Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Five Named to Presidents Council


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Five Named to Presidents Council

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

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

The Council also extended the term of Troy Paino, University of Mary Washington [Coast to Coast] to January 2024 and Jim Troha, Juniata College [Landmark] to January 2026.

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2. Will Bates Form Union?

by Steve Collins, Sun Journal

"More than 600 Bates employees will get the chance to vote in early January on whether they want to form a union.

If they agree, it would be the first union in a private college in the country to include both educators and staff.

In the ruling setting the date of the union vote, National Labor Relations Board Regional Director Laura Sacks said that non-tenured faculty and the rest of the college staff, “share a community of interest sufficient to constitute an appropriate voting group.”

More than 30% of Bates College employees have filed the required paperwork in October to clear the way for a secret vote among eligible workers to decide if they want to be represented by the Maine Service Employees Association, part of the Service Employees International Union."

>> Situational Awareness: "Bates sought to argue that faculty and other staff should not be part of the same bargaining unit, because their interests are so divergent. But the college failed to file its paperwork on time, Sack’s ruling said, so it was not considered."

>> Worth Noting: "Bates has 938 employees in total, which include about 135 who are tenured or on a tenure track, making them ineligible for the union. In addition, some personnel, from college President Clayton Spencer to head coaches, are also excluded from the group that can be unionized."

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    3.  All-Americans

    Nicholas D'Ambrose

    The end of the football season brings out the lists of All-Americans from the 2021 season.

    Associated Press
    QB-Blaine Hawkins, Central
    RB-Nicholas D'Ambrose, Chicago; Ethan Greenfield, North Central, Ill.
    WR-Andrew Kamienski, North Central, Ill.; Tanner Schminke, Central; Cody Gustafson, Grove City
    TE-Spencer Peterson, Wheaton, Ill.
    OL-Sharmore Clarke, North Central, Ill.; Boomer Warren, Hardin-Simmons; John Valentine, Mount Union; Jake Hibben, Wheaton, Ill.; JR Woods, Johns Hopkins; Lou Cocozza, Springfield.
    DL-Dallas McRae, Wheaton, Ill.; Mackenzie Balanganayi, UW-Whitewater; Korbyn Personett, Monmouth; Luke Schuermann, Johns Hopkins
    LB-Dillon Keefe, Chapman; Anthony Tedesco, Delaware Valley; Emmett Forde, Hobart
    DB-Jefferson Fritz, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Jamir Prevard, Delaware Valley; Jake Beesley, North Central, Ill.; Nate Farm, Bethel; Kendall Karcz, St. Norbert
    K-Nicholas Bahamonde, Ithaca
    P-Tyler Huettel, St. Olaf
    All-purpose- A.J. Jackson, Lake Forest

    >> Complete AP Team

    QB-Blaine Hawkins, Central
    RB-Ethan Greenfield, North Central; Nicholas D'Ambrose, Chicago
    WR-Tanner Schminke, Central; Andrew Kamienski, North Central
    TE-Spencer Peterson, Wheaton
    OT-Chris Toth, Aurora; Kyle Gannon UW-Whitewater
    OG-Sharmore Clarke, North Central; Boomer Warren, Hardin-Simmons
    C-Jeffrey Sims Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
    DE-Yusuf Aladinov, Delaware Valley; Luke Schuermann, Johns Hopkins
    DT-Dallas McRae, Wheaton; Michael Wozniak, Saint John's
    LB-Dillon Keefe, Chapman; Ryan Schwartz, Wheaton; Emmett Forde, Hobart
    CB-Jake Beesley, North Central; Justin Harris, Delaware Valley
    S-Jefferson Fritz, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Malik Britt, Mount Union
    K-George Lampros, Massachusetts Maritime
    P-Tyler Huettel, St. Olaf
    RET-A.J. Jackson, Lake Forest
    ST-Fred Flavors, Huntingdon

    >> Complete D3football Team


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    4.  Monday Stun-Day

    The Monday before Christmas proved to be Stun-day for a number of ranked teams.


    • UC Santa Cruz eliminated a 12-point halftime deficit and upended No. 2 Whitman, 72-63, for the Banana Slugs' eighth win in nine games. Kaylee Murphy led UCSC with 20 points and 15 rebounds
    • Madison Kellione's career-high 33 points powered No. 10 Transylvania over No. 3 John Carroll, 83-75
    • Redlands outscored No. 10 Wartburg, 29-6, over the first 10 minutes and held on for a 72-65 victory. Angelina Roque led four Bulldogs in double figures with 22 points


    • Sam Kilburg tossed in 23 points as Dubuque knocked off No. 10 Roanoke, 75-67

    5.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    6.  Thank You

    This is the final D3Playbook for the 2021 calendar year. We are taking some much-deserved time off - as are you - and will return on Monday, January 3 ... unless there is breaking news.

    • When I started D3Playbook back in August 2019, I didn't know where it would lead. I wanted to stay involved in Division III athletics and it seemed like a good direction to go.
    • Little did I realize that it could become a vital part of readers' mornings and be a voice for Division III. For that, I thank you - the reader.

    Thank you also to those who reached out to me with condolences after the passing of my father. The heartfelt wishes meant a great deal at a trying time.

    And a final thank you to my MARCA friends. We started a holiday party for commissioners and staffs a few years back and although the names have changed, the spirit has not. So to Jessica, Portia, Marie, Megan and Terry - thanks for inviting me back. 

    May you and yours have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and my best wishes as we enter 2022.

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