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Earlier this week, the Southeastern Conference unveiled its Winter Academic Honor Roll. To be named to the list, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year have a cumulative GPA of 3.00, among other criteria.

Forty-three Kentucky Wildcats were named to the Honor Roll, the fourth-highest total of any SEC school. Student-athletes from six different teams earned spots. Men's and women's swimming and diving led the way with 14 and 10 honorees each. Gymnastics and rifle each had six, while men's and women's basketball had four and three respectively.

Congratulations to all these Wildcats for their hard work and achievement in the classroom!

See below for a list of all 43 along with their majors.

Twany Beckham - M. Basketball - Communication
Terrence Jones - M. Basketball - Communication
Darius Miller - M. Basketball - Community Communications and Leadership Development
Jarrod Polson - M. Basketball - Finance
Kastine Evans - W. Basketball - Business Management
Amber Smith - W. Basketball - Family Sciences
Keyla Snowden - W. Basketball - Media Arts and Studies
Caitlyn Ciokajlo - Gymnastics - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Audrey Harrison - Gymnastics - Business Management  
Kayla Hartley - Gymnastics - Hospitality Management and Tourism
Storey Morris - Gymnastics - Community Communications and Leadership Development
Whitney Rose - Gymnastics - Business Management
Kayla Sienkowski - Gymnastics - Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles
Dayna Ferguson - Rifle - French
Heather Greathouse - Rifle - Psychology
Emily Holsopple - Rifle - Biology
Henri Junghanel - Rifle - Mechanical Engineering
Ed Ryznar - Rifle - Mechanical Engineering
Stacy Wheatley - Rifle - Nursing
John Bullock - M. Swimming and Diving - Finance/Business Management
Greg Ferrucci - M. Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
John Fox - M. Swimming and Diving - Political Science
Blake Freeman - M. Swimming and Diving - Biology
Travis Green - M. Swimming and Diving - Biology
William Heidler - M. Swimming and Diving - Chemistry
Luke Iannuzzi - M. Swimming and Diving - Biology
Jonathan Keltner - M. Swimming and Diving - Finance/Business Management
Pat Kemme - M. Swimming and Diving - Family Sciences
Zack Peterson - M. Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Tyler Reed - M. Swimming and Diving - Secondary Education
Matt Russell - M. Swimming and Diving - Psychology
Maclin Simpson - M. Swimming and Diving - Marketing/Business Management
Jacob Thomas - M. Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Claire Archibald - W. Swimming and Diving - Accounting
Catherine Brueckbauer - W. Swimming and Diving - Marketing
Megan Eppler - W. Swimming and Diving - Accounting
Lindsay Lash - W. Swimming and Diving - Elementary Education
Anna Mattox - W. Swimming and Diving - Communication Disorders
Marisa McGlynn - W. Swimming and Diving - Marketing
Chelsea Peterson - W. Swimming and Diving - Biology
Jenna Willis
- W. Swimming and Diving - Psychology
Kristen Wilson - W. Swimming and Diving - Finance
Samantha Wright - W. Swimming and Diving - Psychology

2012 CATSPYs video: Senior Tribute

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Last but certainly not least, here is the video from the CATSPY Awards featuring the departing seniors from this year's teams.

2012 CATSPYs video: The Rising

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Here is one of my personal favorite videos from the CATSPY Awards, set to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's "The Rising."

You know those DirecTV commercials where they tell you to get DirecTV to avoid a ridiculous and often hilarious set of happenings that ends up with you having a grandson with a dog collar or in a roadside ditch? Well here's Sports Video's spin on the idea.

2012 CATSPYs video: Introduction

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As usual, the marketing and Sports Video departments put together a great show on Monday night at the 10th annual CATSPY Awards. Over the next couple days, we'll be sharing some of the videos shown during the event. Appropriately first is the introduction.

Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart addressed student-athletes, coaches and staff at the 2012 CATSPY Awards on Monday evening. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart addressed student-athletes, coaches and staff at the 2012 CATSPY Awards on Monday evening. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
2012 CATSPY Award winners

Nearly a decade ago, the Kentucky Athletics Department gathered in Memorial Coliseum, student-athletes, coaches and staff. They came together to celebrate the 2002-03 athletic year, Mitch Barnhart's first at UK. They came together to celebrate the first-ever CATSPY Awards.

On Monday night, the same personnel, though comprised of many different people, united for the same purpose. The feel this time around was unmistakably unlike that inaugural event.

"This is 10 times," Barnhart said in his comments that closed the 2012 CATSPYs. "We started this in (2003) and the first time we had some folks that showed up in blue jeans and t-shirts and it has escalated to quite a different event."

And it wasn't just for the wardrobe choices that were different.

The 2012 CATSPYs were celebrated under the auspices of the best year in recent UK Athletics history. Kentucky's 22 varsity sports have attained an unprecedented level of success this season. From women's soccer to volleyball to men's basketball to women's basketball to rifle to baseball to men's tennis, the department as a whole is approaching the ambitious vision for on-field success that Barnhart laid out upon his arrival and later with his 15 by 15 by 15 plan.

"What you've accomplished athletically this year, unbelievable," Barnhart said. "Really, really good stuff. Never in this history of this program have we had this many champions in one year."

UK's championship pedigree was on full display from the outset of the CATSPY Awards. Members of the men's and women's basketball, men's tennis and rifle teams, the four squads who have already claimed conference championships - and in the case of men's basketball, a national championship - were called to the stage in recognition of their achievements. With their successes, Kentucky has 10 conference or national championships since 2008, just five short of the goal put forth by Barnhart. Moreover, UK ranks 21st in the latest Director's Cup standings, just six spots shy of his objective with men's tennis and baseball still in the midst of strong seasons.

"Unbelievable that we'd get this far this quickly," Barnhart said to student-athletes and coaches. "That's hats off to you all who have been a part of those championships. To you all that have not, there's still time to put your name on that list."

The work is not over as UK reaches new heights on the field of competition, but Barnhart believes firmly in the ability of the people involved with the program to take it there. With that bright future in mind, he is calling on players, coaches and staff to aspire for greatness in all aspects.

"My greatest concern is not our ability or desire to compete," Barnhart said. "We've clearly established that. You've done that amazingly well. It's how we get there and what we'll do once that moment arrives."

Closing out the 10th annual CATSPYs, Barnhart unveiled a new plan with a familiar format but a different message: "60 by one by 60." He is asking those at UK to improve themselves and the world around them by taking three simple steps in their daily lives.

First, Barnhart is calling for the Wildcats to spend 60 minutes a week communicating on a person-to-person level with a friend, colleague, family member or classmate. He is asking student-athletes, coaches and staff to speak face-to-face or via written note, eschewing Twitter, Facebook and other means of communication that dominate the modern world.

"We've got to get back to the relationships that help drive locker rooms, that drive people, that drive jobs and helps you go where you want to go," Barnhart said. "We've got to be able to communicate."

Next, Barnhart wants to inject the department with a sense of gratitude. To that end, he is calling on everyone involved with it to, once a day, say a genuine word of thanks to someone who has provided for them in some way.

"You cannot be grateful for what you think you're entitled to," Barnhart said. "You can't. We are not entitled to things; they are given to us. We got to be thankful."

Last, he wants student-athletes, coaches and staff to give others a reason to be thankful. He is calling on them to spend 60 minutes a week committing to help another, incorporating the example from the service trip he and members of the football program took to Ethiopia last summer.

 "Who do you go to help?" Barnhart said. "Who do we have that we provide joy to in spite of circumstances? I'm asking you to find somebody like that. I'm asking you to pour 60 minutes into somebody else every week."

Just as with the 15 by 15 by 15 plan, Barnhart knows he is asking a great deal. At the same time, the way UK attacked that first gauntlet he laid down leads him to believe the group he leads can handle this next one too.

