Friday, September 27, 2019

Admissions Decision Day

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. Decision Day Approaches for Admissions

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) opened its national conference in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. As many as 215 voting delegates have an important decision before them on Saturday - do they remove several sections from their Code of Ethics and Professional Practices? Those sections restrict colleges from offering incentives for early-decision applicants, prevent them from recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed to another college and limit how they recruit transfer students.

>> Situational Awareness
Removing the sections from the code of ethics is a step toward NACAC signing a consent decree in order to resolve a two-year Department of Justice antitrust investigation. NACAC leaders have pushed to reach a consent decree rather than fight antitrust charges in court because of the high cost of litigation, the time it would take to fight charges, the possibility of affiliates or member institutions being ensnared in a continuing investigation and the possibility that an extended investigation would harm the association's reputation.

>> Why It Matters: NACAC members who don't comply with the code can face penalties including loss of membership or being unable to participate in college fairs.

>> The Big Picture: Some NACAC members feel strongly that the code of ethics provisions in question protect students. The provisions prevent students from being badgered by colleges that they've decided not to attend, for example. And they give rising freshmen time after the traditional May 1 admissions deadline to prepare for classes at the college they've chosen.

>> Be Smart: College leaders across the country are watching the antitrust investigation's resolution closely. “The deck has been stacked in a particular way for a long time,” said Daniel G. Lugo, president of Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina. “I have no idea if they move on any of this. But if they do, it will create an opportunity for the most agile and smartest ones among us.”

>> The Final Word: What would this mean for Division III athletic recruiting? "... an opportunity for the most agile and smartest ones among us."

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2. New Stadium for Wabash

"Wabash College has announced plans to construct a new football stadium that will open when the Little Giants host Rose-Hulman on September 5, 2020.

Wabash President Gregory Hess made the announcement of the $13 million Little Giant Stadium, which will include seating for 3,550 fans in the main grandstand, suites, and the W Club Lounge. The new facility will also include game operations and media booths, relocated scoreboard, a new playing surface, all-weather track, and expanded restroom and upgraded concession areas. Ground will be broken on Saturday, November 9.

"An anonymous group of donors has pledged substantial funding for the construction of Little Giant Stadium and we are grateful for their passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to our students," President Hess said. "This project and a complete renovation of Lilly Library constitute phase one of our Campus Master Plan implementation.""

>> DYK: Wabash is the sixth winningest football program in NCAA Division III. The Little Giants have posted a 166-34 record since 2001 (.830), won eight North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, and made the Division III Playoffs eight times over that span. The College's track and field team, which will compete in the stadium, has won 13 indoor and outdoor North Coast Athletic Conference Championships since 2011.

>> Worth Noting: Donors to the Little Giant Stadium project have chosen to pay tribute to former Wabash football coach Frank Navarro by naming the playing field in his honor. Navarro coached the Little Giants from 1974 to 1977. His 1977 team posted an 11-2 record and advanced to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (the Division III National Championship game). The clock ran out on Wabash in a 39-36 shootout loss to Widener in the title game.

>> The Bottom Line: The new Little Giant Stadium will include four suites and the W Club Lounge on the second level, accessible via an elevator. Within the main concourse will be a Hall of Giants, which will pay tribute to Wabash's accomplishments in intercollegiate athletics.

3. Streaming News

University of Lynchburg athletics and the Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network are thrilled to announce a new agreement with ESPN to deliver home sporting events on ESPN3, beginning with Lynchburg's tripleheader Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19 on Shellenberger Field.
Select Lynchburg field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball matches will be available via the ESPN App throughout the fall season, and LHSN will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of the Hornets athletics programs through both ESPN3 and its YouTube channel through the 2019-20 academic year and beyond.
"ESPN3 provides us with the ultimate platform to highlight our incredible student-athletes and programs," Jon Waters, Lynchburg's director of athletics, said. "University of Lynchburg offers a dynamic co-curricular experience that includes real-world opportunities for our sport management, communications, and school of business students, and adding ESPN3 opportunities raise that bar to an even higher level."

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), through its strategic partnership with BoxCast, has launched AMCC TV, which will host hundreds of streamed broadcasts during the 2019-20 athletic seasons and beyond.
"We are very excited to offer this one-stop viewing option for our fans across Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio," said AMCC Commissioner Donna Ledwin.  "It gives our parents, alums, faculty, staff and students the chance to follow their favorite team no matter where they are competing."

The AMCC and BoxCast have signed a three-year deal which allows the league to showcase all conference institutions as they compete live on the web and on all mobile devices, with the ability to watch on Apple TV and Roku coming in 2020. The mobile app for iPhone and Android devices will be available in late October 2019.

RIT Men's Hockey fans will have new ways to watch games during the 2019-2020 season. The team's 17 regular season home games will be aired live locally on WBGT my18 and all games hosted by Atlantic Hockey teams will be available to stream via

Earlier this year the Atlantic Hockey Association and FloSports announced a multi-year partnership making the exclusive streaming destination for all live and on-demand Atlantic Hockey events.
    4. CCC Days

    As part of an effort to promote its visual rebrand and expand its presence on member campuses, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) is pleased to announce the schedule for the “CCC Days” this year.
    The CCC Days are intended to allow each CCC member school to celebrate its pride in being a member of the conference.

