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  • Penn State Pushes for Liquor License

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour has reportedly asked the Board of Trustees to approve increased alcohol sales at on-campus athletic venues.

  • Blog: Attracting Donors for Campus Rec Projects

    by Alex Peirce February 2016

    Editors' note: In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison approved a $223 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. Since then, the recreation program has been busy planning, fundraising, vetting architects and much more. As the project progresses, Alex Peirce, UW-Madison Rec Sports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, will be offering an inside look at the process of coordinating such a monumental planning effort.

    Once our project received all of the necessary approvals for it to move forward, our attention shifted to working with the architects, engaging students in the design process, and securing gift funding for the new facilities. Approximately 25% of the cost for our entire Master Plan (two indoor facilities and two outdoor playfields) will be funded by gifts and donations. We work closely with the University of Wisconsin Foundation to identify and connect with interested donors, a process that has greatly increased my understanding of how to navigate and prepare for those impactful (and very important) relationships.

  • Texas Athletics Names High School Relations Director

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    The University of Texas athletic department recently appointed former Longhorns assistant football coach Hardee McCrary to the newly created role of high school relations director.

  • Grambling State Suspends AD Search Amid Budget Woes

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    Grambling State University suspended its search for a new athletic director over the weekend amid concerns about the state of Louisiana’s budget crisis.

  • Could State Budget Crisis Put LSU Football in Danger?

    by Takara Scott-Johnston February 2016

    If a series of proposed tax increases fails to pass in Louisiana, the state’s college sports — including LSU football — could lose funding and be canceled beginning in April, according to Governor John Bel Edwards.

  • Blog: An In-Depth Look at Vetting Architects

    by Alex Peirce February 2016

    Editors' note: In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison approved a $223 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. Since then, the recreation program has been busy planning, fundraising, vetting architects and much more. As the project progresses, Alex Peirce, UW-Madison Rec Sports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, will be offering an inside look at the process of coordinating such a monumental planning effort.

    Approximately 18 months after the selection process began, in September 2015, it was announced that HOK and Workshop were the firms selected for our project. A lot happened in that 18 months, and I’ve done my best to summarize the process here:

  • Blog: Selecting an Architect for Your Campus Rec Project

    by Alex Peirce January 2016

    Editors' note: In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison approved a $223 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. Since then, the recreation program has been busy planning, fundraising, vetting architects and much more. As the project progresses, Alex Peirce, UW-Madison Rec Sports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, will be offering an inside look at the process of coordinating such a monumental planning effort.

    As someone completely new to facility construction, I have learned quite a bit about the process of selecting an architectural firm for Wisconsin state projects. For example, the actual selection committee is composed of seven members, one representative from campus, one from the UW System, and five designees from the Division of Facilities Development (DFD). Similarly, the process can vary from state to state or even from private to public organizations. As I was researching and preparing information for this article, I found information that may be helpful for both clients and architects. I hope the information I share in this post can better prepare you for your next project.

  • Former Athletic Trainer Claims Pressure from Coaches

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    Former Texas A&M head athletic trainer Karl Kapchinski claims that he felt pressure from Aggie coaches that influenced his medical decisions.

  • Hawaii Basketball Gets Three Year Probation

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    An NCAA investigation found that former University of Hawaii men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold violated conduct rules and provided misleading information to the governing body, earning the program three years of probation.

  • Study: Helmetless Football Drills Decrease Injury Risk

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    Head injuries in football players have become a national concern due to their link to brain and spinal damage. High school and college football players can each sustain more than 1,000 impacts in a season. Researchers have sought ways to reduce the risk of head-impact injury.