NACDA/DISNEY SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 8 -12:30 p.m.)
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the all-America college marching band from Walt Disney World. Those young people represent young musicians from the following universities --Illinois, Arkansas State, Eastman School of Music, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cal State Fullerton, Central Methodist College, Arizona, Mississippi, the University of North Texas, LaMar, the Heart School of Music, the University of Miami, Lawrence University, Arkansas, Ithaca College, Eastern Kentucky , Berkeley College, the University of Northern Colorado, Central Florida, Florida State and the University of Northern Iowa. Rick Goodstein is the director of bands from Clemson University.
It is my pleasure to introduce Homer Rice, the NACDA past president and the athletic director at George Tech, who will give our invocation.
May we pray. Father of all mankind, help us to be cognizant of these young scholar-athletes that we may accept and continue the responsibility to give to our scholar-athletes the very best, that they may become a mighty fortress in the years ahead. We give thanks for all of our blessings, for the power that is in each of us, and now, we bless this food which nourishes our bodies and as a servant unto You, we pray. Amen.
Let's start with the podium to my right on the dias. Let me introduce to you the executive director of NACDA, Mike Cleary .The NACDA secretary and athletic director at Fitchburg State, Betty Kruczek; the third vice-president
of NACDA and the athletic director at the University of Arizona, Ced Dempsey; the second vice president of NACDA and the AD at the University of North Carolina, John Swofford; the fIrst vice president, the man who will be your president next year, the director of athletics at Ohio State University, Jim Jones; the director of national contracts for National Car Rental and co-sponsor of today's luncheon, Bob Briggs; the director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy and past president of NACDA, Jack Lengyel.
Now, to the dias at my left and in no particular order. The director of athletics at Texas Christian University and past president of NACDA, Frank Windegger; the director of athletics at Fresno State and past president, Gary Cunningham; past president in 1985-86, while at the University of New Hampshire, Andy Mooradian; past president while at Purdue University, George King; past president while at the University of Washington, Mike Lude; past president while at Connecticut, John Toner; past president while at William & Mary, Ben Camevale; past president while at Arizona State University and currently athletic director at San Diego State, Fred Miller; past president while at Boston College, Bill Flynn; past president while at San Jose State University, Bob Bronzan.
We have a very special guest with us today. He's from the 1992 U.S. Winter Olympics Team. He was the driver of USA One, the two-man bobsled that finished seventh at Albertville, the highest United States finish since 1980. His brakeman on the bobsled was football star Herschel Walker. He was a two-time Olympian, a former student-athlete having played football at Moorehead State University. Let's give a warm NACDA welcome to Brian Scheimer. We thought you might like to see Brian in action so, let's take a look at this video.
NACDA is also honored today to have a special video tape message from the Vice President of the United States. Dan Quayle:
"Hello, this is Vice President Dan Quayle. Greetings to all of you attending the 27th annual Convention of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. For over a quarter century , your Association has served as a vehicle for administrators like yourselves to exchange ideas, sound out opinions and confront the myriad of challenges facing you each day. Gatherings like this help to make the American people strong. They show how much can be accomplished when problems are approached with a willingness to listen, to discuss and to offer assistance.
Let me just say how much I admire the work that you do. Athletics are such an important part of the everyday lives of millions of Americans and a very important aspect of the college experience for all those who participate. The ability of student-athletes to manage their class time, study time and athletic time is truly a testament to their determination to succeed. But the truth is, they could not do it without you. Your role in helping each of these young men and women succeed is invaluable and embodies the same determination and will for success.
On behalf of President Bush, I'd like to thank you for helping to keep collegiate athletes strong. Keep us the good work and God bless you."
We had also planned a small presentation from Murphy Brown, but given the length of this show and time constraints, we're going to forego that.
Now, let's meet our first group of scholar-athletes. Each of these young men participated in either the NACDA-sponsored Kickoff Classic or Disneyland Pigskin Classic. They were chosen for this award by their school's athletic department, with the only criteria being that they were a varsity letterwinner and maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average. Each of these gentlemen will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study provided by our own NACDA Foundation. We are honored today to have make those presentations a man who is qualified to do so in more ways than one. Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch is superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He's also a former Navy football player who served as a center on the 1963 team, went nine and two and featured Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Roger Staubaugh. The two-star Rear Admiral is a former aid to the Secretary of the Navy, commander of Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 and commander of the Carrier Eisenhower Battle Group in the early stages of Operation Desert Shield. Please join me in welcoming, Rear Admiral Thomas Lynch.
REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS LYNCH:
Thank you Bill. Our first scholar-athlete award winner is Rudy Glocker from Penn State University. He's a tight end who maintained a 3.34 grade point average in political science. Along with Athletic Director Jim Tarman, please welcome, Rudy Glocker. Our next winner is Reggie Dixon. This young man played guard for the Florida State Seminoles posting a 3.0 GPA in management information systems. Joined by Athletic Director Bob Goin, we present Reggie Dixon. Our next recipient is Jeff Howard. This Georgia Tech quarterback registered a fine 3.5 GPA in management Athletic Director Homer Rice, and all of us are proud to introduce Jeff Howard. Our final award winner, Scott Giles, could not be with us this afternoon. Scott is at the training camp of the Houston Oilers. Scott was a linebacker at Brigham Young University and registered a 3.2 GPA in physical education and administration. Accepting for Scott is BYU's Athletic Director Glen Tuckett
It is very appropriate that Jack Lindquist is our featured speaker this afternoon. It was his vision that created the NACDA/Disney Scholar-Athlete Awards and helped create the Disneyland Pigskin Classic, one of two NACDA- sponsored preseason football games. He has been with the Walt Disney Company since 1955, beginning as Disneyland's first advertising manager. A steady climb up the Disney ladder cumulated in Jack's being named president of Disneyland in 1990. The only thing bad about that is that he still can't get us free tickets. Please give warm welcome to a great friend of NACDA, Jack Lindquist.
Thank you Bill. Admiral Lynch, ladies and gentlemen, it's a real pleasure to be here this afternoon. I've go feeling that you're probably saying the same thing I'm saying. What's a guy from Disney doing here? What coulj guy from Disney possibly say that would be relevant at all to this distinguished gathering of collegiate directors of athletics? Well, I started thinking about that and are there any similarities between my business and your business. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided maybe there is.
First of all. we both represent characters. Now my characters are mice. dogs. ducks. chipmunks and bears. and yours are most of the above with the exception of mice. chipmunks and Pooh bears. But. you also have Trojans. Leprechauns. Tides. Anteaters. Hurricanes. etc. These characters are very important to both of us. Maybe one of the most important assets we have. because they represent the legends. the myths. the image. the heritage of what we are and how our different publics relate to us.
Disney is more than just theme parks and you in your institutions, are more than just ivy-covered walls. Our characters, your characters and mine, individually and collectively are symbols of what we are and the images that v conjure and identify in the minds of our many constituencies. Just say, Wolverines, and you say, Michigan; Rambli Wrecks, you say, Georgia Tech; Corn huskers and you say, Nebraska. Since last Saturday, you'll say Waves and yol say Pepperdine every bit as much as Mickey Mouse says Disney. So, if we can accept the fact that these colorful and diverse synonyms are important and valuable to my company, to your institutions, we must also accept the responsibility to protect and nurture this. As key assets to our very being, we must diligently manage their use, the perception, their commercialization and their integrity.
They can be very financially rewarding, but they're also very fragile. Once they're tarnished, they may never again regain the luster they once had. Disney's philosophy regarding the care and feeding of basic Disney character: is constant vigilance and concern to maximize their effectiveness while projecting their integrity and ability, avoiding their overexposure and never putting them in a situation that can be embarrassing or negative to their image. In shG if you're in question or doubt, say no.
Now, let's make another attempt at finding similarities between what I do and what you do. This one's going to be a little more difficult, probably a little more controversial. But I'm going to contend that we're both in show business, both directly and indirectly. Why? Because for both of us, our basic product entertains people, excites people, motivates people and, yes, and by far not the least important, educates people. I'm proud of the fact that I'm in show business. I believe that you should be too. It's not a negative. It's only negative when it's over commercialized to the detriment or degradation of the basic tenants of the organization or institution involved. If we cross the boundaries, we only have ourselves to blame, not our institutions, not our govemmenl In my case, not theatre owners or television networks, just ourselves. Because you see, life can go on very well without a visit to Disneyland, without going to a football game or basketball game or a baseball game, but it wouldn't be as good a life as it is with the entertainment and the involvement provided by college athletics and by Disney. Let us both pledge ourselves to making sure the American public always has the opportunity to enjoy the best each of us has to offer.
That ends up the similarity because the next thing is that there is no similarity. You're entrusted with a far greater responsibility than any of us in the Disney organization. We put in your hands many thousands of young people each year, so you have the privilege of guiding them through the four, five or six (in my case) years of probably the most memorable times of their lives. We're here today to pay tribute to some young people that represent the kind of young people that each of you know or have in your institutions. We're here today to pay tribute to some wonderful scholar-athletes. If I may just editorialize, I don't think that we do enough in exposing to the public and giving the credit that these young people deserve. This luncheon today in the attendance shows me that this program has grown and the interest in this program has grown a lot in the last couple of years. But we need to get out and tell the story because we certainly hear enough about the other side.
