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GW Announces Athletic Academic Dean's List

Dr. Bonnie Morris (center) was honored as the GW student-athletes' choice as Professor of the Year at Wednesday's men's basketball game against Xavier.
Dr. Bonnie Morris (center) was honored as the GW student-athletes' choice as Professor of the Year at Wednesday's men's basketball game against Xavier.

Feb. 2, 2012

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During halftime of the men's basketball game against Xavier on Wednesday night, GW's Athletic Academic Dean's List members and the student athletes' choice for Professor of the Year were announced.

In order to be recognized on the Dean's List, student-athletes had to achieve a 3.0 grade point average or higher in either the spring 2011 or fall 2011 semesters. In the spring of 2011, 232 GW student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher, while 256 GW student-athletes achieved Athletic Academic Dean's List honors in the fall 2011 semester. Additionally, 16 student-athletes were recognized for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA, including John Kopriva (men's basketball), Benton Kircher (golf), Kerri Evans (women's rowing), Meghan Kearns (women's rowing), Mackenzie Hovermale (women's rowing), Brice Carr (men's soccer), Taryn Dietrich (women's soccer), Kayley Sullivan (women's soccer), Kristi Saporito (softball), Lauren Wilson (softball), Phillip Graeter (men's swimming), Yan Levinski (men's tennis), Ulrik Thomsen (men's tennis), Christie Graf (volleyball), Cameron Illes (men's water polo) and Monica Hanson (women's water polo).

"A major goal of the Athletics and Recreation department is to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to achieve at the highest possible academic level," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "To see so many of our student-athletes recognized on the Dean's List is a testament to the caliber of student-athlete that we have at GW, and a credit to the work done by Karen Ercole (Associate Athletic Director for Educational Support Services) and her staff."

After the Dean's List recognitions, the student-athletes' choice for the Professor of the Year was announced on Faculty Appreciation Night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Each year, student-athletes are asked to submit nominations for their most valued professor, who makes the greatest contribution to the academic success of GW's student-athletes. Once nominations are submitted, the academic support staff narrows the list to five finalists, who are then voted upon by student-athletes.

Professors Claire Bowes (exercise science), Chris Deering (political science), Irene Foster (economics), Mark Hannan (business) and Bonnie Morris (women's studies) were this year's finalists, while Dr. Morris was selected to receive this years' honor.

"It's a tremendous honor to be identified by my student-athletes as their choice for Professor of the Year," said Dr. Morris. "Every one of my faculty colleagues at GW is an outstanding and dedicated teacher. The many student-athletes who I've taught over the years here are all-stars in my book, as they balance coursework and competitive athletic performance. I'm a huge fan of our program, and I'm proud to help create a positive and supportive atmosphere for all GW students."

A graduate from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dr. Morris has taught at the university for more than 14 years, including teaching specialized courses like Athletics and Gender. Dr. Morris has also taught women's studies courses at Harvard and Georgetown. In addition to her teaching efforts, she is the author of five books and her other works have appeared in more than forty literary collections.

"What's most compelling about Dr. Morris is her ability to make a large lecture hall feel like such an intimate setting," identified women's rowing freshman Cara Korte. "She teaches with a conversational style, while being direct and to the point. I always know that I'm learning a lot in Dr. Morris' class, but I never feel like I'm being lectured at. She's very entertaining. The best thing that she does is constantly making her students aware of internships and job opportunities that she's aware of through her many contacts, and that helped me land an opportunity that I'm so excited about."

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