April 8, 2004

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Contact: Paul Buskirk, KU Athletics, (785) 864-7960.

KU names 211 student-athletes to Athletic Director's Honor Roll

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas recently honored 211 student-athletes, naming them to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, formerly known as the Jayhawk scholars.

Student-athletes who achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the spring 2003 or fall 2003 semester or both are eligible for the honor. Thirty-three student-athletes achieved a 4.0 GPA for one or both semesters.

Kansas home counties are: Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Cloud, Crawford, Douglas, Doniphan, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kingman, Leavenworth, Lyon, McPherson, Neosho, Reno, Sedgwick, Sumner, Seward and Wyandotte.

"While our student-athletes excel in competition, they also excel in the classroom," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "We are proud of both their academic and athletic achievements."

"The large number of student-athletes receiving this honor is a credit not only to these outstanding young men and women but also to our faculty and student-support staff," said Athletics Director Lew Perkins. "All of us are committed to creating an atmosphere that promotes success on the field and in the classroom."

The academic excellence of KU's athletic program also was recognized in a recent study reported in the Washington Post, citing KU as having the best graduation rate among the schools that reached the Sweet 16 of the 2004 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Conducted by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the study gave team records and graduation rates for players who entered college from 1993 to 1997. KU is No. 1 with a 73 percent graduation rate.

Of the 16, only KU, Duke, Vanderbilt and Xavier had graduation rates higher than 50 percent. Duke and Xavier each reported 67 percent rates, and Vanderbilt, 62 percent. The average graduation rate among all 300-plus Division I men's basketball teams is 42 percent and, for all students in Division I schools, 57 percent.

KU students recognized on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll participated in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, or volleyball. KU is a member of the Big 12 Conference.

The student-athletes are listed by home county or state, with their parents' names, high school alma mater, their sport, the semester for which they were honored and their GPA range, 3.0 to 4.0, at www.ur.ku.edu/News/04N/AprNews/Apr8/directory.html.

The sports are abbreviated as follows:

BA baseball
BBM men's basketball
BBW women's basketball
FB football
GM men's golf
GW women's golf
RW rowing
SC soccer
SB softball
SW swimming/diving
TW tennis
TXM men's cross country, track & field
TXW women's cross country, track & field
VB volleyball


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