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UMaine Announces Dean Smith, Student-Athlete Awards

UMaine announced Sunday that Black Bear student athletes Kelly Newton of the field hockey team and Andrew Rogers of the men’s basketball team are the recipients of the 2012 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards. The awards are presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement, along with citizenship and community service.

The fifth annual Team Maine, which includes the top sophomores, juniors or seniors achieving the highest grade point average for the calendar year 2011, was also announced Sunday.

A news release has more information on the Dean Smith Award winners and Team Maine honorees.

In addition, UMaine last week named 243 student-athletes who will be honored for their success in the classroom at the Scholar-Athlete Recognition ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. There are 175 student-athletes who will be recognized for achieving a 3.0 or better grade point average for the 2011 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, 68 first-year student-athletes will be honored as “Rising Stars” for earning a 3.0 or better in their first semester at UMaine.

For more information and a link to the entire list of scholar-athlete award recipients, see a news release.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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