Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mount Union Captures NCAA Division III Football Crown

Quarterback Kevin Burke threw for two touchdowns and Charles Dieuseul blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to lead Mount Union to a 28-10 victory over St. Thomas (Minn.) Friday night in the NCAA Division III Football national championship game.

This title, Mount Union's 11th overall and its first since 2008, is the first team championship won by an AICUO member institution this academic year. It also represents the 20th national football crown won by AICUO member institutions since World War II.

In addition, Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres was named the National Coach of the Year.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wild 4th-Period Rally Sends Mount Union Football to Friday's Championship Game


NCAA Division III Tournament

National Semifinal
Dec. 8 at Alliance, Ohio
Mount Union 48, Mary Hardin-Baylor 35

National Championship Game
Dec. 14, 7 p.m. EST at Salem, Va.
Mount Union vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Friday's game will be Mount Union's 16th appearance in the championship game, beginning in 1993, and St. Thomas's first. It will also be Mount Union's eighth consecutive championship game, and the first in this series in which the opponent will not be Wisconsin-Whitewater. Mount Union won three of those seven matchups, most recently in 2008.

Mount Union holds the record for championships won with 10 (in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008). Other AICUO members that have won this tournament:

Dayton: 2 championships (1981, 1989)
Wittenberg: 2 championships (1973, 1975)
Baldwin Wallace: 1 championship (1978)

The competing teams are members of the independent college and university associations in their respective states, Ohio and Minnesota. At the other levels of NCAA football: Division I "FBS" (the former Division I-A), public vs. independent (Notre Dame (Ind.)); Division I "FCS" (I-AA), all four semifinalists are public universities; Division II, both finalists are public. In the NAIA championship game, both finalists are independent (Marian (Ind.) vs. Morningside (Iowa)).

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mount Union Football Romps, Will Host Div. III National Semifinal Saturday


NCAA Division III Tournament

Third Round
Dec. 1 at Alliance, Ohio
Mount Union 72, Widener (Pa.) 17

National Semifinal
Dec. 8 at Alliance, Ohio
Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) v. Mount Union, 2 p.m.
Live telecast on ESPN3

Ohio Northern Toppled in NCAA Div. III Men's Soccer Championship Game

Men's Soccer

NCAA Division III Tournament

Championship Game
Dec. 1 at San Antonio, Texas

Messiah (Pa.) 5, Ohio Northern 1

Note: Messiah's men's and women's teams both won national championships this year

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ohio Northern Advances to Championship Game in NCAA Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer

NCAA Division III at San Antonio, Texas

National Semifinal, Nov. 30
Ohio Northern 3, Williams (Mass.) 2

National Championship Game, Dec. 1
Ohio Northern v. Messiah (Pa.), 1:30 p.m. CST
Live video available at NCAA Live

Rio Grande Men's Soccer Eliminated in 2nd Round of NAIA Playoff

Men's Soccer

NAIA Tournament at Montgomery, Ala.
Second Round, Nov. 30
Hannibal-Lagrange (Mo.) 2, Rio Grande 1, 2OT

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mount Union Advances, Ashland and Wittenberg Ousted in NCAA Football Playoffs

NCAA Football Tournament Results
Saturday, Nov. 24

Division II
First Round
West Texas A&M 33, Ashland 28 (at Ashland, Ohio)

Division III
Second Round
Mount Union 55, Johns Hopkins (Md.) 13 (at Alliance, Ohio)
Hobart 35, Wittenberg 10 (at Geneva, N.Y.)

Upcoming games
Division III Third Round, Dec. 1
Widener (Pa.) at Mount Union, 12 noon

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Weekend Results: Late Score Sends Ohio Northern Men's Soccer To NCAA Semifinal

NCAA Men's Soccer

Division I
Second Round at Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana 4, Xavier 1

Division III
at San Antonio, Texas

Third Round, Nov. 17
Ohio Northern 4, Susquehanna 1

Quarterfinals, Nov. 18
Ohio Northern 2, Montclair State (N.J.) 1

National Semifinal, Nov. 30
Ohio Northern v. Williams (Mass.), 1:30 p.m. CST

NCAA Football

Division III
First Round
Mount Union 72, Christopher Newport (Va.) 14
Wittenberg 52, Heidelberg 38

Second Round, Nov. 24
Hobart (N.Y.) v. Wittenberg at Geneva, N.Y., 12 noon
Johns Hopkins (Md.) v. Mount Union at Alliance, Ohio, 12 noon

Friday, November 16, 2012

Volleyball: Four AICUO Members Qualify, None Survive Past Third Round

After defending Division III champion Wittenberg lost its third round match to Calvin (Mich.), 3-2, on Saturday, none of the four AICUO members who qualified for the tournament remain.