I want to thank you very much for allowing me to be with you today. We at Disney are extremely proud of our association with you and with collegiate athletics. Thank you.
Now, we would like to show you a video tape about the young people we're talking about that was shot at Walt Disney World.
They were terrific weren't they. Now, it's time to introduce the 1992 NACDA/Disney Scholar-Athlete Award winners. To qualify, nominees must achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom, an all-Conference or a1l-America honors on the field of play, and participated in activities in the community. This year, a record 382 student-athletes were nominated for these prestigious awards. Our 10 award winners posted an average grade point average of 3.84. They will receive a $5,000 grant for postgraduate study from the Walt Disney Company. To make the presentations, I'd once again like to call Admiral Thomas Lynch to step to the podium. Jack Lengyel, please come up as well.
REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS LYNCH:
Thank you Bill. I know we're running a little late on time, but I would like to deviate from the script just for a moment here. When Bill introduced me, he mentioned that I was fortunate to command the Eisenhower Battle Group in Desert Shield early on in August of 1990. As Paul Harvey would say, "now for the rest of the story". We were relieved over there in late August by the Kennedy and Independence Battle Groups and came back to the States to refurbish and replenish the Battle Group to get back over there before the war started. As you know, that didn't happen. 11 was a short war and we watched it on CNN. But what you don't know and which I didn't have the opportunity to personally thank Jack Lindquist until I fIrst met him last evening, was that the Disney World Company provided, not only free tickets, but free lodging and meals for the dependant wives and children of those men who were in the battle groups in Desert Shield. Their families were invited to both Disney World and Disneyland at no charge. I take this opportunity to thank them. I had written a note to the president of Walt Disney, but little did I know that I would have an opportunity to personally meet you. Thank you very much Jack.
Our first winner is Pat Engelbert. Pat received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He graduated with a 3.59 GPA. The 1991 team football captain was the recipient of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship Award. He served as a speaker for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program. Pat intends on pursuing a graduate degree involving water resources management and civil engineering. Pat was unable to be with us this afternoon. Accepting his award is Nebraska's assistant athletic director, Dr. Barbara Heibner.
Next is Julie Griswold. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She was the fIrst student in the history of the engineering school to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Julie won four letters as a defensive specialist on the volleyball team serving as team captain in 1991. She
was actively involved as a tutor and vice president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Julie is currently working toward her graduate degree in environmental engineering at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Along with Athletic Director Bud Haidet, please welcome Julie Griswold.
Next is Michael Hopkins. Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a GPA of 4.76 on a 5.0 scale in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He was a three-year starter at strong safety for the football team. Michael also served as director of operations and squadron commander for the Air Force ROTC. He plans to further his education by studying aerospace engineering, space robatics and hopes to become an astronaut in the future. Joined by Associate Athletic Director Dana Brenner, here is Mike Hopkins.
Next is Sigall Kassutto. Sigall graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She won the NCAA's Walter Byers Scholarship in 1992. A four-year letterwinner and captain of the gymnastics team, Sigall was also active as an Oakland Children's Hospital volunteer. Her postgraduate plans are to attend medical school in pursuit of a career as a physician. Joined by Athletic Director Bob Bockrath, we are proud to present Sigall Kassutto.
Next is Janet Kruse. Janet received her bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nebraska with a 3.91 GPA. She is a two-time GTE Academic all-America, volleyball Athlete of The Year and was honored by the NCAA as one of Today's Top Six award winners. Janet was committee chair for the 1991 campus Red Cross bloodmobile and is organist for the United Methodist Church in Nebraska. She plans on attending medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical School and would like to pursue a career in sports medicine. Along with Nebraska's senior women's administrator, please welcome Janet Kruse.
Next is Karl Kuhn. Karl also had a perfect 4.0 GPA graduating from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in biology, pre-medicine. A tight end on the Wonder Boys' football team, Karl is a two-time NAJA Academic all-America. He is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was president of the Student Government Association. He plans on attending medical school in the future. Athletic Director Don Sevier was unable to attend, but he is represented by Jack Dobbins, athletic director of Northeastern Oklahoma State University. Please give a warm NACDA welcome to Karl Kuhn.
