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 Tuesday, March 8, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Athletics Department Update
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jack Lengyel is making strides in his four months as interim athletics director at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lengyel brings expertise and experience to the university, with a national reputation for integrity and high standards of academic performance, as well as a commitment to competition.

Lengyel, CU-Boulder's fifth athletics director, previously served as athletics administrator and coach at several universities including the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Missouri and Fresno State University. He also has held leadership positions in various organizations such as the National Association of College Directors of Athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the College Football Association.

Lengyel recently appointed retired women's head basketball coach Ceal Barry as assistant athletic director for student services. After 22 seasons of basketball at CU-Boulder, Barry announced her retirement from the head coach position in late February. She was honored at the CU women's basketball game against Nebraska on March 2.

Among other community service projects, Barry has collaborated with the School of Education on a camp for female African American and Latina middle school students. The camp promoted an interest in science and technology around the students' existing interests in topics such as health and basketball.

Other recent accomplishments in the athletics department include:

  • The CU men's golf, men's skiing and women's volleyball teams each received a perfect score from the NCAA's recently launched Academic Progress Rate (APR) report. The APR uses a point system that rates teams based on academic standings and retention of their members. Teams with a perfect score had every member in good academic standing and enrolled to return to school the next year. Schools submitted figures to the NCAA for the 2003-2004 academic year for a trial run of the system. The only program not to meet a passing mark was men's basketball.
  • CU distance runners Brent Vaughn and Renee Metivier, Big 12 Men's and Women's Indoor Performers of the Year, each won first place in their respective 3,000-meter races at the Big 12 Indoor Championships Finals at the University of Nebraska. Overall, the men's team placed eighth and the women's team finished in fifth.
  • The CU ski team finished second in the New Mexico Invitational and then placed third in the NCAA West Regional to wrap up the regular season. The Buffaloes will head to Stowe, Vermont next, to try and win the school's 17th national championship in the sport.
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