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CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
CARSON, CA: Nearly a third of the student athletes at California State University, Dominguez Hills made it onto the Athletics Department’s Honor Roll. To make it onto the Honor Roll, the student-athletes had to complete at least 12 units for the semester and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. They are encouraged to take at least 15 units.
making a 4.00-3.80 grade-point average (GPA) were: Sandra Lloyd and Kimberly
Women’s Soccer; Michael Brown, Men’s
Basketball; and Shogo Okuma, Men’s Soccer. Those achieving a 3.79-3.60
When he heard that 30 percent of the student athletes—50 out of 170—had made the department’s honor roll, President James E. Lyons Sr. said, “I am very happy to have so many athletes on the Honor Roll, because it shows that education is our priority, even through I am a real fan of athletics.”
Lyons took that message to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Leadership Summit June 24-26 in Florida: “We stressed the idea that we are the division that focuses on balance between academics and athletics. ”
Lisa Mabry, CSUDH Athletics Academic Advisor, said: “It’s even more remarkable when you consider that we don’t have a lot of athletic scholarship money to throw around, so many of those students have to work, as well as take a full course load, along with being an athlete.” Mabry is a former Dominguez Hills athlete, pitching on the women’s softball team from when she arrived at Dominguez Hills until shortly before she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in December, 2002. Mabry expects to complete her master’s degree in public administration next May.
“All of our coaches understand that nearly all of our graduates will become professionals in something other than athletics. For that reason, they seek and prepare our students for life,” said Mabry. “There is still a lot of value in participating in athletics, which should not be overlooked. Values such as teamwork, leadership, health.”
Mabry, while happy with the results, said, “One of our goals in this department is to increase the number of those who make our honor roll. We have a tutorial lab in the department and we have computers via an Associated Students Incorporated grant. They’re for anyone, but are mostly used by student-athlete. The expectations here are pretty high. I encourage them to take 15 units, 12 is just the minimum for the Honor Roll. A 2.0 average is needed to stay eligible for sports, but we want more on the Honor Roll. I monitor the students’ classes and the coaches know where they stand.”
Mabry also pointed out that the student-athletes help each other. Jaret Minami, a junior midfielder on the soccer team last semester, founded the Honors Program Torchbearers. It is a group of student-athletes who offer tutoring to other student athletes, especially in finite mathematics, biology, physics and English grammar. “When the students have teammates who are doing better in their classes than they are, they use them as a resource,” she says. “Knowing their tutors personally might also make them more comfortable in seeking help.”
For more information, contact the Athletics Department at (310) 243-3893.
California State University, Dominguez Hills • 1000 E. Victoria Street • Carson, California 90747 • (310) 243-3696
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Last updated Wednesday, May 19, 9:04 a.m., by Joanie Harmon