Next is Gregory Lahr. Greg reCeived his bachelor's in business administration from the University of Kentucky with a 3.68 GPA. He was a four-year letterman at offensive tackle for the Wildcats football team and was selected for the College Football Association's Scholar-Athlete Team in 1991. Greg participated in the National Kidney Foundation Run & Walk, at which he and his teammates raised $32,000. His future plans include pursuing a master'! degree in business administration. Greg could not be with us today, but accepting the award is Kentucky's athletic director, C.M. Newton.
Next is Matt Ruppel. Matt graduated from Lehigh University with a 3.7 GPA in economics. He was a 1990 Division I national wrestling champion and recorded a school record, 37 wins. Matt is actively involved in Athletics For Kids program and was appointed president of Beta Gama Sigma, Lehigh's national business honors society. He will be attending law school at Harvard University .Athletic Director Joe Sterrett was unable to attend, but he is represented by Lehigh's director of sports medicine, Jack Foley.
Next is Catherine Sharkey. Catherine graduated with a 3.9 GPA in economics from Yale University. She was a goalie on the Bulldogs' women's lacrosse team leading them to consecutive East Coast Athletic Conference championships in 1991 and 1992. Cathy volunteered at the New Haven Juvenile Detention Center and served as a tutor on campus and at Wilbur Cross High School. She is a Rhodes Scholar and will attend Oxford University to study economics and public policy. Along with Associate Athletic Director Barbara Chester, here is Cathy Sharkey.
Next is Scott Wagner. Scott is also a graduate of Yale University receiving a Bachelor's of Arts with High Distinction in economics and a 3.85 GPA. He was a flfst-team Academic a1l-America in 1991, becoming just the fifth player in Yale football history to become so honored. Scott worked with elementary school children in the Nev Haven area as a volunteer tutor and received the Outstanding School Volunteer Award in 1990. He plans on pursuill a law degree after working for two years. Once again, joined by Associate AD Barbara Chester, please welcome Scott Wagner.
Unfortunately, some of the scholar-athletes and myself have a flight to catch out of Ft. Myers soon, so if l'm pulled off the stage with a hook anytime here, you'll understand why. When I saw the size of the podium, I began regretting not wearing my three-inch heels. Then I thought, maybe I could use the service of a ventriloquist and borrow one of the other scholar-athletes who are taller than I am, but they didn't volunteer their services. Nonetheless, you are as tall as you present yourself to be, so I'm aiming for giant status.
As I sat down to write this speech, I thought about the last time I presented a speech of this sort. It was during high school. I remember the English teacher who had been appointed to guide me along with the writing of my speech. Her name was Mrs. Lewis. The image I remember most vividly about Mrs. Lewis was the way she used to stand over my shoulder with a stop watch insisting that my speech not be one second over three minutes. Revision after revision, I never did quite make it down to the three minute time line.
The purpose of my telling you about Mrs. Lewis is not at all to forewarn you of a long and revengeful speech to come, but rather to share with you the origin of that powerful image, the racing clock which I still sometimes sense ticking over my shoulder. I was struck with a particularly strong vision of that clock just recently after graduation, as I sat in my apartment wondering how four years could have raced by so quickly and how I was going to pack up everything I had accumulated during those four years before my lease expired.
As I embarked upon this task, I realized that perhaps the best part about packing is the reminiscing. Maybe that's why it takes me so long. As I came across an old pair of slippers, I couldn't help but think about all those poor slippers had been through. Yes, those Mickey Mouse slippers were my companions through many a night, my psychological source of strength and endurance in studying for exams as writing those beloved term papers. Indeed, my Mickey's came to be known as my power slippers, not just by me, but by my dorm mates, roommates and house mates through the years. It was memories like these that made the decision of what to do with those slippers so difficult Worn and tattered though they were, it seemed almost blasphemous to simply throw them away along with their magical powers.
What do you do with those things you no longer use regularly, but that you don't want to discard, I asked myself. I'm sure that it was with this universal problem in mind that architects of the past invented the attic. Louis Thomas describes this particular structure in a short story which begins, "My parents' house had an attic, the darkest and strangest part of the building. It was filled with many unidentifIable articles too important to be thrown out with the trash, yet no longer suitable to have at hand. Mter many years, all of the things deposited in it became lost to consciousness. But they were still there, we knew, safely and comfortably stored. These days, most of us live in smaller, more modem houses or in apartments and attics have vanished."
