Monday, November 28, 2011

Ohio Wesleyan Men’s Soccer Reaches NCAA Division III Semifinal

On Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST, Ohio Wesleyan will play Montclair State (N.J.) in the national semifinal round. The winner of this game faces the winner of the Calvin (Mich.)-Oneonta State (N.Y.) semifinal in the championship game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Friday's game represents the ninth time that OWU has reached the semifinals; Ohio Wesleyan won the 1998 national championship and finished as runner-up in 1990 and 1992.

— rpb

Football Playoff Results, Schedule

NCAA Division III Championship
Second round, Nov. 26: Mount Union 30, Centre (Ky.) 10
Third round, Dec. 3: Wabash (Ind.) at Mount Union, 12 noon EST


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wittenberg Claims NCAA Division III Volleyball Crown

Without losing a single set, Wittenberg won all three of its matches in the NCAA Division III volleyball finals to become AICUO’s first national championship team of the academic year.

On Friday, November 18, in St. Louis, Wittenberg defeated California Lutheran, then triumphed the next night in the semifinal against Eastern (Pa.). In the final on Sunday, Wittenberg took the title by beating Christopher Newport (Va.).

The last national championship won by an AICUO member institution was the Division III baseball championship, won this past spring by Marietta.

—Bob Burke

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wittenberg Volleyball, Ohio Wesleyan and Ohio Northern Men's Soccer Play Tonight In NCAA Division III Third Round

Men’s NCAA Division III soccer reaches third round play this weekend, with two AICUO members facing off tonight for a spot in the national quarterfinals.

Ohio Wesleyan hosts Ohio Northern in a third round game beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m., following another third round game between Hope (Mich.) and Luther (Iowa). The winners play in the national quarterfinal on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a spot in the finals next weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Ticket information is

To reach this round, Ohio Northern defeated first Rose-Hulman (Ind.) 2-1, then fellow AICUO member Case Western Reserve 2-0. CWRU had won its first-round game against DePauw (Ind.), 3-0. Ohio Wesleyan was given a first-round bye, then defeated Washington (Mo.) 1-0 in round two.

The other AICUO member to reach the tournament, Baldwin-Wallace, lost its first-round game 2-1 to Oneonta State (N.Y.).

In the women’s NCAA Division III tournament, all AICUO member institutions were eliminated before reaching the third round of play. Capital defeated Alma (Mich.) 1-0 in the first round, but lost its next game to Wheaton (Ill.) 3-0. Case Western Reserve defeated Lebanon Valley 3-0 before losing to SUNY-Cortland 1-0. Following a scoreless regulation and overtime, Ohio Wesleyan lost its first round game on penalty kicks to Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

In NCAA Division III volleyball, Wittenberg plays tonight in St. Louis in a national quarterfinal game against California Lutheran. The Tigers defeated Rose-Hulman (Ind.), AICUO member Heidelberg, and Calvin (Mich.) to reach the final weekend of tournament play.

Beyond Heidelberg, which won its first-round match over Geneva (Wis.) before losing to Wittenberg, other AICUO members in the volleyball tournament included Mount Union, which defeated Lebanon Valley (Pa.) before falling to Juniata (Pa.); Hiram, which defeated Stevenson (Pa.) before being eliminated by Eastern (Pa.); and Otterbein, which dropped its first round match to Hope.

NCAA Division III football playoffs commence Saturday, and the only AICUO member in the field, Mount Union, begins its trek toward its 11th national championship by hosting Benedictine (Ill.) at noon EST.

We'll have details next week on NAIA and other postseason tournaments, along with results of this weekend's NCAA games.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sign On! Help Save Federal Student Aid.

Today, I blog to ask for your support in speaking out to legislators on the importance of federal student aid to our nation’s students. The “Save Student Aid” campaign by the Student Aid Alliance has launched multiple efforts across all sectors of higher education to inform members of both political parties on the role federal student aid plays in our economy at this challenging time.

Over the past two weeks, more than 58,000 members of our campus communities, along with other concerned citizens, have signed the Alliance’s Statement of Support. The vast majority of these sign-ons have come from private, non-profit colleges. Here are some of the statistics as of last week:

· There are 73 colleges that have been identified with more than 100 signers

· Loyola Chicago is in first place with 3,320 signatures

· Loyola Marymount is in second place with 1,859 signatures

· Towson University, the only four-year public in the top 20, is in third place with 1,823.

If you haven’t yet engaged your friends and colleagues in the “Save Student Aid” effort, please do so today.

As idea starters, NAICU has gathered a sampling of what other institutions have been doing. The Super Committee is working against a November 23 deadline for its budget recommendations, so there is a limited window of opportunity for us to influence the debate. To receive updates, follow the Student Aid Alliance's campaign on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A New Presidency, But Not a New President

As much as possible, someone from the AICUO office attends the inauguration of all new presidents of our member colleges and universities. In many cases it’s our first chance to say hello and lay the groundwork for a future meeting to introduce the association and our work in detail.

But at the most recent inauguration this past month, there was no need to introduce ourselves. Dr. Daniel DiBiasio, the new president at Ohio Northern University knows our work in intimate detail, as he is the immediate past chair of the AICUO Executive Committee from his just-completed tenure as president of Wilmington College.

Bob Burke took part in the academic procession on the Ada campus as AICUO’s representative. He expressed our satisfaction that Dr. DiBiasio will continue to work with us, as he remains on the association’s executive committee after serving as chair from 2008 to 2010. It was also time for friendly conversation with two of Dr. DiBiasio’s predecessors: Dr. Kendall Baker, AICUO’s chair from 2006 to 2008, and Dr. DeBow Freed, for whom ONU’s performing arts center is named and who served as AICUO Secretary from 1981 to 1983.