Dec 14, 2012 11:42 PM by UL Sports Information
For the second straight Fall semester, a member of the Ragin' Cajuns softball program has been bestowed the distinction of Outstanding Graduate for their respective college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Megan Waterman, a senior outfielder on the 2012-13 Louisiana softball squad, has been named the Fall 2012 Oustanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences.
She will receive the prestigious honor during the University's Fall 2012 Commencement Day Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Cajundome. The College of Science commencement ceremony takes place at 8 a.m. on the second floor of the Cajundome Convention Center.
Waterman joins former teammate Ashley Brignac as recent Cajuns softball student-athletes to receive the prestigious distinction. Last year, Brignac was both the College of Education and the University's Outstanding Graduate for the Fall 2011 semester.
"Megan exemplifies the values of hard work and pursuing excellence in all endeavors while making a difference in her community and on her team," Ragin' Cajuns softball head coach Michael Lotief stated. "She is ‘outstanding' because she is able to excel in academics and athletics - in the classroom, on the field and in university affairs.
"This is a very prestigious honor for a very deserving individual," Lotief added. "We are so grateful to our university administrators, professors and advisors for helping Megan realize her potential and chase her dreams.
"Megan inspires all of us to do our very best day by day, class by class, pitch by pitch. We are extremely proud of her and she will always represent UL with pride and honor."
Every spring and fall semester, deans from the eight academic colleges each nominate a student as an Outstanding Graduate, based on leadership, scholarship and service. A selection committee of the Alumni Association interviews the candidates and selects one for the overall award.
That overall winner will be announced during Saturday's commencement exercises.
Joining Waterman as Oustanding Graduates for the Fall 2012 semester are: Hannah Ray (College of the Arts), Madeleine Richard (B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration), Justin Breaux (College of Education), Jennifer Osten (College of Engineering), Kashia Vice (College of General Studies), Marka Johnson (College of Liberal Arts) and Alyssa Ledet (College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions).
Waterman is biology major who completed her degree in three and a half years. She accrued a 3.93 GPA and has been on the President's List.
She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Beta Delta, UL's Honors Program and the Student Advisory Committee.
A recipient the Teagle Scholarship, she has been named an NFCA All-American scholar-athlete for three years as a member of the nationally renowned Ragin' Cajuns softball program and to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List (recognizes athletes with a yearly cumulative GPA of 3.5-4.0).
Her community service has been with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Miles Perret Cancer Services, Women's and Children's Hospital, and Food Net, as well as the Reading in Red and Buddy Ball programs. She was a volunteer biology tutor at the Student-Athlete Academic Center.
Waterman's goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon. She plans to enroll in the master's program in biology at UL while concluding her softball career during the Spring 2013 semester and before enrolling in medical school.
She is the daughter of Douglas and Theresa Waterman of Ashburn, Va.