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The Student-Athlete: Rose-Hulman has Stellar History of Success in Class & Sport
July 15, 2011
By Kevin Lanke
Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
As students at Rose-Hulman, their days began early and ended late. Nick Race and Liz Evans mastered the delicate balance of maintaining near-perfect grade point averages while also earning national and regional honors in their sports.
Race, a four-year soccer player, received Capital One Academic All-American accolades in 2010, continuing the college's 25-year legacy of success in the classroom and athletics.
Meanwhile, Evans is the 2011 NCAA Division III indoor and outdoor high jump national champion and a three-time regional field athlete of the year.
The term "student-athlete" is taken very seriously at Rose-Hulman, with 92 current and former athletes being named Academic All-Americans. The institution ranks sixth nationally among all North American colleges and first among NCAA Division III colleges by having at least one honoree in each of the past 26 years. Two athletes were named Academic All-American of the Year-baseball player Kevin Kluemper in 1991 and pole vaulter Ryan Loftus in 1998.
Student-athletes having a minimum 3.3 grade point average (out of 4.0) are eligible to be nominated for the Academic All-American team in their sport. There's a University Division for NCAA Division I institutions and a College Division for the more than 800 schools in the NCAA Division II, III (like Rose-Hulman), NAIA, Canadian and junior college ranks.
"The key reason I chose Rose-Hulman was the chance to get both an outstanding education and the chance to continue playing competitive soccer," said Race, a 2011 biomedical engineering graduate with a 3.95 grade point average.
Like most Rose-Hulman students, Race's days started shortly after sunrise and were filled with 18 intensive classroom hours each week. Late-afternoon soccer practice filled four weekdays throughout the fall, then there was a quick dinner before finding time to study for the next day's classes or tests-getting around to homework at 2 a.m. the next day. The soccer team had two matches each weekend during the season, starting in late August-before the school year begins-until early November. He also managed to find the time to serve as president for the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Triangle fraternity.
Race's lofty academic credentials resulted in his acceptance to the Indiana University School of Medicine's MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program.
Meanwhile, Evans's "average" day during the track and field season includes "breakfast, class, lunch, more class, workouts, dinner, and studying," she says. Evans also earned Academic All-American honors after compiling a 3.5 GPA as a mathematics and electrical engineering double major.