    On each of the CCC Day, the conference staff will visit a member campus and set up an area outside of some of the home events taking place that day. The staff will be available to talk about the conference, the rebrand, and other activities going on throughout the league.

    >> The Bottom Line: "We've been really excited about all the big changes that have happened in the CCC over the past few years – from the addition of new championship sports, to the expansion of our membership, to the visual rebrand this summer,” said CCC Commissioner Gregg M. Kaye. “This seemed like a great opportunity to continue riding that wave of good news and make our presence felt on our member campuses. It's our version of D3 Week."

      5. Weekend Preview

      Football -
      1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Saturday vs. Howard Payne)
      2. Mount Union (at #12 John Carroll)
      3. UW-Whitewater (idle)
      4. Saint John's (at Carleton)
      5. North Central (vs. North Park)
      6. St. Thomas (at UW-Eau Claire)
      7. Hardin-Simmons (at Louisiana College)
      8. Bethel (at Gustavus Adolphus)
      9. Muhlenberg (at Juniata)
      10. Berry (vs. Millsaps)

      Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Tufts (Sat at Bates)
      2. Amherst (Sat at Williams; Sun vs. Middlebury)
      3. John Carroll (Sat at Messiah)
      4. Chicago (Fri vs. Kalamazoo)
      5. Washington and Lee (Sat vs. Transylvania)
      6. Franklin & Marshall (Sat at #21 Haverford)
      7. Calvin (Sat at Manchester)
      8. Luther (Sat vs. Central)
      9. Johns Hopkins (Sat at Gettysburg)
      10. Puget Sound (Sat at Whitman)

      Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Messiah (Sat at Misericordia)
      2. Middlebury (Sat vs. #21 Connecticut C; Sun vs. New England C)
      3. Christopher Newport (Sat vs. York)
      4. William Smith (Sat vs. Skidmore)
      5. Johns Hopkins (Sat at Washington C)
      6. Washington-St. Louis (idle)
      7. College of New Jersey (Sat vs. Ramapo)
      8. Wheaton, Ill. (Sat at Elmhurst)
      9. Pomona-Pitzer (Sat vs. Redlands)
      10. Case Western Reserve (Sun at John Carroll)

      Field Hockey - NFHCA
      1. Middlebury (Sat vs. Connecticut C; Sun at Amherst)
      2. Rowan (Sun at Lynchburg)
      3. College of New Jersey (idle)
      4. Salisbury (Sat vs. Gwynedd Mercy)
      5. Tufts (Sat at #14 Bates)
      6. Vassar (Sat vs. Rensselaer)
      7. Bowdoin (Sat at #17 Trinity)
      8. Franklin & Marshall (Sat vs. Haverford)
      9. Johns Hopkins (Sat at Washington C)
      10. Ursinus (Sat at Gettysburg)

      Volleyball - AVCA
      1. Emory (idle)
      2. Calvin (Sat at #19 Hope)
      3. Chicago (Sat vs. Aurora)
      4. Claremont-M-S (Fri at Cal Lutheran; Sat vs. Whittier)
      5. Johnson & Wales, R.I. (Fri at Anna Maria/Emmanuel; Sat at #24 Tufts/Bowdoin)
      6. Carthage (idle)
      7. Berry (Sat vs. Sewanee/Centre)
      8. Juniata (Fri vs. #23 Johns Hopkins; Sat vs. Saint Vincent/Messiah)
      9. Saint Benedict (Fri vs. UW-River Falls; Sat at Simpson/Principia)
      10. Trinity, Texas (idle)

      6.  Comings ... 

      ... and Goings 

      7.  Made to be Broken

      by Lauren White, The Ithacan

      "Ithaca College’s ticket sales for the annual Cortaca Jug football game against SUNY Cortland (at MetLife Stadium) closed Sept. 25 with a total of 2,785 tickets sold. 
      The game organizers aim to break the attendance record for a Division III football game. The current record is 37,355, set by University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University in 2017. Cortaca 2019 had already sold over 30,000 tickets before on-campus selling began. Jaclyn Lawrence, assistant director of athletics for SUNY Cortland, said via email that Cortland sold 3,000 tickets to students, faculty and staff, bringing the total sales to at least 35,785.
      Jon Gregory ’10, associate director for the Office of Engagement and Constituent Relations, said that it is unclear exactly where the total number of tickets sold currently stands but that the college is in communication with both MetLife Stadium and Cortland in regard to the total number."

      >> What They're Saying: "Setting the record has been our goal since the day the game was announced, and we are confident that we’re within reach of setting the DIII record." - Gregory

      >> The Key Stat: St. Thomas defeated Saint John's, 20-17, before a crowd of 37,355 at Target Field in Minneapolis in 2017 - the largest D-III attendance ever.

      >> The Big Picture: In 2018, St. Thomas and Saint John's played before the largest D-III crowd of the season - 16,922. Ithaca and Cortland played before the fourth-largest crowd of the season at 10,000.

      8.  Play of the Day

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