» «
NAIA - Breakout
NAIA-ADA Business Session
(June 17, 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 nn)


Kathy Yandell:

I would like to bring the NAIA-Athletic Directors Association to order. I would invite Wayne Poage from Dallas Baptist University to come forward and provide an invocation for us.

Wayne Poage:

Let's pray. Father in Heaven, we thank you for this day and I want to thank you for each and everyone that's here and the contributions they make in the lives of the young people across America. I pray that you bless our time together. Amen.

Kathy Yandell:

I want to introduce our Officers of the Athletics Directors Association. Greg Feris is the past president; Eric Forseth is our current vice president; Peggy Foss is the ADA secretary; and I'm Kathy Yandell. I'm the president. I would also like to introduce Natalie Hamilton, our ADA liaison with the NAIA national office. Natalie does a real good job for us. In the back is Steve Baker, our new NAIA CEO. I'm happy to have seen Steve around a lot. That's impressive. Thanks for being here.

Greg Feris:

We had requested that Laurie Marrison from the NACDA office come and visit with you this morning about the Sears Directors' Cup program.

Those of you who will be attending the luncheon today will have the honor of seeing the four winners who will be named today.

My comment, and from where Laurie was going to come from, is that we are in need of more NAIA nominees for those Sears Directors' Cup scholarships. You will see four of our NAIA representatives this morning, but ladies and gentlemen, we need more nominees. There were 127 nominees from all four divisions this year. The NAIA is receiving the same benefits as the other three divisions. We just need more nominees.

The only stipulation is that the athletics director has to be a member of NACDA. Obviously, I'm preaching to the choir because all of you folks are members of NACDA, but we need to encourage more of our members, or if you are a member, then you need to look very closely at these scholarship opportunities.

The ones that will be awarded today will be some preseason football scholarships, but the ones I'm specifically talking about are those for auxiliary support personnel. For instance, Bob has a cheerleader receiving an award today. I'm fortunate enough to have a young woman who was a sports information assistant receiving an award today. These are postgraduate scholarships. We had a number of nominees, but we need more next year. I would encourage you to do that. Certainly, congratulate our winners today.



Kathy Yandell:

Peggy Anderson approached me this morning for an opportunity to speak to the group before we begin our business.

Peggy Anderson:

I'd like to thank Kathy and the ADA officers for letting us do this. The Cascade Collegiate Conference has an awards program that we established as a district awards program in 1960 and we carry it on. It allows us to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions at the NAIA level or the conference, regional or national level. Today, the Cascade Collegiate Conference would like to recognize Eric Forseth. Eric, as you heard, will be leaving to accept the position as vice president of enrollment and student services at Mt. Vernon College in Ohio. His loss will greatly affect how our conference, how our region and how our national office functions.

Mr. Forseth has distinguished himself as an NAIA athlete in baseball, pitching a no-hit baseball game in 1982; as an NAIA Director of Athletics Graduate Scholar in 1983 and as, most recently, the athletics director Northwest Nazarene College from 1987 to 1997.

At the college level, he has overseen the expansion of Northwest Nazarene's new baseball field, a new parking lot, new soccer and softball fields and many indoor innovations, a new weight room and new hospitality room. He's also received Northwest Nazarene's Outstanding Education Award in 1997. At the conference level, he has served with distinction as the Cascade Conference's Eligibility chair and secretary. Eric was the Cascade and Pacific Northwest's Male Administrator of the Year and District Two's Male Athletic Administrator of the Year in 1993, 1994 and 1997. At the national level, Eric has served the national ADA as secretary, vice president and president and also represents the NAIA on the NACDA Board.

Most of you nationally know Eric as the director of the NAIA Division II Basketball Tournament. He has done some excellent things in that capacity. He's raised more than one quarter of a million dollars annually. He's received $450,000 in donations. He has seen the attendance as high as 33,500. This year's 1997 basketball tournament was on the web page with more than one million hits.

