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CSU's Butler earns regional Rising Star award


Oct. 9, 2013

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State track & field athlete Seth Butler was selected to receive the NASPA IV-West Colorado Rising Star Undergraduate Student Award.  The announcement was made in late September.

While at Colorado State, Butler has maintained over a 3.5 cumulative GPA working towards an undergraduate degree in human development and family studies. His resilience to overcome obstacles, drive and level of commitment to sports, community and his studies is exceptional.

During the summer of 2012 Butler participated in an on-campus internship in the office of Orientation and Transition Programs. Through this experience he found a renewed sense of motivation and drive. He continued the program as an orientation leader this past summer.

Academic coordinator Erin Hammersley, who nominated Butler for the award, commended him for his commitment to success.

“Our athletic director (Jack Graham) frequently tells our student-athletes to live up to the motto, ‘Do It All.’ In my mind Seth is truly able to meet the expectations the A.D. has set. He is an excellent student of good character and commitment to CSU, and he is a huge contributor to our track and field team,” Hammersley said.

Butler will attend the Regional Conference Nov. 5-7, in Hot Springs, Ark., to receive his award.

About Rising Star Awards

The Rising Star Awards were created by NASPA IV-West to recognize achievement, involvement and potential in our emerging and future Student Affairs professionals. Each category can have a winner from each state in the region.  Undergraduate Students: Involvement in campus activities and organizations; current enrollment in an undergraduate program with junior or senior status; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; campus leadership; paraprofessional employment with Division of Student Affairs; intention to pursue a Student Affairs-related advanced degree.



On the track

In his junior season, Butler was named to the Mountain West indoor track and field all-conference team after finishing third in the conference championships in the 800-meter run. He was an NCAA qualifier in the 800, and placed third in the MW indoor championships in the distance-medley relay in 2011.


Butler is a two-time academic all-conference recipient as well as a two-time MW Scholar Athlete award winner. In the 2012 and 2013, he was a part of the men’s United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s All-Academic Team, and he was individually honored by the USTFCCCA for outstanding academic achievement in 2013.


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