Notre Dame coaches, athletes comment on recruitment process in light of admissions scandal

first_imgObserver File Photo Kris Ganeff, pictured, is an associate coach for Notre Dame softball.Though it’s rare for a recruit to be barred from admission for academic reasons, it’s not unheard of, Brooks said.“I’ve known girls who’ve gotten their scholarship dropped from a university and basically had to drop their verbal commitment because they were not going to be eligible to get into that university,” she said.Brooks said she was not worried about admission after she committed and applied only to Notre Dame.“There was no doubt in my mind — I mean, they have your transcript, they’re in communication with Compliance and Admissions,” she said.Director of admissions, operations and management Brian Lohr said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions also clears all prospective athletes for recruitment. The office receives forms from coaches detailing information about each recruit’s high school, their intended major, current GPA, class rank and test scores, he said.“They will also identify the athlete’s ability and will give us a blurb on how this student-athlete would potentially impact their team,” he said.Lohr said the primary role of his team is to evaluate the student holistically.“As far as their athletic talent, we rely strictly on the coaches to make that determination,” Lohr said.After reviewing this information, coaches are told whether or not the office recommends the student for admission.“We might say, ‘The student-athlete is tentatively approved for recruitment, but we’ll need additional information in a certain area,’ ‘Not approved for recruitment,’ or ‘Totally approved for recruitment,’” Lohr said.After being cleared for recruitment, the student will undergo the same standard admissions process for all undergraduate applicants, Lohr said. He said Admissions relies on the Athletics Compliance Office to confirm the students’ athletics records are authentic.“When they put forward an athlete for us to evaluate, we’re making an assumption that they’ve looked at this person from a professional judgment standpoint and said they’re a student-athlete that they want to admit,” he said.The Athletics Compliance Office declined a request for comment.Tags: admissions scandal series, athletics, Athletics Compliance Office, college cheating scandal, recruitment, student-athletes Eight universities are thought to have participated in March’s college admissions scandal and now face investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. According to federal prosecutors, William “Rick” Singer, the man behind the scam, bribed college coaches and other officials to illegally secure admission for his clients’ children. Singer pled guilty to racketeering, among other charges, in mid-March.It appears Notre Dame was never a target for Singer — according to a column from the Los Angeles Times, he refused to bribe athletics officials at the University because he believed its standards for recruitment and admissions to be too strict. Prospective student-athletes at Notre Dame must “meet academic thresholds and have authentic athletic records,” the column said. At Notre Dame, the Athletics Compliance Office is the primary body responsible for monitoring athletics recruitment. The office works to ensure athletes, coaches and other athletics staff follow guidelines put forth by the NCAA, the organization that governs athletics for most colleges and universities. In addition to general regulations for college athletics, these rules outline each part of the recruitment process, including when students may be recruited and how recruiters can communicate with prospective athletes and their coaches.Associate softball coach Kris Ganeff said the office supervises athlete and coach activity throughout recruitment. The office often enforces coach compliance by checking travel records and other documents, she said.“They check our phone logs — they know we’re following the rules. … Any time you make a contact or an evaluation, that’s put into a system,” she said. The Athletics Compliance Office also verifies prospective athletes’ records meet NCAA and University standards, she said.“What kind of school are they in, where are they at, class rankings, where does their school rank — all those things matter,” she said. Students who fail to meet the University’s academic standards are either turned down or, if already recruited, asked to drop their verbal commitments, Ganeff said.“We’ve only had to [do] that a couple times, where, you know what, they weren’t just making the grade, and we had to make a switch,” she said. “But the kids knew that upfront.”Senior pitcher Cait Brooks said after athletes commit, coaches will monitor their recruits’ academic performances closely.last_img read more

Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger wins award

first_imgFord Foundation Names Burlington’s Vermont Campaign to End ChildhoodHunger 2004 Leadership for a Changing World Award Recipient18 Recognizedfor Outstanding Leadership in U.S. Communities Program challengesconventional ideas about leadershipNew York, N.Y. — October 11, 2004. The Ford Foundation today announcedthat Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger (VTCECH) of Burlington,Vermont is a 2004 winner of the Leadership for a Changing World awards.VTCECH is oneof 18 awardees, chosen bya national selection committee from a pool of nearly1000 nominations, representing individuals andleadershipteams tackling some of the nation’s most entrenchedsocial, economic and environmental challenges.”These awardees, such as VTCECH, aremaking a difference incommunities across the country and are showing usnew ways to exercise leadership in challengingtimes,”said Susan V. Berresford, president of the FordFoundation. “The LCW program not only recognizestheir accomplishments but also seeks to explore whatconstitutes effective leadership today and to sharethose insights more broadly.”Each awardee will receive $100,000 to advance theirwork and an additional $15,000 for supportingactivities over the next two years. The winners willalso participate in a multi-year collaborative researchinitiative exploring how leadership is created andsustained. A full list of the Leadership for aChanging World award winners is attached.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Award and Research ProgramLaunched in September 2000, Leadershipfor aChanging World is a program of the FordFoundation in partnership with the AdvocacyInstitute in Washington, D.C. and the Robert F.Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NewYork University. By 2005 the LCW will haverecognized nearly 100 outstanding leaders andleadership teams not broadly known beyond theirimmediate community or field. LCW provides financialand other support for their programs and leadership,and engages them as partners in ongoing researchabout leadership.The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hungerstrives to increase the access of low-income childrenand families to nutritious food. In recent years,Robert Dostis, Joanne Heidkamp and VTCECHprocured state funding to expand nutrition programsin schools and communities. They also work toimprove nutrition policies in Vermont. Act 22,VCTECH’s most recent legislative victory, requiresevery public school to offer breakfast and lunchprograms to students living in poverty. Moreover,VTCECH helps communities establish summer mealprograms, and sponsors educational programs forboth teenagers and adults. Among these, Cooking forLife, a collaboration with the University of Vermont,teaches participants how to prepare good meals onlimited budgets. Through its statewide multi-mediacampaign and trainings, VTCECH is increasing the useof the Food Stamps Program by eligible Vermonters.”In a time when the public is taking a keen interest inthe quality of all leaders, we believe the winners ofthe Leadership for a Changing Worldaward epitomize the best kinds ofleadership,” said Kathleen D. Sheekey, President andCEO of the Advocacy Institute. “These individualsand groups serve as examples of the richness anddiversity of American leadership. From them, we canlearn about the complexity of successful communityleadership, and take hope.”last_img read more

Pennsylvania Department of Aging launches online COVID-19 resource guide for older adults

first_imgThis resource guide can be found on the aging department’s website called “COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Adults”. The health department has reported 78 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 494.  For statewide updates on the coronavirus, visit While the number of positive cases continues to climb, the health department says that 98,498 individuals have tested negative to date.  The health department says there are 1,676 positive cases to add to the statewide total. The additional cases bring the total to 21,655 positive cases.  Pennsylvania residents can sign up for AlertPA, which is a notification system for health, weather, and coronavirus updates. Residents can sign up online at this link. The department of aging says this online guide will have useful information related to health, safety, and well-being. They say this resource provides older adults, their families, and caregivers with information on subjects including meals, prescriptions, protective services, scams, and how to stay active and connected. Of the positive cases, the health department has provided an age breakdown: Less than 1% aged 0-4Nearly 1% are aged 5-121% are aged 13-18Nearly 7% are aged 19-24Nearly 41% are aged 25-4929% are aged 50-6421% are aged 65 or older HARRISBURG, Pa. (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced the launch of an online coronavirus resource guide for older residents on Saturday. Additionally, the health department has noted that most of the hospitalized patients are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred with patients 65 or older. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Health Department gave a statewide update on the coronavirus on Saturday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more