It is with sincere pleasure and pride that we, in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the NAIA, honor Eric with this plaque for his distinguished service to Northwest Nazarene, the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the NAIA. Howard Morris, our commissioner, will congratulate. It's in recognition of dedication and quality leadership to those three organizations. Thank you.

Eric Forseth:

Thank you Peggy. I'm touched by this. I didn't realize it would be this tough. I do know I've had a lot of private victories, too. What I mean by that is that before you have public victories, you have to have private victories. I think of my family and my loyalty to my wife. I think of private victories like I'm happy for Steve Baker to be able to grab the reins of this organization because we need some help.

I think of how happy I've been to work with Peggy Anderson, Howard Morris, John Carey, all of you people. I just think we have new challenges and I'm looking forward to them. I know I can say I care about each one of you.

Kathy Yandell:

Let's approve the minutes from our meeting in Tulsa on October 25, 1996. They were sent to you in mail. If I can have a motion and a second for that, raise your hand. Motioned by Dave Stair and seconded by Jonathan Seamon. All of those in favor of approving the minutes as they were distributed to you in the mail.

Now, committee reports. Peggy has been involved in the workshops at this ADA meeting and will be involved in the ones at the ADA meetings in Kansas City. Peggy, will you talk to us about your workshops.

Peggy Anderson:

Thank you very much Kathy. The workshops consisted of an excellent panel on models in administration in our NAIA institutions. It was very well attended and we're very appreciative of the members who gave time to come, as well as to present. Yesterday was another panel on risk management which predominately focused on compliance on Title IX as the ORC sees it. You've just seen an excellent workshop on time management.

At the Kansas City conference coming up in October, we've tentatively identified five areas which will either be included in workshop format or in professional growth seminars. Those being, one, a student panel of six students to help ADs identify areas where students need a little help. Secondly, is a community outreach effort. Third, is another on time management, but taking it to another direction where we're not super human, we have families, we have a life outside the work place and then, hiring and firing practices, which we don't like to get into, but we do it on a regular basis. We will look at another focus on risk management coming from the direction of how to make your environment safer.

If you have any ideas or would like to present a professional growth workshop, you can see Natalie or me at the conclusion of this meeting.



Kathy Yandell:

Thanks for putting those together. If you do want to participate in those or if you have some other ideas, we do these regularly, year-in and year-out.

Greg can give us a brief review of what we've done at CAA meetings.

Greg Feris:

Ladies and gentlemen, we began our meetings on Wednesday evening of this past week. We have a number of our Council of Athletic Administrators group still with us. If you're new to the NAIA or our way of doing things, the CAA is made up of nine regional chairs. The officers of the Athletic Directors Association are voted on by you, adds up to about 15 folks on a regular basis. We meet twice a year, once here at the NACDA Convention and once preceding the NAIA convention in the fall. Our business primarily deals with the various competition and qualification issues that are out there.

I would like to mention a couple of highlights. Along with our other business that we carry forth, is studying the various fee structures that are required by some of our sports at the sectional and regional level. We asked a group to do that. We've also asked our Competition Committee to bring back to either review or a possible proposal to look very closely at men's volleyball, initiating men's volleyball within the NAIA. A survey done a few months ago found that we have 54 of our member institutions that have either club programs or varsity men's volleyball at this point in time. I'm not suggesting that it's going to start tomorrow, but we are going to be studying this.

Another one is that we have found a number of our institutions in an NAIA national cheerleading competition. Those of you who have seen those competitions know they are as athletic, or more so, than most of our folks who participate in the common everyday type of sports activities. We're not there yet with the cheerleading competition. We already have one of our conferences within the NAIA that has a structured year-end competition. They certify their cheerleaders just like they do their other athletes. They just don't send them forward to Tulsa or to the regional eligibility chairs.

Those two things will be looked at and, potentially, you'll hear more on them as we come to the convention in October.

