Lebanon is a city in St. Clair County, United States; the population was 5,523 at the 2010 census. Like many other places in "Little Egypt" or Southern Illinois, Lebanon was named after the Eastern Mediterranean country of the same name, it is a part of the Metro-East region of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Lebanon is home to the oldest college in Illinois. Emerald Mound and Village Site Lebanon Historic District Mermaid House Hotel Lebanon is located at 38°36′12″N 89°48′41″W. According to the 2010 census, Lebanon has a total area of 2.474 square miles, of which 2.46 square miles is land and 0.014 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 5,523 people, 1,275 households, 804 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,641.4 people per square mile. There were 1,389 housing units at an average density of 647.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 78.46% White, 18.45% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, 1.79% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population. There were 1,275 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98. In the city, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 18.6% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $37,042, the median income for a family was $48,711. Males had a median income of $30,597 versus $21,341 for females; the per capita income for the city was $17,125. About 9.8% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
Christine Brewer, Grammy Award-winning operatic/classical singer, graduate of McKendree University, has resided in Lebanon, Illinois for many years Ed Busch, MLB shortstop for St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Phillies Bill Cofield, former University of Wisconsin basketball head coach, graduate of McKendree University Mark Consuelos, daytime soap actor, known for playing Mateo Santos on All My Children, married to Kelly Ripa Neal Cotts, relief pitcher for 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox for Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs Craig Virgin, two-time world cross-country champion, nine-time Big Ten champion and three-time Olympian in track and field Lebanon is home to the oldest founded college in the state of Illinois, McKendree University, is home to Lebanon Grade School And Lebanon High School. There have been at least a dozen newspapers; the Lebanon Advertiser has operated there since 1911. On December 26, 2013, it was purchased by David Porter.
The former owner, Harrison Leon Church, owned the newspaper for 40 years. Except for a few months between Harrison and his father, Leon Church, the Church family owned the newspaper for 75 years. City of Lebanon "Lebanon. V. A town of St. Clair co. Illinois"; the American Cyclopædia. 1879. "Lebanon, a city of Saint Clair county, Illinois, U. S. A.". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1911
UIS Prairie Stars
The UIS Prairie Stars are the athletic teams that represent the University of Illinois at Springfield, located in Springfield, Illinois, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Prairie Stars compete as members of the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. UIS joined the GLVC in October 2008, earned full Division II membership in August 2010. Prior to joining the NCAA, UIS was a member of the American Midwest Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2018, both the baseball and softball programs won GLVC Conference Championships and hosted NCAA Regionals. A member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the University of Illinois at Springfield sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. While a member of the NAIA, the Prairie Stars won the NAIA national men's soccer championship in 1986, 1988, 1993 and were runner-up in 1998. Official website
University of Montevallo
The University of Montevallo is a four-year public university located in Montevallo, United States. Founded in 1896, it is Alabama's only public liberal arts college and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. In U. S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" rankings UM is the highest ranked public master's-level university in Alabama, a distinction it has held each year since 2008, it is the 37th best regional university in the South and the 13th-best public regional university in the South, moving up two spots since last year. Schools in 12 states make up the South geographic region; the main part of the campus was designed by the Olmsted brothers and the central part is a National Historic District. The university opened in October 1896 as the Alabama Girls' Industrial School, a women-only technical school that offered high school-level courses. AGIS became the Alabama Girls' Technical Institute in 1911, further adding "and College for Women" in 1919; the school developed as a traditional degree-granting institution, becoming Alabama College, State College for Women in 1923.
The school became coeducational after lobbying by the school's supporters resulted in the Alabama Legislature passing a bill on January 15, 1956 to remove the designation "State College for Women". The first men entered the school that same month, its student body still maintains a 7:5 ratio of women to men. In 1965, the board of trustees authorized President D. P. Culp to sign the Certificates of Assurance of Compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the fall of 1968, three African American women, Carolyn Burpo, Ruby Kennbrew and Dorothy Turner, enrolled in the university. On September 1, 1969, Alabama College was renamed the University of Montevallo. Montevallo is in the geographic center of Alabama in an area rich with Civil War history. Many of the buildings on campus predate the founding of the college, including King House and Reynolds Hall. King House was the first home in Alabama to receive pane glass windows. With over 3,000 students, the university has a significant economic impact on the surrounding communities in Shelby County.
