March 2014

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4 Y ou've heard the phrase, "Win. Graduate. Do it Right." a little more oen recently. I thought I'd share two recent examples that fall into two of these categories of expectation for those who participate in our intercollegiate athletics program as either a coach, an administrator or support staff, or student- athlete. At halime of our men's basketball game against Wisconsin on Feb. 22, we intro- duced to the sellout crowd in attendance 88 student-athletes who had maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above during the 2012-13 academic year. Each student-athlete received one of four different colored medallions in recogni- tion of the superior academic work: Bronze for first-time achievers, light bronze for two-time achievers, silver for those who had met the standard for three years, and gold for those who had maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for four years. at last group — those who received a gold medallion — numbered nine total and included April Allen and Byron Butler of our swimming and diving program, Emma Stevenson and Kaitlynn Urano of our women's gymnastics team, Keaton Rickels and Kirsten Weismantle of our track and field teams, Dana Dalrymple of our soccer program, Johnnie Dowling of our soball program, and Susanna Stra- lina of our rowing team. e achievements of these nine Hawkeyes and the other 79 who were honored fall squarely into the category of "Graduate." e four-time winners are clearly on a path to achieving that expectation. e first-time recipients are off to a solid start. One of the expectations I have of members of our administration and support staffs is straightforward: When we have an opportunity to bring a UI student into our workplace as a student employee, let's make certain it's a positive one that bol- sters their experience as a student at the University of Iowa, e.g. "Do It Right." e Sunday, March 2, edition of Hawk Talk Daily, the daily e-newsletter of the UI Athletics Department, provides a glimpse into the important role UI students who work in the Athletics Ticket Office are playing in the re-seat process of Kinnick Stadium which is currently on-going and won't be completed until all 12,000 or so fans of the Hawkeye football team who have an account with the ticket office select the seats they'll cheer from inside Kinnick for the next four, five or six or so sea- sons. e 21 students who work alongside Pam Finke, our director of ticket operations, and her assistant, Mike Osmundson, are 21 of probably 60 or so UI students who contribute significantly to the many successes of the UI Athletics Department while they are pursuing their academic interests. If you don't currently receive Hawk Talk Daily in your email box each morning, click HERE and we'll add you to the mailing list that currently includes more than 130,000 friends and fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes. By Gary Barta Winning, Graduating and Doing it Right THE FIRST PAGE…

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