Thursday, January 14, 2016

YellowJackets Represent at 2016 NCAA Convention

Dr. Lunsford with NCAA student delegate Whitney Judd
Welcome to Spring 2016!

Today, I am at the NCAA's 110th annual convention where I serve on the president's advisory group for Division III and also as chair of the American Southwest Conference Presidents Council. Also in the LETU delegation are Athletic Director Terri Deike and Faculty Athletics Representative Bob Wharton.

I am also pleased that one of our two-sport athletes, Whitney Judd, a junior business management major from Azle, Texas, has been selected to serve as a student delegate, representing us and the entire Conference on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which gives students a voice in the governance of the NCAA. Whitney will give input on issues like practice times, recruiting regulations, post-season play and other issues. The convention also provides opportunity for student-athletes to attend a variety of educational and personal development programs, take part in a Special Olympics event and observe the legislative workings of the NCAA. This marks only the third time that student-athletes from the ASC have attended the NCAA convention.

Whitney, who plays centerfield on the women's softball team and runs cross country, is the co-chair of LETU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Whitney has been an all-conference performer for the last three years in cross country and qualified to compete at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Meet. She is only the second student-athlete in program history to achieve this feat.

In addition to being successful in cross country, she has also been a standout on the LETU softball team. And I'm very pleased to report she has been named twice to the ASC Fall All-Academic Team for her efforts in the classroom. When asked how she does it all, she told me she has asked herself that question before, too. Then she said, "It's a lot of hard work. Good thing I'm a business management major so, I've learned to manage my time very well."

If you would like to follow Whitney's daily diary from her trip to the NCAA Convention, you can click here.

The Dallas Cowboys are finished so time to shift my attention to basketball. You need to see this winning shot by our own Yellowjacket senior C.J. Edwards to win 108-107 against Concordia Saturday, you can see it here. This clip on social media has racked up over 10,000 views.