Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stevens Named Administrator of the Year


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SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Stevens Named Administrator of Year

Meg Stevens Nike Administrator of the Year Women Leaders 2020
by Drew Wilson, Averett Athletic Communications

"Averett University Director of Athletics Meg Stevens was selected as the Nike Division III Administrator of the Year, the Women Leaders in College Sports announced Tuesday as it released its 2020 award recipients.

Stevens is among the recipients who will be honored with the Nike Celebration of Women social media campaign starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, and during the Nike Celebration of Women feature during Women Leaders X, the organization's first virtual convention. Recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by the Women Leaders Awards Committee for their service during 2019-2020.

Stevens has served as Averett's Director of Athletics since July 2013, and during that time has transformed the culture of Averett athletics. Stevens has collaborated with faculty, student-athletes and staff to develop and strengthen a "3-2-1" philosophy that has pushed Averett toward the top of the USA South Conference."

>> What They're Saying: "Meg Stevens has been a tremendous instrument of positive change across our university," Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said. "Through her leadership, the Department of Athletics has excelled and she has taken on responsibilities for broader institutional activities which she has executed with determination, great competence, positive results and sheer passion. Her 'One Team' philosophy has not only permeated athletics, but has influenced students across our campus."

>> The Bottom Line: "Stevens is known for her commitment to hiring, mentoring and developing young head coaches. In fact, 27 of her 28 head coach hires have been first-time head coaches, and she has promoted nearly a half dozen former Averett graduate assistant coaches into head coaching roles. Many of Averett’s graduate assistant coaches and staff have gone on to become head coaches or full-time assistant coaches in all levels of athletics."

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2.  Convention Moves Online

The annual NCAA Convention will be held online Jan. 11-15 in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shifting to a virtual Convention for 2021 reduces expenses and recognizes the need for chancellors, presidents, athletics directors and other delegates who regularly participate in the Convention to attend to campus matters.

The virtual Convention will occur the same week the Convention was originally scheduled and online educational programming will be offered throughout January. Divisional Business Sessions will be conducted virtually, with Division III voting on NIL legislation to take place Friday, Jan. 15.  The Division III Convention Planning Subcommittee is working to finalize the programming, and staff will update the membership in the coming weeks.


3.  Injury Inspires New Career Path

Jared Karas surveys the play
courtesy of LVC Athletics


"While playing ice hockey for LVC men's team, Jared Karas '21, M'22 suffered a concussion. As the recovery stretched on, causing him to miss most of the season, LVC's athletic trainers suggested visiting a speech pathologist for rehabilitation to alleviate the lingering symptoms.

"I had never heard of someone seeing a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for a concussion before, so I did some research into the field of what an SLP does," said Karas. "I was amazed by how wide of a field of study it is, and the medical rehab side of it was really interesting." 

  • Situational AwarenessSpeech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Not only did the rehab help, but it also turned Karas on to a new career.

As a speech-language pathology major, Karas has shadowed professionals in medical and educational settings and enjoyed studying the brain and how it functions during his Neuroscience of Communication course. He found it fascinating to learn how intricate a process talking is and how much goes into doing something many people consider to be such a simple task.  

>> Quotable: "It was a field that had the healthcare aspect that I enjoyed and was studying, and the psychological aspect that had always interested me. Everyone I talked to about the field couldn't have better things to say about it and encouraged me that it would be a great decision to switch majors to SLP," said Karas, who was previously studying exercise science."

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Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full-time semester, and earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes who compete for a collegiate club team are also eligible if the club team is overseen by the athletics department at the local chapter.

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4.  Calendar

Sep 3 - Nominating Committee
Sep 8 - Championships Committee
Sep 13-15 - Championships Committee with Sport Chairs
Sep 14-15 - Committee on Women's Athletics
Sep 14-15 - Minority Opportunities Interest Committee
Sep 17 - Membership Committee
Sep 21-22 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport
Sep 22-23 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee

5. Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences, going back to the 1990s.

Conference: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Commissioner: Donna Ledwin
Headquarters: North Boston, N.Y.
  • Founded: 1998
  • Charter Members (4): La Roche, Penn State Behrend, Pittsburgh Bradford, Pittsburgh Greensburg
  • Other Members (5): Penn State Altoona (1998), Hilbert (2005), Medaille (2005), Mount Aloysius (2006), Alfred State (2019)
  • Oldest: Mount Aloysius (1853)
  • Largest: Penn State Behrend (3,957)
  • Smallest: Hilbert (688)
  • Longest Trip: 254 miles (Medaille to Pittsburgh Greensburg)
  • Championship Sports: 16
  • Top Team Moment: La Roche won two games in the 2016 baseball championship tournament before being ousted by eventual national runner-up Keystone.

>> Tomorrow: North Atlantic Conference

>> PreviouslyAtlantic East SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC | NEWMAC

sources: Google Maps, EADA

6.  Comings and Goings
7.  1 Pumpkin Spice Thing 

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Dozen

by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme', Food & Wine

"Each year, it seems that when the clock strikes midnight on September 1, pumpkins pop up everywhere. And this year, the arrival of the new month brings with it a new lineup at Krispy Kreme.

Starting September 1, Krispy Kreme's much-loved Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Collection is back in stores nationwide. The collection includes Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut, Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut, and, for the first time, a Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut.

The new addition this year, the Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut, is a Pumpkin Spice Original Donut that's tossed in a pumpkin spice sugar blend. It's then topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon schmear."

>> Worth Noting: You can debate whether it's too early for pumpkin spice season, but a dear friend and co-worker of mine once told me ... it's never too early.


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