The oldest tradition at Montevallo is called College Night, an intramural competition between the Purple Side and the Gold Side. The tradition began on March 3, 1919, in honor of the school adding the name "college" to its title; the homecoming competition consists of sports events, management of the side finances, spirit. While these are key to the game of College Night, the primary focus is two student written and performed musicals—one for each competing side. For a small university in which the student-to-faculty ratio is only about 17-to-1, participation is key. A noticeable number of people participate in bringing the tradition together; each year, the school's Palmer Auditorium, which boasts a large stage, orchestra pit and seating for 1200, is standing room only as alumni and spectators gather to witness the unique tradition, College Night. "First designed to celebrate the introduction of a 4-year college curriculum, the early celebrations were competitions between classes. In 1921, to celebrate UM's 25th anniversary, students divided into two teams, the Gold Side and the Purple Side."
The two colors of the school and gold, compete for the title of either "PV" or "GV". The student involvement is all-inclusive: there are athletic intramurals that count for points toward victory, cheerleading competitions, signs designed and painted by students to be judged and community efforts and fund raising drives to gain points toward a victory. College Night is known as the oldest homecoming tradition of its kind in America. An exhibit about College Night is housed in the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. Traditionally, Crook Week was a week in late October when the senior class women would hide the "crook"—a staff shaped like a shepherd's crook—and give obscure clues for the underclass women who were to find it. At the end of Crook Week was Senior March; when the chimes struck thirteen, if the underclass women did not find the crook, the seniors march on them, getting them out of their rooms and onto Main Quad where they would have a shaving cream and water balloon battle. If the underclass women found the crook, they were safe that year.
This tradition ended in the 1990s. Today, the Hiding of the Crook occurs the week of Founders' Day; the administration leaves clues as to where it can be found. The finder of the crook gets recognized at Founders' Day with a small prize; the Life Raft Debate is an annual event sponsored by the Philosophy Club. The debate has occurred each fall semester since 1998, making it the longest continually-held debate of its type; the debate occurs on the second Thursday in October during the university's Founders' Day commemoration. In the Life Raft Debate, the audience is asked to imagine that there has been a nuclear war and that they, as the survivors, are setting sail to rebuild society from the ground up. There is a group of professors vying to win the coveted Oar and get on the raft, only one seat is left; each professor has to argue that his or her discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish. Each professor gets to give an introductory account of his or her discipline a brief rebuttal to the others.
At the end of the debating, the audience votes and the lucky winner
Quincy University is a private liberal arts Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition. It is located in Quincy, United States, enrolls around 1,100 students; the institution is known for its commitment to the Franciscan tradition. A small group of Franciscan friars left Germany in 1858 to serve the German-speaking population in what was the frontier state of Illinois. On February 6, 1860, they founded the institution as St. Francis Solanus College; this school was established at Maine Street. In 1871, the school moved to a site northeast of Quincy's city center. In 1873, the college was granted a charter by the state of Illinois to grant degrees off bachelor of arts and master of arts; the college proved to be an excellent site for the training of young Franciscan priests, in 1917 the name was changed to the Quincy College and Seminary. In 1932, women were admitted to the college for the first time; until the 1960–61 school year and the construction of Centennial Hall, they were housed several blocks south of the main campus, in converted Victorian mansions that still exist today, though no longer owned by the school.
