Leopards honored at Scholar Athlete Luncheon

Leopards honored at Scholar Athlete Luncheon

LA VERNE, Calif. — A total of 156 University of La Verne student-athletes who have attained a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average or higher were honored at the 12th annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon, held Monday in the Multi-Purpose Ballroom at the University's Campus Center.

The honorees for the event included La Verne student-athletes and Athletic Training students who attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 or higher or earned a 3.5 or better in the Fall 2015 semester.

Several members of the campus community, including faculty, staff and administrators were on hand to recognize the academic achievements of the student-athletes. Provost Jonathan Reed praised the student-athletes for balancing academics and athletics, quoting Greek philosopher Plato who said, "He who is only an athlete is too crude, too vulgar, too much a savage. He who is a scholar only is too soft, to effeminate. The ideal citizen is the scholar athlete, the man of thought and the man of action."

Senior Shannon Irwin of the women's basketball team and sophomore Vincent Hebble of the football team spoke on behalf of the students, reflecting on their academic and athletic successes at La Verne. Irwin sports a 3.95 cumulative GPA as a kinesiology major and Hebble has a 3.97 as a computer engineering major.

Twenty Leopard student-athletes maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the Fall 2015 semester and including eight have maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Women's Golf was recognized as having achieved the highest overall team grade point average this year at 3.67.