Murray's ability to manage baseball and the transition to college is one of the reasons he was selected as Scholar Athlete-of-the-Month. The balance he has created between the two has given him a strong foundation for future success at The College.
It was evident at orientation that he wanted to challenge himself by enrolling in 17 credit hours - and his midterm grades did not disappoint and were excellent. He continues to work hard in the classroom and comments from his professors reflect that.
Over the summer, Murray attended SPECTRA (Speedy Consolidation and Transition Program), a summer residential program available to minority and/or first-generation college students sponsored by CofC Multicultural Student Programs and Services. It requires students to enroll in two courses and participate in programming which supports their transition from high school to college. In addition to the program, Murray worked out several days a week with the CofC Sports Performance staff and completed his two summer courses with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
Dash has exhibited great academic traits from the onset of her budding career at CofC. She is extremely organized and has a tremendous work ethic which allows her to budget her time effectively between school and soccer. Even as a freshman, she has demonstrated leadership qualities in her willingness and drive to help her fellow teammates out in the classroom.
Dash has set the standard of the type of "complete student-athlete" the women's soccer coaching staff, among many other athletic programs, recruit to The College. Her impact as a freshman has been remarkable and she is always making herself available when her teammates need help, but still manages to perform outstandingly in all of her own endeavors, says head coach Christian Michner.
On the field, Dash has become a more consistent contributor for the Cougars and appeared in all eight matches CofC played in the month of October. She recorded an assist and recorded her first collegiate point in a crucial 2-0 win over Georgia Southern on Oct. 17.
The CofC Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award is a recognition program which honors one male and one female student-athlete that has shown a commitment to academic achievement. Each scholar-athlete is nominated by the Student-Athlete Academic Services office headed up by director Keith Merritt II and assisted by Kate Tiller and Karen Donovan.
2010-11 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
August 2010 - Thomas Winstead (men's soccer) and Tonia Gerty (women's basketball)
September 2010 - Alex Ellis (men's golf) and Anna Martin (women's golf)
October 2010 - Brandon Murray (baseball) and Swagatika Dash (women's soccer)