On the heels of achieving the best-ever finish in the Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Carnegie Mellon University’s student-athletes earned high praise in the classroom yet again. Continuing the trend that athletics and academics is not mutually exclusive at Carnegie Mellon, 71 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) for the spring semester.
The Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics finished 23rd in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday. Carnegie Mellon totaled 522.50 points to record its highest finish in the 23-year history of the Learfield Directors’ Cup. The Tartans are one of four University Athletic Association institutions to crack the top 25 in the standings, with seven of eight institutions finishing among the top 80.
The Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics celebrated the graduation of 80 student-athletes on Sunday, May 20 during the campus-wide ceremony held in Gesling Stadium. In total, more than 5,000 graduates were recognized over the weekend for the University’s 121st commencement.
As the Carnegie Mellon University campus community celebrated the last day of classes for the 2017-18 academic year, the recreation and fitness staff hosted a triathlon for students, faculty, and staff. The Super Sprint Distance Triathlon, advertised as the CMU Tri 3 was a hit in its inaugural showing.
The Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Department hosted its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2. More than 350 student-athletes attended the event, which honored athletic and academic achievement during the 2017-18 season.
Army Ranger, Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive tackle and Carnegie Mellon University graduate student Alejandro Villanueva spoke to Tartan student-athletes on Tuesday afternoon. Villanueva spoke about leadership and how he has become the person he is today through his experiences. Villanueva’s session was added to the department’s Student-Athlete Leadership Development Program last spring.
A pair of Carnegie Mellon University athletics administrators have been promoted, as Kim Kelly and Jason Mlodzianowski will assume responsibilities as Associate Directors of Athletics. In addition, part-time assistant strength and conditioning coach Ben Swogger has been promoted to full-time, while Christine Scalise, Administrative Coordinator for the Cohon University Center, will take on a newly created role as the Tepper Facility Manager. The athletics department will add two additional positions this summer, including a departmental financial administrator and coordinator of fitness facilities and marketing.
The Carnegie Mellon University softball program, which will open intercollegiate play next spring, will call UPMC All American Park its home. The Tartans have secured rights to the facility, which is located in Trafford, Pennsylvania, for all of their softball needs.
In what has become a spring tradition for Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Athletics, the Western Spring Sectional competition of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania took place on campus for the third consecutive year on Saturday, April 14. Nearly 500 athletes competed in basketball, swimming and track and field, with hopes of qualifying for the state competition.
On Wednesday, April 11, the Plaidvocates hosted a BBQ in the center of Carnegie Mellon University’s campus to help raise awareness of sexual assault and relationship violence. The event was timed in conjunction with Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Week.
Members of the football, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in Carnegie Mellon University’s 1000plus Day of Service on Saturday, April 7, helping to beautify the Pittsburgh community as the spring season rolls in.
Carnegie Mellon University track & field student-athletes Autumn Hair and Max Rerkpattanapipat were part of the school's Global Public Health Brigade (GPHB) that traveled to Nicaragua for spring break.
The Student-Athlete Leadership Development Program continued its programming on Wednesday, April 4, when president-elect of the Tartan Athletics Club Board of Directors and athletics alum Mark Weinsten (DC’85) returned to speak to the rising juniors about how leadership is always changing.
Carnegie Mellon University and men’s basketball alumnus Buddy Hobart made his annual trip to the Pittsburgh campus to speak with select rising seniors about becoming world-class leaders. Hobart spoke with students for the 10th year as part of the department’s Leadership Development Program.
The Carnegie Mellon Department of Athletics hosted its annual Senior Dinner on Tuesday, March 6, as coaches and administrators honored the athletes for outstanding contributions to the athletics program and university community.
Carnegie Mellon’s student-athletes enjoyed a night at the theater on Tuesday, February 27, as more than 150 Tartans attended the School of Drama production of The Drowsy Chaperone on campus at the Philip Chosky Theater. It was the second consecutive year that the Athletics Department and College of Fine Arts have collaborated – last winter, student-athletes attended the production of Ragtime.
Former Carnegie Mellon University football coach Chuck Klausing died on February 15 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Klausing, who served as head coach from 1976–1985, compiled a 77-15-2 overall record at the helm of the Tartans. Klausing was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He was 92.
A total of 71 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the winter sports teams, as announced Thursday, February 15.
By all accounts, it was a memorable fall semester for the Carnegie Mellon Athletics Department. Five teams advanced to the postseason, three teams achieved top-10 rankings during the season and the Tartans finished 15th in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. In addition to the program’s competitive success, the student-athlete population excelled in the classroom. Nearly 50 percent of student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA) or higher during the fall, with 71 recording perfect 4.0s.
Carnegie Mellon took time to celebrate its student-athletes on Wednesday, December 13, as members of the academic community and senior administration joined the athletics department to honor a select group of student-athletes for their success in the classroom.
In what has become a tradition for Carnegie Mellon University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), the group has once again made a statement by investing in their own experience, as the leadership committee reached 100 percent giving to the University for the fourth straight year. Each of the Council’s 47 members made a gift to support the athletics department.
A total of 91 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the fall sports teams, as announced Tuesday, October 24.
Gary Aldrich, head coach of the Carnegie Mellon University track and field teams, was the throws instructor at the Brazilian Olympic Committee Coaches Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 18-22. Aldrich was asked by the academy to serve in this position following his stint as the U.S.A. Men’s Throws Coach at the 2017 IAAF World Outdoor Championships that were held in London in August.
Every year beginning in 1975, Carnegie Mellon University has honored a select number of undergraduate seniors as Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars. This year, three athletes are included on the list of 39 honorees – Kim Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) of women’s swimming and diving, Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass. / Hingham) of football, and Cori Sidell (Redwood Shores, Calif. / Carlmont) of women’s tennis.
On Monday, September 18, 2017, The Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) partnered with the Athletics department to host the Third Annual Student-Athlete & Employer Networking session from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Legacy Plaza.
Sport psychologist Greg Shelley returned to campus on Sunday, September 17 for his annual visit as part of the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Leadership Development Program. Dr. Shelley spoke to first-year student-athletes, had a session with team captains, met with the coaching staff, and spoke to individual teams during his visit to campus for the 12th year.