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C-USA Academic Medals Awarded to Six COHPA Students

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Six students from the College of Health and Public Affairs are among the UCF recipients of the prestigious Conference USA Academic Medal, an honor awarded to student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or better.

"Achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher is a tremendous accomplishment for our student-athletes, who work hard in their classes while balancing the rigorous demands of their sports," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury. "The fact that so many of our student-athletes have earned academic recognitions from Conference USA is a testament to their determination and the support of our dedicated faculty members, coaches and academic advisors."

The college's medal recipients are listed below.

Jesse Baldwin

Women's Rowing

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Beatriz Merino

Women's Rowing

Pre-Clinical Allied Health (Minor: Spanish)

Tishia Jewell

Women's Soccer

Public Administration MPA/ Nonprofit Management

Dara Spital

Women's Soccer

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Taylor Dubins

Women's Tennis

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Brittany McCord

Women's Track

Athletic Training

For more information about this honor and the names of all UCF medal recipients, see

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— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
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— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
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