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CCACSA Announces February 2019 Students of the Month

by Judy Willson
CCACSA Announces February 2019 Students of the Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recognizes six athletes for their scholastic and community achievements each month. Five student-athletes are chosen based on their commitment to academic success, while the Life Skills honoree is selected for their devotion to volunteerism and service to the community.

Here are the February 2019 CCASA’s staff Student-Athletes of the month:


•    Amanda Doyle, Jr., Softball, Santa Clarita, California (Major: Elementary Education)

Nominator – Senior Associate Director Carole Walker: “Amanda has maintained over a 3.0 grade point average, all while balancing her athletics and academic responsibilities. She is a leader on and off the field and never hesitates to help her teammates, be it softball or academics.”


•    Melia Lindner, Fr., Beach Volleyball, Fort Walton Beach, Florida (Major: Animal Sciences – Pre-Veterinary Medicine)

Nominator – Associate Director Adriana Mason: “Melia has continuously excelled in the classroom since arriving on campus last Fall as she was named to the President’s Honor Roll. She is able to balance her academic commitments with her athletic obligations while being a role model to her teammates.”


•    Brock Mathis, So., Baseball, Fairfield, Ohio (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominators – Assistant Director Kirstin DeFusco & Learning Specialist Sarah Varner: “Brock is putting forth tremendous effort in the classroom, in tutoring sessions and on his own time. He always maintains a positive attitude and is willing to put in the extra time and effort. Brock is a great example of what perseverance and hard work can produce.”


•    Jacob Phillips, So., Football, Nashville, Tennessee (Major: Business)

Nominator – Graduate Assistant Delaine Authement: “Jacob has continued to mature and make major strides in his academic career. He has become independent and is a self-starter who takes pride in taking initiative on the field and in the classroom. Jacob has become a more vocal leader with his teammates and encourages them to do their best in the classroom.”


•   Lexie Priessman, Sr., Gymnastics, Cincinnati, Ohio (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominator – Associate Director Ashley Granger: “Lexie has contributed over 60 hours of community service in the past year along with her grueling practice and competition schedule and great work in the classroom. She always has a positive attitude and is dedicated to her team and community.”


•    Life Skills: Olivia Beyer, Sr., Beach Volleyball, Canton, Michigan (Major: Nutrition & Food Sciences)

Nominator – Manager of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Brenton Sumler: “Olivia has been spending time volunteering with It Takes A Village and feeding the homeless as the St. Vincent de Paul shelter.”


Accountability – Commitment – Success – Integrity – Diversity – Teamwork – Service – Education

It is through living the values of the Total Team Commitment 2017-2022, particularly education, academic success, and service to the community that six student-athletes are recognized as Cox Communications Academic Center Student-Athlete of the month. These values are fundamental to the growth and development of our student-athletes as they enter to learn, then leave to serve.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square-foot facility comprised of teams for academic affairs, student affairs and information technology, who annually serve more than 500 student-athletes. The purpose of the CCACSA is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation, and life beyond.