Academics and Student Programs

Four student-athletes picked for Blue & Gold Status

March 8, 2018

MILWAUKE-- Each year at Marquette University, hundreds of student-athletes compete at the highest level for their respective sport. While the majority of people will notice their on-field accomplishments, often the individuals' efforts off the field remain un-publicized.

One of the many groups at Marquette University that is dedicated to assist and honor Marquette student-athletes is the Academic Support Staff. Beginning in September and running through April, the Academic Support Staff will pick four student-athletes that consistently excelled academically, athletically and in the community.

The next four members of the Blue & Gold Status award for the 2017-2018 academic year are Carrie Madden (women's soccer), Zach Granger (men's lacrosse), Ted Goltzman (men's lacrosse), and Jessica Parker (women's cross country).

Carrie Madden is a Junior on the Women's Soccer team, majoring in Finance. Carrie is active with SHAPE, the mental health student-athlete group, and beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, Carrie will move into a leadership position with SHAPE. Her commitment to continuing to build awareness for mental wellness, and to lead discussions and outreach into often challenging areas is commendable. She brings energy and compassion to this group, encouraging others to join and participate, and seeks ways to have SHAPE partner with other mental wellness programming on campus.

Zach Granger is a freshman on the Men's Lacrosse team, majoring in History. He has been a steady participant in SHAPE programs, attending every event and every meeting. He brings important perspective to mental health and wellness issues. As a freshman, his commitment to this program illustrates its relevance to all student-athletes. His reliable presence is appreciated by all the members of SHAPE.

Ted Goltzman is a senior on the Men's Lacrosse team, majoring in Finance and Real Estate. Ted has a leadership role in Chi Alpha Sigma, the honor society for college athletes. He participated in freshman orientation, teaching incoming student-athletes important elements of time management, and sharing tips for academic success. In addition, Ted is also active in SHAPE, leading meetings and discussions, welcoming speaker Kate Fagan on behalf of all student-athletes, and speaking at the March Coach's meeting about the objectives of SHAPE and their role in helping develop mental wellness.

Jessica Parker is a senior on the Women's Cross Country and Track teams. She is a senior, majoring in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Neuroscience and Psychology. Over the winter break, Jessica traveled with Marquette's Global Brigade to Nicaragua, where she assisted in medical, dental and public health outreach in rural communities, and also helped build a sanitation station to help minimize disease occurrence. Jessica is also a peer mentor in the Magis Mentor program, and is active with Chi Alpha Sigma (honor society for college athletes).

Continue to check each month as the Academic Support Staff honors new student-athletes into the Blue & Gold Status.

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