MARCH 2012 Inside
Laurier student-athletes are winners in the classroom Research shows athletes’ academic performance has improved over time The average grade at Laurier today for non-athletes is 7.44. A further indication of academic quality is that the current admission average of studentathletes is 81.5 per cent compared to an overall non-athlete admission average of 81.4 per cent. Laurier officials attribute the improvements in part
An analysis of three decades of research on Laurier studentathletes’ academic performance has revealed a significant improvement over time. The study, conducted by Professor William McTeer, shows that student-athletes in the 2000s are on average doing as well or better academically than other students. “Laurier invests extensively in the academic success of our student-athletes, and we insist that they take their studies seriously,” said David McMurray, the university’s vice-president, Student Affairs. “But it wasn’t until Bill compiled this material that we realized the full extent of how well our student-athletes are doing academically, while continuing to excel in intercollegiate competition. I’m proud of them.” The results show that in the 1980s, 87.8 per cent of Laurier student-athletes graduated from their programs. Today, 94 per cent of student-athletes graduate compared to 86.7 per cent of non-athletes. Laurier studentathletes’ average grades on a 12-point scale also increased from 6.76 in the 1980s to 7.48 today.
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Nicole Cuzzi, food services associate Starbucks, Food Services (Waterloo campus). Melissa Dileo, LEAF student services assistant (Brantford campus). Erin Klassen, admissions specialist I, Recruitment & Admissions (Waterloo campus). Melanie Lafrance, administrative assistant II, History (Waterloo campus). Barb Lake, food services associate, Food Services (Waterloo campus).
Changes in staff appointments: Michael Bittle, records and data mangagement coordinator, FGPS (Waterloo campus). Amanda Giacomino, learning and organizational development administrator, Human Resources (Waterloo campus).
Ben Waite, receiver, Food Services (Waterloo campus).
Khal Hossein, manager, admissions and Waterloo recruitment, Recruitment & Admissions (Waterloo campus).
Tamara Quigley, coordinator, marketing and communications, Recruitment & Admissions (Brantford campus).
Robert Kalbfleisch, systems analyst III, Enterprise Solutions (Waterloo campus).
Constance Smelsky, disability consultant, Accessible Learning (Brantford campus).
Rosemary Springett, financial analyst, FGPS (Waterloo campus).
Amanda Gulka, manager, admissons and Waterloo recruitment, Recruitment & Admissions (Waterloo campus).
Amy Neufeld, service advisor, Service Laurier (Waterloo campus).
Christina Kerr, library media and music associate, Library (Waterloo campus). Martin Krawiec, systems analyst II, ITS (Waterloo campus). Emily Middleton, development assistant, University Development (Waterloo campus). Nela Petkovic, director ICT Renewal Project, Enterprise Solutions (Waterloo campus).
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Christie Schellenberger, manager, recruitment and admissions, Recruitment & Admissions (Waterloo campus).
Cameron Terry, area manager, custodial, Physical Resources (Waterloo campus).
Jingjun Ha, systems analyst, Library (Waterloo campus).
leadership, hard work and cooperation, but it’s not the whole picture. The degree is central.” McTeer, a professor in the department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, began collecting the data in the early 1980s, compiled a second set in the 1990s, and recently completed a third set for the 2000s. He says the average student-athlete invests about 20 hours per week in his or her sport. “We seem to have a healthy balance here between academics and athletics,” he said. The university’s studentathletes have received significant recognition. Between 2000 and 2012, the Laurier Golden Hawks won 35 championships, including eight national championships. Between 2000 and 2010, 248 Laurier athletes earned CIS Academic All-Canadian honours. Football’s Dillon Heap was named a CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian in 2009-10. The university is continuing to hone its approach to nurturing student-athletes’ academic performance, and McTeer is curious to know the impact of new measures. “If I’m here in another 10 years, I’ll certainly be taking a look,” he said.
Erin Riggin, administrative assistant II, Teaching Support Services (Waterloo campus).
Jane Gohl, administrative manager, Science (Waterloo campus).
Emily Lowther, designer I, Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing (Waterloo campus).
Sarah Shewchuck, special constable, Special Constable Servie (Waterloo campus).
passing average in their academic coursework to continue to play their sports. “We are focusing on developing the whole student-athlete— academically, athletically and personally,” said Peter Baxter, the university’s director of Athletics & Recreation. “Sport itself can teach a number of skills, such as
Laurier encourages academic success through mentorship programs and referrals to tutors. All students must maintain a passing average in their coursework to continue to play sports.
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Bonnie Whitlow, aboriginal student support coordinator, Student Services (Brantford campus).
to the university’s holistic approach to student-athlete success. The university places a strong emphasis on academic performance when recruiting athletes. It encourages athlete success in the classroom through academic mentorship programs and referrals to specialist tutors. And students must maintain a
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Julie Way, leadhand, Fresh Food Company, Food Services (Waterloo campus). Teresa Wendykier, senior administrative assistant, chemistry, Faculty of Science (Waterloo campus).
Shellbie Wilson, development officer, Development & Alumni Relations (Waterloo campus).
Retirements: Robert Ellsworth, manager, ITS (Waterloo campus). Elaine Frey, archives assistant/ associate cataloguer, Library (Waterloo campus).
: How long has the university’s Faculty of Social Work been located in Kitchener?
: In September 2006, the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work opened its doors in the heart of downtown Kitchener, just four kilometres from the Waterloo campus. The faculty began accepting students in 1966 and 40 years later moved to the historical St. Jerome’s College/High School, a renowned institution of higher learning for over 125 years in Waterloo Region. With support from the City of Kitchener, Wilfrid Laurier University successfully completed a $12-million campaign to transform the historical landmark into a
thriving professional school. Upon completion, the university was awarded the Wagner Heritage Award by the City of Kitchener. The award is bestowed to organizations that have preserved, restored or helped conserve local heritage resources. Located on Duke and College streets, Laurier’s Kitchener location is a 40,000-squarefoot facility, housing seven classrooms (including a unique circular classroom for the MSW Aboriginal Field of Study), two computer labs, a 2,000-squarefoot library, interview-viewing room, a large conference/lecture hall, community meeting space, student lounges, a spiritual room and a spacious café. By Stacey Morrison 5
The March 2012 edition of InsideLaurier.