Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wittenberg, Mount Union Advance in NCAA Football Playoff

After Saturday’s action, Mount Union and Wittenberg enter the Ohio college football spotlight as each hosts a second-round game in the NCAA Division III football championships this coming weekend.

After defeating fellow AICUO member Mount St. Joseph 42-14, Wittenberg faces Trine (Ind.), who eliminated AICUO member Case Western Reserve 51-38.

Mount Union, who shut out Washington & Jefferson 55-0, faces Montclair State (N.J.), victors over Maine Maritime.

Both second-round games begin at 12 noon. For more information, including how to obtain tickets, follow these links:

Trine at Wittenberg
Montclair State at Mount Union

— Bob Burke

Friday, November 20, 2009

Four AICUO Members, Including Defending Champion, 
Begin NCAA Division III Football Tournament Saturday

Mount Union sets out to defend its NCAA Division III football championship Saturday with three other AICUO members — Case Western Reserve, Mount St. Joseph and Wittenberg — out to wrest the title from them.

Winner of three of the last four national championships, and top seed in its bracket as undefeated champion of the Ohio Athletic Conference, Mount Union hosts Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) in its first round game at noon in Alliance.

The three other participants in the tourney are all in the bracket headed by frequent championship contender Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Case Western Reserve, undefeated champion of the University Athletic Association, returns to the tournament to host Trine (Ind.) at noon in Cleveland.

In the remaining game involving AICUO schools, Wittenberg hosts Mount St. Joseph at noon in Springfield. Mount St. Joseph was champion of the Heartland Conference, while undefeated Wittenberg took the crown of the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Follow the links for the games above for details, including ticket information.

-- Bob Burke

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three New Ohio Presidents Inaugurated

In the last few weeks, three new presidents have been inaugurated at our members institutions, and AICUO was represented at all three.

On October 8, Mark Gordon was installed as the 18th president of Defiance College. Todd represented the association by marching in the academic procession. In fact, the photo at right
is of President Gordon immediately following his inauguration from Todd's seated perspective. For Todd, the highlight was the inaugural address.

President Gordon emphasized how inclusion and academic excellence in making independent colleges like Defiance the forces of social improvement that they are. Todd’s favorite quote summarized that thought: “An educated population provides the crucial framework for democracy and for liberty – and the thought that an educational institution’s prestige in our country is now based on its ability to keep students out, rather than its commitment to letting them in, corrodes the very essence of what education is supposed to be, to offer, and to achieve.”

Next, on October 22, Kathy Krendl took the reins of Otterbein College as its 20th president, in the presence of two AICUO staff. Todd again represented the association, while Bob Burke, AICUO’s research director, represented his undergraduate
alma mater, Harvard.

Dr. Krendl spoke about her inauguration's theme: reflect, connect, act. She reflected on her institution’s connection to values that have remained constant throughout its history, and its ability to adapt in a changing manner to reflect, connect, and act on those values. “We must act to sustain this benevolent community that celebrates equality, inclusiveness, a dedication to serving others, a determination to apply knowledge and learning to improve the human condition, and a commitment to remain a college of opportunity.”

Finally, Heidelberg University inaugurated Robert Huntington as its 14th president on November 6. Sadly, Todd arrived too late to march with the procession, delayed like others by a massive highway accident. Arriving just as the other representatives marched in, he had the opportunity to watch with what seemed to be most of the student body in the basketball arena’s stands.

As one who attends many such ceremonies, Todd found the event to have some unusual touches. Most pleasurable was the inclusion of poems from Heidelberg Professor of English Dr. William Reyer, and from Dr. Susan McCafferty, who also happens to be the wife of the new president. Dr. Huntington's call fro strengthening the institution as institution strengthens the lives of its students and the community were well received among the undergraduates in Todd's bleacher section.

—C. Todd Jones and Bob Burke