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Sooners Shine in the Classroom
June 24, 2014
Student-Athlete Q&A

We interviewed noted student-athletes C.J. Cole, Shaya Kellogg and Kara Lovan for the embedded video above, asking them about their plans after graduation and how OU is preparing them for life after college. Learn more about C.J., Shaya and Kara below.

C.J. COLE
Sophomore (Junior Academically)
Men’s Basketball
Sperry, Okla.

Major: Chemical Biosciences
GPA: 4.00
Favorite Class: Organic Chemistry II
Favorite Professor: Justin Garrett (Organic Chemistry II)
Plans After Graduation: Attend medical school (hopefully OU); undecided on medical specialty

SHAYA KELLOGG
Sophomore
Women’s Basketball
Ames, Iowa

Major: Journalism/Political Science
GPA: 3.64
Favorite Class: English Composition II
Favorite Professor: Nancy Gonzalez (Sociology)
Plans After Graduation: Pursue a career advocating women’s rights through journalism

KARA LOVAN
Sophomore
Women’s Gymnastics
Des Moines, Iowa

Major: Risk Management
GPA: 3.75
Favorite Class: Business Writing
Favorite Professor: Dr. John Banas (Principles of Communication)
Plans After Graduation: Work as an actuary for a major company

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma student-athletes have continued to excel not only in their sports but also in the classroom, demonstrating there is much more to being a Sooner than what is seen during athletics competition.

This success continued during the past academic year, with multiple Sooners named to the 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. Additionally, OU recorded its fifth straight semester with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 among its sports programs. Two teams -- women’s gymnastics and men’s basketball -- recorded their highest GPAs in program history.

"What OU student-athletes have achieved this year academically is a reflection of their hard work and commitment to their college education,” said Michael Meade, associate athletics director for academic services. “The staff in the Prentice Gautt Academic Center is proud of their record-setting accomplishments in the classroom. The athletics department's commitment to academic success is manifest in the fact that student-athletes collectively have earned a cumulative GPA over a 3.00 for the fifth consecutive semester.”

In May, the NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate results for member institutions, and OU once again ranked among the top schools in the nation in terms of academic performance. Fourteen of OU’s 21 athletics programs boasted a multiyear APR score above the NCAA Division I national average.

Nine programs earned a perfect 1,000 APR score for the 2012-13 academic year, tying OU for the Big 12 lead. These teams were men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis, rowing and volleyball. Women’s gymnastics and women’s golf earned recognition for being in the top 10 percent of their sports with a 1,000 multiyear APR figure.

Following is a rundown of how OU performed in the two latest sets of Big 12 Conference academic honors:

Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
In order to secure a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must register a 3.00 GPA or better for the given academic term. For the spring 2014 semester, 277 OU student-athletes did just that. Fifty-three of those honorees recorded 4.00 GPAs for the semester.

A complete list of OU student-athletes on the honor roll can be found here.

Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team
A total of 69 OU student-athletes were named to the 2013-14 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, which honors conference competitors who are new, incoming freshmen at their respective league institutions. OU’s total honorees were the second most in the conference.

Five Sooners made the list with 4.00 GPAs, including Lane Maguire (cross country; environmental engineering), Kelsey McKee (cross country/track and field; Spanish), Emilio Maurer (men’s golf; marketing), Amanda Ahadizadeh (rowing; economics) and Jamie Iurato (soccer; business).

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshman that have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, the student-athletes must have participated in at least one of their team’s scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective teams for their sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

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