Fourth Annual Hillmyer-Tremont Academic Luncheon Honors 42 Scholar-Athletes
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | by Mike Hill (@Mike_Hill84)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Under the umbrella of the FGCU Athletics Life Skills Program, the Fourth Annual Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation Academic Honors Luncheon was held on Friday, Feb. 8 in the Cohen Center Ballroom on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

With a program that included FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, student-athletes honored at the luncheon achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and have attended FGCU for a minimum of two semesters. Among the 42 honorees at this year’s event, 12 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2012 semester. There were 30 honorees at last year’s event, six of whom earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2011 semester. Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, was also bestowed the Special Recognition Award presented annually to an individual who has distinguished themself by providing a superior level of service and support to student-athletes at FGCU in their pursuit of academic and athletic success. 

 “We are extremely proud of this terrific group of Eagles who personify the definition of ‘student-athlete’ on a daily basis and who are not only leaders for FGCU in the classroom, but within their respective teams on and off their playing venues.” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “They sacrifice tremendously to achieve such lofty results and we are greatly appreciative of their significant contributions to our collective successes.”

Team awards were also handed out at the honors luncheon. The award for the Most Improved Team GPA went to women’s basketball and the Most Improved Individual Sport GPA was awarded to women’s golf. The women’s basketball team was also honored with the Highest Team Sport GPA of 3.65 for the fall semester, while the Highest Individual Sport GPA went to both women’s golf and women’s tennis with a 3.72.

Wohlpart was specifically honored for his leadership in spearheading campus academic support services that have successfully educated first year student-athletes about the value of time management, effective study strategies, organization and prioritizing. In turn, the class was pivotal in improving first year FGCU student-athletes’ collective grade point average from a 3.09 in Fall 2011 to 3.31 in the Fall of 2012.  

“Dr. Wohlpart has gone above and beyond in his attempt to integrate Athletics into the general campus academic environment, helping FGCU avoid the limiting silo effect created at many institutions when Athletics is not centrally linked to an institution’s mission” states Brynn Richter, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic & Regulatory Affairs.

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. Thefocus 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 (2)
Anthi Chatzigiakoumi*
Sarah Hansen*

Women’s Tennis (5)

Morgan Bechtel
Bettina Botha
Sarah Means
Melissa Narzissenfeld
Zhoe Solaun

Men’s Tennis (2)
Lance Lvovsky
Gabriel Echeverry

Softball (6)
Kelsey Carpenter
Mariah Fernandez*
Regan Knapik
Stephanie Kujawa
Shelby Morgan
Kayla Ramey

Swimming and Diving (11)
Shannon Blizzard*
Kathryn Brewer
Maegan Butler*
Eva Lehtonen
Charlotte Molenda
Caitlin Pine*
Jessica Porter
Natalie Rochette
Blaine Small
Emma Svensson*^
Christina Tanninen

Women’s Soccer (6)
Melissa Arnold*
Kayley Clay
Danielle Leroy
Julia Martin*
Casey Towne*
Shannen Wacker

Volleyball (9)
Lindsey Childs
Courtney Greenburg
Brooke Kohler
Karina Mambuca
Whitney Masters*
Olivia Mesner
Gigi Meyer*
Ashley Noble
Liga Strautniece

Women’s Golf (1)
Megan Van Etten

* - Indicates 4.0 Fall 2012 Semester GPA
^ - Indicates cumulative 4.0 GPA