Inside Athletics: June 15, 2012

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In today’s podcast, Dave introduces the new baseball coach Ben Spotts, and talks about the topic of funding the athletic program.  He introduces a new concept and program to provide funding for the future growth of the athletic department that is needed to help reach the goal of “impacting lives through athletics.”

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 8, 2012

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In this week’s report, Dave highlights the action items from the recent ODAC board meetings.  He also gives his personal reflections on the Integration Institute that was held after the board meetings.  The Integration Institute brought together higher level administrators from ODAC schools to talk about the issue of integrating athletics and academics.  Dave highlights the need for coaches to be stronger supporters of academics and for faculty to understand the value of the athletic experience.  The view should be both/and rather than either/or, but when a game and a lab conflict, it is real and something that everyone involved needs to work at together.  We should want our students to be the best athletes they can be as well as the best students and we need to join hands more often and in more ways to ensure that the student has a valuable educational experience.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 1, 2012

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This week Dave reports from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference board meetings being held at Wintergreen Resort.   Dave’s special guest is ODAC commissioner,  Brad Bankston. Together they review the actions and discussion of the three day board meetings.   Brad explains the ways the conference uses the funds provided by the NCAA for programming that benefits athletes,  schools and the conference. They finish the podcast by describing the upcoming Integration Institute in which Presidents,  Direct Reports,  AD’s and others will meet together to work at ways to integrate academics and athletics.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 25, 2012

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In this week’s “Inside Athletics,” Dave and James give the regular update on coaching hires and the search process.  With Dave heading off to ODAC meetings for most of next week, the topic changes to what he and the rest of the ADs will tackle.  James also talks about the ODAC website, and some of what the conference does with it.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 18, 2012

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In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James are finally back together again.  They talk about the first SOAR weekend at EMU and when parents and students get hit with the reality of heading off to college.  They also talk about Jeff Tyson, the newest coaching hire, as well as giving an update on the other coaching searches.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 11, 2012

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In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James fills in for Dave and tackles postseason awards.  He talks about the most recent All-ODAC teams, as well as the nomination and voting process for regional and state awards.  He also tries to answer the question of what a Sports Information Director does during the summer, and touches on the recent ODAC SID Meeting.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 4, 2012

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Dave begins his summer series podcast by talking about the role that parents play in the sports experience of their children.  Reading exerpts from letter that former professional baseball player, Mike Matheny wrote to the parents of players on the Little League team that he was coaching, Dave highlights the ways in which parents can interfere with their child’s opportunity to learn life lessons on the field.  Being “silent sources of support” should be the goal, but is often very hard for many of us as parents to achieve.  He challenges parents to experiment this summer by remaining silent during a game or practice and only asking if their child had fun.  This is one of several different topics Dave will be addressing this summer.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

2012 Commencement

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EMU celebrates the University’s 94th Annual Commencement.  Abigail Disney, Ph.D. offers the Commencement address, “Why Women?”.  Graduate perspectives are shared by Carmen Miller, Andy Richter, Susan Clark, and Tammy Briggs.

2012 Baccalaureate

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EMU celebrates the University’s 94th Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Mark Metzler Sawin, Professor of History, addresses the graduates with his speech, titled, Wisdom & Vanity: A Teacher’s Parting Words.  Senior class co-presidents Rochelle Fisher and Gabriel Brunk offer Senior Class Salutations.

“Cords of Distinction” Ceremony 2012

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The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.

The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.

The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.

This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:

-Benjamin Bailey, major in Peacebuilding & Development, and Biblical Studies, from Simsbury, Conn.

-Brendon Derstine, major in History and Social Science, Secondary Education Licensure, from Harleysville, Pa.

-Grace Engle, major in Social Work, from Wauseon, Ohio. (in absencia)

-Brandon Habron, major in Liberal Arts, from Fredricksburg, Va.

-Katie Jantzen, major in Environmental Sustainability, from Plymouth, Nebr.

-Clothilda Johnson, major in Nursing, from Banjul, The Gambia.

-Katie Landis, major in Photography, Digital Media, from Lancaster, Pa.

-Rebekah Maldonado-Nofzger, major in Nursing, from Pettisville, Oh.

-Michelle Ramirez, major in Social Work, from Harrisonburg, Va.

-Andy Richter, major in Business Administration, from Perkasie, Pa.