Third Annual Hillmyer-Tremont Academic Luncheon Honors 30 Scholar-Athletes
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Under the umbrella of the FGCU Athletics Life Skills Program, the Third Annual Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation Academic Honors Luncheon was held on Wednesday in the Cohen Center Ballroom on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Student-athletes honored at the luncheon have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and have attended Florida Gulf Coast University for a minimum of two semesters. Among the 30 honorees at this year’s event, six student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2011 semester. Dr. Cecil Carter was also presented the Special Recognition Award in appreciation of his contributions as the inaugural Faculty Athletics Representative from the commencement of FGCU Athletics in 2000-01 through his retirement from the position at the end of the 2010-11 academic year.

“We are extremely proud of the outstanding collective academic performances of our student-athletes,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “In particular, I want to commend those who achieved the tremendous distinction of recording straight A’s during the past semester, as well as all of our honorees, each of whom personifies the definition of “Scholar-Athlete”. We annually look forward to recognizing these top cumulative performers in an event that is one of the highlights of FGCU Athletics calendar. We also are very appreciative of the many positive contributions that Dr. Carter made to Eagle Athletics during our first decade, especially during such a period of rapid growth and continual added responsibilities.”

Team awards were also handed out at the honors luncheon. The award for the Most Improved Team GPA went to men’s basketball and the Most Improved Individual Sport GPA was awarded to women’s golf. The softball team was honored with the Highest Team Sport GPA of 3.41 for the fall semester, while the Highest Individual Sport GPA went to women’s golf with a 3.57.

The Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation recognizes student-athletes from Lee, Collier, or Charlotte County attending FGCU. It is named after Monk Hillmyer, founder of US Homes Lennar in Southwest Florida and Elmer Tremont, Hall of Fame basketball coach in Lee County. It’s the second Scholarship endowment, and was established in 2001.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Athletics Life Skills Program was developed to provide a comprehensive program designed to reach each student-athlete based on his or her own individual needs. The focus of the program is holistic in nature—addressing the needs of the whole person; athletically, academically, personally, and emotionally.

The Life Skills Program is based on the premise that the same qualities and skills necessary for an athlete to attain a level of competitiveness in athletics can be applied to “real world” situations after college. The program’s goals focus on supporting efforts of every student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation, using athletics as preparation for success in life, meeting the changing needs of student-athletes, assisting student-athletes in building positive self-esteem, and promoting ownership by the student-athletes of their academic, athletic, personal, and social responsibilities. Additionally, the program seeks to encourage the development of leadership skills, enable student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities and promote respect for diversity among student-athletes.

Honorees
Women’s Basketball (4)
Courtney Chihil*
Sarah Hansen*
Brittany Kennedy
Sarah Brolsma-Whitfield

Women’s Tennis (4)
Morgan Bechtel
Bettina Botha
Jen Evans
Melissa Narzissenfeld

Men’s Tennis (2)
Steven Binninger
Gabriel Echeverry

Softball (3)
Kirstin Bembnowski
Mariah Fernandez*
Lindsey Green

Swimming and Diving (6)
Shannon Blizzard*
Leah Daniel
Eva Lehtonen*^
Theresa Lytle
Caitlin Pine
Jessica Porter

Women’s Soccer (3)
Brittany Burt
Jennifer Crittenberger
Gina Petracco

Volleyball (4)
Lindsey Childs
Keishla Negron-Acevedo
Ashley Noble
Holly Youngquist*

Men’s Cross Country (1)
Sanders Payne

Men’s Golf (1)
Brandon Pena

Women’s Golf (1)
Megan Van Etten

Cheerleading (1)
Amy Cull

* - Indicates 4.0 Fall 2011 Semester GPA
^ - Indicates cumulative 4.0 GPA