Thursday, December 8, 2022

Cazenovia College To Close


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Cazenovia College To Close

Cazenovia College

"Due to financial concerns, Cazenovia College will not be enrolling students for the 2023-2024 academic year. The College is working toward closure prior to the start of the Fall 2023 semester. The College will complete the Fall 2022 semester as scheduled and will be fully operational in the spring holding classes and events, including athletics and other normally scheduled activities. During the Spring 2023 semester the College will also assist students with their plans for transferring for Fall 2023."

The private college, which started 199 years ago as the Genesee Seminary, cited financial difficulties for the pending closure.

“We’re deeply disappointed that it has come to this,” Ken Gardiner, chair of the Cazenovia College Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “Considerable time and effort have been spent on improving the college’s financial position over the past several years. Unfortunately, the headwinds and market conditions were insurmountable, leading to a projected deficit of several million dollars for next year.”

>> Situational Awareness: "The business realities that led to this extremely difficult decision were accelerated by the global pandemic and skyrocketing inflation. The population of college-aged individuals has been and continues to shrink making it hard for small private colleges like Cazenovia to maintain enrollment levels. Since its peak with nearly 1,000 students on campus, Cazenovia’s enrollment has dropped by over 40 percent."

>> What They're Saying: “Being a small college without a large endowment has made the college’s challenges formidable,” said college President David Bergh. “We have worked tirelessly to strengthen the financial position of the college through fundraising campaigns, adding graduate offerings, streamlining transfer pathways, and exploring alternative options. Unfortunately, these efforts did not create results to ensure long-term viability for the college.”

>> Of Note: Cazenovia is a member of the North Atlantic Conference. The College is prepared to help any student-athlete, regardless of the College’s status, with the transfer process.

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2. NJCU Discontinues Five Programs

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"New Jersey City University (NJCU) announced it will discontinue five of its athletics programs, as part of its ongoing rightsizing efforts due to the financial crisis declared by the Board of Trustees in June. The university will cease sponsorship of men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and men's cross country, effective May 30, 2023.
The cuts will decrease the university's athletic offerings from 22 programs to 17 — seven men's, nine women's and one co-ed. Since July 1, the athletic department has instituted cost mitigation efforts resulting in an overall budget reduction of more than 50 percent from the previous fiscal year.
NJCU entered Fiscal Year 2023 with a structural deficit of more than $20 million and with the measures implemented, including today's elimination of five athletic teams, more than $10 million in cost containment strategies have been identified."

>> Court Awareness: "The discontinuation of the teams is yet another measure by the university to reach budget neutrality by June 30, 2023. On November 14, the university announced a significant reorganization of its Executive Leadership team, including the elimination of three senior management positions, which is expected to save the institution more than $750,000 annually. The athletics cuts are another step in that direction."

>> Reality Check: "These additional measures are expected to save the university at minimum another $230,000. Since, July 1, 2022, the overall Athletic Department budget has been reduced by over 50%."

>> Quotable: "These decisions are never easy — particularly when it impacts our students, and in this case, those who have represented the university on the fields of competition," said Joseph Scott, NJCU Board of Trustees Chair. "However, as we continue our rightsizing efforts, we simply will not have the resources to support an athletics department at the size it currently exists. This is a sacrifice we must accept as necessary, and by doing so, I am confident our remaining 17 athletic programs, student-athletes, and staff, will be able to flourish going forward."

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3.  Cross Headlines Academic All-America Team


Stevens senior goalkeeper Justin Cross was named Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division III men's soccer. 

He led the Ducks into the national semifinals, posting a 0.44 goals-against average with 10 shutouts. A third-team All-American, he has a 3.99 GPA as a biomedical engineering major.
The complete Division III team had a 3.89 average GPA with the first team boasting a 3.93.

First Team
GK-Justin Cross, Stevens
D-Aidan Becken, Saint John's
D-Logan Falzarano, Johns Hopkins
D-Richard Gillespie, Chicago
D-Jake Kent-Loop, Messiah
M-Bruno Andino, Stevens
M-Luke Groothoff, Messiah
M-Luke Nall, York (Pa.)
M-Aidan Westerberg, North Central (Ill.)
F-Isak Flo, North Park
F-Luis Green, Texas Lutheran
F-Tyler Murphy, Trine
F-Cuneyt Vardar, Nazareth

>> Complete Team


4.  Lightning Round 


  • Four finalists were named for the Gagliardi Trophy, an award presented by Jostens to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III - Mary Hardin-Baylor QB Kyle King; Bethel QB Jaran Roste; Mount Union QB Braxton Plunk; and North Central RB Ethan Greenfield. The winner of the Gagliardi Trophy will be announced by on Friday, Dec. 16, prior to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. 
  • Skidmore College is embarking on a new health, wellness, fitness, tennis, and athletics center, with the generous support of a family who has long supported the College. The new structure will include an NCAA-caliber tennis complex — including eight outdoor tennis courts and four indoor courts, varsity athletic training spaces, and additional athletic support.  

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Ali Wilson, sports administration assistant, American Rivers Conference.

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5.  Comings and Goings
  • HARVEY MUDD - Harriet Nembhard named president
  • KENYON - Sean Decatur will step down as president. Jeff Bowman will continue as acting president
  • NORTH CENTRAL (Ill.) - Sydney Cheatham-Carlone named head women's volleyball coach
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