Landmark members pair collaboration with competition
Midway through its first year of athletics competition, the recently formed Landmark Conference is taking time next week to also encourage collaboration among league members in supporting collegiate life outside of athletics.
The conference will host its first Academic Collaboration/Integration Institute February 5-6 in Washington, D.C., involving presidents, chief academic officers, athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives, and advisers and members of campus student-athlete advisory committees.
"This institute is a major step in achieving one of the principle missions of the Landmark Conference, which is to produce collaborative efforts between our institutions outside the realm of athletics," said Commissioner John Reeves.
Featured speakers include NCAA Division III Vice President Dan Dutcher, who will discuss membership issues currently confronting Division III, and Christopher Thomforde, president at league member Moravian and a former student-athlete at Princeton, who will talk about the challenges and benefits of properly balancing athletics and academics.
Other features of the event include roundtable discussions on these topics:
Academic collaboration in areas such as study abroad, research, and grant submissions.
The role of athletics in the Division III community.
Integration of faculty into athletics.
Division III membership issues.
"We believe the institute provides a wonderful opportunity for the leaders of our institutions to meet and discuss relevant issues face-to-face, and to be inspired by the energy surrounding the Landmark Conference," said Juniata President Tom Kepple, chair of the league's executive board. "To hear from all of these constituencies, particularly our outstanding student-athletes, will be beneficial for everyone, and we look forward to making great progress over the course of the two days."
Two student-athletes representing SAACs at each of the conference's eight member schools will participate in the institute.
The goal of the roundtable discussions is to provide the Landmark Conference office with one action item to follow up on during 2008.
Other conference members are Drew, Goucher, Susquehanna, Catholic, Scranton and Merchant Marine.
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