In the first round, held last weekend on Calvin’s Grand Rapids, Mich., campus, Wittenberg defeated fellow AICUO member Ohio Northern 3-0, Mount Union ousted Medaille (N.Y.) 3-0, and Otterbein lost to Hope (Mich.) 3-0.

The next night, Wittenberg defeated Hope 3-0 while Calvin knocked out Mount Union 3-2.

Four AICUO Members in NCAA Football Tournaments

In first-round NCAA Division III football tournament play this weekend, undefeated Mount Union, last year’s national runner-up, hosts Christopher Newport (Va.), while two AICUO members face off in the battle of the Bergs as Wittenberg travels to Heidelberg. Both games begin at noon.

By the way, there will not be an eighth consecutive Mount Union-Wisconsin-Whitewater final, as UWW lost three games during the season and did not qualify for the tournament.

Undefeated Ashland earned a bye in the first round of the NCAA Division II football tournament, and will await the winner of this weekend’s Chadron State-West Texas A&M game for a Nov. 24 second-round contest.  

Xavier, Ohio Northern Advance in NCAA Men's Soccer

Thursday night, Luke Spencer scored in the 86th minute for the game’s only score as Xavier defeated Kentucky 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament at Lexington, Ky.

After the victory, its first ever in tournament play, Xavier travels Sunday to Bloomington, Ind., to face Indiana in a second-round match beginning at 1 p.m.

In the Division III men’s tournament, Ohio Northern plays a third-round game Saturday against Susquehanna (Pa.) in San Antonio, Texas. ONU advanced by winning two games last weekend in Pittsburgh: first, a 1-0 win over Thomas More (Ky.), then a 3-0 triumph over the host team, Carnegie Mellon.

Defending champion Ohio Wesleyan lost its first-round match in overtime to Centre (Ky.), 2-1.

Notre Dame lost its second-round match 3-2 to Rockhurst (Mo.) in the NCAA Division II tourney, after defeating Drury (Mo.) 3-0 in its opening game.

In women’s NCAA tournament play, Ohio Northern was ousted by host team Carnegie Mellon 1-0 in the tournament’s second round last Saturday. In Friday’s first-round game, ONU tied RIT (N.Y.) 1-1 and advanced by winning a penalty kick shootout 4-2. Wittenberg’s women lost in the first round to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-0, Nov. 9 at Wheaton, Ill.

In the NAIA tournament, on Saturday night Rio Grande's men's team hosts Aquinas (Mich.) at 6:30 p.m. in first-round action.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Comprehensive Election Results

There are many sites that will discuss the election and its results, but more often than not, that discussion leans toward the federal election results and implications.  To obtain local and state level results we recommend the Ohio Secretary of State's website.

Friday, November 2, 2012

David King Inaugurated As President of Malone University


Although he assumed office in January, David A. King was formally inaugurated as president of Malone University on Saturday in the new Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts on the Canton campus.

King was provost at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., in suburban Philadelphia, when selected by the search committee last fall.

He formally accepted the presidency at a convocation attended by delegates from 37 colleges and universities and one scholarly society: AICUO, represented by research director Bob Burke. The date of the event was chosen to coincide with homecoming activities, including a rainy football game against AICUO member and GLIAC rival Notre Dame, in the interest of drawing all elements of the university community for the inauguration. 

In his address, he described Malone as an “aspirational community” with “a posture of readiness, a posture of expectancy that we too — as a community — are poised for transformation.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Officers, Executive Committee Members Chosen At AICUO Annual Meeting

At its annual meeting Thursday, held at Capital University in Bexley, AICUO’s member presidents elected a new leadership team for the next two years.

Anne C. Steele, president of Muskingum University, was chosen by the membership as the new chair of the Association’s executive committee; she had served the last two years as vice chair. 


Succeeding her as vice chair is Kathy Krendl, president of Otterbein University; she had been committee secretary.

Other officers of the executive committee elected yesterday were Patricia Hardaway, president of Wilberforce University, as secretary; and 


Tony Aretz, president of the College of Mount St. Joseph, as treasurer. 

Also chosen for service on the committee as president members were Rock Jones, president of Ohio Wesleyan University, and 


Robert Helmer, president of Baldwin Wallace University

Elected to new terms as trustee members were John Kropf of Baldwin Wallace and Thomas Winters of Ohio Dominican University.

Continuing on the executive committee as immediate past chair is Thomas V. Chema, president of Hiram College. Completing their executive committee service at the annual meeting were Daniel J. Curran, president of the University of Dayton, who had been treasurer for four years, and Daniel DiBiasio, president of Ohio Northern University, who had preceded Chema as chair.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Four New Presidents Take Office at AICUO Campuses

The new academic year marks also the official beginning of the terms of office of four chief executives at AICUO member colleges and universities.

