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RMU Claims 2014 NEC Institutional Academic Award

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
For the second time in three years, the Robert Morris University department of athletics was honored for its work in the classroom, as it was bestowed the 2014 Northeast Conference Institutional Academic Award Thursday.

RMU student-athletes that compete in 19 NEC sports combined to post a 3.295 grade point average (GPA) during the 2013-14 academic year. The Colonials edged out LIU Brooklyn (3.248) and Wagner (3.245) for the top spot.

"I'm extremely proud of the efforts put in by our student-athletes in earning the 2014 NEC Institutional Academic Award," RMU Director of Athletics Craig Coleman, M.D., said. "Our student-athletes exemplify the true collegiate athletics model thanks to the great assistance of our outstanding faculty, academic advisors and coaches, who reinforce the importance of academics."

The NEC Institutional Academic Award is bestowed annually to the NEC member that attains the highest overall institutional GPA amongst student-athletes competing in sports sponsored by the NCAA Division I conference. The NEC sponsors a total of 22 sports.

"The entire Robert Morris University community can take pride in this achievement, given the important contributions our student-athletes make to campus life, community service and, of course, our academic reputation," RMU President Gregory G. Dell'Omo, Ph.D., said. "Division I athletics at Robert Morris University builds character and develops leadership skills in our students that serve them well in their future endeavors."

In addition to earning the 2014 NEC Institutional Academic Award, a total of nine teams from RMU were recognized for compiling the best GPA in their respective sports. Earning crowns for Robert Morris were men's cross country (3.337), women's soccer (3.450), volleyball (3.564), men's indoor track & field (3.240), women's indoor track & field (3.428), men's outdoor track & field (3.240), women's outdoor track & field (3.428), softball (3.505) and women's tennis (3.722).

"Once again, I am truly impressed with the ability of NEC student-athletes to balance their academic workload with their athletic pursuits," said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. "Highlighted by their incredible achievements of Institutional Academic Award winners Robert Morris, all 10 NEC institutions finished the year with at least a 3.00 GPA, which once again showcases the NEC Council of Presidents' commitment to building the total student-athlete, one that places an equal emphasis on academic achievement and athletic success."

Overall, the 4,000+ NEC student-athletes averaged a 3.158 GPA for the 2013-14 academic year and all 10 core member institutions finished with year with at least a 3.00 GPA. Similarly, 75 percent of NEC teams finished with a 3.00 or better GPA.