The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department celebrated "Academic Night" at the men's basketball game against The Citadel on Thursday. Over 150 student-athletes cheerleaders and Sugar Mocs were honored on the court at halftime for having a 3.0 grade-point-average or higher during the 2009 fall semester.
The Dayle May Award was also presented by Mrs. Jerry Tessman. This award is given annually to the Moc and Lady Moc senior with the highest cumulative g.p.a. This year's recipients were David Moore from men's track & field and cross country and Katie Taylor from women's golf.
Moore has a 3.97 g.p.a. during his academic career. The Sarnia, Ontario, native is majoring in Engineering Technologies. Taylor, a Talbot, Tenn. native, is achieving comprehensive excellence in the classroom with a perfect 4.0 g.p.a. and is majoring in Psychology. They were both congratulated by Tessman, Director of Athletics Rick Hart, UTC Chancellor Dr. Roger Brown and UTC Provost Dr. Phil Oldham.
Chattanooga had 149 student-athletes earn a 3.0 g.p.a. during the fall semester, in addition to 19 cheerleaders and Sugar Mocs. There were 111 of those Mocs on the Dean's List for posting a 3.2 or higher g.p.a. last semester. UTC also boasted 24 student-athletes who had a perfect 4.0 g.p.a during the 2009 fall semester. Of those 24, 18 accomplished the feat during their competition season.
The Mocs had 10 teams record a 3.0+ g.p.a. last semester, including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field and volleyball. Eight of these 10 teams accomplished their 3.0 g.p.a.'s during their respective competition seasons. The women's cross country team had the highest team g.p.a. with a 3.61.