Chancellor Bonnie Irwin attended the 5th Annual Student-Athlete Academic Honors Reception on Monday evening where a total of 105 University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Vulcans across 12 varsity sports were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. The student-athletes have each earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 over the 2022-23 academic year.
“Our scholar athletes are great role models for their fellow students,” says Chancellor Irwin. “They have mastered time management and persistence in the face of challenges. I am so pleased to see more and more students being honored every year as our Vulcan athletes’ GPAs continue to rise. I am grateful for the flexibility of their faculty and the mentoring of their coaches in support of their academic success.”
Graduate student Olivia Jarvis from the women’s cross country team was scholar-athlete speaker at the event. In her remarks, she paid tribute to “all the teachers in the classroom and the professors and faculty who support us in our academic journeys.”
“I’d like to thank you for teaching us with passion and love for your subjects, providing helpful resources for all students, responding to our emails, working with us while we are away competing, being patient with our chaotic lives and our brains, being our mentors and offering wisdom, and providing us with many opportunities we could not have earned without you.”
Jarvis earned a bachelor of science in environmental science at UH Hilo in spring 2022 and is currently working toward a master of science in tropical conservation biology and environmental science.
Also delivering remarks at the event were Director of Athletics Patrick Guillen and Director of the College of Business and Economics Todd Inouye who serves as assistant coach for the men’s soccer team.