Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic Also Honored
SR. ROSE ANN FLEMING - 2000 Inductee --- Academic Advisor (1982-present).
Athletics at Xavier is more than just a game. It is an important part of the Jesuit philosophy of education that stresses the development of the mind, body and spirit of each student. Xavier is consistently among the top schools in the nation for student-athlete graduation rates. In the NCAA Official Graduation Rates Report, Xavier is consistently near 80% graduation rate for student-athletes, which exceeds the 74% rate for XU's general student population.
The one person who deserves a major part of the credit for the success of Xavier's support system for student-athletes is nationally-renowned academic advisor Sr. Rose Ann Fleming. Fleming, who has been inducted into Xavier University's Athletic Hall of Fame, took over as academic advisor for XU student-athletes in 1985.
Fleming came to Xavier as a teacher and master's degree student in 1982. She took over as academic advisor for student-athletes on August 1, 1985. Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, SND DeN, has over 40 years of experience as a college educator.
Fleming, who received her undergraduate degree from the College of Mt. St. Joseph in 1954, has also earned two master's degrees, a Ph.D and a law degree. She was president of Cincinnati's Summit Country Day School from 1967-75 and president of Trinity College from 1975-82.
Fleming has been the subject of national features by Associated Press, Reader's Digest and Fox Sports Net among others. More importantly she has proven her dedication to the Jesuit philosophy of education, a philosophy that stresses the development of the mind, body and spirit of each student. In addition to Fleming, two full-time staff members, four graduate assistants and an intern make up the Xavier Athletics Academic Advising Program.
The academic advisors in the athletic department not only monitor the study tables, but provide tutoring to the student-athletes. Each advisor works specifically with certain teams, giving the student-athletes a familiar contact for academic help.
Xavier Gives Special Attention To New Students
Part of the curriculum in the first semester at Xavier for all student-athletes is a Life Skills class called "Issues Affecting Student-Athletes" that is designed to teach students about time management, study skills, and other unique challenges that face student-athletes. Through the academic advising office, student-athletes have the opportunity to use university laptops on road trips to keep up with their course work. In addition, coaches hold study sessions for all team members on longer road trips.