11 ETSU Athletes Named to TIAA-CREF Winter Academic All-Conference Teams

Thursday, March 11, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Mar. 11, 2004) - The Southern Conference today announced its TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference teams for the winter 2003-04. A total of 102 student-athletes, representing all 12 Southern Conference institutions were named to the team. ETSU had 11 student-athletes recognized with the honor. The 102 student-athletes averaged a 3.537 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have competed in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the winter. This is the second year that the Southern Conference has named an All-Academic Team by season. The All-Academic teams are made possible by a grant from the Southern Conference's Education Partner, TIAA-CREF. The men's and women's indoor track and field squads combined for 73 student-athletes on the academic team with women's basketball adding 21. Appalachian State had the most individuals selected with 17 honorees, followed by Western Carolina with 12 and East Tennessee State and Furman each with 11. TIAA-CREF, with over $290 billion in assets under management, is a Fortune 100 company and a diversified national financial services organization, including the premier retirement system for higher education and research employees. Further information can be found at http://www.tiaa-cref.org. Name Year Hometown GPA Major Brad Nuckles So. Council, Va. 3.538 pre-business Dewanna Henderson So. Oak Ridge, Tenn. 3.275 Biology Peter Dalton So. Dublin, Ireland 3.219 Psychology Rhett Ezzell Sr. Chattanooga, Tenn. 3.254 Biology Josh Gibson So. Limestone, Tenn. 3.413 Physical Education Tiffany Collier Sr. Atlanta, Ga. 3.338 Early Childhood Jennifer Habbestad Jr. Tampa, Fla. 3.61 Criminal Justice Natasha Peyton Sr. Chesterfield, Va. 3.519 Dental Hygiene Kristin Truman Sr. Johnson City, Tenn. 3.904 Biology Christine Ward So. Candler, N.C. 3.892 Nursing Jennifer Whittington So. Richland, Va. 3.823 Biology
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