Dr. McKinley Boston
I am pleased to write our final piece of the Aggie weekly update. I am very thankful to the Las Cruces Bulletin and Las Cruces Sun-News for their willingness to provide a wonderful platform for the Las Cruces public, New Mexico State fans and stake holders to get to know our student-athletes, coaches and administrators who worked so tireless in their efforts to help us become one of the best mid-major athletic programs in the country.
By most standards for success and our commitment to broad base excellence, we have had a very successful year. The most important baseline for us is the overall academic success of our 460 student-athletes.
For the 12th consecutive semester, all 17 men’s and women’s teams cumulative grade point averages combined are at or above a 3.00. In spring 2011, the cumulative GPA for all 17 men’s and women’s teams combined was a 3.013.
For the 12th consecutive semester, scholarship student-athlete representation (3.0 semester and/or cumulative grade point average or higher) was higher than 50 percent of the student-athlete population. This spring, 56 percent or 217 student-athletes achieved a 3.00 or higher semester GPA. We also have 56 percent or 244 student-athletes maintain a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of the spring 2011.
We had 26 student-athletes post a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring semester, and three student-athletes maintain a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.
The Academic All-WAC awards are given to student-athletes who have been with the institution for one academic year, carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and participated in 50 percent of the team’s contests. For the 2010-11 academic year, we had 42 honorees from the fall sports with the winter and spring sports to be announced at a later date.
Earlier this month, we had 28 student-athletes participate in the spring 2011 Commencement Ceremonies. Additionally, student-athletes earned over 6,000 credits during the spring semester, or 15 credits per student-athlete.
Our student-athletes experience success within the WAC, and NM State will finish no worse than third place in the final WAC Commissioner’s Cup standing, which reflects a composite point total earned through finishes in WAC regular season and tournament championships.
Our student-athletes once again volunteered over 5,000 community service hours in support of youth in our community. Each of our student-athletes, as a condition of team membership, must commit a minimum of 15 community service hours a year. Many of our athletes exceed that threshold.
Most of the athletes are involved in life skills activities with the goal in many cases to help them make better life lessons such as foregoing eligibility to play pro, walking away from an argument and choosing to stay away from risky environments. Our coaches and staff assist in these efforts and on average we have three incidents of public social misconducts a year and while some time embarrassing, the other 99 percent of them represent NM State in a way that makes us very proud to be AGGIES.