Tuesday, May 25, 2021

An Unlikely Success


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  An Unlikely Success

by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

"We've all heard the conventional wisdom about this year's admissions class: students will still travel, far, if they get into Harvard or Stanford University. Or the University of California, Berkeley, or the University of Virginia. Or maybe to a college in a hip urban area. But other than those categories, this year of the pandemic is likely to be a tough one for colleges seeking students.

St. Norbert College would not seem likely to have a good admissions year. It admits the vast majority of the students who apply. It is located in De Pere, Wis. (a small city near Green Bay), which gets quite cold for much of the year. It has distinctions, of course. It's a liberal arts college, but that hasn't been helping colleges outside the Amherst and Swarthmore-type institutions. It's the only Norbertine institution of higher education in the world, named for Norbert of Xanten, founder of the Norbertine order, born in Germany in 1080. But that's hardly a driver for enrollment.

So why does St. Norbert College have 609 people who have committed as freshmen for the fall? St. Norbert had a target of 560, and President Brian J. Bruess said that the college typically isn't hurt by summer melt. In fact, he said he expects St. Norbert to gain as many students as it loses to summer melt, or a few more, meaning it could top its all-time record for a class of 620. Last year, as the pandemic was starting, the freshman class had only 430 students.

>> Situational Awareness: "One of the college's goals, given its location in the upper Midwest, is to diversify where students come from. The local and near-local population is declining, especially compared to the South and the West. In last year's class, St. Norbert had 11 states represented. This year, it had 24 states represented. Mark Selin, executive director of enrollment and marketing,  said much of the credit for that success is with sports coaches (28 percent of the student body are athletes). By recruiting in new states, he said, they hope they will create momentum that will help next year and beyond. "We've been trying to expand our base," he said, "and this year we really had opportunities."

>> The Key Stat: "In terms of spending on aid, St. Norbert didn't break the bank. Its discount rate is a little below 50 percent, below the national average, and Bruess said it has been stable. And the college has exceeded its goal for net tuition revenue and per-student net tuition revenue goal."

>> Quotable: "We really spent more time searching for students, and that paid off," Bruess said.

>> Continue Reading


2. The National Semifinals

We are down to the final four teams in both the men's and women's team brackets at the NCAA championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women's Quarterfinals

Wesleyan d. Washington and Lee, 5-0

  • Caitlin Goldberg registered a pair of wins at #2 doubles and #6 singles for the Cardinals (9-0)
Kenyon d. Mary Washington, 5-2
  • Victoria Vasquez and Kayla Pukys recorded wins in singles and doubles as the Ladies (11-0) remained unbeaten
Tufts d. Sewanee, 5-1
  • Tilly Rigby and Maggie Dorn posted victories at the top of the singles and doubles ladder for the Jumbos (9-1)
Emory d. Southwestern, 5-0
  • Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico dropped just three games in capturing wins at #1 singles and doubles for the Eagles (8-3)

>> Semifinals: Emory 20, Kenyon 10, Wesleyan 2, Tufts 1
>> Tournament Central w/links to live stats and video

Joshi Named Centennial Conference Player of the Week - Johns Hopkins  University Athletics

Men's Quarterfinals

Emory d. Brandeis, 5-0
  • Andrew Esses and Will Wanner dropped just five and four games, respectively, in their singles and doubles matches for the Eagles (8-3)
Johns Hopkins d. Williams, 5-4
  • Trailing 1-5 in the third set, Daniel Ardila pulled out a 7-3 victory in a tiebreaker at #5 singles to put the Blue Jays (10-0) into the final four for the first time
Washington (Mo.) d. George Fox, 5-0
  • Gaurav Singh won 8-2 at #3 doubles and 6-1, 6-0 at #6 singles for the Bears (14-1)
Case Western d. Trinity (Texas), 5-1
  • James Hopper picked up two points with an 8-2 doubles win and a 6-2, 6-0 singles triumph for the Spartans (13-2)

>> Semifinals: Emory 17, Washington 8, Case Western 1, Johns Hopkins 1
>> Tournament Central w/links to live stats and video



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3.  The Bracket

The NCAA Division III Softball championship bracket is set with the tournament scheduled for May 27-June 1 in Salem, Va.

Thursday, May 27 - Opening Round
DePauw vs. UW-Oshkosh, 11:00
Texas Lutheran vs. Tufts, 1:30
Virginia Wesleyan vs. St. Thomas, Minn., 4:00
Birmingham-Southern vs. Rochester, 6:30

>> Complete Bracket



4. NFCA All-Americans


The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced its 2021 NCAA Division III All-America team.

First Team
P-Julie Graf, St. Olaf
P-Cami Henry, DePauw
P-Kennedy Carruth, Belhaven
C-Jessica Goldyn, Virginia Wesleyan
1B-Claire Fountain, George Fox
2B-Sadie Erickson, UW-Eau Claire
3B-Savannah Vargas, George Fox
SS-Sarah Reinert, Alvernia
OF-Taylor Skraba, Benedictine
OF-Kelly Jurden, Texas Lutheran
OF-Abby Mace, Salisbury
UT/P-Alex Braun, Emory & Henry
DP or UT/Non-P-Kenzie Dore, Husson
At-Large P-Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan
At-Large 1B -Angela Huepel, St. Catherine
At-Large SS-Sarah Miller, Case Western
At-Large UT/P-Brooke Matyasovsky, Eastern Connecticut
At-Large DP or UT/Non-P-Rebecca Snow, Texas Lutheran

>> Complete Team


5. Comings and Goings



6. Now, A Sanitizer Glut

Purell sanitizer on store shelves.
Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Above: The hand-sanitizer section in a Target in San Rafael, California.

  • After chronic shortages, retailers now can’t sell the stuff.

Sales are down 80% from a year ago, and prices are down 40%, The Wall Street Journal writes (subscription) from NielsenIQ data:

  • After COVID hit, stores “turned to other businesses — including distilleries — that switched their production to make sanitizers for the first time. ... Now, supermarkets are sitting on pallets of them.”
  • “Jeff Kozak, chief executive of Vermont-based WhistlePig Whiskey, who had partnered with a soap company to make and donate sanitizers, said distributors recently asked if his business wanted to buy extra sanitizers and turn them into whiskey.”

- courtesy of Axios

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