Kent State's varsity athletic teams were represented, including 31 different majors.

"To have a record-breaking 11 percent of our student-athletes achieve a 4.0 GPA is nothing short of exceptional and is reflective of their dedication in the classroom and support from our university," says Greg Glaus, associate athletic director.  

"This breakfast is more than an honor or award of my academic and athletic success," says Josée Doyon of the women's golf team. "To me, it is an event that demonstrates how President Warren and Joel Nielsen are proud of and committed to all of their student-athletes."

"The demands of playing a sport in college have given me the self-discipline to stay on top of my assignments, which is a big reason why I got a 4.0 last semester," says junior Jared Skolnicki. “It's great to see so many student-athletes at the breakfast and it's really encouraging to see President Warren supporting the student-athlete community like this."

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