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Athletics celebrate academic achievement

Photos by: Lance Franey

WHITTIER, Calif. – Yesterday afternoon the Whittier College Athletic Department and Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman recognized the teams and athletes from the 2011 fall and spring semesters that have exemplified tremendous success within the classroom.

One hundred and fourteen individual Poet Athletes were recognized for their success within the classroom as they maintained a cumulative G.P.A. of a 3.5 or higher and they were invited to represent their respective sports at the Sixth Annual President’s Club Luncheon.

In total there were nine teams that had an overall team G.P.A. of a 3.0 or higher, while three teams combined for an overall 2.9 G.P.A.

The event also included a variety of staff and faculty who were chosen by the student athletes for being a mentor to them during their academic endeavors. 

“We are extremely proud of the extraordinary and continued academic performance of our student-athletes,” said Coleman.  “In particular, I applaud the individuals who continue to excel in the classroom and on the playing field.”  These outstanding combined results remain a by-product of the diligent efforts of the fine young men and women in our program, as well as the daily contributions by our coaches, Center for Advising and Academic Success and Whittier’s quality faculty.”

This year’s guest speaker included Tim Westphal who is a graduate from the class of `95, and who is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Bay Alarm Company located in Northern California. During his time at Whittier, Tim played midfield position on the men’s lacrosse team under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Coach Doug Locker.  Tim helped the Poets win back-to-back WCLL Championships in 1992 and 1993. He served as Captain in 1994 and 1995, leading the Poets to win the 1995 WCLL South Division Championship.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Tim went on to earn an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. After college, he began working for Bay Alarm, a well-known alarm company founded in 1946 by the Westphal Family. Bay Alarm originally began serving the San Francisco Bay Area, but has since grown to serve over 100,000 residential and commercial communities in both Northern and Southern California. Today, they are the largest independently owned and operated alarm company in the United States.