WHITTIER, Calif. - The 12th Annual President's Club Luncheon took place Thursday in Villalobos Hall where 130 student-athletes were recognized for their success within the classroom by having a 3.5 GPA or higher in either the Spring '17 or Fall '17 semesters.
Guest speakers for the Luncheon included Francis Maxwell '14 (Men's Soccer) and Dr. Andrea Smith '11 (Women's Soccer).
Francis grew up in a small town named Clydebank, on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Francis juggled playing professional soccer whilst studying acting at Edinburgh College, from which he obtained a HNC qualification in the art. In 2010 he moved to Los Angeles after securing a place at Whittier College to study sociology and film, graduating in 2014, and since has gone on to pursue acting full time. He joined The Young Turks Network (TYT) in June 2014, as a soccer specialist, but since has become a producer and host for all of TYT Sports and is now hosting the new Fashion Channel launching on TYT Network. He attended Whittier College from 2010-14 where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Sociology and Political Science. He was an Alpha Kappa Delta Member, a SAAC Representative from 2012-14 and was a Student Tutor for Sociology and Research Methods.
On the men's soccer team he was named a captain from 2011-13, was a Four-Year Letterwinner, played in 65 games over his career totaling 22 Goals and 6 Assists, had a career .424 Shot on Goal %, was a SCIAC Post Season Tournament Qualifier (4 Times) (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and was named 1st Team All-SCIAC (2013) and 2nd Team All-SCIAC (2011, 2012).
Dr. Andrea L. Smith, D.C. is in her third year of practice as the associate doctor at Healthways Chiropractic and Sports Rehab in La Mirada, CA. She currently is involved with the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life and does various speaking engagements for La Mirada High School, Whittier College, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. She plans to start post-doctoral training in Sports Medicine within the next year, with the ultimate goal of participating as part of the sports medicine team for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, CA.
She was a SACA National Membership Committee Co-Chair in 2015, President of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA). She attended Whittier College from 2007-2011 where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis on Physical Therapy. She was a member of SAAC from 2007-11 (Served as President in 2010-11), was an Academic Tutor in Exercise Physiology for two years and was in the Student Mentorship Program in 2010. She was also a member of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society (Kinesiology) and then attended USC for graduate school in Health Sciences in 2015 where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).
She was a four-year letterwinner (2007-2010) on the women's soccer team being chosen as team Captain her Senior Year and was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week back in October 2010 when she had a hand in all three goals totaling four points against SOKA. She had a goal and two assists in the game.
During the Fall, a total of 12 teams (8 Women/4 Men) accomplished an overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher during the Fall semester, making it the seventh consecutive semester the program has achieved over a 3.0 in the classroom.
The highest GPA on the women's side came from Women's Soccer with a 3.49 and on the men's side, Men's Soccer posted a 3.42.
As a program, the overall men's GPA was a 2.9 and the women's was a 3.13, which allowed our departments overall team GPA to be a 3.01. Team's that achieved a 3.0 or higher from the Fall '17 included: Women's Soccer - 3.49, Women's Golf - 3.48, Men's Soccer - 3.42, Women's Swimming - 3.37, Volleyball - 3.26, Men's Tennis - 3.21, Baseball - 3.21, Women's Water Polo - 3.21, Women's Cross Country - 3.21, Softball - 3.15, Women's Track & Field - 3.12, and Men's Lacrosse - 3.01.