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2015 Red Tie Honorees

2015 RED TIE HONOREES ANNOUNCED

February 6, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Athletics Department and the Razorback Foundation announced the winners of the 18th Annual Red Tie Dinner and Auction Awards Wednesday.

The banquet is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2015, at the John Q Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. This year marks the 18th season the Razorbacks have honored student-athletes at the Red Tie Dinner.

The 2014-15 honorees include Razorback Athletes of the Year Katherine Grable (gymnastics) and Jarrion Lawson (men’s track and field); Razorback Scholar-Athlete award winners Devon Wallace (softball) and Andrew Pisechko (men’s track and field); and the Spirit of the Razorback award winners Flavia Dechandt Araujo (women’s tennis) and Trey Flowers (football).

“Congratulations to our six outstanding student-athletes for their selections for the Red Tie Awards this year,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “They are all outstanding representatives of the University of Arkansas and Razorback Athletics. Katherine, Jarrion, Devon, Andrew, Flavia and Trey have embraced the opportunities as student-athletes to perform at the highest level on the field and in the classroom and to give back to their teams and community in meaningful ways. They are also shining examples of how intercollegiate athletics continues to provide student-athletes an opportunity to reach their fullest potential academically, athletically and socially at the University of Arkansas.”

Each year, the Razorbacks recognize student-athletes whose performance throughout his or her career serves to lift up their sport to new heights and whose character exemplifies the goals of the athletic department. In addition to the dinner, attendees will enjoy a social hour before dinner as well as live and silent auctions.

This year's event takes place at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark., and tickets are available to the general public. In addition, table sponsorships are available.

For tickets or more information about tickets or being a sponsor call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or purchase online.

RED TIE HONOREES


RAZORBACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Katherine Grable-Gymnastics

  • Two-Time 2014 NCAA National Champion (Vault, Floor Exercise)
  • Program’s first-ever NCAA Nation Champion
  • Scored a career-best 9.975 on the vault at the 2014 NCAA Championship to earn the program’s first-ever National Title.
  • Posted a 9.962 in the floor exercise to claim the program’s second NCAA title at the 2014 NCAA Championship.
  • 2014 NCAA First-Team All-American in the all-around, beam and floor exercise.
  • 2014 NCAA Second-Team All-American for the vault.
  • 2014 SEC Gymnast of the Year
  • Set the SEC Championship record for the all-around at the 2014 SEC Championship with a score of 39.55
  • Named to the All-SEC team
  • Tied the program’s record in the floor exercise with her 9.975 vs. Oklahoma
  • Won 12 event titles in the floor exercise, 10 in the all-around, seven in the vault and four in the balance beam.
  • One-time SEC Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 25)
  • Ranked No. 1 gymnast in the country on Jan. 20
  • Posted season-high scores of 9.975 on the vault, 9.90 on bars, 9.925 on the beam, 9.975 in the floor exercise and 39.725 in the all-around.

Jarrion Lawson-Track/Field

  • 2014 USTFCCCA First Team All-America (4×400 Relay - Outdoor)
  • 2014 USTFCCCA First Team All-America (4×400 Relay - Indoor)
  • 2014 USTFCCCA First Team All-America (Long Jump - Indoor)
  • 2014 All-SEC Second Team (Long Jump – Outdoor)
  • 2014 All-SEC Second Team (Long Jump – Indoor)
  • Ranked among the nation’s best last year, qualifying for the 2014 National Championships in Albuquerque, where he took down 15 of the top long jumpers in the country on his way to being crowned the National Long Jump Champion.
  • After edging his way into the finals, Lawson took full advantage of the sixth and final round, dominating the field with a world-leading 27-6.5 jump, a huge final leap that took him a foot further than his competitors, to take home the NCAA Title. With his mark, Lawson ranks No. 4 all-time in NCAA history and No. 7 in all-time U.S. history. Lawson's jump just missed the NCAA Championship meet record of 8.48 set by the legendary Carl Lewis in 1981.

