Western Kentucky Athletics Celebrates Successful Year In Academics

Aug. 5, 2003

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - In addition to earning its second consecutive Vic Bubas All-Sports Trophy from the Sun Belt Conference, the Western Kentucky University department of athletics had another successful season in the classroom during the 2002-03 academic year.

Seven Western teams posted a 3.0 grade-point-average or higher last year, while the school's 370 student-athletes combined to record a 2.82 cumulative GPA. Forty percent of WKU's student-athletes carry a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or better following last semester, while 170 Toppers achieved that standard in the spring - almost half of Western's student-athlete population. Last semester, 26 student-athletes (seven percent) achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Football player Brian Lowder earned first-team Verizon Academic All-America honors, and was joined by seven student-athletes on Academic All-District IV squads: Peter Martinez and Jason Michael (football), Sara Noe (volleyball), J.C. Faircloth and David Lower (baseball), and Allison Silver and Kristalyn Smith (softball).

WKU had 107 student-athletes recognized on the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll released last month, as well as five individuals earn Gateway Football Conference All-Academic Team accolades and a member of the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete squad during the year.

And, 28 student-athletes who competed during the 2002-03 academic year earned their undergraduate degrees, while 59 former Western student-athletes received either bachelor's or master's degrees.

"Academic excellence is the centerpiece of every sports program at Western Kentucky," said Academic Advisor Dixie Mahurin. "Our student-athletes take great pride in earning good grades and distinguishing themselves academically."

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