Tuesday, July 28, 2020

10, 9, 8 ...

JULY 28, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  10, 9, 8 ... 

10 Key Characteristics of Top Performing Fundraising Directors ...

And then there were 10.

Just 10 conferences remain on the "active" list following a dizzying Monday which saw six more leagues postpone competition for the fall semester.

  • College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Midwest Conference
  • Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
  • St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
In addition, sources around DIII have indicated that announcements are forthcoming from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and New Jersey Athletic Conference on Tuesday.

Division III has reduced the NCAA Presidents' Council agenda by one item on Thursday - there will be no fall championships in 2020.

>> What's Next: Can students gather and practice safely in this COVID environment? Is it safe for coaches and staff?

>> Reality Check: I prefer to think of myself as an optimist ... but I fear for the winter and spring seasons unless a vaccine can be found, proven safe and effective, and be mass produced and distributed.

2. Canceling Seasons, Charging Fees

by Elin Johnson, Chronicle of Higher Education

"As more colleges renege on promises of an in-person fall and move to a virtual format, student fees — charges earmarked for athletics and other extracurricular programming — are coming under scrutiny.

The University of New England, a private institution in Maine, charges students a general-services fee that covers athletics-event attendance, library fees, graduation costs, and other charges. The university’s athletics conference, the Commonwealth Coast Conference, has suspended its fall sports season, but the institution, which plans to offer an in-person semester, will still charge the same amount — $1,360 — as in previous years.

Union College, a private liberal-arts institution in New York, will charge a comprehensive fee that includes tuition, room and board, and student activities. The amount will be similar to that of previous years: $74,085.

The College of New Jersey planshybrid model for the fall, and will be reducing fees and not raising tuition for a semester with fewer options for students than usual.

Kathryn A. Foster, the public college’s president, said it had eliminated the student-activity fee and fall payment of the student-center fee."

>> Reality Check: “We knew that social distancing would preclude student activities this fall,” Foster said. Altogether, the college cut student costs by $436, including a 12-percent drop in student fees.

>> Between The Lines: "Activity fees tend to fund student-organization budgets or recreation centers, Kevin Kruger, president of Naspa, an association of student-affairs administrators, explained. Some of the fees will now finance online programming or virtual health and wellness support. Colleges must decide, he said, if the fees are still relevant when student organizations can’t meet in person this fall."

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3.  Celebrating Excellence

All-Decade: Celebrating the best of the best

D3Hoops.com has released its All-Decade team for women's basketball. And what a collection of talent is comprised on this list of 25 outstanding players.

First Team
G-Sydney Moss, Thomas More
G-Chelsie Schweers, Christopher Newport
F-Madison Temple, Thomas More
F-Melissa Tobie, Montclair State
C-Carissa (Verkaik) Ratliff, Calvin

Second Team
G-Brandi Dawson, Trine
G-Katie (McDaniels) Peltz, Wheaton, Ill.
G-Caroline Stedman, Amherst
C-Carrie Snikkers, Hope
C-Kaitlin (Langer) Simmet, St. Thomas, Minn.

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4. A Golden Season - Final Four

With all the difficult news coming out about the fall 2020 season, we thought it might be time to dust off some anniversary seasons from the past. Today, we'll start with the 1995 NCAA men's soccer championship tournament.

Each edition of D3Playbook, we'll bring you the results of a round of play, culminating on July 30 with the final. Now, we know you might remember how this ends ... or can look it up online if you choose ... but maybe you'll just want to follow along with us over the next 10 days.

National Semifinals
#2 Williams tied Muhlenberg, 1-1 (advanced on PKs 6-5)
#1 Methodist d. #6 Chapman, 3-0

>> Headlines I: Muhlenberg took a 1-0 lead in the 60th on a goal by Todd Ervin. Williams knotted the score in the 83rd on a Brad Murray tally. The turning point in Williams' advancement was when Eph GK Erin Sullivan stoned the final Muhlenberg shooter - GK Ron Moser.

>> Headlines IIKemal Kansu gave Methodist a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, while Michael Scobee and Kari Reynisson tallied in the 68th and 71st minutes in the snow and 20-degree temperatures.

>> National Final: Methodist (21-0) at Williams (17-0-1).

The story winds up on Thursday.



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5.  Tracking the Fall

Follow along with the schools and conferences that have announced fall decisions at https://www.d3playbook.com/2020/07/tracking-fall-cancellations.html

You can also access this map from the Daily Pennsylvanian that shows U.S. colleges' fall plans.


    6.  Comings and Goings
    7.  1 Phanatic Thing

    Simply the best.

    Better than all the rest.


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