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Michigan Tech Athletes Advance University's Strategic Plan

Last Modified 10:31 AM on Wed Aug 21, 2013

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By Jennifer Donovan

August 21, 2013—

From their athletic achievements to their academic excellence, Michigan Technological University’s student athletes embody the University’s vision and promote its strategic plan, Athletics Director Suzanne Sanregret told the Michigan Tech Board of Control at its regular meeting today.

“We are here to celebrate the success we’ve had in the classroom and on the field, courts and ice,” Sanregret told Board members in a report on Michigan Tech athletics. She cited four conference championships, plus the Great Lakes Invitational hockey championship. Sanregret also pointed out that student athletes’ grade point averages are above those of the general student population, and six athletes were named All-American and Academic All-American.

Athletics contributes to Michigan Tech’s mission and strategic plan in a variety of ways, the athletics director went on to say.  The University’s athletics programs attract outstanding students to Michigan Tech, focus public attention on the University through athletic and academic achievements and build community support and engagement, she said, noting that the Student Development Complex (SDC) hosted 1.8 million visitors during the past year. .

Sanregret reported that more than $7 million raised during the Generations of Discovery capital campaign that ended June 30 has enabled Michigan Tech Athletics to support partial scholarships for 254 of Tech’s 335 student athletes, to add a women’s soccer program, to install a new ice arena video scoreboard and hockey suites, and to upgrade SDC gymnasium seating.

Board Chair Steve Hicks thanked Sanregret for the report, remarking that “the quality of our students overall matches Tech’s success in the athletics arena and the number of scholar-athletes we have. We are deeply grateful for the investment in athletics from the campaign and the ongoing support for the Athletics Department,” he said.

Chief Financial Officer Dan Greenlee brought the Board good news. At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the University was in the black. “The unaudited financials show the general fund as being positive by $170,000, and the current fund as positive by $540,000, ” Greenlee said. “These positive results for the year just ended help increase the fund balance of each fund.  The current fund balance at the fiscal year-end is estimated—unaudited—at $13,031,000.”

In other business, the Board

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