I will tell you that the national staff, Natalie, Lynn and Tim, are doing an outstanding job for us at the CAA and we commend them for their efforts. We appreciate that.

One other item I might mention is that we took a good bit of time on Saturday, literally, brainstorming, if you will, the ideas surrounding our national championship programs. We have been asked by the Council of Presidents to reassess, revisit our entire championships, the number of teams that go into championships, with the idea that the regional structure is here to stay with us, but as we make adjustments over the next few years with the number of members we have, are we going to need to look a little bit more closely at that regional alignment. Do we need more or less regions? All of those things are being discussed.

I have no proposals to bring you at this point in time, but please know that those things are being discussed. If you have ideas, we suggest you plug in with your regional chairs, the officers of the ADA, the national staff and let them know how you feel. It's very important to us. We don't want to do anything with our sectional, regional and national championship arrangements that will not fit into the overall strategic plan of the association.

That strategic plan is being formulated as we speak. Steve Baker is here and you know he has been taking notes. He, and the Council of Presidents, as well as the chairs of the other councils, will be meeting late this summer attempting to formulate that strategic plan. I don't know if that will be ready by the fall convention, but I think you need to know that your councils, as well as your new CEO are moving in that direction. We, as athletics directors, have been asking that for a long time and it's on a positive note that we appear to be moving in that direction.

In 1998-99, the Council of Athletic Administrators passed a rule that would require all NAIA members to have at least 40 percent of their schedules against NAIA schools. The justification for that is that we feel our members need to make a stand in terms of whom they play. I will tell you that there seems to be a little discussion on that, but at this point in time, that was passed. As you begin to work, there will be some requests for exceptions because of geography and where you're lined up regionally speaking and things like that. There will be opportunities for appeals in that process which is one of the great things about the NAIA.

As you work through schedules, start thinking about in 1998-99, are a minimum of your scheduled contests against NAIA opponents.

Questions from the Floor Inaudible

Greg Feris:

Before I sit down, I would like to recognize the CAA members who are present. I'm not sure that everybody in this room knows who they are. Starting in the back, you've met Peggy Anderson, the regional chair, from the Pacific Northwest; Pam Hennessey from Husson College, the northeast regional rep; and Mary Beth Kennedy from Nebraska Wesleyan who is one our at-large members. We have Mike Robinson, also one of our at-large members from Birmingham Southern; Jonathan Seamon, our mid-south regional chair from Lipscomb; and Kathy and Peggy serve by being officers of the ADA.

We have a number of others who, unfortunately, had to leave already this week, but keep in mind that most of us have been here since Wednesday afternoon and we're looking forward to getting home.

Kathy Yandell:

I'd like to ask Mary Beth Kennedy to give a report from the Gender Equity Committee.

Mary Beth Kennedy:

We've been meeting and now we need your help. On October 4 and 5, we are going to have a pre-convention symposium. We're having this because you asked us to. Over the years, many administrators have told us they would like to hire a female for one of their positions anywhere from coaching to officiating to an assistant or athletics director, but there aren't many women out there to hire. We decided to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the profession, talk to people about what it's like to be in athletics and a career in sports and to encourage females to get involved in careers in sports.

Starting on October 4, we'll begin the symposium. It will be a neat combination of some special activities and speakers for females who are interested in sports, along with parts of our actual convention.

We're asking two things from you. Number one, we're asking you to identify from your institution at least one female student, undergraduate or graduate, to send to the pre-convention symposium. There will be a letter from Steve Baker and the committee to our president and to you requesting that you have a student attend the pre-convention symposium.

You might ask what the cost is. The NAIA has made a commitment to help fund this and to find sponsors for it. So, the costs for your institution will be the transportation. You'll have to get the female there and home. You can send more than one if you desire. It doesn't have to be an athlete. Any female who is interested in sports can attend. You'll also have to pay their hotel room for one night. We're encouraging them to room together because many of us develop great relationships with other colleagues in the NAIA because we're sharing expenses. That's something you might be interested in doing.

