GW Athletics Honors Exemplary Commitment to Academics
Professor Irene Foster in Economics is Student-Athletes’ Choice for Professor of the Year
During halftime of the men’s basketball game against Richmond on Wednesday night, GW’s Athletic Academic Dean’s List members and the student athletes’ choice for Professor of the Year were honored.
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 2017 or fall 2017 semesters. In all, 321 student-athletes were honored. Last semester 66% of GW student-athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater while the Department’s cume GPA was 3.16, marking the seventh consecutive semester that GW Athletics had a GPA higher than 3.15.
Among the student-athletes honored, 23 achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in either the spring or fall semester of 2017, with five hitting the mark in both semesters. Marie-Louise Decamps (women’s tennis), Miranda DiBiasio (women’s cross country/track), Julia Masterson (women’s rowing), Connor Rosenberg (men’s water polo) and Anna Tapen (women’s soccer) pulled the impressive feat off twice, while Alastair Berry (men’s soccer), Colin Burns (men’s rowing), Connor James (men’s cross country/track), Alli Lapps (women’s swimming & diving), Sara Mermelstein (gymnastics) and Olivia Rhodes (women’s rowing) had 4.0 GPAs last spring, and Clarke Indek (men’s swimming & diving), Hannah Kopydlowski (women’s swimming & diving), Ashley Pilcher (softball), Miranda Simon (women’s swimming & diving), Tiffany Smith (women’s rowing), Patrick Steeves (men’s basketball) and Emily Zhang (women’s swimming & diving) achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs last semester.
Prior to the Dean’s List recognitions, the student-athletes’ choice for the Professor of the Year was recognized. 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, GW student-athletes then vote upon five finalists and the student-athletes’ choice for Professor of the Year.
Irene Foster was named as the student-athletes' choice. Professor Foster has taught courses in economics, statistics and marketing, and enjoys being an advisor to undergraduates working on research projects and papers. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
Brendan Hurley (Geography), Kenneth Leon (Sociology), Tara Radin (Business Administration) and Dennis Schell (Psychology) were also named finalists for student-athletes’ choice for Professor of the Year.
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