One of them, Stillwell Hall, is now the Quincy Museum. In 1970 the seminary portion of the school was closed and the school renamed Quincy College; the seminary campus, a mile north of the main college campus, has since been used by the college for extra dormitory space, athletic fields, classroom and office space. The dormitory is used as a retreat center, the academic portion of the North Campus houses most of the Division of Mathematics and Science as well as the Music Department, the Connie Nieman Center for Music, the QUTV television studio. In the late 1980s, the college began considering granting graduate degrees, it began doing so a few years and in 1993 the college was renamed Quincy University. In 2016 the university announced. At the time of the announcement the school was running a $5 million deficit. A plan was developed to cut costs, major donors have helped get the university past the crisis. In November 2018, University received $2.25 million from the U. S. department of education to expand student's access to science, technology and math.
Quincy University is organized into four divisions and two schools: At the undergraduate level, QU offers a contemporary liberal arts education. Majors and concentrations include Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 32 major areas of concentration; the university offer an Associate of Science degree in Aviation, a variety of non-degree programs. At the graduate level, QU offers a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Science in Education degree and a Master of Science in Education in Counseling degree. Quincy University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; the university is a member of the American Council on Education, Council of Independent Colleges, Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, the Associated Colleges of Illinois, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Illinois Association of Teacher Educators, Illinois Association for Teacher Education in Private Colleges, the Council for Exceptional Children.
Some of these organizations accredit academic programs. QU is a constituent member of the National Catholic Education Association of American Colleges and is affiliated with the Catholic University of America. Through a partnership with The Learning House, Inc. Quincy University offers an online Bachelor in Human Services; the accelerated degree program allows versatile learning. Quincy University is an NCAA Division II school and has been a part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference for most sports since the 1995-96 school year. Men's volleyball competes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Rick Hummel, Hall of Fame Baseball writer Kane aka Glen Jacobs, Professional Wrestler Josh Kinney, relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners John Mahoney and theatre actor Zoe Nicholson, Equality Activist and Writer James Pankow, trombonist for the band Chicago Michael A. Perry, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Josh Rabe, former outfielder for the Minnesota Twins Richard O. Ryan, former president and COO of DeKalb Corporation David A. Schleppenbach, founder and CEO of gh, LLC Lindell Shumake, Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives Francis G. Slay, former mayor of St. Louis, Missouri Paul Splittorff Pitcher and 20 Game Winner, Kansas City Royals John M. Sullivan, Illinois State Senator Michael Swango, prolific serial killer and physician Scott L. Thoele, U.
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The Lindenwood Lions and Lady Lions are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Lindenwood University, located in St. Charles, Missouri; the school is a member of the NCAA Division II, although women's ice hockey and gymnastics and men's volleyball compete in NCAA Division I. The Lions joined the NCAA and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in the summer of 2013, after completing the transition process from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Heart of America Athletic Conference. On October 4, 2018, Lindenwood announced it would be leaving the MIAA for the Great Lakes Valley Conference effective July 1, 2019. Modern intercollegiate athletics at Lindenwood trace roots back to intracollegiate sports, gym classes, recreational activities associated with the development of modern sports during in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the United States. Lindenwood added obligatory physical education classes to its curriculum in the 1890s. In 1905, the school's first athletic association was created to oversee sport and recreational activities on campus.
The athletic association sponsored popular sports and activities of the time period such as tennis, fencing and walking clubs. In the late 1940s Lindenwood's athletic teams began regular intercollegiate competition, sponsoring women's basketball, field hockey, equestrian. After becoming a coeducational college in 1969, Lindenwood's modern athletic department formed. Baseball and soccer became the college's first three men's sports in 1970. After the athletic programs became established Lindenwood's first athletic accomplishments came after more than a decade in the NAIA when the women's soccer team reached the 1986 NAIA Women's Soccer Championship; the program made 13 NAIA tournament appearances during the late 1980s through the 1990s. The 2000 national championship saw Lindenwood lose 1–0 to Simon Fraser in five overtimes, after 162 minutes of play in one of the longest college soccer championship matches; the university continued to expand athletics in the 1980s and by 1989 Lindenwood sponsored all 21 NAIA championship-sponsored sports.