RAZORBACK SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Devon Wallace-Softball

  • 3.863 GPA as a nursing major
  • Earned undergraduate degree in Fall 2014
  • Earned a spot on the 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2014 NFCA All-South Region Team
  • 2014 All-SEC Second Team
  • Led team and SEC with 58 walks
  • Led team and 12th in SEC with 53 runs scored
  • Led team and 15th in SEC with 12 home runs
  • Became SEC all-time leader with 190 career walks; tied for eighth in NCAA history
  • Became second-ever Razorback with 40 career home runs

Andrew Pisechko-Track/Field

  • 2014 USTFCCCA First Team All-America (Distance Medley Relay - Indoor)
  • Honored with the Elite 89 Award at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships for his academic success.
  • Pisechko is the first student-athlete in University of Arkansas history to win the award. The Elite 89 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships

SPIRIT OF THE RAZORBACK AWARD

Flavia Dechandt Araujo-Tennis

  • Awarded the 2014 Lee Spencer Cup individual champion (2013-14), which recognizes the Razorback who earned distinction in the classroom, in athletic competition, in personal development and in the community.
  • Earned Student Leader of the Month award in November 2013.
  • Involved heavily in community service, Araujo helped the women's tennis team win the Lee Spencer Cup for the 2013-14 year. In fact, head coach Michael Hegarty noted it was Araujo and teammate Shannon Hudson who were the driving forces behind the team's commitment to community service.
  • "We've never had two players with the drive and desire to tribute away from the tennis courts like those two players. That's a really special thing and it's great they're back this year," Coach Hegarty said in a release Aug. 22, 2014.
  • Araujo, a junior, has been nominated for the highly sought after 2014-15 Nike Sports Marketing Internship. She is one of just five student-athletes across campus who received the nomination after a number of candidates applied.
  • In the fall of 2013, Araujo was named to the Academic Champions List after a perfect 4.0 GPA semester.
  • In the spring of 2014, Araujo was named to the Athletic Director's List which is reserved for student-athletes who have a GPA between 3.50-3.99.
  • Araujo was named to the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
  • On the tennis court, Araujo has been a steady, consistent contributor to the team in both the singles and doubles lineups. She owns a career singles record of 23-23, including an 8-7 mark during the 2014 fall schedule. Additionally, she claimed the championship in her singles flight at the Oklahoma Sooner Invitational Sept. 19-21, 2014. Araujo owns a career 18-16 doubles record, including finishing 8-6 in doubles during the 2014 fall schedule.

Trey Flowers-Football

  • One of the most dominant players on the resurgent Arkansas defense, Flowers leads the team with 15.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and nine QB hurries
  • Leads all active SEC players in career tackles for loss with 47.5 and ranks second in school history in the statistic
  • Ranks third among active SEC players and seventh in school history with 18.0 career sacks
  • Helped the Razorback defense improve greatly in 2014, improving from 88th to 16th in scoring defense and 76th to 25th in total defense during the regular season
  • The Arkansas defense finished the regular season ranking in the top 40 nationally in red zone (3rd), 4th-down conversion (3rd), scoring (16th), rushing (23rd), first downs (24th), total yards (25th) and turnovers forced (36th)
  • Will participate in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl – the premier collegiate all-star game
Razorback Foundation is coming to You

RAZORBACK FOUNDATION COMING TO YOU!

November 7, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – To show our gratitude for your continued support of Razorback Athletics and the Razorback Foundation, we are hosting our 3rd Annual Member Appreciation Celebration beginning Monday, November 10th through Saturday, November 15th. We are grateful to have reached a record high of 15,000 members and want each of you to know YOU are an integral part of the Razorback Family! During this week-long celebration, our staff will be on the road with a goal of visiting ALL 75 COUNTIES in the state of Arkansas in just four days!

Follow our adventures on Twitter and Facebook. Razorback trivia questions will be posted on Facebook and Twitter and prizes will be awarded daily to select Razorback Foundation members who answer the questions correctly.

We will end the week on game day by making an appearance at your tailgate! The entire Razorback Foundation Team will be in the parking lots before the LSU game handing out giveaways and thanking you personally for supporting more than 460+ student-athletes! Prior to kick-off, we will recognize all 23 Razorback Club Presidents and the winner of the Horton Cup, presented annually to the most outstanding Razorback Club.

Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you next week!

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FORMER RAZORBACK TERRY PRENTICE JOINS FOUNDATION

October 29, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas men’s track and field student-athlete Terry Prentice has joined the Razorback Foundation, Inc., as an Assistant Director, Executive Director Sean Rochelle announced on Wednesday. Prentice will support all aspects of the Razorback Foundation’s annual giving program, including special events, the A Club, the newly introduced Young Alumni Program and will lead the online seat selection process for football season tickets.

"We are pleased to add another former University of Arkansas student-athlete to our team at the Razorback Foundation," Rochelle said. "As a student-athlete, Terry was an All-SEC performer on the track and was also a tremendous representative of our institution. Following the completion of his athletic eligibility, he earned valuable experience in various areas of both the athletic department and the Razorback Foundation. Terry is an enthusiastic ambassador for the Razorback program and serves as a great example of how the support of Razorback Foundation members can positively impact the lives of student-athletes."

Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Prentice worked at Ole Miss Athletics Foundation where he assisted their annual giving program by securing seat related gifts, philanthropic and capital gifts.

Before joining the full-time staff at Ole Miss, Prentice completed an internship with the Razorback Foundation. Prentice also worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student-Athlete Success at the University of Arkansas, and as an intern for IMG College/Razorback Sports Properties.

"It is always great to welcome a Razorback back home,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Terry was an outstanding student-athlete competing in one of our most successful programs. As president of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), he was instrumental in helping us enhance interaction between student-athletes and our administration and coaches on important issues within intercollegiate athletics. He has a passion for the Razorbacks and for the continued development of student-athletes. We are excited he has joined the Razorback Foundation and will once again be part of our program."

A native of Pomona, California, Prentice earned his master's degree in sports management from the University of Arkansas in May 2014 as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2012.

He was a four-year track and field letterman for the Razorbacks. Competing as a decathlete, he garnered All-Southeastern Conference and Honorable Mention All-America honors while helping the program claim five SEC championships in indoor and outdoor track and field.

Lewis heads 2014 Hall of Honor Class

July 7, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2014 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include the top women's professional golfer in the world, two National Football League greats, one of the Southeastern Conference's most prolific three-point shooters, a WNBA first-round draft pick and one of the most dominant runners in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field.

Razorback Football Signing Day 2014

The 2014 class is led by LPGA star Stacy Lewis, who won an NCAA national championship before ascending to the No. 1 ranking in the world in women's golf. Former Razorback and NFL greats Kenoy Kennedy and Freddie Childress are joined by All-Southwest Conference football selection Pat Morrison and former football student-athlete and University of Arkansas Board of Trustees member Louis Ramsay. Former Razorback basketball stars Pat Bradley and Shameka Christon are joined by two-time track and field Olympian Graham Hood and longtime Razorback men's tennis coach Robert Cox in the class. The 2014 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.

"The 2014 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor is truly a reflection of some of the best student-athletes and coaches in our program's history," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "These individuals not only distinguished themselves as Razorbacks, but later went on to successful careers in athletics and other professions. We are proud of all that they have accomplished and look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend in September."

The 2014 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 5-6. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas' football home opener against Nicholls State at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or the official Hall of Honor homepage.

2014 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees

Stacy Lewis, Women's Golf

As a member of the University of Arkansas women's golf team, Lewis won 12 collegiate events and was a four-time All-American. She was the 2005 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year, the 2007 NCAA Division I National Champion and the 2008 SEC Championship Individual Medalist and Player of the Year. Away from collegiate competition, she won the 2006 Harder Hall Invitational, the 2006 Western Amateur and was a semi-finalist at the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur. She was the 2007 Southern Amateur Champion and the 2007 Dinah Shore Trophy Award recipient. Lewis was also a member of the victorious U.S. Team at the 2007 at Copa de las Americas and on the victorious 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup team, becoming the first player to go 5-0 in Curtis Cup history. Lewis is a two-time Golfweek and Golf Digest Women's Amateur Player of the Year (2006-07) and was the top ranked amateur in the Golfweek/Titleist Women's Amateur Rankings in 2008. Lewis turned pro after graduation and has 10 LPGA Tour victories, was the 2012 Rolex Player of the Year and the 2013 Vare Trophy winner. She is a two-time member of the Solheim Cup (2011, 2013) and is currently ranked as the No 1 women's golfer in the world.

