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Student-Athlete of the Month

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.

Titania Markland

Titania Markland is a member of the Women's Track and Cross Country team and is the MAC Student Athlete of the Month for March. “Titania encompasses the true meaning of a student-athlete. She works hard in the classroom and on the track. Titania comes to the MAC focused and ready to work whether working on her own or with her tutors. Each time we meet she has a positive attitude and is full of smiles. That attitude radiates to others around her. She has really embraced the transition to college, especially coming from another country,” said Carla Morton, Academic Counselor for Women’s Track and Field.

Head Women’s Track and Field Coach Matt Bingle said of Titania, "She is a great worker both on the track and in the classroom.  She is someone that we are excited about with her future." 


Tyler Hanson, a first-year baseball player, is the Male Student-Athlete of the Month for March. Academic Counselor, Alissa Allen, is proud of Tyler's progress this academic year. "Tyler had a solid fall semester, and he has handled a grueling travel schedule well in his first baseball season as a Gopher. Tyler has wisely utilized the resources in the MAC, and his tutors are always complimentary of his attitude, his work ethic, and his organization. He communicates well and is always friendly in his meetings, always quick to crack a joke and bring a smile. I expect Tyler to be very succesful in his time here at the University and into the future."

Head Coach John Anderson commented, "Tyler has improved substantially as a student since his arrival on campus by learning how to manage his time, ask for help when needed and gaining confidence in himself a s a learner and student. With so much travel this season, he has learned quickly how to be disciplined, internally motivated and able to remove the obstacles that creep in when your away from campus each week for competition in order to be a solid student this spring. He has embraced one of the baseball team values that we teach, that you must hold yourself accountable and responsible for earning your degree and having a positive and meaningful expierence as a student- athlete. Tyler has also become a strong leader within our team because of the academic integrity he has consistently displayed."

Tyler Hanson

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