North Texas Academic Achievements
The University of North Texas was selected as one of 65 nationwide institutions to participate in the Pilot III NCAA/Champs Life Skills Program. North Texas created a multi-faceted approach to enhance the academic, athletic, personal, service and career development of all Mean Green student-athletes.
Numerous steps have been taken by North Texas to facilitate the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, including the revitalization of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, formation of a faculty and staff support team, and creation of additional career development and academic support services, which are available to all student-athletes.
The academic center includes three computer rooms housing 30 work stations. There are also tutoring rooms, group study areas, individual study rooms and staff offices for compliance and academic support staff members. This facility provides all student-athletes with the equipment to succeed in all academic endeavors and the opportunity to develop life-long skills while at North Texas.
The 2011-12 Academic Season
North Texas student-athletes continued their academic success in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.
The men's cross country team had its second consecutive perfect multi-year score of 1,000. Three other teams had a multi-year score above 990, with men's golf, women's tennis and women's swimming and diving all recording a 992. The men's golf program had a perfect 1,000 single-year score for the 2010-11 season.
For the second year in a row, the Mean Green football program posted its best-ever multi-year score with a 938. Since the inception of the APR in 2004, the North Texas football program has improved its score from 907 to the current 938, making improvement in each of the last four years.
North Texas Academic Honors
North Texas honored 211 student-athletes for their academic achievements during the 2011 spring and fall semesters at halftime of one of the basketball games.
Students with GPA's of 3.00-3.49 were placed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, students with G.P.A's of 3.50-3.99 were on the Dean's List and students with a 4.00 G.P.A made the President's List. A student-athlete had to earn at least a G.P.A of 3.0 in one of the two semesters to make the honor roll.
The Mean Green tennis team held the highest cumulative team G.P.A during the 2011 fall semester (3.48) with 10 student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 G.P.A. Volleyball posted the top G.PA. (3.46) during the 2011 spring semester. Thirteen volleyball players made the honor roll list.
Seven swimmers and seven women track athletes posted a 4.0 G.PA. in one of the two semesters. Overall, 22 swimmers were honored at Thursday's recognition, the third-most of all the teams.
The Mean Green football team led the way with a department-high 57 student-athletes being recognized for their academic achievements. Women's track and field followed with 28 student-athletes.
Sun Belt Academic Honors
North Texas placed 158 student-athletes on the Sun Belt Conference's annual academic honor roll for the 2011-12 school year. The 158 honorees were a part of Sun Belt Conference-record 1,793 student-athletes to earn academic honors from the league.
North Texas landed 69 student-athletes on the Commissioner's List, reserved for student-athletes who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in the 2011-12 academic year. The Mean Green placed 89 more student-athletes on the SBC Honor Roll, which honors all student-athletes who maintained a 3.0-3.49 GPA.
Football led North Texas with 31 student-athletes on the list, including seven Commissioner's List honorees and 24 Honor Roll performers. Swimming and diving followed with 26 honorees, including 18 on the Commissioner’s List, and women’s track and field and cross-country followed with 25.
Sara Dietz and Lance Dunbar were named the Male and Female Varsity Athlete of the Year at this year’s University of North Honors Day.
Women’s golf student-athletes Jacey Chun and Chaslyn Chrismer were honored by the National Golf Coaches Association by being named to the 2011-12 All-American Scholar Team for the second straight year.
Senior Ty Spinella was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Spinella had a team-low season-stroke average of 72.52 in 2011-12, which helped him earn the individual title at the Sun Belt Conference Championships along with the team's first-place finish.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be of junior or senior academic status, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
North Texas track & field put four members of the 2012 squad on the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track and Field team.
Sophomore Shahaf Bareni, senior Sara Dietz and freshman Chastity Stewart were the honorees for the women, while sophomore Clinton Collins represented the men's side.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
North Texas volleyball was named one of 102 Division I teams to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award for its efforts during the 2011-12 school year. This is the second time in school history, and the second consecutive year, in which the Mean Green earned the AVCA’s top academic award.
North Texas is one of four Sun Belt schools and one of just seven Division I programs in the state of Texas to be recognized by the AVCA in 2011-12.
The AVCA recognizes every NCAA, NAIA, junior college and high school team that maintains at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. This year, a record 533 teams from across the nation earned the AVCA honor – an increase of over 200 percent over the last decade.
North Texas held its first-ever Senior Celebration. The following students were recognized as the senior with the highest GPA on their team. Sara Dietz received the Gayle and Virgil Strange award for the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.
Tyler Hall, men’s basketball
Tyler Spinella, men’s golf
Jessica Shields, softball
Kelsey Perlman, soccer
Hiliary Riedmann, swim
Sarah Willey, volleyball
Jacey Chun, women’s golf
Amy Alcala, women’s track
Sara Dietz, women’s track
Adam Thiel, men’s track
Kasondra Foreman, women’s basketball
Weston Squier, football
Nadia Lee, tennis
At the Mean Green Kick-off, five sports were recognized for the 2011-12 year with GPA’s of 3.0 or better: tennis , women’s golf, swimming and diving, volleyball and softball.
Men’s track was recognized for most improved between the fall and spring, and tennis was recognized for the Highest grade point average.