Kulans Earns Academic All-America Honors

Posted: June 17, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason senior men’s volleyball player Art Kulans was selected to the 15-member Verizon Academic All-America At-Large First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced. Kulans becomes the first George Mason student-athlete to be named to the national first team.

Kulans was a national second-team selection as a junior and earned District III Verizon Academic All-America At-Large honors all three years in which he has been eligible. District III includes all Division I schools in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.200 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. The at-large team is made up of athletes in all NCAA sports other than baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and track and field/cross country. Members of the district first teams become eligible for the national team.

An All-Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) first-team and EIVA All-Academic Team selection, Kulans helped the Patriots to a 16-10 overall record and a runner-up finish in the EIVA this season. He averaged 2.97 kills, 1.37 digs and 0.67 blocks per game, and finished his career ranked first in career kills, second in career digs and blocks, and fourth in career assists in George Mason rally-scoring records.

Named the 2003 George Mason Male Student-Athlete of the Year, as voted by his peers, Kulans graduated with higher than a 3.900 grade point average with a double major in finance and accounting. He was named to both the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester of college, and earned a perfect 4.000 GPA in six consecutive semesters.

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