Lawrence Tech named 'Champions of Character Five-Star Institution' by NAIA
SOUTHFIELD—The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has named Lawrence Technological University as one of the winners of its Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.
Each year, the NAIA uses its Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics in its 252 member institutions. Institutions are measured on character training for athletes and coaches, conduct in competition, academic achievement, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earn points for having exceptional student-athlete grade point averages, and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
“We are proud that the conduct of our LTU athletes in competition and in the classroom has earned this prestigious award,” said LTU President Tarek M. Sobh. “It is a tribute to the work we do every day to ensure that our athletic programs fit properly in the framework of a quality education. Truly, our student-athletes are students first.”
Added LTU Athletic Director Scott Trudeau: “LTU coaches and athletes work hard every day to embody the NAIA’s five core values of athletic competition—integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. This award is recognition of those efforts, which are an integral part of our athletic program.”
LTU reintroduced intercollegiate athletics in the 2011-2012 academic year, allowing its students the chance to continue playing the sports they love while getting an education ranked among the best in the nation. Athletics have since become an integral part of Lawrence Tech student life, with more than 600 student-athletes on campus. Men’s and women’s sports include basketball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, cross country, golf, bowling, track and field, Esports, and tennis. Men’s sports also offers football and baseball, and women’s sports offers softball. LTU is a member of the NAIA, www.naia.org, and competes in most sports in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, www.whac.net. Its football team competes in the Mid-States Football Association, http://www.mid-statesfootball.org, and its hockey teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, www.achahockey.org.
Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering, and Specs@LTU. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, theory and practice education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include over 50 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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