IU East Red Wolves garner one gold, two silver medals at the Olympics

Three Red Wolves received Summer 2016 Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend.

Monica Puig won the first gold medal in any sport for Puerto Rico. Puig made Olympic history after she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 on Saturday, August 13.

Puig, a communications studies major, is enrolled in Indiana University East’s online degree completion program.

For Team USA, IU East alumna Venus Williams and current online student, Rajeev Ram, won the silver medal in mixed doubles tennis on Sunday, August 14.

Williams and Ram played against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock, also on Team USA, in the mixed doubles tennis finals. Williams and Ram completed the match 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7. For Williams the silver was her fifth Olympic medal. For Ram the medal was his first and received during his first Olympics.

Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2015. Ram, of Carmel, Ind., is the first ATP player to enroll in IU East’s online degree completion programs. He is a general studies major at IU East.

IU East has educational agreements with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the ATP. IU East’s online degree completion programs provide players the opportunity to continue to professionally train and play while completing their bachelor’s degree online.

Altogether, IU East had five current students competing in tennis at the Olympics. If IU East were a nation competing at the Olympics, it would have one gold and two silver medals.

Also on Team USA, Sloane Stephens competed in women’s singles tennis. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in communications studies.

On the Australia team, sisters Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova were women’s tennis doubles partners. Both are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Anastasia Rodionova is competing at the Western & Southern Open tournament this week. The tournament is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center held just north of Cincinnati, August 13-21.

Rodionova is joined at the tournament by fellow Red Wolf, Nicole Melichar. Melichar is a psychology major at IU East.

IU East’s online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 11 options for students to complete their bachelor’s degree online in English with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Writing, Mathematics, Natural Science and Mathematics with a Mathematics Concentration, Communication Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, General Studies, and an RN to BSN Mobility Option. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics.