Ellen Edison, a May 2015 UW-Green Bay graduate and standout student-athlete for Green Bay women’s basketball received the Horizon League’s highest individual honor yesterday — the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor. The Coleman Medal of Honor is presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Edison graduated summa cum laude with honors in the Human Biology major. Read more.
Recent UWGB graduate Keifer Sykes, has the potential to be drafted in the NBA in the next 48 hours. But his degree means more to him than the call, he says. “I would be proud to get drafted, but the biggest accomplishment was getting my degree,” said Sykes in an interview with reporter Justin Breen, Garfield Park & North Lawndale Sports. Here’s the full story.
Five Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Spring Academic All-Horizon League Teams honoring success in competition as well as in the classroom. Those honored are:
• Stephanie Londre (Burlington, Wis.), women’s tennis, No. 1 singles player and 3.947 cumulative GPA in Human Biology;
• Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Gremany), men’s tennis, No. 1 and winningest singles player in program history, magna cum laude May grad in Business Administration;
• Lepoold Gomez Islinger (Weiden, Germany), men’s tennis, played No. 2 singles for NCAA qualifying team and 3.723 GPA;
• Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), softball, league-leading .444 batting average and graduated summa cum laude in May with 3.986 GPA in Human Biology;
• Gene Kiela (Plymouth, Wis.), men’s golf, four top 10 finishes and a 3.779 GPA in Business Administration.
Student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.36 in the spring of 2015, marking the 31st consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA and the highest cumulative GPA semester during that time.
“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes who once again have demonstrated success in the classroom. This is an outstanding example of UWGB teamship between faculty and university and department staff and coaches. Everyone is committed to student success,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said.
For the spring semester of 2015, 14 of the 16 sport programs at Green Bay achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 12 of the 16 achieved a 3.36 or higher. The 3.36 cumulative GPA is a new record for Green Bay during its run of 31-straight semesters, besting the previous high of 3.29.
“Achieving a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA for 31 semesters in a row is an amazing feat,” said Human Biology Prof. Donna Ritch. “The coaches and the athletics staff recruit not only athletically skilled individuals but also academically talented students. Most of our student-athletes realize that they attend UWGB to earn an education because they will not have an opportunity to play professional sports. They dedicate themselves to doing well in the classroom as well as on the playing field and court.”
Seven programs achieved a 3.50 or higher, led by men’s tennis with a 3.80. Women’s cross country (3.73), women’s volleyball (3.70), women’s basketball (3.61), women’s Nordic ski (3.60), women’s soccer (3.58) and women’s swimming and diving (3.52) all posted above 3.50 GPAs.
A total of 169 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, which accounted for over 76 percent of all student-athletes. The total number of student-athletes to achieve a 4.0 or higher was over 17 percent (39 total).
“This is very exciting and we are very proud of the success and accomplishments of our student-athletes during these past 31 semesters. It takes a team effort and we are blessed with outstanding student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and administrators to help make this happen,” Assistant AD for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare Mike Kline said.
“Our student-athletes often demonstrate the same dedication in the classroom that they demonstrate on the court, field, or trails,” said Human Development Prof. Ryan Martin. “They care about their studies, and it shows in their high quality work.”
The percentage of student-athletes to graduate with honors (3.5 or higher) was over 55 percent, with a total of 123 Phoenix student-athletes registering Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors.
PHOENIX TEAMS POST PERFECT APR SCORES
In addition to Green Bay’s academic success this spring, three Phoenix programs posted perfect Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the 2013-14 academic year.
Earning perfect APR scores were men’s cross country, women’s cross country and volleyball. Eight other programs posted an APR of over 980 (perfect score = 1000). A total of 11 Phoenix teams finished above the average four-year APR for all NCAA academic schools, which was 978.
The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It is designed to improve the academic success and graduation rates of all student-athletes.
– Story courtesy of Green Bay Athletics, www.greenbayphoenix.com/
UW-Green Bay student-athletes combined to achieve a department-wide grade point average of 3.36 in the spring of 2015, the highest cumulative GPA recorded in the 31 consecutive semesters of earning a 3.0 or higher. “We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes who once again have demonstrated success in the classroom. This is an outstanding example of UWGB teamship between faculty and University and department staff and coaches. Everyone is committed to student success,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said. For more.
Last Saturday (May 9), a group of 60 UW-Green Bay student-athletes teamed up with Inspire Sports of Wisconsin for a fun day at the Kress Events Center, working with about 50 children with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. The event was set up by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Learn more.
Five UW-Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams. The teams, which represent success in competition as well as in the classroom, were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors. Earning academic all-league honors for the Phoenix were women’s basketball’s Megan Lukan, Communication and Business Administration; and swimming and diving’s Claire Friederick, Human Biology; Tanner Nordlund, Business Administration; James Wise (undeclared) and Ryan Korslin, Human Development.
Tuesday brought another prestigious honor for Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.), who was named an honorable mention selection for the Associated Press 2014-15 All-America Team. The point guard joins Tony Bennett as the only players in program history to earn the distinction in two seasons.
Despite winning its 17th-straight Horizon League regular-season title three games ahead of its closest pursuer, UW-Green Bay women’s basketball (29th in the nation, 25-4, 15-1) was somehow left without a player on the first team for the second consecutive year. Actually, Phoenix standouts Megan Lukan, Mehryn Kraker and Tesha Buck likely split their first-team votes (just as they did individual stats all year), and each was recognized on the second team. Lukan made the all-defensive team. Voted first team were Ruvanna Campbell, UIC; Heidi Schlegel, Youngstown State; Ashley Green, Milwaukee; Cori Coleman, Cleveland State; and Tay’ler Mingo, Wright State, the very deserving Horizon League player of the year.
In addition to the coverage of his second consecutive Horizon League player of the year award, UW-Green Bay senior star Keifer Sykes was featured prominently in two national media stories this year. The first, a story about college basketball players who are also fathers, was done by CBS Sports online. The second is a quick two-and-a-half minute video at the Bleacher Report, billing him as a potential NCAA tournament darling, if his team advances.