BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College athletics department held its inaugural Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Thursday evening during its men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Erskine College in recognition of the outstanding working relationship between the College’s athletics, academic affairs, and other offices on campus.
“It is always great to partner with faculty and staff for an evening like last night’s basketball game,” expressed Lees-McRae Director of Athletics Craig McPhail. “The student-athletes always appreciate seeing their teacher in the stands supporting them outside of the classroom.”
Nearly 30 members of the College’s faculty and staff were in attendance to watch the women’s team record its seventh win of the season, as well as the men’s team hold Erskine to its second-lowest scoring first half this winter.
The evening was a tremendous opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional men and women who play such a critical role in the success of the College’s student-athletes, both on the court and in the classroom.
Their efforts were rewarded earlier this month, when it was announced that the athletic department had posted its best-ever grade point average for a single semester this past fall with a combined 3.13 GPA.
“It was so nice to be able to see students outside of the classroom environment,” said Kacy Crabtree, the College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. “There was close to 30 people in attendance for this event and was enjoyed by all.”
Thirteen of the Bobcats’ 17 intercollegiate athletic programs had a combined team GPA of 3.0 or higher, including six with a mark over 3.2. Overall, 154 (includes multiple sport participants) of the Bobcats’ more than 240 student-athletes were named to the Conference Carolinas Spring Presidential Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes for their academic achievements.
“All of us in the athletic department really enjoyed our inaugural Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night,” stated Athletic Operations manager David Shervington. “The support for our Basketball teams last night by the crowd, like everything our hard working faculty and staff does at Lees-McRae, means so much to our student-athletes, as well as everyone in Bobcat Athletics.”
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