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Dr. China Jude

University of Wyoming Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Dr. China Jude, has been named the 2019 Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year on Tuesday by the Women Leaders in College Sports.

She will be honored Oct. 15 during the Jostens Administrator of the Year Luncheon at the 2019 Women Leaders National Convention in Phoenix.

“Working in the diversity and inclusion space is a lifetime commitment for me,” Jude said. “I am honored that my work on creating initiatives to advocate for the recruitment, retention and advancement of ethnic minorities in this industry is recognized.

“It is important also to recognize those who I have partnered with in creating many of those initiatives. From those organizations and individuals who sponsor MOAA and the Women of Color AD Network to my athletics director Tom Burman, who embrace these strategies in the department, this recognition is a celebration for all of us, especially at UW.”

The Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to an athletics administrator who exemplifies the personal qualities and professional accomplishments of Dr. Nell Jackson. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates qualities such as courage, conviction, and perseverance and who is an advocate for gender equity and diversity. This award honors athletics administrators who are NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement graduates, and demonstrate vision and outstanding leadership.

Jude assumed the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Senior Woman Administrator at the UW on Feb. 1, 2018. She has a primary leadership role in the management of gender equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, staff development and monitoring of the strategic plan and sexual assault violence prevention programming. She also supervises sports medicine, sports performance, nutrition and serves as sport oversight in women’s volleyball and women’s soccer.

Jude currently serves on the NCAA Division I women’s soccer committee and is the president of the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA). She is also the Founder of the Women of Color (WoC) Athletic Directors Network, a grassroots group that promotes mentorship, influences policy and engages in advocacy for women of color in senior executive leadership positions in the athletics industry.

Cowgirls basketball honored by WBCA

For the seventh time in school history and the fourth time under now-retired head coach Joe Legerski, the Cowgirls basketball team earned a spot Tuesday among Division I institutions on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

The Cowgirls rank sixth with a team grade point average of 3.688, and are the only Mountain West team on the list. The No. 6 ranking is the second-highest in program history.

The Cowgirls recently had nine student-athletes earn academic All-Mountain West honors, including five repeat selections from a year ago.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2018-19 season is the 24th time the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

UW track and field academic honors

UW men’s and women’s track and field teams earned All-Academic honors on Monday from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. Additionally, eight Wyoming student-athletes earned individual All-Academic honors.

Bryce Ailshie, Christopher Henry, Eric McArthur and Paul Roberts earned the distinction for the Cowboys. Jerayah Davis, Kacey Doner, Shayla Howell and Emelda Malm-Annan were honored for the Cowgirls.

To earn the All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.25 and rank in the top-96 in an individual event or top-48 in a relay during the indoor season, or compete at the preliminary round or championship during the outdoor season. For team honors, a GPA of 3.0 or higher must be recorded.

The Cowboys had a 3.39 GPA as a team, the highest among MW schools. The Cowgirls had a team GPA of 3.46, third in the league.

Cowgirls volleyball honored by AVCA

The UW volleyball team was one of 189 Division I teams named a recipient Monday of the 2018-19 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. It was the 11th consecutive season the Cowgirls received the honor.

The Cowgirls had a 3.463 team GPA for the 2018-19 academic year. They also had nine players honored as academic All-MW recipients and eight earning the honor of MW scholar-athletes.

The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that had at least a 3.30 team GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners increased from 62 to its current number of 1,125.

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