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.
Paula Rincon Otero is a sophomore on the Women's Tennis team and the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for November. She transferred to the University of Minnesota from the University of Autonoma Madrid in Spain. After her freshman year at Minnesota, Paula was accepted into the Carlson School of Management where she plans on majoring in Finance. "Paula is an excellent student-athlete," says head coach Charles Merzbacher. "She is an extremely hard worker and does everything asked of her on and off of the court."
Paula has worked very hard in the classroom since she started at Minnesota in the fall of 2012. She had a lot transitioning to do as she moved to a new country, started a new school, and had to adjust to college tennis. "I am very proud of Paula and all the hard work she has put into her studies," said Academic Counselor Chris Cords. "I was excited to see her hard work pay off when she got accepted into Carlson. She is continuing to work hard and is very deserving of this award."
Hudson Fasching is a freshman on the Men's Hockey team and the Male Student-Athlete of the Month award winner for November. Hudson is from Apple Valley, MN, but prior to coming to the University of MInnesota spent two years in Ann Arbor, Michigan while finishing high school and playing for the US Development team. Hudson is currently in the Carlson School of Mangagement and has had a great start to his first year. Hudson can be seen in the Learning Center on a daily basis studying and preparing for his classes.
Head Coach Don Lucia says, "Hudson is a talented hard working student-athlete, he works hard on and off of the ice and it shows." Academic Counselor Chris Cords says, "I have enjoyed working with Hudson. He is always prepared and planning for his future. He is diligent in getting his work done and has done a great job so far." Hudson has also had a great freshman season on the Ice. Through 12 games, he has 12 goals and 8 assists and is the top scoring freshman in the conference.