In the 1990s the university expanded added and upgraded facilities. Lindenwood joined its first conference in 1993 when the university became a member of the American Midwest Conference. Three years Lindenwood joined the Heart of America Conference. From 1999 to 2010 the university continued to expanded athletic offerings and added 25 new sports that grew the athletic department to over 45 varsity sports teams, making LU one of the largest athletic departments in the United States in terms of sports offered. Lindenwood University has been competing in NAIA athletics for nearly 40 years but has begun the application process for NCAA Division II membership. Lindenwood concluded its NAIA and HAAC membership at the conclusion of the 2010–11 academic year. During the university's 15 seasons a member of the HAAC the Lions set a conference record, winning 128 HAAC titles. Lindenwood averaged 8.5 conference titles a year and won at least one conference championship in sport sponsored by the conference.
As Lindenwood continued to upgrade and/or replace many of its sports facilities and add new programs, have teams ranked in the top of the NAIA and other respective sport organizations for non-NAIA sports, the interest in Lindenwood transitioning to the NCAA grew. In the early 2000s, the university explored options for at least a partial transition for several non-NAIA sports. On February 12, 2009, the Lindenwood University Board of Directors authorized the administration to begin the application process for NCAA Division II membership. For two years, Lindenwood would remain a member of the NAIA and Heart of America Athletic Conference. In 2012–2013, the school would be a provisional member of the NCAA; the fourth year, 2013–2014, the NCAA would vote to make Lindenwood an active member. On July 12, 2010 Lindenwood was accepted into NCAA Division II. Plans included moving all 21 sports that competed in NAIA to move to NCAA Division II along with the non-NAIA sports of field hockey, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse.
Women's ice hockey and men's volleyball were selected by the university to compete in NCAA Division I, all other sports would remain in their non-NCAA and non-NAIA sport organizations. With expectation of NCAA approval in June 2010 LU applied to join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Lindenwood was approved for membership into the MIAA on September 24, 2010 with the affiliation taking place in 2012–2013 school year for all 17 MIAA-sponsored sports. In addition men's volleyball joined the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. In June 2011, the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced the addition of Lindenwood for men's and women's lacrosse. Lindenwood was admitted into the conference on November 11, 2011 and began conference play starting in the 2012–13 season. In July 2011, the university announced the addition of women's gymnastics as the 27th NCAA athletic program; the university completed the transition process in 2013 and begins active membership status in the NCAA in the 2013–14 acedmic year.
Effective July 1, 2019, Lindenwood will be a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference after seven years with the MIAA. Lindenwood University sponsors 13 men's and 14 women's intercollegiate athletic programs in NCAA sanctioned sports. Competing in the NCAA Division II conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the following programs compete in the NCAA Divi
Bellarmine University is a private Catholic university in Louisville, Kentucky. The liberal arts institution opened on October 3, 1950, as Bellarmine College, established by Archbishop John A. Floersh of the Archdiocese of Louisville and named after the Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine. In 2000 the Board of Trustees changed the name to Bellarmine University; the university is organized into seven colleges and schools and confers bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 academic majors, along with five doctoral degrees. The university has an enrollment of over 3,900 students on its main 135-acre academic and residential campus in Louisville's Belknap neighborhood. At its 2011 commencement, the school graduated 482 undergraduate and graduate students, contributing to a total of 780 graduates for the school year, up from 700 the previous year. Bellarmine offers a large number of extracurricular activities to its students, including athletics, honor societies and student organizations, its athletic teams are known as the Knights.
