Kent State Wins Cartwright Award

Updated 9/4/2013


Cartwright Award presented to Kent State University recognizing its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today the presentation of the Cartwright Award to Kent State University for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2012-13 school year.  The Cartwright Award will be presented to Kent State this Saturday, Sept. 7 during the Golden Flashes home football game against Bowling Green at Dix Stadium at Noon ET as the game will be televised by ESPN Regional.
“The Cartwright Award is a unique award in that it recognizes excellence not only on the field of play, but also in the classroom and in community,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner. “To be selected by its peers for this award is a tremendous honor for Kent State University.  I applaud the student-athletes, coaches and entire staff for this special honor.”   
The Cartwright Award is an institutional award presented annually to one university in the MAC.  A committee with representation from all 12 institutions selected the Cartwright Award winner from nominations submitted based upon the criteria of excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.
“This award is about excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship, and I'm so proud of our student-athletes who demonstrate Kent State's excellence in action in the classroom, in sport and in our community,” said Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton.  “I commend our student-athletes and Kent State's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for a remarkable year, including an all-time high GPA, a fifth consecutive Reese Trophy, and now adding the Cartwright Award to our impressive list of achievements.”
The Cartwright Award is named in honor of Dr. Carol A. Cartwright, one of the most highly respected voices in higher education.  Dr. Cartwright served as the President of Kent State University from 1991-2006 and President of Bowling Green from 2008-2011.  Dr. Cartwright previously was the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California at Davis and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost at The Pennsylvania State University.  She has served on the NCAA Board of Directors and is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Below is a brief summary of the accomplishments by Kent State University in each of the three areas of academic, athletic and citizenship excellence:
Kent State Academic Summary (2012-13):
Department cumulative GPA of 3.10 and spring 2013 term GPA of 3.11, both the highest in Kent State recorded history.
Six teams with highest GPA in recorded history.
10 teams with both their term and cumulative GPA over 3.0.
62% of Kent State student-athletes finished the year with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
31% of Kent State student-athletes finished the year with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
NCAA Public Recognition – Baseball, Men’s Golf and Women’s Cross Country APR scores were publically recognized in the NCAA Top 10% of their sport.
Nine teams improved their APR scores from one year ago.
Student-athletes continue to graduate at a rate 16% higher than general student-body. 
Graduation Success Rate: Three Kent State teams with 100% GSR (Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Volleyball).
91% all Kent State student-athlete retention rate (fall 2012-fall 2013).
MAC/NCAA Recognition: two Academic All-Americans (Hannah Newhouse in Soccer and Jessacca Gironda in Softball), five Academic All-Region, 41 Academic All-MAC and 44 Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention.
Kent State Athletic Summary (2012-13):
Athletic success was validated when the Golden Flashes finished as the MAC leader in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the 13th time in 14 years and 16th time in the 20-year history of the award.  Additionally, Kent State was second among Ohio’s 13 Division I schools.
Kent State claimed the prestigious Reese Trophy for the fifth consecutive year and eighth time overall since 2000 for men’s all-sports excellence in the MAC.
Golden Flashes claimed MAC men’s titles in baseball and men’s golf, along with a MAC East Division crown in football.  Plus, the men’s track and field and wrestling teams each finished as MAC runners-up.
Winning was synonymous with Kent State during the 2012-13 school year as nine teams claimed MAC regular season and/or tournament titles and four other teams finished second in either a MAC championship or regular season.
Kent State football claimed the MAC East Division title with a program record 10-game winning streak and its first bowl appearance in 40 years at the GoDaddy.Com Bowl.
The women’s golf team’s won its 15th straight MAC regular season crown and the women’s track and field team’s fourth consecutive outdoor title.
Baseball, field hockey, gymnastics and men’s golf also won MAC regular season titles, with softball winning the MAC East Division championship.
Men’s golf earned an NCAA Championships berth, while gymnastics recorded its sixth straight NCAA regional appearance.
Men’s basketball qualified for the tournament and finished with at least 20 wins for the 14th time in 15 seasons.
