TIMES STAFF REPORT
MOREHEAD - Morehead State University is the recipient of the 2005-06 Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award presented by Aeropostale. The award, which was previously named the OVC Academic Achievement Banner, is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll for that academic year.
This marks the seventh academic honor for MSU in the coveted award's 20-year history.
Morehead State was represented 89 times on the Honor Roll which requires at least a 3.25 grade point average for the academic year. MSU also had thirteen student-athletes earn the 2005-06 Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athlete(s) who achieves the highest grade point average in a Conference-sponsored sport. All but one of the 104 student-athletes honored conference-wide achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
The league also announced the recipients of 17 OVC Team Academic Achievement Awards presented by Aeropostale, which are presented annually in each Conference-sponsored sport to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll. MSU earned the awards in baseball, women's tennis, softball and men's track and field.
"We're extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes," said MSU Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson, a Louisa native. "This honor is a tribute to the efforts of the student-athletes, our coaches and our administration, especially Valerie Ousley, our athletic academic coordinator, and those who assist her in operating the Eagle Academic Success Center, supervise study halls and computer labs and monitor the academic progress of our student-athletes."
The OVC has entered into a multi-year corporate sponsorship agreement with Aeropostale, Inc., that will list the clothing retailer as the presenting sponsor of the Conference's academic awards program.
"We're pleased Aeropostale continues to support us in recognizing academic achievements of our student-athletes," said OVC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher. "The conference takes great pride in the success of its student-athletes, not only on the playing field, but more importantly, in the classroom.
"Morehead State University deserves to be proud of this significant accomplishment by its student-athletes. The Academic Achievement Awards presented by Aeropostale are a very visible reminder of the values of the Ohio Valley Conference and its member institutions."