Kenoy Kennedy, Football

A two-time All-SEC selection at safety, Kennedy earned second-team honors from The Associated Press as a junior in 1998 and first-team honors from league coaches and the AP as a senior in 1999. He also earned AP third-team All-American honors in his senior season. A captain of the 1999 Razorback squad, he helped Arkansas to an upset of No. 14 Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl. He finished his career with 287 tackles, the most by an Arkansas defensive back in school history. Following his Razorback career, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played five seasons with Denver (2000-04) before finishing his career with three seasons for the Detroit Lions (2005-07). He made 536 tackles, earned 10 interceptions and forced seven fumbles in his NFL career.

Pat Bradley, Men's Basketball

A four-time letterman from 1996-99, Bradley earned All-SEC honors in 1997 and 1998. He is fifth on Arkansas' career scoring list (1,765), led the team in scoring in 1997 (14.4), 1998 (14.8) and 1999 (14.1). He holds the school record for career threes made (366), is 11th on Arkansas' career field goals made list (576) and led the team in free throw shooting all four years. His .858 career free throw percentage is the third-best in school history. Bradley held the SEC record for career three pointers until 2008 and still ranks among the top five all time. He also held the SEC record for consecutive games with at least one three pointer made (60) until the record was eclipsed in 2013.

Robert Cox, Men's Tennis

Cox was head coach of the Arkansas men's tennis team for 26 seasons and is the all-time winningest coach in program history with 323 wins. Coach Cox's teams produced 13 All-Americans, 23 All-SEC selections, seven Southwest Conference champions, two ITA national champions, two ITA top-ranked singles players and one ITA No. 1-ranked doubles team. Over his 26 years, he led Arkansas to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, six regio¬nals and one Sweet 16 appearance. Cox also led the Razorbacks to a pair of SWC championships (1988 and 1989). He has also recorded 13 seasons with 12 or more victories and coached 11 teams that were ranked in the top-35 at the end of the year. Coach Cox was named ITA Central Region V Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2006. Cox first came to the University of Arkansas as a student-athlete, playing on the 1977 and 1978 men's tennis teams. He was a part of squads that produced a 48-10 record under then coach Tom Pucci. In 2007, a group of former Razorbacks came together for a ceremony to rename center court at the newly christened and renovated George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Cox's honor.

Freddie Childress, Football

A letterman at Arkansas from 1985-88, Childress was a first-team All-SWC selection in 1986 and 1988. He was one of the six offensive linemen named to Arkansas' All-Century Team prior to the 1994 season and was also on the All-Decade Team. His senior class broke the Arkansas record for most wins in a four-year stretch with 38 - still tied for the school record - won the 1988 SWC title and finished in the top 15 of the final AP poll three times. He was taken in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and appeared in 31 games in his NFL career. He then appeared in 188 games over 13 seasons in the CFL, where he was a six-time West Division all-star and three-time league all-star. He was named the West Division Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1997 and 1998 and was the league's Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1998.

Graham Hood, Men's Track and Field

A two-time Olympian and one of the Razorback Track and Field's most accomplished runners, Graham Hood earned nine All-America awards from 1991-95, one in cross country, six indoors and two outdoors. Hood helped lead Arkansas to dominance in its early years in the Southeastern Conference. In his tenure, Hood contributed to 12 NCAA and 12 SEC team titles. Hood ran on Arkansas' 1994 NCAA and SEC champion distance medley relay squad before winning gold of his own at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1,500. During his tenure, he won one Southwest Conference and five SEC titles including indoors in the 800 meters (1991), DMR (1994, 1995), Mile (1995), 3,000 (1995) and outdoors in the 1,500 meters (1995) His performances can still be found prominently on many of the Razorbacks' top 10 lists. Hood competed for Canada in the 1,500 meters in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and qualified for the 1996 games in Atlanta before being sidelined by an injury.

