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Record Number of Acadia Varsity Athletes Earn Academic All-Canadian Honours

October 13, 2006

NS) - Acadia University kicked off Homecoming Weekend by honouring a record
57 varsity athletes who achieved Academic All-Canadian standing last year.
To achieve this national distinction from Canadian Interuniversity Sport,
athletes must maintain a minimum average of 80 per cent.

At Acadia, almost one in every three of its eligible athletes is an Academic
All-Canadian. In addition, varsity athletes completed an average of 30.3
credit hours, more than what is considered a normal course load. Three
Academic All-Canadians had a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 and
altogether, 12 athletes had a GPA of 3.9 or higher. The highest average was
97.8 per cent and every one of Acadia’s eight varsity sports teams had
multiple award winners.

"Acadia’s varsity athletes are high performers on and off their field of
play," said Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, Acadia’s President and
Vice-Chancellor. "But what is even more impressive is the amount of time our
athletes dedicate to community activities from working with children to
fundraising for charitable causes. Our athletes are some of the most visible
members of the Acadia community and we are proud of the hard work they do
and congratulate them for receiving this national honour."

The Academic All-Canadian breakfast was held at the beginning of Acadia’s
Homecoming Weekend. Other activities include the Friday afternoon launch of
a major capital campaign, followed by Saturday’s Convocation Ceremonies, the
Annual Homecoming Parade and football game. Saturday evening features the
Acadia Women in Sport Dinner and Award Ceremony.

During Convocation, Acadia will award approximately 200 degrees to members
of its Class of 2006. Dr. Jack Clark of St. John’s will be awarded an
Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his outstanding lifetime contribution
to geotechnical engineering. Dr. Paul Kinsman, a recently retired family
physician and former Mayor of Wolfville, will be awarded the Acadia
University Community Service Award. The Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of
Education for the Province of Nova Scotia, will deliver the convocation

Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is recognized as one of
Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions. With its nationally and
internationally recognized research initiatives, small class sizes, and its
technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students a
personalized education that includes rigorous academic programs combined
with personal growth and development. For more information about Acadia,
visit our website at


For more information contact:
Scott Roberts
Senior Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Acadia University
P: 902.585.1705



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