Women's Golf's Hines appreciates chance to give back in her role as student-athlete
Looking at the biography of Caney Hines, a San Antonio Reagan alum, there are impressive credentials both in her golfing career and her academic/community service life at The University of Texas.
That is why the junior communications major is the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for November.
"I got an e-mail from Randa (Ryan, the senior associate athletics director for student services) and I have to tell you it took me by surprise," Hines said. "It is a real honor. As a student-athlete, you can get recognition with your play.
"But, it is more than just athletics at Texas. School is important. School always has been important to me."
That is apparent by her membership in the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the fall of 2005 and the spring of 2006.
And on the course, Hines is one of a dozen UT women golfers to record a 68 -- her second-best single-round mark ever. Her 79.56 average was fourth best on the team.
Hines says she hasn't quite decided which way she is going with her corporate communications major, but what she noted is that everything she is learning in her classes will serve her well regardless of her final direction in the field.
As in the case with all UT student-athletes, Hines has learned the value of time management.
"At first, it is definitely a little scary because you know how much work you have and how much is expected of you by the professors," she said. "And because we go out of town so much, you do miss school.
"But in my freshman year, Randa and her staff helped me learn how to make time for everything. Having mandatory study hall as a freshman is really important. Kat (Richter, an academic advisor) makes certain I stay on top of my work and makes sure my class assignments are done before we leave town for a tournament."
Hines, who is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, enjoys her volunteer work with Marathon Kids, Longhorn Halloween and Orange Santa.
"As a student-athlete, you have an opportunity to make an impression," she began. "You can make that impression by being a part of activities that are important to the community and that's important to me."