Shameka Christon, Women's Basketball

The first Arkansas women's basketball player to earn Associated Press All-America honors, Hot Springs, Ark., native Shameka Christon became Arkansas' first, first-round professional draft selection after earning 2004 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors. Leading the league in scoring with 21.8 points-per-game her senior year, Christon played in three NCAA tournaments at Arkansas and closed her career as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,951 points. She led Arkansas to semifinal finishes at the 2001 and 2002 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, still the all-time best performance for the Razorbacks. As a six-year veteran with the WNBA New York Liberty, she was on the 2004 Rookie Team and a WNBA All-Star in 2009. Christon was traded to the Chicago Sky for the 2011 season but injuries kept her out of the lineup. Christon is now with the San Antonio Stars.

Pat Morrison, Football

Morrison lettered for the Razorbacks from 1968- 70, helping Arkansas earn a share of the 1968 Southwest Conference championship. He was named the first-team All-SWC tight end in 1970 after catching 20 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. In his first season, Arkansas finished the year 10-1 and ranked sixth in the final Associated Press poll after defeating No. 4 Georgia 16-2 in the Sugar Bowl. The 1969 team finished seventh in the AP poll after returning to the Sugar Bowl and winning nine games. In his senior season, he helped lead the Razorbacks to another 9-2 record and a final rank of 11th. Following his senior year, he played in the All-America Bowl and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

Louis Ramsay, Football

A quarterback on Fred Thomsen's last two teams at Arkansas, Ramsay lettered in 1940 and 1941 on squads that went 4-6 and 3-7, respectively. After serving as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he moved to Pine Bluff to practice law in 1947. He was a member and eventually president of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees as well as a board member of the Razorback Foundation.

Razorback Foundation Introduces Priority Points Program

August 8, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Foundation members will soon be able to take advantage of an easy-to-use, interactive priority points system that will further ensure members are rewarded for their generosity, loyalty and continued support in a fair, equitable and positive manner.

Beginning with the 2014-15 athletic season, the Razorback Priority Points Program will utilize an interactive system designed to allocate tickets, parking and other benefits by awarding points to Foundation members for Annual Fund, capital, endowments and other gifts along with consecutive years of giving while also recognizing the contributions of all former Razorback student-athletes.

"We are pleased to introduce the Razorback Priority Points System to better serve our more than 13,000 Razorback Foundation members," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "For the past 18 months, the leadership of the Razorback Foundation has been working tirelessly to seek feedback from current members while analyzing other successful points systems around the country.

"This comprehensive process has resulted in a customized plan specific to the University of Arkansas that will reward loyalty and provide donors with what they need to make informed decisions about their membership. Most importantly, it will provide a framework for the continued growth of the Razorback Foundation and the future success of our more than 460 student-athletes."

This week, current Razorback Foundation members are being mailed a Razorback Priority Points program brochure that outlines the program that will be utilized beginning in 2014 to allocate new season tickets, fulfill requests for additional tickets and rank priority for upgrades for football, men's basketball and baseball. In addition, the packet will include a personalized statement detailing priority points accumulated by current Razorback Foundation members.

Beginning in January 2014, Razorback Foundation members will be able to access their points online and see their rank within their donor class. Benefits will continue to be distributed initially by annual fund membership class, but points will then be used to determine priority within each class.

"The Razorback Priority Points System marks an important milestone in the history of the Razorback Foundation," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Sean Rochelle says. "It is the centerpiece of our commitment to more effectively engage our members while enhancing their membership experience. As one of only three SEC programs not utilizing a priority points system, we have been limited in our ability to measure the full value of our members' contributions."

"With the Razorback Priority Points System, we will have the ability to recognize the loyalty and contributions of our long time members while providing new donors an opportunity to become active in supporting our program. We are confident that this will not only increase member satisfaction, but also provide a system that accurately gauges all aspects of Razorback Foundation support."

Find additional information about the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure

Find additional information on the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure, here.

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