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DECEMBER 16, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Delay of Game

by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

"Rising COVID-19 infection and death rates are prompting colleges and universities that are hoping for in-person instruction in 2021 to again shift their calendars and push back the start of the spring semester.

After adjusting their calendars last year - including eliminating spring and fall breaks to reduce student travel and spread of the coronavirus, and delaying the start of the spring semester to make it safer to have in-person instruction - many institutions are now scrambling again to respond to the changing picture on the ground. 

Some colleges are having the first month of instruction online and will then switch to in-person instruction. Other colleges are moving back the start of the spring semester. Many institutions have not changed their plans for the spring but have said they are watching the situation. And colleges that plan mostly online semesters aren't worried."

>> Situational Awareness: "(Penn State) will start classes online on Jan. 19, the original planned date, and will continue that way until Feb. 12. On Feb. 15, classes will transition to in person. Numerous colleges in Pennsylvania have announced plans to move back the start of the spring semester, including Bryn Mawr and Saint Vincent. The changes are not unique to Pennsylvania. The State University of New York announced in November that it would move the start of the spring semester to Feb. 1."

>> Up North: "In Maine, Bates College is extending winter break by one month. Students will be invited back to campus Feb. 12 to complete two COVID-19 tests and receive results before the beginning of classes on Feb. 17. At Bowdoin College, the spring semester will begin Feb. 8 -- two weeks later than normal."

>> And to the West: "In Ohio, Oberlin College decided last month to start the spring semester on Feb. 1 instead of Jan. 7. The college said in a statement that it considered an online January, but "ultimately, we opted for a delayed start so that we can preserve the on-campus experience to the greatest extent possible. In Minnesota, Carleton College (began) the spring semester as scheduled -- on Monday. But the first two weeks of classes will be online and students are being asked to return to campus after the first of those weeks."

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2.  Preseason Poll Baseball on Apple iOS 14.2

21-25: Trinity, TX, Cortland, UW-Whitewater, UMass-Boston, Hendrix
26-30: Tufts, PSU-Harrisburg, Saint John's, Farmingdale State, Misericordia
31-35: Babson, Washington & Jefferson, Christopher Newport, SUNY Old Westbury, Shenandoah
36-40: Rowan, New England College, Randolph-Macon, Piedmont, Baldwin Wallace

>> Complete Poll

The City of Salem and Salem Parks & Recreation along with other localities in the Roanoke Valley host a variety of softball and baseball tournaments throughout the year. We work with Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Botetourt County and Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge. USA, NSA, USSSA, Got Game, Softball Nations, Freedom Sports and ISF are organizations that bring tournaments to the Roanoke Valley.

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3.  All-Decade Team - the authority when it comes to Division III basketball - announced its All-Decade men's basketball team on Tuesday. It comes on the heels of the summer release of the women's team.

G-Nate Axelrod, Ohio Wesleyan
G-Steve Djurickovic, Carthage
G-Aston Francis, Wheaton, Ill.
G-Aaron Toomey, Amherst
F-Joey Flannery, Babson

G-John DiBartolomeo, Rochester
G-Jake Ross, Springfield
G-Sean Wallis, Washington, Mo.
F-Aaron Walton-Moss, Cabrini
C-Michael Mayer, Williams

>> See the entire list


4.  #whyD3

The Chronicle of Higher Education looked at the college choices and degrees earned by some of the key figures President-elect Joe Biden is surrounding himself with, and how they compare with those of the last four presidential administrations.

The interactive graphic enabled us to find out who attended a Division III institution as an undergraduate.

Biden Administration

  • Tom Vilsack, Agriculture, Hamilton
  • Denis McDonough, Veterans Affairs, Saint John's
Trump Administration
  • Mike Pence, Vice President, Hanover
  • Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General, Huntingdon
  • Elaine Chao, Transportation, Mount Holyoke
  • Betsy DeVos, Education, Calvin
  • John Kelly, Homeland Security/Chief of Staff, UMass-Boston
  • Reince Preibus, Chief of Staff, UW-Whitewater
Obama Administration
  • Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Wellesley
  • Ken Salazar, Interior, Colorado College
  • Tom Vilsack, Agriculture, Hamilton
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services, Trinity Washington
  • Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff, Sarah Lawrence
  • Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff, Saint John's
  • Steven Chu, Energy, Rochester
Bush Administration
  • Mike Johanns, Agriculture, St. Mary's, Minn.
  • Elaine Chao, Labor, Mount Holyoke
  • Colin Powell, Secretary of State, CCNY
Clinton Administration
  • Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State, Wellesley
  • William Cohen, Defense, Bowdoin
  • Ron Brown, Commerce, Middlebury
  • John Podesta Jr., Chief of Staff, Knox

>> Find Out More


5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Picture Postcard


Freezing fog creating rime ice and frosty trees seen Sunday from Hayward, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Darcy Sime.


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