Kent State wrestler Dustin Kilgore finished as the 197-pound NCAA national runner-up.  Kilgore, the 2011 NCAA national champ at 197 and a four-time MAC champion, posted a 43-match winning streak and was the MAC Wrestler of the Year.
Football’s Dri Archer was a consensus All-American.
Softball’s Emma Johnson was named MAC Pitcher of the Year, while Marie Case earned her second straight MAC Gymnast of the Year honor.  
Jennifer Ha was the MAC Women’s Golfer of the Year, while Taylor Pendrith earned the MAC Men’s Golfer of the Year award.
Dior Delophont was the MAC Women’s Indoor and Outdoor MVP and she claimed five MAC titles and four All-American honors between the Indoor and Outdoor seasons.
Baseball continued its tradition of excellence as five Golden Flashes were selected in June’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Bill Lawson was the MAC Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year.
Darrell Hazell was named MAC Football Coach of the Year.
Herb Page was named MAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year.
Kent State Citizenship Summary (2012-13):
Kent State University took great pride in community service efforts, both welcoming groups to campus and branching out into the community.
Entering their third year of Fridays with the Flashes, a recess program with Walls Elementary School, student-athletes spent two hours of recess time with the children every Friday throughout the academic year. The children of Walls joined them at a Kent State home football game and the football team also visited every local elementary school throughout the academic year to read and interact with the children.
Softball raised approximately $1,000 to donate to the Family Child Learning Center, an early intervention school focused on assisting families and children diagnosed with autism.
Women’s soccer gathered approximately $1,500 for Kick CF, to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Field hockey and football participated and volunteered in HeartChase, sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Women’s soccer and women’s basketball volunteered at Out Of the Darkness, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Football led the charge at Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes, as the entire team participated in the event, walking a full mile in women’s heels as Head Coach Paul Haynes served as the keynote speaker for the event.
The 11th annual Jock Jams event, a KSU Athletics lip sync/dance competition, was once again a success.  Hosted by two senior student-athletes, the event proceeds of $3,500 were divided between the American Cancer Society and Walls Elementary School.  The donation to Walls Elementary School was utilized to purchase much needed playground equipment.
Athletics hosted two speakers for the student-athletes – Kyle Maynard and John Underwood. Maynard delivered his “No Excuses” message as he was born a congenital amputee, but has not allowed his situation to dictate his life. Underwood is from the American Athletic Institute and had visited campus three years prior and was requested to return by senior student-athletes for his presentation on alcohol’s effects on athletic performance.
Kent State Athletics Leadership Academy grew in strength this year with each of the sophomore and junior student-athletes enrolled in the Academy paired with a career mentor.  Campus deans, Vice-Presidents, and department chairs, along with community members, met with student-athletes throughout the year to discuss what they were learning in the Leadership Academy sessions. The Academy concluded with a formal graduation ceremony attended by all academy members and their mentors.
In January, five members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee traveled to Indianapolis, for the APPLE Conference, where the student-athletes collaborated to update the department’s freshman orientation program.
Gymnastics continued the success of their Flip for the Cure meet, which collected a record $8,000 in proceeds in which the team donated to the J.D. Breast Cancer Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides support groups, educational seminars and financial assistance to women in Northeast Ohio undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
On the academic side, Life After Sport, a one-credit career preparation course for graduating student-athletes, increased enrollment for the 2012-13 academic year.  In the course, the curriculum transitioned from the emotional aspects of leaving their sport, to learning how to search for careers and network, preparing resumes and cover letters and participating in mock interviews.
Kent State student-athletes came together to show their creativity by starring in their very own music video as they danced and lip-synced to The Wanted’s Glad You Came song.  This video was shown at the Judith K. Devine Athletic Academic Awards event, Jock Jams and will be utilized at Freshman Orientation this fall.
Cartwright Award Winners:
2012-13 Kent State
2011-12 Toledo
2010-11 Western Michigan
2009-10 Kent State
2008-09 Central Michigan