May 4, 2006
FRESNO, Calif.- Nearly 300 Fresno State student-athletes will be honored for distinguishing themselves in the classroom as well as their sport. Their academic excellence will be honored at the 10th Annual Kiwanis Torch of Excellence Dinner and Awards ceremony on Monday, May 8.
The dinner sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs as well as the Fresno State Athletics Department, will take place at the Radisson Hotel Convention Center in downtown Fresno at 6 p.m. Ralph Wood of KMPH Fox television will be the Master of Ceremonies for the night.
The dinner will recognize more than half of Fresno State's student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for their entire academic career at Fresno State, and also those who achieved an average GPA of 3.0 or better for the spring and fall semesters of 2005.
Several special awards will be handed out including:
Student-athletes who have completed eligibility, maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and lettered two out of the last three years.
Awarded to a graduating senior for academic and athletic achievement and service to the community. Professor Ilg initiated this award in 1977. He was one of the 12 original professors who started the School of Agriculture, and was also a founder of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association. He served as NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for 16 years, and retired from Fresno State in the late `80s.
Buckner, Gifford To Be Honored
Fresno State GPA of 3.0 or better, in final year of eligibility in the WAC, recommended for qualities as a student, an athlete and as a person.
Winterhalter, McIntyre Chosen As Nominees
Student-athletes must earn Dean's list for two consecutive semesters (3.5 GPA), lettered, and continuing their eligibility. This award was established in 1991 upon the retirement of the late Dr. Harold Haak, to recognize the contributions he made to the university and the athletic program while he was president from 1980-91. He served as the inaugural Director of the Fresno State Kenneth L. Maddy Institute of Public Affairs and as president of Fresno Pacific University.
Perera, Cech Named Recipients
For ticket information please contact the Bulldog Foundation office at (559) 278-7160.