Dear Good Friends,
Yes, indeed, "good friends" is what you are! Good friends of Fort Lewis College. With your wonderful support, the College continues to soar to greater heights and has no plans on looking back.
Over the past year, President Dene Thomas has been stressing the body/mind connection at Fort Lewis. We have many amazing athletes who are perfect examples of those who excel not only on the field or court but also in the classroom.
For those of you who weren't aware, Fort Lewis College's Women's Basketball team was recognized as an Academic All-America team, with one of its players having the highest GPA (3.715) in the country for any women's basketball team regardless of the division. The Men's Cross Country team was also recognized as an Academic All-America team. Individuals who were named to the Academic All-America teams were Frank Atherton in football, Stephanie Janes in softball, Berekk Blackwell in men's soccer and Matt Morris in men's basketball.
In addition, we had six teams maintaining GPAs of 3.0 or higher in 2011-2012. I added up all of the academic awards received by our athletes this past year and there were 137 athletes who received awards!
That is phenomenal.
As a member of the Fort Lewis College family, their successes are your successes. When there is an opportunity to brag that our small college is having successes that most colleges and universities ten times its size will never achieve, we should all be bragging. After all, it is your college, and you have bragging rights, too. Spread the word about our accomplishments; it might help recruit other outstanding students.
As donors, your contributions to the College have assisted Fort Lewis more than you realize. Donations to the Foundation's General Fund have helped us put money where the need is the greatest at the College. Without these unrestricted funds we would be hamstrung. It is our most important funding source. So thank you once again. Your gifts have truly made a difference in many ways that you may not even realize.
Enjoy your summer!