Bellarmine is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, except in men's lacrosse, which competes at the Division I level in the Southern Conference. Bellarmine's men's basketball team won the 2011 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament, the first athletic national championship in school history. Alumni and former students have gone on to prominent careers in government, science, education and entertainment. Bellarmine University has been led by four presidents: Msgr. Alfred Horrigan, Dr. Eugene V. Petrik, Dr. Joseph J. McGowan and Susan M. Donovan. Horrigan, elevated to Domestic Prelate by the pope in 1955, led the school during its formative years. Petrik strengthened Bellarmine's financial footing. McGowan led the school in a massive building program. Fr. Raymond J. Treece served as interim president in 1972 -- 73, between Presidents Petrik. Dr. John Oppelt served as acting president during McGowan's sabbatical in 1999; the first public announcement of the establishment of Bellarmine College was made in November 1949 by the Archbishop of Louisville, John A. Floersh.
He selected Horrigan and Treece, associate editors of the Louisville Archdiocesan newspaper, The Record, to begin the school. The two designed a curriculum and the school's core philosophy, taking cues from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, seeking advice from a number of Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, the University of Scranton, the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. In 1950, The Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville founded Bellarmine College with a pioneer class of 115 freshmen; the only building, Pasteur Hall, was still without its front door on the first day of classes. Archbishop John A. Floersh called the school into existence at its first Convocation, saying, "We are looking forward to the day when the college ranks with the great colleges of our country." From its opening day under founding President Horrigan, Bellarmine welcomed people of all faiths and races. In 1953 the college added the Administration Building. At its first commencement in 1954, Bellarmine graduated 42 students.
The Korean War interrupted or ended the educations of many in the pioneer class, but the school persevered despite rumors of closure. In December 1956, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools formally announced Bellarmine's accreditation. Enrollment rose from the initial 115 in 1950 to 1,033 in 1959; the 1960s was an era of growth for the university. The university added Knights Hall, Bonaventure Hall, Lenihan Hall, Newman Hall, Kennedy Hall, an addition to Pasteur Hall and a small student activities building. 1963 witnessed the arrival of students from 17 states and two foreign countries. In 1964 the school awarded its 1,000th diploma. By the end of the decade enrollment exceeded 2,000 and the college installed its first computer. In 1967, Thomas Merton designated Bellarmine as the official repository of all his manuscripts leading to the formation of Bellarmine's Catholic identity in the inclusive Merton spirit, and in 1968, Bellarmine College merged with Ursuline College, becoming coeducational and independent of the Archdiocese.
The school now had its own self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. In May 1971, President Horrigan issued a report describing the state of Bellarmine College in light of the Second Vatican Council, noting that the school's board of trustees consisted of representatives from a number of groups, reflecting the "open, progressive and experimental spirit" of that papal council. Mentioned were various distinctions Bellarmine's students had achieved, including 14 Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, seven National Science Foundation Fellowships, three Fulbright Scholars, two Danforth Fellowships and two East-West Fellowships, achievements he attributed to Bellarmine's commitment to excellence; the college welcomed its second president when Horrigan resigned in 1972. His vice president, Fr. Raymond J. Treece, served as interim president for one year. Enrollment had fallen to 1,306 by 1973, several years of deficit budgets put the school at risk of closure; the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Eugene V. Petrik of California to the presidency in 1973 and he began to revitalize the college with new programs and directions.
He added the first graduate program – the MBA in 1975 – found resources for marketing and publicity, brought enrollment back above 2,000. The school added women's basketball in 1973, men's soccer and women's volleyball in 1976; the 1980s saw another deca
American Collegiate Hockey Association
The American Collegiate Hockey Association is a chartered non-profit corporation, the national governing body of varsity and club level college ice hockey in the United States. The organization provides structure, promotes the quality of play, sponsors National Awards and National Tournaments; the ACHA has three men's and two women's divisions and includes 450 teams from across the United States. Teams offer few athletic scholarships and receive far less university funding; the ACHA offers an opportunity for college hockey programs that struggle with large budgets and Title IX issues, as an alternative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association financial structure. Sometimes, NCAA and ACHA teams will compete against one another; the ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth of two-year and four-year collegiate hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards that serve to regulate teams at the collegiate level; the ACHA emphasizes academic performance, institutional sanction, eligibility criteria, standards of play and opportunities for national competition, the ACHA promotes all aspects of collegiate hockey stressing the personal development of individual athletes as well as national recognition for member organizations.
