McNamara Academic Center
Office of Undergraduate Education
Each month, the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes (MAC) will recognize one male and one female University of Minnesota student-athlete for their academic achievements. The winners are determined by a number of factors evaluated on a monthly basis. Including, but not limited to outstanding test/exam results, GPA improvements, superior modeling in study habits and skills, academic praise from instructors, and overall grade reports for a given semester.
Maryanne Menefee of the Women’s Hockey program is the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for April. As a freshman, Menefee is excelling in her classes this spring and has been noticed by others for the amount of time she spends studying in the Learning Center. In addition to winning a national championship and being a top contributor on the ice, Menefee has managed to work hard in the classroom. Menefee was nominated by her academic counselor, Rachel McKessock. "Maryanne has shown great improvement not just for this past month, but for the entire semester. She is proving herself to be an exemplary student-athlete. Her study habits are tremendous, and she is a very hard worker. I am so proud of what Maryanne has accomplished this past semester.”
Head Women’s Hockey Coach Brad Frost was equally excited about Maryanne and her academic achievements. “This award is a great honor for Maryanne. She has done a tremendous job of balancing her academics with athletics. She is very deserving of this award.”
Nate Condon is the Male Student-Athlete of the Month for April. Nate is a junior in the classroom double majoring in Accounting and Finance. His academic counselor, Chris Cords, noticed Nate’s hard work and nominated him for this award. “Nate is an extremely hard worker on and off the ice. Nate has taken summer school every year since he has been at Minnesota in order to be able to graduate next spring with a double major from the prestigious Carlson School of Management. On top of taking classes this summer, Nate will also be spending his May term in Australia discovering how businesses operate ‘down under.’ Nate is very deserving of this award.”
Head Men’s Hockey Coach Don Lucia agreed with Cords’ assessment of Nate’s achievements. “Nate is the epitome of a student-athlete! He excels on the ice while also understanding the importance of his academics and excelling in the classroom.”