March 4, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL EARN 3.54 TEAM GPA

The UMaine-Presque Isle women's basketball team not only enjoyed an outstanding season on the court, but also in the classroom.  The team worked hard to turnaround a basketball program that had not had a winning season in 5 years, compiling a record of 18-7, but that was not done while sacrificing the commitment to learning and doing well in the classroom.  During the season, the women earned a team Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.54 on a 4.0 scale.

Leading the way for the Owls were sophomore point guard Darby Toth, a biology major and freshman athletic training major Sydney Churchill, both earned 4.0 GPA's in the first semester.

Junior business major Rebecca Campbell and sophomore Amanda Hotham joined Toth and Churchill on the Highest Honors Dean's List.  While Olivia McNally, Katie Paternaude and Kristin Thompson were also named to the Honors Dean's list.

The ten women on the basketball team have a wide range of career interests, but several choose UMaine-Presque Isle because of the high graduate school acceptance rate and overall preparation that the University impacts onto its graduates. 

Toth, an aspiring veterinarian and Academic All-American candidate, selected Maine-Presque Isle because of a number of factors, "I wanted to play college basketball and needed an affordable place that would prepare me for the rigors of graduate work in veterinary medicine…UMPI provided me with the opportunity to realize both dreams and I will move on to graduate school with very little debt."

With three biology or pre-med majors and 3 athletic training majors on the squad, taking the easy route is obviously not commonplace in the basketball team's locker room.  "We stress how important not only degrees and high GPA's are to opening doors academically, but also learning the material at hand and becoming a true professional in a person's chosen career path," noted head coach Doug Carter. 

"Career preparation is more valuable than taking a test and forgetting the information five minutes after you have finished the test. Our student-athletes pass more than tests; they are capable of being productive professionals from the onset of their training.  Maine-Presque Isle is moving toward a proficiency based educational system that will only enhance our already strong position in developing quality professionals, ready for real world success."