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North Texas Academic Success
In the Fall of 2005, the academic and compliance staff relocated to the Mean Green Village. Located on Bonnie Brae, the new Student-Athlete Academic Center is three times the size of the former academic center. The Center serves as the cornerstone of the Mean Green Village and is only a short walk from the surrounding sports facilities.
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 2013-14 Academic Season
North Texas student-athletes continued their academic success in the classroom during the 2013-14 school year.
Conference USA Scholar Athletes of the Year
Three North Texas students were named Scholar Athlete of the Year honorees at the end of the 2013-14 season. The Mean Green's Franziska Sprinkmeyer, Tom Kalisky and Krista Rossum were among the 18 student-athletes who received the award.
The C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards is presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. North Texas had the second-highest number of student-athletes qualify with three behind Charlotte's five.
North Texas had the nation’s second-highest GPA for the fall of 2013 in Division I women’s swimming and diving. The University of Alabama had the highest GPA in 2013 with a 3.60, and North Texas tied for second with Grand Canyon University and Southern Illinois, at 3.55. The Mean Green followed that up with a 3.55 GPA in the spring semester, good for 12th in the nation.
The All-Academic Team accolade is named by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, an annual honor that recognizes the programs with a 3.50 team GPA or higher.
The swim team was also recognized by Conference USA with the sport academic award, given to the sport team that has the highest GPA of all its conference peers.
Krista Rossum, a biochemistry major, received numerous awards for her work in and out of the pool. She was one of three North Texas student-athletes to be named Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year. With her 3.936 cumulative GPA, she also earned a spot on the C-USA Swimming & Diving All-Academic
The North Texas football team had the highest grade point average of all Conference USA schools during the 2013 fall semester. The cumulative GPA for the Mean Green last fall was 2.70, which was higher than all 12 of the other football playing schools in the conference and well above the 2.53 league average.
The Mean Green was led in the classroom by five players who were named to the Conference USA Academic Medal Award list for earning a GPA of 3.75 or higher: senior defensive lineman Ryan Boutwell, sophomore tight end Jarrod Lynn, freshman linebacker Fred Scott, freshman quarterback Quinn Shanbour and freshman defensive back Brock Squier.
The Mean Green also placed 32 football players on the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.0 or better. Senior linebacker Zach Orr was honored as a Capital One Academic All-District member for his play on the field and earning a GPA above 3.30.
North Texas has made steady academic improvement under third-year head coach Dan McCarney. In 2012, the football team recorded a then-record cumulative GPA at 2.69. The 2.70 team GPA last fall broke that mark.
North Texas Academic Honors
North Texas honored 234 student-athletes for their academic achievements during the 2013 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 2013 fall semester (3.63) with six student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 G.P.A. The swimming and diving team posted the top G.PA. (3.60) during the 2013 spring semester.
Twelve student-athletes from the swimming and diving team posted a 4.0 G.PA. in one of the two semesters. Overall, 36 swimmers were honored at Thursday's recognition, the second-most of all the teams.
The Mean Green football team led the way with a department-high 74 student-athletes being recognized for their academic achievements.
Conference USA Academic Honors
The University of North Texas placed 154 student-athletes on Conference USA's annual academic honor roll. The 154 honorees were among the 3,213 student-athletes to earn academic honors from the league.
North Texas landed 154 student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, reserved for student-athletes who earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better also received the Commissioner's Academic Medal. Thirty-seven Mean Green student-athletes received the academic medal, the third most in the conference.
Football led North Texas with 32 student-athletes on the honor roll, including five medalists. Swimming and diving followed with 28 honorees, including 13 medal winners, and women's track and field followed with 17.
Of the 14 conference schools that sponsor football, North Texas placed the third-highest number of football student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. The swimming and diving team was first out of the nine conference schools that compete in that sport.
Ten student-athletes were named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team for their respective sports. Ryan Boutwell (football), Zach Orr (football), Haley Riley (soccer), Krista Rossum (swimming), Mona Groteguth (swimming), Vertrail Vaughns (men’s basketball), Ashley Kirk (softball), Tom Kalisky (men’s track and field), Connor Bey (track and field) and Kylee Kittrell (women’s track and field) were all named to the all-academic team.
University Honor’s Day
Courtney Windham and Zach Orr were named the Male and Female Varsity Athlete of the Year at this year’s University of North Honors Day.
Windham, a communication studies major with a minor in social science, served as president of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and received the 2013-14 C-USA Fall Spirit of Service award.
Orr was named to the 2013 Conference USA Football All-Academic team and the Capital One Academic All-District VII squad after posting a 3.41 GPA in kinesiology.
Six student-athletes were named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This award section honors students who demonstrate collegiate leadership through the balance of both academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.
Franziska Sprinkmeyer, Kelsey Hodges, Allison Guderian, Haley Riley, Kylee Kittrell and Sarida Muslow all received this honor. Sprinkmeyer is a junior on the tennis team, while Hodges, Guderian and Riley are all soccer players. Kittrell is sophomore track athlete, and Muslow is a senior on the swimming and diving team.
The women’s tennis program received the All-Academic Team award for the eighth consecutive year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Mean Green’s.Agustina Valenzuela, Dane Joubert, Franziska Sprinkmeyer, Kamilla Galieva and Kseniya Bardabush earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors for earning a varsity letter in 2014, and having a GPA of at least a 3.50.
To qualify for the ITA All-Academic Team award a program must have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. The Mean Green closed out the 2014 season with a cumulative GPA of 3.55.
Sprinkmeyer was honored numerous times throughout the year. She was named a Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service honoree for her outstanding efforts on the court, in the classroom and in the Denton community. She also was one of three North Texas student-athletes to be named a Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year. Sprinkmeyer graduated Summa Cum Laude in three years with a psychology major and Spanish minor.
North Texas softball graduate Lauren Poole was named a 2014 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. Poole is the first student-athlete to receive the award from North Texas after boasting a 3.754 cumulative GPA and graduating with a bachelor's of science in kinesiology in May.
Track And Field
The North Texas men's and women's track and field teams earned Division I All-Academic honors for 2012-13. Chastity Stewart, Charlotte Wilson, Clinton Collins and Connor Bey earned All-Academic honors in Division I track & field for the 2013-14 season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
To qualify for USTFCCCA all-academic honors, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For individuals, a student-athlete must have a GPA at least 3.25 and have been ranked in the top 96 nationally for the indoor season, ranked in the top 48 in a relay event, or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I outdoor championships.
North Texas track and field sophomore Kedron Sowells was one of 16 students named a 2013-14 Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service honoree for his outstanding efforts on the track, in the classroom, and in the Denton community.
A kinesiology major, Sowells is the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He has coordinated Rookie Round Up, National Student-Athlete Day and Salvation Army holiday collections for the Mean Green. Outside of SAAC, Sowells created the Warmth for Heart Foundation and started the North Texas Winter Garment Drive, while volunteering for the Denton Independent School District.
2005-06 Academic Achievements
2006-07 Academic Achievements
2007-08 Academic Achievements
2008-09 Academic Achievements
2009-10 Academic Achievements
2010-11 Academic Achievements
2011-12 Academic Achievements