They will come in and register. We have identified some outstanding people in all areas of sports from officiating to professional sports, athletes, to administrators and coaches. If you're interested, you can serve as a mentor for one of the groups.

After they hear a speaker, they'll come to meet with their mentors and find out what they need to do to become successful and what to do to continue on. They'll learn about what problems there are and what good things there are about these jobs. If you're interested in being a mentor, let me know. You have to make a commitment from Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until Sunday, a little after noon, when we actually get into the sessions.

We're asking you to sponsor a female. We're also asking those of you involved in conferences to help sponsor somebody. We see this as a way to encourage, or to at least look at seriously, a career in sports. The registration fee is $25.

This might work if you have someone in physical education major program. There have actually been some suggestions that you work with your communications department at your institutions because sports information directors will have someone in attendance. We're having a female athletic trainer speak and many other interesting people to speak to our group.

Are there any questions? Thank you.

Kathy Yandell:

Thank you. We do hope you will encourage your undergraduates and graduates to attend because this will be a good opportunity. Natalie, I ask you give us a report from the national office and, if you don't mind, we'll let you continue on into the spring championship games.

Natalie Hamilton:

I want to touch on the awards report that Eric was going to give. Eric is the chair of the Awards Committee. A month ago, conference commissioners and regional chairs should have received Administrator of the Year nomination forms. Commissioners, please keep in mind those are due to your regional chairs by August 1. If possible, please include all of their vital information, resume, picture, etc. Regional chairs, you are responsible for getting your regional male and female Administrator of the Year to the national office by August 1.

At NACDA last summer, they had the Management Institute which we provide two scholarship awards to athletics directors or conference commissioners who are interested in going through the beginning level. They did not have that this year. Next summer, they will sponsor the Management Institute, so we will offer two scholarships. Keep that in the back of your mind for next year. I believe they run it at the conclusion of the NACDA Convention. Look for that next year.

I've heard a lot of comments in the last month about how excited everybody is about having Steve Baker on board. On behalf of the national staff, we couldn't be happier about what's going to happen. We've heard a lot of change is going to happen, but we're going to embrace that change. We're going to refocus ourselves. We're going to reevaluate our roles at the national office and our events. We're going to take a look at how we run things and see how we can make things better. We're very excited about having Steve on board.

This year in championships, we had a very successful year. We had great hosts, great events, great experience for our athletes. We had several new sites and several old sites. With the success of our championships, we're seeing an increase in potential hosts. We've had a lot of inquiries about wanting to host national events which is great for us. We can pick and choose so we can get the best sites for our championships.

One of the newest sites, obviously, we're going to have the spring championships in 1998, which I'll talk about in a few minutes. If you have any questions, feel free. I'll do the best can. I may call on Greg to assist me since he's been involved from the beginning with the spring events.

I have been told that reimbursements for basketball checks were in the mail on June 11. You may want to look for those when you get back to your campus. The conference income was significant lower in men's and women's Division I. It was about the same for women's Division II and a little bit higher in men's Division II. At-side income for men's Division II was lower, so it balanced out. Women's Division II remained the same, so they did very well. The at-site income for women's Division I and men's Division I was lower. Good news and bad news there.

The financial aid data forms you recently filled out and submitted, you may be wondering where that's all going to go. Data is being compiled now. We're trying to get a report together to send to COP at their leadership summit. We're hopeful that, at the conclusion of those meetings, we'll have some detailed information that we can provide and definitely at convention, you can look for what that information means to you and how it will be used as information for the national office.

The green sheet you have in your hands is called NAIA Online. That is our web site. There's a listing there on what information you can find now, things you can look for in the future. We're really excited to have this. The sports information department and our public relations department have worked hard on this web site and will continue to do so to make it expand and grow to assist coaches, athletics directors and we're going to get as much information on the web site as we possibly can to make our processes easier to follow and easier to access. We're finally moving in the right direction, getting into the 20th century where we need to be. This is going to help us a lot. Exposure-wise, it's going to get us into so many more places. It's www.naia.org.

