CCACSA Announces March 2019 Students of the Month

by Judy Willson
CCACSA Announces March 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 March 2019 CCASA’s staff Student-Athletes of the month:

•    Sara Funderburk, So., Women’s Track & Field, Bossier City, Louisiana (Major: Animal Science)

Nominator – Academic Advisor John Parham: “Sara has shown an improved desire to learn and a willingness to work hard. It is really showing in the classroom.”


•    Todd Harris Jr., So., Football, Plaquemine, Louisiana (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominator – Learning Specialist Dedrick Ford: “Todd has truly been an all-start student who does what is expected of him and beyond. Because of his determination and hard work, he has grown and developed into an independent learner who is a tremendous role model to his teammates.”


•    Paige Hilliard, Fr., Volleyball, Ka’a’awa, Hawaii (Major: International Studies)

Nominators – Learning Specialist Dedrick Ford: “Paige has displayed a strong level of dedication in turning around her skill set to make her a better student. Her strong/positive characteristics along with her growth and development embody the very essence of a student-athlete.”


•    Hal Hughes, So., Baseball, Norman, Oklahoma (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominator – Assistant Director Kirstin DeFusco: “Hal has been a model student-athlete since stepping foot on campus. He has stood out due to his time management skills and his efforts in the classroom. He has been a member of the Academic Center’s Honor Roll all three of his semesters at LSU.”


•   Nick Watson, Fr., Men’s Tennis, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Major: Accounting)

Nominator – Assistant Director Kirstin DeFusco: “Nick is a stellar student. He earned Dean’s List in his first semester as an LSU student with a strenuous course load. His work ethic and dedication to excelling in academics are unmatched.”


•    Life Skills: Sydney Mukes, Jr., Volleyball, Morrow, Ohio (Major: Human Resource Education)

Nominator – Manager of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Brenton Sumler: “Sydney participates in community service weekly at Glasgow Middle School assisting with the physical education courses and is also a dog walker at the Companion Animal Alliance Shelter. She also volunteered at the Night to Shine prom program for special needs individuals. Sydney also finds time to volunteer at the South Side Retirement Home.”


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.