"Are we perfect in what we do?" Barnhart said. "Absolutely not. You're not perfect and we're not perfect. But at the end of the day, this is a heck of a good place and there's an awful lot of people in this room I am so proud of because you have represented Kentucky well and in doing so, you've done an awful lot for a lot of people. But I'm saying don't stop."

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) today announced the winners of its first ever Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Awards. The awards honor professors from SEC universities with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students. The University of Kentucky recognized professor is Steven W. Yates, professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

In presenting the awards, the SEC becomes the only Division I conference within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) currently recognizing university faculty for their achievements, unrelated to athletics or student-athletes.

To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.

"This diverse group of men and women share a passionate dedication not just for teaching, but for empowering their students with the knowledge and wisdom to make a difference in our world," said Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the University of Florida and President of the Southeastern Conference. "Some of the finest minds have studied on our campuses, and we have the SEC university professors to thank for helping to position them for success."

SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners, one from each university, will receive a $5,000 honorarium and become his or her university's nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized during the annual SEC Spring Banquet in May.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, "These winners are exceptional and have inspired their students and colleagues through a deep commitment to teaching and research in their chosen fields. The SEC is privileged to honor the men and women who motivate and encourage our students to be the best they can be."

Chosen by a selection committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of a set of non-athletically related academic initiatives the Southeastern Conference has undertaken through its SEC Academic Consortium to encourage academic leadership and collaboration within the SEC membership.

The 2012 SEC Faculty Achievement Award Winners are:

University of Alabama, Dr. David A. Dixon, Robert Ramsay Chair of the Department of Chemistry

University of Arkansas, Dr. Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History

Auburn University, Dr. Christopher Roberts, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the George E. and Dorothy Stafford Uthlaut Professor of Chemical Engineering

University of Florida, Dr. Kenneth D. Wald, Distinguished Professor of Political Science

University of Georgia, Dr. Loch Kingsford Johnson, Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs and Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

University of Kentucky, Dr. Steven W. Yates, Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

Louisiana State University, Dr. J. Gerald Kennedy, Boyd Professor of English and former chair of the English Department

University of Mississippi, Dr. John O'Haver, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering

Mississippi State University, Dr. Keith H. Coble, Giles Distinguished Professor, Agricultural Economics Department

University of South Carolina, Dr. Scott Price, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Head of the Piano Area, and Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy

University of Tennessee, Dr. Carol Tenopir, Chancellor's Professor at the School of Information Sciences and the Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies and Director of Research, College of Communication and Information

Vanderbilt University, Dr. Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English

UK Rewind: April 5

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CapitalOneCup_Color_Logo.JPG Before March Madness, UK Athletics was already having a 2011-12 season to remember. Volleyball advanced to the Sweet 16, women's soccer made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, football scored a streak-busting win over Tennessee and rifle fell just short of a second national championship in a row.

Things were just getting started.

Kentucky was center stage all season in both men's and women's basketball, culminating in nine combined wins in the NCAA Tournament. Of course, the men took home the big prize, while UK Hoops advanced to its second Elite Eight in three seasons.

As if the tournament runs weren't enough on their own, Kentucky is still reaping the benefits of all the March victories in the Capital One Cup standings. The national championship earned 60 points for UK in the men's standings, lifting the school all the way to second with 66 points, trailing only North Carolina. In the women's standings, UK now sits in a tie for 23rd place with Virginia, meaning Kentucky is one of eight schools in the NCAA to rank in the top 25 of both men's and women's standings.

With baseball and men's tennis ranked each ranked in the top 10, UK is poised to make a run at the top spot in the men's standings this spring. Capital One will award a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and the Capital One Cup trophy to the winning schools at the ESPY awards in July.

Learfield Sports has also released updated standings in the race for its prestigious Directors' Cup, which combines both men's and women's sports. Contributions from men's and women's basketball, rifle and men's and women's swimming and diving have carried UK all the way to No. 21 in the latest standings.

UK Rewind: March 29

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