If you were at the convention last fall, you saw a presentation by the Tulsa Sports Commission which is the host of our spring championship games. They put a whole package together and are working to make this the best. There are standards that will have to be lived up to. They had a representative come down and give a brief presentation to the CAA and the CACI as to where they are now, where they have progressed from the very beginning.

I really want to stress the Tulsa Sports Commission. They are the host of this event. They are taking great pride in this event as is the national office. They have secured most of the sites. Track and field is still under construction, but it will be one of the better facilities that we've used.

We're going to try to organize some clinics to include the coaches who are involved, to include the participants to try to get the community a little more involved in this event. We're really trying to make this a community event, greater media coverage, greater support by way of people coming to watch the events. That was one of the goals we had. We wanted to get out there and get some focus on the NAIA. We thought this event would give us some attention.

We are still looking at banquets for everybody. This is one event, but we really want to focus on the individuality as well, maintain each sport having special things for them, the banquet being one of them. We are looking at having an opening ceremony for everybody where all of the athletes, the coaches and the community can come together in one spot. We want to have some entertainment and some fun for one of the early nights.

One of the positive moves that happened this past spring is that the Tulsa Sports Commission sent site coordinators to our spring events. We had someone at softball, baseball and track and field. Tennis and golf, already being in Tulsa, we did not need to send a representative. They came back with some great ideas and now know what our expectations are. They saw firsthand how the event should be run, and then some. They are meeting today as a group to talk about what they found and what they want to do. This is a great move because now they're that much more informed about what needs to happen for the spring games.

Kathy Yandell:

More on old business. I'd like to ask Greg to come up here. Greg, as you know, has been on many of your campuses during this last spring term discussing the NAIA and your role in it. Greg, please come up and give us a brief report.

Greg Feris:

Thank you Kathy. Where do you begin in discussing your life for about five and one-half months. Literally, from the first of January through the last week of May, I had the opportunity to be on many of your campuses, 129 of those to be exact, 13 of your conference meetings, four of your national coaches and officers meetings. Conservatively, I was able to touch more than 200 of our 364 members.

I cannot go any further without certainly thanking the Council of Presidents, Bill Patterson, Steve Baker and the other folks in the national office. I'm here to tell you I could not have done what I did without the cooperation and the things they allowed me to do out of the national office.

Originally, when we took this task on, we thought I'd be on the road maybe three days a week and in the office in Tulsa a couple of days a week. Well, as we started this process and it evolved, we recognized that I could be of much more value out on the road, so I have a greater empathy for the traveling salesmen of the world, literally living out of a suitcase for days at a time. It was marvelous fun.

I appreciate how I was received. I would tell you that there is a great spirit out there among our member-institutions concerning the NAIA. We recognize we have problems and concerns we have to deal with, but I found a great rewarding experience in that you folks are willing to roll up your sleeves, not just you folks that are here, but the rest of them out there. You're willing to stand up and be counted, step up to the plate, all those various phrases that are used. You're doing that as we speak, in terms of giving information to our various officers, assisting in whatever role you can and we really do appreciate that.

Certainly, I will tell you I'm glad to be back on the Wayland Baptist University campus and it appears my coaches and my president are happy I'm back, as well. Certainly, I'm glad my president is pleased that I'm back on campus.

It really was a great time. You recall that one of the main things that was required of me is to try and be a sounding board, literally listening to you, the members, and the problems and concerns you have. We were able to pass many of those back up to the national office staff. In the next six months to a year, you'll see the benefits of those things. I've told Steve that I probably created more problems out there in the community of the NAIA that he won't even know about for another two or three years. They'll just be rolling in. I hope they're not problems. I hope we've made a contribution to all of this.

