Eleven ETSU student-athletes earn TIAA-CREFF Academic All-Conference Honors

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (December 15, 2004) - The Southern Conference today announced its TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference teams for the fall semester of 2004. East Tennessee State University had 11 student-athletes that received the honor.

ETSU women's soccer had the largest representation with six student-athletes earning the honor. Men's cross country added three and women's cross country added two to complete the list.

A total of 244 student-athletes, representing all 12 Southern Conference institutions were named to the team. The 244 student-athletes averaged a 3.39 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. One hundred forty-four of those student-athletes earned a 3.5 or above.

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 fall.

This is the third 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.

For over 85 years, TIAA/CREF has been helping millions of people working in the academic, medical and cultural fields plan for their retirement.  Our clear and long-held commitment to serve those who dedicate themselves to the benefit and enlightenment of others remains unchanged.

With their nonprofit heritage, TIAA-CREF has long subscribed to a different set of guiding principles. Principles directly influenced by the people we serve. With over $310 billion in combined assets as of June 30, 2004, their approach to investing goes beyond sound portfolio management. They are mindful of their social responsibilities. And they stay focused on the best interests of their participants. To learn more about TIAA-CREF, visit TIAA-CREF.org or call 800 842-2776.


Men's Cross Country

Peter Dalton                         Jr.                         Dublin, Ireland                        Psychology

Josh Gibson                         Jr.                         Limestone, Tenn.                        Physical Education

Josh Hicks                         So.                         Riceville, Tenn,                         Undecided


Women's Cross Country

Jennifer Habbestad                         Sr.                         Tampa, Fla.                        Criminal Justice

Christine Ward                         Jr.                         Candler, N.C.                         Nursing


Women's Soccer

Erin Ashton                         Jr.                         New Bern, N.C.                         Honors Biology, Pre-med

Blair DeGraw                         So.                         Greensboro, N.C.                        Honors Biology

Jennifer Fields                         Sr.                         Mount Airy, Md.                         Sports Management

Trista Haupt                         So.                         Myersville, Md.                        Honors Chemistry

Meghan Morris                         Jr.                         Bowie, Md.                        Mass Communication and Broadcasting

Alexandra Schwark             So.            Strongsville, Ohio             Honors Criminal Justice

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