Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Presidents Council Update


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Update

In addition to the D3Playbook and NCAA News recaps of the fall Presidents Council meeting, the minutes reflect some other items of interest to the membership.

The Council approved the following committee appointments

Management Council

  • Lamont Repollet, president, Kean
  • Brian Wigley, faculty athletic representative, Shenandoah
  • Jason Verdugo, associate vice president/director of athletics, Hamline
  • Maria Buckel, vice president for athletics, Fontbonne

Financial Aid Committee

  • Mark Becker, assistant director for intercollegiate sports, California Institute of Technology

Interpretations and Legislation Committee

  • Bethany Marren, associate director of athletics, Rochester Institute of Technology

Membership Committee

  • Kimberly Fierke, associate professor, Oneonta

Nominating Committee

  • Troy VanAken, president, Elmhurst  (re-appointment)
  • Matthew Lawrence, faculty athletics representative, Alfred State

Strategic Planning and Finance Committee

  • Stephanie Dutton, commissioner, United East Conference

The Presidents Council approved the Management Council's recommendation for a Constitutional Committee amendment timeline.

The Council recommended Presidents Council establish the legislative timeline for divisional Constitutional provisions as follows:

  1. The submission date for divisional legislative amendments and resolutions to be on or before December 22;
  2. The date for publication of amendments and resolutions to be considered at the January Annual Convention on or before January 7; and
  3. Amendments-to-amendments and resolutions may be submitted by the divisional bodies until the Annual Convention business sessions (January 20), provided copies are distributed before or during the business sessions.

The Council elected the following presidents and chancellors to four-year term on the Council effective with the close of the 2022 NCAA Convention:

  • Jeff Abernathy, Alma
  • Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity (Conn.)
  • Berenecea Johnson Eanes, York (N.Y.)
  • Kate Foster, The College of New Jersey
  • Renee Wachter, University of Wisconsin Superior

The Council also extended the term of President Troy Paino, Mary Washington to January 2024 and Jim Troha, Juniata to January 2026.

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2. How Not to Suck at Money

by Gail Dent, NCAA

"Invesco/Invesco QQQ, an NCAA corporate partner, has launched its innovative digital game How Not To Suck at Money, the official financial education program of the NCAA. The game is set in an animated college town and features students learning how to make important financial decisions by helping characters solve various money dilemmas.

The new initiative was researched with over 1,500 college students to ensure the experience and topics resonated with them. Topics include budgeting, banking, credit cards, student loans, investing, moving out and starting a new job.

One of the reasons Invesco partnered with the NCAA was to help student-athletes and the general student body learn how to make better financial decisions, empowering financial independence. To celebrate the launch, Invesco QQQ hosted a live panel event Monday at Georgia Tech featuring financial experts and former NCAA student-athletes. Panelists discussed the importance of taking a proactive approach to financial learning and shared personal anecdotes illustrating their own money memories."

>> What They're Saying: "Ellen Lucey, director of NCAA championships engagement, talked about the benefits of the program for athletes. "How Not To Suck at Money is an innovative approach to money management, and Invesco QQQ shares fundamental information that student-athletes should keep in mind as they begin their financial planning," Lucey said. "Education is a primary focus of the NCAA, and Invesco QQQ is giving student-athletes financial education in this fun and creative way to help them think more broadly while they are in school, which will hopefully keep them on track once they graduate."

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3.  Bowl Games

There are 10 postseason bowl games sponsored by conferences that will take place this weekend in addition to the 16 NCAA Division III championship games.

Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
  • Widener vs Susquehanna
  • Ursinus vs Lycoming
  • Franklin & Marshall vs Stevenson
  • Bushnell Bowl: Hobart vs Westminster (Pa.)
  • Chapman Bowl: Washington & Jefferson vs Brockport
  • Whitelaw Bowl: Utica vs Grove City
  • Lynah Bowl: Saint Vincent vs FDU-Florham
New England Bowl
  • UMass Dartmouth vs Alfred State
  • Western New England vs Merchant Marine
Isthmus Bowl
  • Washington U. vs Wisconsin-River Falls

>> Worth NotingKen Andrews, long-time MAC Commissioner, and I began the Bowl Series back in 2015, hoping that it would become what it is today. FWIW - I retired with a 5-4 lead ... Just sayin'

4.   All-Americans


"The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 40th annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division III women's volleyball. The 2021 class includes 42 players—14 on the first, second, and third teams—from 29 schools."

First Team

  • Natalie Aston, Johns Hopkins, Sr., S
  • Abby Ausmus, NYU, Sr., MB
  • Kendra Baierl, UW-Eau Claire, Sr., MB
  • Laura Beier, Berry, Sr., L
  • Molly Bergin, Berry, Jr., RS
  • Cate Desler, Tufts, Sr., OH
  • Katie Foster, Wartburg, Sr., L
  • Abby Glanzer, Northwestern, Fr., OH
  • Maycee Karpfinger, Concordia (Wis.), Soph., MB
  • AnnieRose Leggett, Trinity (Texas), Sr., OH
  • Georgia Mullins, Colorado College, Sr., MB
  • Avery Tuggle, Trinity (Texas), Sr., OH
  • Heidi Westra, Calvin, Jr., RS
  • Tracy Westra, Hope, Sr., S
2021 Freshman of the Year: Abby Glanzer, Northwestern, OH

>> Complete Team

    5.   Season Update

    Oct. 31, 2021; Worcester, Massachusetts, USA;  during the 2021 Worcester Cup between Anna Maria College and Nichols College at the Worcester Ice Center. Photo by Foley-Photography.
    Korbinian Lutz, Nichols  |  photo by Brian Foley

    USCHO Men's Top 10

    1. Geneseo, 5-0
    2. Utica, 5-1
    3. Adrian, 3-1
    4. Norwich, 3-0-2
    5. Augsburg, 4-0
    6. Hobart, 4-1-1
    7. Endicott, 3-1-1
    8. Babson, 3-1-1
    9. Aurora, 6-0
    10. UW-Stevens Point, 4-2
    Games We Are Watching
    • No. 14 UW-River Falls at No. 10 UW-Stevens Point
    • No. 15 UMass Boston at Hobart

    >> Of Note: Nichols' GK Korbinian Lutz made 61 saves in the Bison's 3-2 loss at Salve Regina.

    >> Complete Poll

    1. Plattsburgh State, 4-0
    2. Middlebury, 0-0
    3. UW-Eau Claire, 6-0
    4. UW-River Falls, 6-0
    5. Elmira, 5-0
    6. Gustavus Adolphus, 4-0
    7. Norwich, 4-1
    8. Amherst, 0-0
    9. Adrian, 4-1
    10. Endicott, 4-1

    Games We're Watching
    • No. 4 UW-River Falls at No. 3 UW-Eau Claire
    • No. 10 Endicott vs. Western New England 

    >> Of Note: Manhattanville's Morgan Miller scored three short-handed goals in her's team's 9-0 victory over king's on Nov. 5.

    >> Complete Poll

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