UMES STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Tatiana Munoz (left) and Megan Buja (right) with some of their awards.
Tatiana Munoz (left) and Megan Buja (right) with some of their awards.

April 6, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Among the hundreds of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) undergraduates who attended the university's 61st annual Honors Convocation, held on campus on April 3, 2014, were some notable student-athletes.

The capacity crowd in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Preforming Arts, which included many dean's list students and faculty and staff, were congratulated for their success in the classroom.

Among those called on stage were two National Champions.

Junior Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) received the Award of Excellence as the top student in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. The two-time women's bowling National Champion is a rehabilitation services major and has been named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team twice. She is an Academic Honorable Mention selection from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) and an NCBCA All-Academic selection. In addition, she was named as having departmental honors for the department of rehabilitation services.

Paul Cecil


Men's golf student-athlete Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) earned the same departmental honors distinction from the department of professional golf management. However, he also took home the Award of Excellence from the School of Business and Technology. Cecil is also a member of the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.

The Award of Excellence Munoz earned is selected by the dean of each school and is based on leadership, outstanding academic work, effective communication, integrity, ability to work with classmates, potential for continued scholarly work and evidence of overcoming physical or personal obstacles to obtain a degree. Of the four Award of Excellence winners (one from each school), two went home with student-athetes.

Munoz's bowling teammate and a three-time National Champ in her own right, Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.), the lone senior on the women's bowling team and an CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, was singled out for departmental honors from the department of human ecology. Buja can add this honor to her trophy case already stocked full of academic awards. The two-time NCAA Elite 89 Award winner carries a perfect 4.0 and has earned numerous NTCA, NCBCA and MEAC academic awards among several All-MEAC athletic honors.

Shanyce Stewart


Other student-athlete departmental honorees included track and field's Aaron Chatmon (Waldorf, Md.) in general studies and women's basketball's Shanyce Stewart (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) in the department of technology. Stewart last summer earned the prestigious Thurgood Marshall College Fund Internship. Both Chatmon and Stewart have both earned numerous MEAC Academic awards.

Aaron Chatmon


All five of the scholar-athletes were selected because of their outstanding GPA, a demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of UMES, a demonstrated ability to act as role model, a demonstrated seriousness or purpose in work towards their degree and a stated willingness to devote time and effort outside of the classroom to activities that enrich learning experiences. Of the 18 departmental honors awarded, five were presented to student-athletes.

In all, 53 more student-athletes were recognized as honorees with departmental distinction, which is a student with a 3.7 or higher GPA for the either the Spring of Fall 2013 semesters, or both. Many more earned dean's list with a 3.5 or higher for the same semesters.

The convocation recognized over 1,500 undergraduate students for academic excellence--among them was students named to the fall and spring 2013's dean's list, and an outstanding student from each of the university's four schools and 18 departments.