Antioch University
Felice Nudelman became chancellor of Antioch University on July 1, taking over upon the retirement of Toni Murdock, who served as chancellor of the multi-campus university for seven years.

Nudelman has a diverse background in education, and came to Antioch after 12 years of work for the New York Times Company, most recently as executive director of education, where she oversaw the development of the New York Times Knowledge Network. She also helped launch and is co-director of the American Democracy Project, which fosters student civic engagement at more than 250 universities. She has also served as executive director of Pace University’s School of Education, and in academic affairs at Bloomfield College. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and a master’s in fine arts in photography from Pratt Institute

Baldwin Wallace University

Robert C. Helmer, president of AICUO member Lourdes University, became the ninth president of Baldwin Wallace University on July 1, succeeding Richard W. Durst, who retired after seven years of service.

He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic University of Louvain, a doctorate from Marquette University and the first degree in law from the University of Toledo. A historian, he joined the faculty at Lourdes in 1996 and was appointed vice president for academic affairs in 2001, then president in 2003.

Marietta College

Joseph W. Bruno became Marietta College’s 18th president on July 1, taking over upon the retirement of Jean A. Scott, who served for 12 years as president and two years as the chair of AICUO’s Executive Committee.

A chemist, Bruno spent 28 years in faculty and administrative roles at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., ending his service as vice president for academic affairs. At Wesleyan he authored about 60 publications and patents, most of which were coauthored with students he mentored in his lab. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Augustana College, and his doctorate at Northwestern University.

Wittenberg University

Laurie M. Joyner became Wittenberg University’s 14th president on July 1, succeeding Mark H. Erickson, who served as president for seven years.

Wittenberg’s first female president, Joyner comes to Wittenberg after serving as vice president for planning and dean of the college at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where she also served as interim provost and dean of the faculty. A sociologist, she earned her undergraduate degree at Loyola University New Orleans and her graduate degrees from Tulane University. She was one of the 42 vice presidential campus leaders selected to participate in the yearlong Executive Leadership Academy and the American Academic Leadership Institute in 2011.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More Bachelor's Degrees, But In What Fields?

In order to keep the Graph of the Week published today clear and legible, we left several of the trend lines unplotted. By drilling into the data, gathered as part of the annual Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, we found interesting, even troubling, details.

One worrisome trend is that the ten-year rate of increase in the number of degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- the so-called STEM fields -- has not kept up with the overall increase in degrees awarded. In computer science, one of the subcategories, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded actually fell by one tenth, 44,142 to 39,589.

The increase in bachelor’s degrees in health was largely driven by the nearly doubling of bachelor’s degrees in nursing: from 37,829 to 78,260 in all sectors. The B.S.N. is increasingly becoming the key to advancement for registered nurses, and some in the nursing community believe it should be required for entry into the field.

In February 2011 we documented the fall-off, amid the calls for more and better qualified teachers, in bachelor’s degrees in education in Ohio: nearly 25 percent in four years.

Whether this is the marketplace of students responding to the criticisms of teachers and teacher education or to demographic shifts in the state’s population leaving fewer employment opportunities for new teachers we don’t know.

The 50 percent increase in degrees in the arts comes from two subfields that approximately doubled the number of degrees awarded over the ten-year period: design and applied art, and film/video and photographic arts.

Finally, we note that while STEM and education degrees are not keeping up with the overall trend in degree growth -- and business majors are just barely above the trend --  impressive growth lines come from a field whose interest is frequently attributed to popular culture, homeland security (the “CSI” effect), and from an area that is directed toward people’s time off: recreation, fitness, and leisure studies.

-- rpb

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" List Includes 10 AICUO Campuses

Ten AICUO member-institutions were recently placed on the Princeton Review's List of "Best Colleges;" this includes Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wittenberg University and Xavier University.

The list also has four Ohio public institutions: Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati and Miami University.

Ohio State University also ranked in a second category, “Best Value,” with in-state tuition of $9,309 and out-of-state tuition of $24,204. It was the only school in the Buckeye State to meet Princeton’s cost-benefit ratio.

President Makes Campaign Appearance At AICUO Member Capital University

As has been true the entire century, both presidential campaigns believe that carrying Ohio is necessary to winning the election, and now both parties’ nominees have made campaign appearances at AICUO member institutions.

Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a major appearance before more than 3,000 supporters at Capital University in Columbus. Mr. Obama came as candidate rather than as president, urging students to support his re-election so that reforms to student loans, increases in Pell grants, and other higher education policy initiatives will continue. “Whether it’s a four-year college, a two-year program, higher education is not a luxury, it is an economic necessity that every family in America should be able to afford,” he told the crowd.

