Tech Board of Control:?Student athletes average higher GPAs

HOUGHTON – Michigan Technological University’s student athletes frequently dominate on the field, court or track. During the 2012-2013 athletic season Tech teams secured three conference championships in women’s soccer, men’s basketball and football, in addition to the Great Lakes Invitational hockey championship. In addition to athletic achievements, Tech athletes excel academically.

During the regular Michigan Tech Board of Control meeting Thursday, Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret presented information on Tech student athletes. Sanregret reported that student athlete grade point averages at Tech are above those of the general student population – student athletes average a 3.23 GPA compared to the general student body average of 3.0 – and more student athletes graduate within five years at 84 percent compared to the university rate of 67 percent.

“Many great things happened on the ice, field and court,” Sanregret said. “But what we are most proud of is the quality of our student athletes and the success they achieved in the classroom.”

The athletic program supports Michigan’s Tech mission and strategic plan in many ways, Sanregret said, citing strong recruitment programs that attract outstanding students, focusing public attention on the University through athletic achievements and increasing community support and engagement. She noted that the Student Development Complex had over 1.8 million visitors during the past year and nearly 5,000 fans attended one football against Grand Valley.

Sanregret also informed the board that the Generations of Discovery capital campaign brought in more than $7 million. The funds help support student athlete scholarships – 254 of Tech’s 335, or 76 percent of, student athletes have partial scholarships – add a women’s soccer program which is going into its fourth year, install the new video scoreboard and hockey suites in the John MacInnes Ice Arena and upgrade the SDC gymnasium seating.

In addition to Sanregret’s report, the board heard from Chief Financial Officer Daniel Greenlee. Greenlee reported MTU was in the black at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

“The unaudited financials show the general fund as being positive by $170,000, and the current fund positive by $540,000,” Greenlee said. “These positive results for the year just ended help increase the fund balance of each fund. The current fund balance at the fiscal year-end is estimated – unaudited – at $13,031,000.”

In other business, the board:

granted emeritus rank to four retired professors; Marilyn Cooper and Elizabeth Flyn, Humanities; Thomas Grimm, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; and Susan Bagley, Biological Sciences.

appointed Board of Control members Steve Hicks, Paul Ollila and Terry Woychowski to the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors.

heard a campaign update from Eric Halonen, director of major gifts and gift planning, and Brenda Rudiger, executive director of alumni relations. More information concerning the Campaign will be announced in September.

heard a report from David Reed, vice president for research, comparing research awards earned during fiscal year 2013 as compared to fiscal year 2012. Research funding increased 11 percent in 2013 for a total of $48 million.