SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — More than 150 student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievement during a ceremony at American International College in Springfield, Mass. The students were inducted into the 3.0 Club during a ceremony in the Griswold Theatre.
The 3.0 club honors student-athletes who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better after at least one year of enrollment at American International College.
- Karlbuto Alexandre of Roselle, a member of the AIC football team, is a Biology Major.
- Jeremy Antivo of Rahway, a member of the AIC cross country and track team, is a New Media Major.
- Darius Evans of Linden, a member of the AIC football team, is a Middle/Secondary Education.
- Curtis Johnson of Rahway, a member of the AIC cross country and track team, is a Communications Major.
- Andre Samuels of Roselle, a member of the AIC football team, is a Economics Major.
“Athlete stereotypes just aren’t true anymore,” said Richard F. Bedard, director of athletics at AIC. “Our student-athletes achieve in the classroom and the community.
Bedard said by having the induction ceremony at the start of the school year it allows the new students to see the accomplishments of the upperclassmen and give them something to strive for.
Jill McCarthy Payne, a criminal justice professor at AIC and chair of the faculty athletic board, said the club is one the college takes pride in. “Too often student athletics has a negative connotation, but at AIC we are proud that our athletes are also very good students and campus leaders,” she said.
American International College is a private, coeducational institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the the schools of Arts, Sciences and Education, Business Administration, Health Sciences and Continuing Education.