UT-Tyler’s Launius Named ASC Scholar Athlete

RICHARDSON – Senior Beth Launius was named as The University of Texas at Tyler’s recipients of the American Conference Scholar-Athlete Award by the conference on Wednesday.

Launius, a mechanical engineering major from LaGrange, will graduate from UT Tyler with a 3.83 GPA. She was a member of the 2009 ASC Champion women’s tennis team.

Launius is a two-time Academic All-ASC honoree and was named to the ASC Women’s Tennis Distinguished Student-Athlete team in both 2008 and 2009. She is a four-time All-ASC and All-ASC East First Team selection, a three-time ASC East Player of the Year and a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District at-large first-team selection

UT Tyler has won an ASC East title in all four years’ of Launius’ tenure and has won the ASC title and advanced the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two years. Launius won the top doubles flight at the ASC Individual Championship in 2006 & 2008 and won the top flight in singles in 2008, as well.

Launius won the ITA Regionals Doubles Championships in 2008 and advanced to the Small College Nationals, along with partner Michelle Hagler. For winning the ITA regional, Launius will be named as an ITA All-American following the conclusion of the 2009 season. She has also been an ITA Scholar Athlete, a member of the 2008 ASC All-Tournament team and was named as the 2008-2009 UT Tyler Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Launius is a member of the UT Tyler chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha, the national collegiate scholar-athlete honor society.

The ASC Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to one male and one female member of the graduating class who has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.

Recipients of the ASC Scholar-Athlete Award represent 12 different conference sports and include individuals who graduated with academic honors or hold admissions to graduate-level programs; are members of academic honor societies and campus organizations; competed on conference or division championship teams; earned ASC All-Academic, Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, All-Conference or All-Division honors; and who served as volunteers, tutors and teachers within their campus, community and church groups.

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