Email to the campus community upon announcement of UIS becoming a full-fledged NCAA Division II Member

Friday, July 9, 2010

Faculty, Staff and Students:

Chancellor Richard RingeisenUIS Athletic Director Rodger Jehlicka received a call this morning from the NCAA, and he is pleased to announce to all that we are now a full NCAA Division II member!

We all have been working toward this goal for 3 years, after we first applied for NCAA Division II membership in 2007. Rodger and his team did a great job of getting through this three year procedure and are to be complimented. The past year was our provisional year, when we competed at the Division II level for the first time.

Today's announcement means that UIS will compete in 2010-11 as a full member of the NCAA, the Great Lakes Valley Conference and be eligible for NCAA post-season competition for the first time. After having attended the NCAA DII presidents and chancellors meeting a month ago, where for both days the discussion was about academics and the "student" in student-athlete, I feel it important to say that this is a great day for all of UIS.

So many students, faculty, staff, and community members have worked hard to reach this accomplishment. I would like to invite everyone to the TRAC this afternoon for a brief official announcement about the certification and some refreshments. Please join us at 1:30 pm in the TRAC lobby as we celebrate this special day for the university.

Thank you and I'll see you there.