TYLER -- Twelve student-athletes from The University of Texas at Tyler were
inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society
this week at the annual awards athletic banquet, according to Dr. Ross Sherman, Professor of Educational Leadership and UT Tyler's Faculty Athletic Representative.
Dallas Bean (Men's Basketball), Jake Waddingham (Men's Cross Country), Jesus Morteo (Men's Soccer), Kevin Wright (Men's Tennis), Austin Quinten (Men's Golf), Justin NeSmith (Men's Soccer), Danika Waldrep (Volleyball), David Ring (Baseball), Ed Palencia (Men's Track), Victor Almendariz (Men's Soccer), Brittney Batten (Softball) and Callie Rice (Women's Golf) were inducted in the 2012 Class.
Including this year's class, UT Tyler has had 53 student-athletes inducted since 2007.
Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor
those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the
classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes
college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while
maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and
The governing board represents all levels of competition in the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Its purposes are as follows:
- To encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities;
- To recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners;
- To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics;
- To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university;
- To mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.
Membership in local chapters is an honor bestowed upon selected
student-athletes. Selection for membership is by an Athletic Department
designee in consultation with the individual's head coach and is based
on outstanding scholarship, earned athletic letter winner, and excellent
character and citizenship.