Athletic Department Salutes Student-Athletes, Faculty and Staff in Annual Ceremony

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2013-01-24

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican University recognized 224 student-athletes who achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher during the fall 2012 semester, as well as dozens of members of the University community, as part of its annual Academic Excellence and Faculty & Staff Spirit Night held Jan. 25 in the University’s Alumni Hall on its main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus 43219. 

The event coincided with an ODU Panther men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against the Ashland University Eagles (Ashland, Ohio). Prior to the start of the men’s game, student-athletes received certificates for their academic achievements. Overall, the Athletic Department finished the fall 2012 semester with a cumulative 3.11 GPA, as 60 percent of the student-athlete population surpassed a 3.0 GPA for the term. 

Prior to the start of the women’s game, the Athletic Department presented the first annual Sister Charles Marie Brantl Most Influential Panther Award. Sister Brantl, a member of the Ohio Dominican University Athletics Hall of Fame, was an ODU faculty member from 1965 to 1976 and helped launch the University’s intercollegiate athletics programs. 

Each senior student-athlete nominated a faculty or staff member who had the biggest influence on their ODU experience. Eighteen individuals were nominated. Jim Strode, assistant professor of Sport Management, received the award. 

ODU is a full member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The University sponsors 18 varsity sports, including baseball, softball, football, volleyball, as well as men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field, both indoor and outdoor.  

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year Catholic private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning. 

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