CCACSA Names July 2019 Student-Athletes 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 July 2019 CCASA’s staff Student-Athletes of the month:
• Avery Atkins, So., Football, Auburn, Alabama (Major: Biological Engineering)
Nominator – Associate Director Jason Shaw: “Avery is a very hard worker and is a great example to his teammates of what it takes to put in the extra effort in the classroom. He had a great freshman year and has done a wonderful job of balancing a hectic schedule.”
• Jill Bohnet, Fr., Volleyball, The Woodlands, Texas (Major: Petroleum Engineering)
Nominator – Senior Associate Director Adriana Mason: “As an incoming freshman, Jill’s work ethic in the classroom has already impressed her instructors and her peers.”
• Easton McMurray, So., Baseball, Bakersfield, California (Major: General Business)
Nominator – Associate Director Kirstin DeFusco: “Easton had a great first year at LSU. He earned a spot on the CCACSA 3.0 Honor Roll in the Fall and made the LSU Dean’s List in the Spring. He is a diligent student and always has a positive attitude.”
• Ayana Mitchell, R-Sr., Women’s Basketball, Conyers, Georgia (Major: Interdisciplinary Studies)
Nominator – Senior Associate Director Carole Walker: “Ayana has really grown and matured over this past year and is developing into a true senior leader on the team. She has grown in the classroom as well and has earned a spot on the 3.0 Honor Roll.”
• Xavier Mulugata, Jr., Men’s Track & Field, Barataria, Trinidad & Tobago (Major: Sport Administration)
Nominator – Academic Coordinator John Parham: “Xavier is exceeding expectations this summer in the classroom and is growing not just as a student, but as a man.”
• Life Skills: Kristen Nuss, Sr., Beach Volleyball, New Orleans, Louisiana (Major: Kinesiology)
Nominator – Manager of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Brenton Sumler: “Kristen continues to be a great example to all of our student-athletes of what volunteerism and community service looks like every day. Over the summer, she has had the opportunity to volunteer at her alma mater, Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans.”
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.