Bolingbrook's Brennen Rompa, a member of the Upper Iowa University football team, was named to the UIU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for Fall 2013.
The Upper Iowa University Athletic Department will recognize 179 student-athletes who earned a spot on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll on Friday, Jan. 24 between the men's and women's basketball games against Concorida University, St. Paul.
"We are thrilled to announce the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the Fall semester," Brandi Rideout, the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services said. "We had a significant increase of student-athletes achieving a 3.2 GPA this past fall which is a testament to their hard work and commitment to academic success. We congratulate them and are very proud of their accomplishments in the classroom."
To earn consideration for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.20 grade-point average during the 2013 Fall semester. In years past, the standard was 3.0 but was raised last year to encourage Upper Iowa student-athletes to achieve at a higher level in the classroom.
Also, 32 student-athletes held a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester, while 17 of these student-athletes hold a perfect GPA in their respective careers at UIU.
"These awards confirm our belief that academic-achievement and graduation is the number one reason why our student-athletes are here at Upper Iowa University," David Miller, the UIU Director of Athletics said. "This is a testament to the coaches here, and the quality of character in the student-athletes they recruit."
Currently the men's golf team has the highest male team career GPA at 3.30, while the women's golf team has the highest female team career GPA - 3.65.
Earlier this year, 34 student-athletes were named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Teams in the fall of 2013. To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. Also, the student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic and athletic standing at the institution represented with one full year completed at their institution.