Alpha Beta honors were bestowed to 335 IU student-athletes
The Indiana Department of Athletics recently honored the 2008-09 Alpha Beta class at a reception in the Henke Hall of Champions in the North End Zone Student-Athlete Development Center.
Alpha Beta honors all student-athletes who have attained at least a 3.2 grade point average in the fall 2008 and/or the spring 2009 semesters. IU honored 335 student-athletes, with 258 earned Alpha Beta honors in the fall semester, and 241 earning the honor in the spring semester. Of the fall semester honorees, 154 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and 134 accomplished that feat during the spring semester.
"The demands of student-athletes go far beyond performances on the field, or the track, or the court," said IU senior field hockey player Meg O'Connell. "The Alpha Beta reception was an evening to honor our hard work done in the classroom. The ceremony made us more aware that our efforts do not go unnoticed, and emphasized that `we are special.' We were treated to a delicious array of foods and entertaining speakers and were hosted in the beautiful new facility. The best part of the evening was exchanging our gold Alpha Beta pins. This let us connect with our peers and congratulate each other for balancing athletics and academics."
In Greek, alpha and beta are the first and second letters in the alphabet; in astronomy, they are the first and second brightest stars in a constellation. For the IU Department of Athletics, they represent the A's and B's that demonstrate academic excellence.