But have they? We each possess a unique anatomical structure, the attic of the brain, a place to store away those things which, as Thomas says, are too important to be thrown out, yet no longer suitable to have at hand. In fact, I'm certain that my recent fellow graduates would agree that in the life of a college student, the attic of the brain is a very active place, especially at this time of year, receiving excessive amounts of new inventory just after finals. So it was that I realized that rather than condemn my poor Mickey's to years of darkness, dust and cobwebs in the family attic, I can much more constructively preserve all that they symbolize in the attic of the brain. The concept of the attic of the brain brings us to the realization that the problems of rationing space is not one that is limited only to tangible items as we make the transition from childhood to adulthood, our minds become continuously more and more cluttered with so called, more important matters, with information and with trivia. Through our lives we are constantly packing and storing, throwing away and saving. As adults, we begin dealing with our space problem by allocating fragments of our childhood and often, some of our imagination as well, to the attic. Much like tangible articles, it is only the most recent and significant items that we keep at the surface.
Children, on the other hand, don't need attics. Resident thoughts and ideas live out in the open in their minds and their uninhibited imagination is the result It seems quite appropriate that the spirit of my Mickey slippers lives in the attic for Disney itself is a very symbolic image of the wondrous world that flourishes in the attic. It is the vast potential that lies within each of us, waiting in the attic. It is the hunger to learn and to strive and to dream. The spontaneity and zest for ideas. It is the attic in it's animated form breathing life into dormant thoughts, giving rise to creativity yet unexplored and fueling limitless achievement
The magic of Disney is cumulated in its ability to unite the world of dreams and reality, the same ability which characterizes the successful athlete. In addition to the common characters, Mr. Lindquist cleverly pointed out as a similarity between Disney and the athletic world, it seems the very essence of Disney and that of the athlete is constructed from the same fabric. Both are dreamers. Both pursue new discoveries and records. Both strive to break the next barrier and enter the world beyond.
In the words of Marcel Prous, the real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Indeed, the attic is a great reservoir of wealth. We must only remember not to overlook it's treasures. The founders of Disney have combined the tangible with the intangible, the sacred slippers with their magical powers and the prestigious award we receive today with the experience of the past weekend.
During the last couple of days, I've discovered dlat behind the names, the GPAs and dIe athletic achievements listed on paper, stand amazing, interesting and creative people. For me, the opportunity to meet them is half the reward. It is an experience which greatly enriches one's life. As I stand here today, I feel bodl proud and honored. Proud to know that this calibre of scholar-adlletes is being produced in universities across the nation and honored to be among this select group of young adults.
On behalf of the 10 scholarship winners, I would like to thank all of the athletic directors for nominating us to the NACDNDisney Scholar-Athlete Award and for helping to make our experiences as student-athletes in our respective universities so positive and successful. I would also like to thank the Walt Disney Company for making the greatest investment one can make, an investment in our country's future. Finally, I would like to thank Disney, 8J a whole, not only for this tremendous honor and opportunity and not just for a wonderful experience in Florida, but for keeping the attic alive for people around the world. Disney offers an opportunity for everyone to explore the
attic, to crack open a window and to see what the light reveals. From reviving childhood memories and fantasies in Disney World to challenging the mind at the frontiers of the future in Epcot Center, Disney is reminding us all to make a point of visiting in the attic every so often. It is the source of the imagination, creativity and ingenuity needed to face tomorrow's challenges. The attic is the connection to both the past and the future. It inspires us to dream, to believe and to achieve the very same athletic dogma we have learned and lived and one which remain with us for the rest of our lives. Thank you.
Thank you Sigall. You know we have tough days in this business and every time we have one, we should go out and touch one of our student-athletes and realize that they're really what we're in the business for. It gives us great promise and great hope. Thank you very much.
Admiral Lynch deviated from the script just briefly and I will do the same. I told you that he was part of Desert Shield. Let me tell you what that part was. He was the Commander of the Eisenhower Battle Group in the Mediterranean. They had been there for six months and all of a sudden, Suddam invaded Kuwait. In 36 hours, they had the entire battle group re-armed, re-fueled, had the bombers up and steamed into the Persian Gulf. There was great concern that Suddam was not going to stop with Kuwait. All of a sudden, with the leadership of Admiral Lynch, Suddam stopped and the war was limited. His battle group was credited with limiting the war in the Persian Gulf. Thank you Admiral.
We have two announcements before we adjourn. First, the Barcelona hip will be announced at tomorrow's lames I. Corbett Award Luncheon. If you haven't already, please visit all of our exhibitors and enter for your chanc at this terrific hip. When I introduced Jack Lindquist, I told you not to ask him for free tickets. If you thought thu year's Barcelona hip was a Convention bonus, you'd better start making plans for next year because next year some lucky delegate will win a round hip for four to Paris, a week's lodging and unlimited park tickets for Euro Disneyland, courtesy of Jack Lindquist and Disneyland. Thank you very much.