In order to do this, the ACHA has developed organizational by-laws and a Policies and Procedures Manual to provide the policy foundation for the organization as it works to fulfill its purpose. These documents are reviewed yearly at the ACHA's annual meeting; the ACHA's policies cover team and player eligibility, rules of play, ranking procedures, national tournament procedures, other administrative issues, although the ACHA parallels the NCAA Division III with most eligibility requirements, recruitment processes, gameplay rules, etc. The league holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Hockey Coaches Association, in the month of April in Naples, Florida; the ACHA was established on April 20, 1991. Fifteen charter members met during the Chicago Showcase in Skokie, Illinois at the North Shore Hilton; these member teams had been playing college hockey for many years but wished to legitimize its play by standardizing some of its procedures. The members that created the organization were: Tom Keegan, Al Murdoch, Joe Battista, Jim Gilmore, Ernie Ferrari, Howard Jenks, Jeff Aikens, Don Spencer, Jim Barry, Scott Fuller, Leo Golembiewski, Ron Starr, Cary Adams, Jim Warden, Jack White.
The inaugural year of the ACHA was the 1991–1992 season. The goal of the organization was to create an impartial governing body to monitor national tournaments, player eligibility, general oversight. Over the years the ACHA grew to over 150 teams in three men's divisions. A Women's Division was added in 2000 with a second Women's division being added for the 2006–2007 season. By the 2001–2002 season, marking their 10th anniversary, the ACHA had a total of 179 teams registered with 33 teams in Division 1, 100 teams in Division 2, 18 teams in Division 3, 20 teams in the Women's Division. By the 2002–2003 season that number raised to over 250 teams, with Division 3 adding over 80 teams alone. By the 2003–2004 season the number raised to 278 teams: 40 teams in D-1, 124 teams in D-2, 87 teams in D-3, 27 teams in the Women's Division. By the summer of 2007 ACHA membership had reached 360 teams. During the summer of 2009 the University of Alaska Fairbanks established a Women's Division 2 team becoming the 49th state in the ACHA.
Hawaii is the only state without an ACHA team. Every year since 2003, the Men's Division 1 Showcase has been an event that features some of the top teams in the ACHA. ACHA partners with Fasthockey.com to broadcast many of the league's games. In 2017, the ACHA adopted a new hosting format for holding the annual National Championship Tournament for all Men's & Women's Divisions. ACHA Executive Director Michael Walley championed an idea to hold all of the ACHA's National Championship Tournaments in 1 major U. S. city, in partnership with that city's National Hockey League team. The inaugural year saw the 2017 ACHA National Championship Tournament Festival held in Columbus, Ohio, in partnership with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. ACHA Executive Director Michael Walley assumed the role of Tournament Director for the inaugural tournament. In July 2017, after undergoing a nationwide search, Russ Slagle was selected by the ACHA's Board of Directors and appointed to fill the vacant staff position of ACHA National Tournament Director.
The ACHA includes Women's Divisions. The Men's side is made up of three Divisions: 1, 2, 3. Division 3 was the last to be established in 1999; each division has its own distinguishing set of guidelines. The Women's side has two divisions. Division 1 began in 2000 and Division 2 is the most recent addition to the ACHA with its inception in 2006. Despite most teams non-varsity status, the caliber of ACHA play can be quite high in Division 1. Many large universities that do not sponsor hockey at the NCAA varsity level have become powerhouses, such as Ohio University, Adrian College, Lindewood University. Additionally, several universities that do sponsor NCAA varsity hockey teams field an ACHA-affiliated teams. Of all non-varsity sports activities, the ACHA-affiliated hockey teams garner the most attention at their universities, such as Missouri State where it is the third largest spectator sport; the same can be said for the Arizona and University of Georgia who draw