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.
Yuliana Umanets is a senior on the Women's Tennis team and will graduate in the spring 2014 with a Business Marketing Education major and a minor in Sport Management from the College of Education and Human Development. Yuliana is from Rivne, Ukraine where she began her college career at the Rivne College of Economics, Humanities, and Engineering. She enrolled at the University of Minnesota in spring 2011. Yuliana has been a great student during her time at Minnesota and is very deserving of the Student-Athlete of the Month award.
Head Coach Chuck Merzbacher said, "I am not surprised at all to see Yulianna win this award. She is a hard worker and a dedicated student; she cares very deeply about her academic success." Yuliana recently took the GRE and is preparing to stay in the U.S. and attend graduate school in the fall. Academic Counselor Chris Cords said, "I am very proud of Yuliana. She has worked very hard in the classroom, and it is fun to see it pay off. On the court, Yuliana has won 27 matches as a singles player and 18 as a doubles player. She is very deserving of this award.”
Freshman Grady Meyer from Men’s Golf is Student-Athlete of the Month for February. Grady joins the Gophers from Shanley, North Dakota where he earned all-state honors, tying for second individually at the 2013 North Dakota Class A State Tournament. In addition to a successful golf career, Grady excelled in the classroom. His selection for this award was met with great enthusiasm from his Academic Counselor, Chelsie Schafer. “Grady Meyer is an excellent choice for Student-Athlete of the Month. Grady earned a 4.0 his first semester as a Gopher and appears to be on track to work at that level again this spring based on feedback from his instructors. I couldn't be more excited for his academic success. He is an excellent example of an all-around student-athlete and a pleasure to work with. I am confident he will submit an outstanding application to transfer into the Carlson School of Management.”
Head Coach John Carlson has been impressed with Grady since day one and couldn't be happier with his performance in the classroom and the example he has set as a student-athlete. “Already in his first year, Grady exemplifies the model of a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota. Grady is full of passion for his academic interests, as well as the goals we have set forth on the golf course.”