The university provided more than just a location, the Saylor-Ackerman quad on the east edge of the campus. Junior John McClain, a member of the university’s Chapel Choir that recently won two gold medals at the World Choir Games, sang the national anthem, and senior Stephen DeBusk, a former BMX racer who had transferred to Capital from Columbus State Community College, introduced the president. Students were allotted seats in bleachers, while all other attendees had to stand for up to three hours until the president arrived.

Student grandstand at Capital
We expect to see more visits by both parties' candidates to Ohio campuses, public and private, before Election Day. Tuesday the president sneaked a quick visit for lunch and informal chats with students at the new Ohio Union at Ohio State University; after the Capital appearance he headed off to Reno, Nev., for a similar talk at a community college there. Republican nominee Mitt Romney has already visited Otterbein University, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, recently held campaign visits at Walsh University and at his alma mater, Miami University.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Republican VP Candidate, Paul Ryan, Makes a Stop at Walsh University

Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Congressman, made one of his first campaign stops as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick at Walsh University in Canton on Thursday morning.  Approximately 1700 attendees heard his 22-minute speech where Mr. Ryan touched on his conservative philosophy, Mitt Romney's stance on turning around American businesses, and took some time for some well-placed jabs at one of his opponent's recent gaffes.

Local elected officials were in attendance to welcome Mr. Ryan to Canton, including Congressman Jim Renacci of the 16th US Congressional District.  Congressman Renacci introduced the veep pick to the waiting crowd after Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton and Congressman Bob Gibbs, 18th Congressional District, warmed up the crowd and gave their support to the Republican presidential ticket.

Mr. Ryan was also in Ohio on Wednesday visiting his alma mater, Miami University.  Ohio, as usual, is a very important swing state in this November's election and has already seen its fair share of presidential election campaign visits.  President Obama has visited the state multiple times over the course of the last few months.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

NBC's Rock Center Investigates For-Profit Colleges

The $30 billion per year industry and the unmanageable debt it saddles students with was featured last evening on NBC's Rock Center.  
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Ohio Presidents, By College Attended

Happy Fourth!
Here in detail are the colleges attended by the eight U.S. presidents from Ohio, represented by the July 3 AICUO Graph of the Week.

William Henry Harrison
9th President: March 4-April 4, 1841
Attended Hampden-Sydney College
Ulysses S. Grant
18th President: 1869-1877
Attended U.S. Military Academy
Rutherford B. Hayes
19th President: 1877-1881
Attended Kenyon College, Harvard Law School
James Garfield
20th President: March 4-Sept. 19, 1881
Attended Williams College
Was President of Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College)
Benjamin Harrison
23rd President: 1889-1893
Attended Miami University
William McKinley
25th President: 1897-1901
Attended Allegheny College, Albany Law School
William Howard Taft
27th President: 1909-1913
Attended Yale University
Warren G. Harding
29th President: 1921-1923
Attended Ohio Central College (now closed)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ohio Northern Student Wins Miss Ohio Pageant

Elissa McCracken, a pharmacy student at Ohio Northern University, was selected this week as Ohio's representative to the 2013 Miss America pageant at the Miss Ohio pageant in Mansfield.

A pianist, McCracken will compete for the title in January at the pageant, which recently relocated from its long-time home in Atlantic City, N.J., to Las Vegas, Nev.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sports Roundup: Ashland Cager Named NCAA Division II Female Athlete of Year

Kari Daugherty of Fresno, Ohio, a junior on the national runner-up Ashland women's basketball team, has been named the the 2011-12 Honda Sports Award NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Year. She will receive the award June 23 at the ESPN studios in Los Angeles. This honor is in addition to her being named the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. Her coach, Sue Ramsey, received the national Coach of the Year award from WBCA.

Spring Tournament Results
Kenyon Falls In NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Final


NCAA Division III

Men’s championship
Preliminary rounds at Gambier, Ohio

Final rounds at Cary, N.C.
Semifinal, May 22: Kenyon 5, Washington (Mo.) 2
Final, May 23: Emory (Ga.) 5, Kenyon 3

Women’s championship 
Preliminary rounds at Atlanta, Ga.


NCAA Division III 

Championship at Salem, Va.
March 19: Luther (Iowa) 2, Ohio Northern 1 (Ohio Northern eliminated)


NCAA Division III 

Women’s championship
May 8-11 at Angola, Ind.
Of 101 individual participants, Mary Snode of Mount Union finished fifth at 17 over par, 2 strokes off the pace of the medalist, Catherine Wagner of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Men’s championship 
May 15-18 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Pa.

NCAA Division II

Women’s championship 
May 16-19 at Louisville, Ky.
Of 70 individual participants, Erin Misheff of Ashland finished 10th at 24 over par, 14 strokes off the pace of medalist Abbey Gittings of Nova Southeastern (Fla.)