CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State gymnastics student-athlete Taylor Ricci has been honored by OSU's Faculty Senate Student Recognition and Awards Committee (SRAC) with the Waldo-Cummings Award.
The Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Award is among the most prestigious honors bestowed by Oregon State University as recipients are chosen on the basis of academic excellence and superior extracurricular achievements during their college careers. The Faculty SRAC, an all-University committee composed of faculty and students, selects the recipients.
Selection of awardees is based on academic/internship pursuits, diversity of extracurricular activities, contributions/innovations made to the community (OSU and/or local), awards and honors received, and personal accomplishments including overcoming obstacles.
Since arriving at OSU in the fall of 2014, Ricci has been involved in numerous community activities and has accumulated a 3.88 grade-point average while studying exercise and sport science.
Ricci is part of OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) holding the position of Public Relations Officer in 2015-16. She is the Pac-12 SAAC Chairperson Elect and is involved in the Relay for Life and OSU Gymnastics' Pink Out activities among other community service activities.
The junior from North Vancouver, B.C., also has an impact on the competition floor. Ricci earned spots in the Beavers' vault and floor exercise lineups in 2016 posting career-bests of 9.875 (floor), 9.825 (vault) and 9.500 (beam). She is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree as well as a two-time Scholastic All-American by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women.
The roots of the Waldo-Cummings Award date back to 1912, when Clara H. Waldo founded the Waldo Award to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female students at OSU (then Oregon Agricultural College). Waldo was the first woman to serve on the Oregon State System of Higher Education Board of Regents, doing so in 1905. OSU's Waldo hall carries her name.
In 1948, the widow of local businessman E.A. Cummings arranged an endowment to recognize the achievements of OSU's male graduates.
Later, the awards were combined and the gender-specificity was dropped.
This year, four awards will be given to first year students, four to sophomore students, six to junior students and six to senior students.
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