The opportunities to communicate your concerns back to the national office was number one for me. I hope we've had an opportunity to do that. Again, I thank all of you who allowed me the privilege of being on your campus, being at your conference meetings and your coaches' meetings. You welcomed me with open arms. I would hope the national office would see fit that every couple of years, perhaps a staff person might be able to go out and do the same things. Those of us who have been around this association recognize that somebody being out there among the troops is important. It wasn't Greg Feris, it was the NAIA that was out there. That had a tremendous impact on the association. Hopefully, we'll be able to continue that idea if the Council, Steve and the staff see fit to do it. I would encourage them to do so.

One of the priorities I had was to try to be on as many of our dual member-campuses as possible. Most of you know we have somewhere between 60 and 70 dual members. Granted, many of those institutions, because of conference affiliations and geography, etc., have made the decision to leave as soon as they're in compliance. But, we also know we have a number of those dual members that are still looking. They may or may not, depending on a variety of issues, leave.

The image of the NAIA, who we are, was out there. Interestingly enough, 80 percent of our institutions are private and the vast number of those 80 percent are church related. Something I found very heartening and heart warming is that many of our private related institutions are reaffirming their routs to their particular denominational or church related stands. Again, I think within the NAIA structure, we've allowed that to happen. We commend those folks for that. We recognize how important that might be.

I visited with many of your presidents and many of them are interested in us taking a closer look at our national championships. Whether 32 is the magic number in one sport, eight in another, 15 in another, etc. The reimbursement issue is out there. But, I will tell you I didn't hear as much negative about that as I thought I would. All of us would like to see more money coming back to us for participating in national tournament play, but that didn't seem to be an overriding issue that everybody was jumping on. Image was the idea I heard most often and how will we address that image issue.

Not too many of us were worried about numbers. We are at 364. If you're looking at a game plan, you'll know that we'll lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 before the start of school next year. It appears that we've got six, seven or eight members that will be joining the association. Over the next few years, we will definitely have some institutions making decisions on possibly leaving the NAIA. That didn't seem to be an overriding issue with most of you. Most of you said, "We're committed. We're here. Whether we end up with 250, 200 or 300, we are a viable national organization and we can do what we need to do."

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity and I wish you well. Hopefully, we can continue this process.

Kathy Yandell:

You received, in the mail, a form which enabled you to indicate your interest in serving as an officer, serving on the various committees of this organization and we, at this point, have six nominees for secretary. If you are here, will you stand up so we can take a look at you. Larry Anderson, Central Methodist; Robert Burns, John Brown University; Dale Campbell, Fresno Pacific; Allen Geist, Mount St. Claire College; Jonathan Seamon, Lipscomb University; David Stair, Evangel College. Those are our six current nominees for ADA secretary. Are there any other nominations from the floor? It needs to be a male. Seeing none, I declare the nominations closed.

We will prepare a male ballot with the biographies of these individuals which will be circulated to you in the fall. Complete the male ballot and the one who is selected for the ADA secretary will assume the responsibility at the conclusion of the Kansas convention. Move on as secretary and then move on up through the ranks that way.

Next, under new business, I see Rich Hunter. Thank you very much for your hosting of our social event. It was very nice and we appreciate that. We always appreciate the work you do for us. I'd like to ask Rich to come up and say a few words.

Rich Hunter:

Again, as I mentioned last night, we're really pleased to continue our involvement with the NAIA. I'm wearing two hats like I was last night. I'd like to talk about what we call membership services related to insurance. Several years ago, as you know, Mutual of Omaha became the official athletic insurance company. We established and tried to improve a catastrophic insurance for NAIA schools, which we did.

