Washington, D.C. – Student-Athletes, coaches and administrators gathered in Windows Lounge on Friday, February 4, 2011 during the first University of the District of Columbia Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic Achievement Breakfast.
Mathematics professor and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Thomas Bullock honored the student-athletes and urged them to continue on the path of greatness. Dr. Bullock spoke about the characteristics of successful people, advised the students to be proactive learners and advised them to take advantage of the various support services available to them. “You were not recruited to compete for UDC, you were asked to enroll in UDC to be a Firebird! This is your university! It will be your alma mater when you graduate – and graduate you will” he extolled.
The Department of Athletics boasts an average cumulative GPA above 3.0 for the fall, 2010 semester. 56% of the university’s student-athletes ended the fall semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, 17 student-athletes made the Dean’s list and 5 student-athletes earned a GPA of 4.0. “Commitment to academic success is a priority at UDC, said Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas. It is important to recognize student achievement. The progress we celebrated on last Friday will translate into consistent increases in our NCAA Academic Success Rate (ASR) reporting for the next cohort” Thomas added.
Dr. Bullock strongly suggested student-athletes take advantages of the support services available to them and advised involvement throughout the university community. Associate Director of Athletics Jennifer Ziarko included the following message in the breakfast program, “The Department of Athletics appreciates all of the student-athletes’ hard work. We hope this breakfast inspires you to keep it up!”