N4A Announces 2014 Award Winners
June 16, 2014
CLEVELAND – The National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) announced the recipients of its Lan Hewlett, Distinguished Service, Model Practices, Research, Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement and Professional Promise Awards. The winners were recognized at the 2014 N4A Convention, held June 5-8 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL.
Winner: Curtis Jones, former Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support, West Virginia University, being honored posthumously. More information on Jones: http://www.wvusports.com/page.cfm?story=23995
Winner: Carla Winters, Assistant Director of Athletics Academics and Student Life, University of Oklahoma Full bio: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nacda/sports/nfoura/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/Winters.pdf
Model Practices Award
The N4A Model Practices Award is an award given annually to the university or college that displays best practices in their academic programming for student athletes (this includes, but is not limited to academic advising, academic integrity, disability services, target populations, learning specialists, tutoring, study hall/table, student-athlete affairs / life skills).
Winner: Xavier University
This award is given to a graduate student working on a dissertation/thesis or a practitioner completing a research project to put towards future research with the hopes of sharing with the organization.
Winner: Jes Leonard, West Virginia University
Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award
The N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award is intended to honor student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. These young men and women may not be the best athletes or students, and therefore may not have been recognized by other organizations or awards. Nonetheless, they have persevered and made significant personal strides toward success.
Winners: Catherine Leibbrandt, University of South Florida
Christopher Quiroga, Purdue University
Ashley Reid, Colorado State University
Cedric Thompson, University of Minnesota
Devon Walker, Tulane University
Professional Promise Award
Given yearly to one member from each region, the N4A Professional Promise Award honors "new" professionals who serve student-athletes and who have dedicated their energy to the Association and its mission. Winners must have been N4A members for more than one year but fewer than five years.
Winners: Jon Kindred, University of Maryland Baltimore County (Region I)
Genese Lavalais, Jackson State University (Region II)
Kelly Traynor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Region III)
Amelia Howard, UMKC (Region IV)
Liberty Bracken, University of Washington (Region V)