That's the first membership service I want to talk about. You know about it. It's not necessarily new. Some information was sent out in the last month to every member institution in the NAIA about the catastrophic insurance program that's available to NAIA members. It was sent to the CEOs of the institutions, the athletics directors and to the CFOs. There's a little difficulty sometimes on individual campuses finding out who has their hand on that. We try to send it to as many people as we can. We certainly try to get all of that information to the athletics director because we feel that, at some point in time, at least their finger has to come upon that decision process.

It's been proven, over the years, that catastrophic coverage is vitally important. It was introduced 10 or 15 years ago to the intercollegiate athletic community. Some NAIA participants have had to take advantage of that coverage. Certainly, the college community in general has. Development of that has been an important development in the college sports arena. We think, although we don't have a lot of strong statistics, 75 percent of NAIA schools do purchase this coverage now from somewhere. The market has changed a littler. There's probably additional companies that do it.

We would hope that you would talk to the folks on your campus that are responsible for this and ask them to look at the NAIA plan. If you have a broker or agent and if you're not participating in the plan, look at it. It is a very good plan. The premiums are competitive, if not lower, in many instances. We try to devise the premiums because we know the NAIA and where the bulk of the membership lies. We've tried to make this attractive for you.

We hope you'll support this. If you have a broker, have him call us at 800/955-1991. We will work with them to try to help you. Hopefully, you will be able to do that this year.

Another new service we've implemented this year that is an extension of some things we've done over the years for the NAIA, is an NAIA Athletic Insurance Consulting Services. It is something that our firm, Sports Management Associates in Kansas City is managing and developing. We recently have been designated the official athletic insurance and risk management consultant for the NAIA. We take this seriously and, as we've done for the NAIA over the years, we hope to offer those levels of services to NAIA members to help you sort through the various aspects you need to sort through.

Some of you may have good local agents or brokers, but typically, those brokers and agents don't live this all year long like we do. We have some expertise in terms of the market. The number of insurance companies in this market has changed considerably over the years. We're there to try to help you. We have a number of colleges we've helped over the years in trying to sort through all of this.

Obviously, we think the catastrophic coverage is important and we think the NAIA plan is the best. We will continue to work with Mutual. There are some companies that are in this and then out. Those are the ones you want to stay clear of. We know your budget dollars are important. We want to try to help you figure out how best and most economical to provide whatever level of coverage you want.

We have some information up here. I'll leave it here for anyone who is interested and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Again, thank you for allowing us to be at this meeting. I appreciate you letting me come forward. Thank you very much.

Kathy Yandell:

Peggy just pointed out to me that I overlooked another nomination that we need to make as well. Mike Robinson was appointed last year to fill a one-year unexpired term on the CAA when Joe Romine left his institution as an athletics director. Mike has filled this position for one year and the CAA would like to place in nomination the name of Mike Robinson to serve out a full three-year term on the Council of Athletics Administrators. We will accept nominations from the floor for this at-large position if anyone would like to nominate someone else. Are there any other nominations from the floor? Seeing none, I declare Mike Robinson to this position by acclamation.

Moving on. Announcements. The 1997 NAIA convention will be held in Kansas City, October 4-8 at the Hyatt Hotel. You want to make your plans now to attend that. You also want to make your plans to attend that pre-Convention Symposium that the Committee on Gender Equity has provided for us.

The second announcement concerning meetings is that the NAIA/NACDA meeting, this same meeting, will be held at Marco Island, Florida again, June 14-17, 1998. You can mark that.

Are there any other announcements? Prior to our adjourning, we have door prizes. The first prize is a shirt. Rich, I need a number between one and 46. The winner is 31, Larry Lading. The second prize is a cap. I need a number between one and 46, excluding 31. Sixteen. The winner is Howard Patterson, the University of Incarnate Word. The next prize is another shirt. The winner is number 25, Robert Morgan, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Another cap. The winner is number three, Skip Lord, Houghton College. The last shirt winner is number 40, Wayne Poage, Dallas Baptist University.

Thanks for being here. The luncheon is at 12:30 p.m. The meeting stands adjourned.