Several University of Central Arkansas athletes and teams took home awards from Tuesday night’s annual "Bear Nation Celebration" at the Farris Center.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams were awarded the team grade-point average awards. The women’s team had a combined cumulative GPA of 3.50, while the men’s team had a 3.28.

Many of UCA’s 72 seniors who have graduated received senior rings at the event, while many current student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma student-athlete honor society for their work in the classroo The Male Freshman of the Year award went to Jatavious Wilson from football, while the Female Freshman of the Year was Brianna Mullins from basketball. The Male Player of the Year was Doug Votolato from baseball, while the Female Player of the Year was Marissa Collins from volleyball.

The Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award went to Pep Angles from golf, while the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Jessie Taylor from softball.

Volleyball head coach David McFatrich was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Sugar Bears to the regular-season and Southland Conference tournament championships.

The late UCA President Jefferson D. Farris was this year’s banquet honoree for his long-time service to the university and the athletic department. Eddie Glover of Conway was named the Purple Circle Member of the Year for his continued support of UCA Athletics.

Steve Sullivan, the play-by-play voice of UCA Football and sports director at KATV (Channel 7, in Little Rock), served as the master of ceremonies. UCA graduate Matthew Huff and Darren Barry of Conway provided the musical entertainment for the annual banquet.

The banquet is held annually as part of Welcome Week to celebrate achievements of the past year and to introduce athletes and coaches of all sports to major donors and fans.