Georgetown, KY â Tubby Smith â a man with a reputation for character-building and a coach appreciated by Kentucky basketball fans of almost every stripe â will tip-off Year 2 of Billy Reedâs âConversations with Championsâ as a slam-dunk to pack John L. Hill Chapel. This free, âfireside chatâ event with the former UK basketball coach and current University of Minnesota head man will begin at 7:30 p.m., September 26.
“Tubby Smith is one of the finest gentlemen and best basketball coaches I’ve ever been around,â said Reed, who took on a role as a Georgetown College Executive Scholar-in-Residence a year ago to crusade for bringing character, ethics and integrity back to collegiate athletics. âHe’s living proof that it’s possible to do things the right way and still win championships.â
Smith left the University of Georgia to return to UK for the 1997-98 season when Rick Pitino left for the NBA and he coached the Cats to a second NCAA crown in three years. He was an assistant at UK (1989-91) when Pitino had the challenge of resurrecting a Wildcat program that was reeling from NCAA probation and player defections.
He left UK in 2007 for the challenge of turning the struggling Minnesota program around. His Golden Gophers have won at least 20 games the past three seasons and made the NCAA tournament two of those years.
Reed, who this summer begins his second year as the Collegeâs second Executive Scholar-in- Residence (former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins, who is still in residence, was the first), nearly has the 2011-12 âConversations with Championsâ booked. So far, other expected guests are horseman Seth Hancock, who syndicated Secretariat for a record $6 million in â72; multi Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor John Carroll, whose Lexington Herald-Leader won the â86 award for its investigation of UK basketball transgressions; UK football coach Joker Phillips; and author and adventurer Tori Murden-McClure, the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic and now Vice President for External Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at Spalding University in Louisville.
All of Reedâs âConversations with Championsâ in 2010-11 were filmed for airing on Kentucky Educational Television. His guests were former University of Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton, who once chaired the NCAA rules committee; former University of Louisville and NBA basketball star Junior Bridgeman, now a successful businessman and member of the PGA board of directors; âMadame Butterflyâ Mary T. Meagher, the swimming star of the 1984 Olympics; sports marketing legend Jim Host, current chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority; NBC sportscaster Tom Hammond, host of thoroughbred racingâs Triple Crown and the network’s coverage of Olympic track and field, and ice skating; and Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Chris McCarron.
Reed heads up the Collegeâs new Academy for Character in Sport, which will be seeking public involvement to be truly successful in changing the culture. An acclaimed sports journalist formerly with the Louisville Courier-Journal and senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he will also hold a Sports JournalismÂ Workshop for high school juniors and seniors August 8-10. Follow Reedâs blog and more at http://acs.georgetowncollege.edu
Georgetown, KY – The latest team to put Georgetown College âon the mapâ doesnât kick, shoot or spike a ball. Rather, itâs all about reeling âem in.
On June 19, GCâs Bass Fishing Team placed 10th among 40 collegiate squads in the National Guard College Fishing Tournament at the Wolf River Chain of Lakes in Wisconsin. The other 39 duos represented universities; Georgetown was the only college!
Club president Clay Elliott, a rising junior from Pikeville, and Vincent Timperio, a junior from Corbin, represented GC and caught the limit of five fish â the largest a 9-pound, 13-oz bass. Eastern Kentucky University (12 lbs/10oz) and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (12 lbs/1oz) finished one-two.
Elliott, who is leaning toward a marketing career after college, said he went up with his father about two weeks prior to pre-fish the tourney area. âAfter that I was totally comfortable,â he said. âA local fisherman we went out with said heâd throw me in the lake if we didnât finish in the top 10!â
The Bass Fishing Team is hoping to be declared an official âclub sportâ under the supervision of Georgetown College Athletics sometime in July. Volunteer coach Rex Huff, a semi-professional bass fisherman and father of team member Mike Huff â a junior from Corbin â would be the coach.
To say the team is âfamilyâ is not a stretch. Mike Huff, Nick Huff (who lives on the same Corbin street as Mike) and Clay Elliott are all first cousins. (Incidentally, Nickâs father, Dave, is an â83 GC grad; both of Clayâs parents â John and Shanna (Huff) Elliott â are â80 grads.)
Cousins Mike and Nick will represent the College at the next National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Division tournament July 16 at the Detroit River in Trenton, Mich. And, Clay has organized a âBattle of the Borderâ tournament between colleges from Kentucky and Tennessee at Lake Cherokee, TN, July 23-24.
The other members of the team are Logan Kincer, a junior from Mount Vernon; John Hunter, a sophomore from Shelbyville; and Shelby County High graduate Lauren Kelly, a sophomore now of Morehead City, NC.
Elliott said these Tiger fishermen love to show off their âGCâ jerseys at regional and national competitions. âWeâre a human billboard,â he said.
Georgetown, KY â Although the piggy-back booking of former NFL great Gale Sayers was practically last moment, June 24 will be a lasting memory for those who got to meet and hear the legendary Chicago Bears running back. The Blanton Collier Â Sportsmanship Group, which honored the Sixties star with their annual award the night before in Lexington, brought him to campus; Friday evening, Sayers was inducted into The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.
John Heck â87 read in this alumni e-newsletter the day before Sayersâ appearance and just âhad to bringâ his young family of four down from Dayton to hear sports journalist Billy Reed engage him in a special summer âConversations with Championsâ event at Georgetown Collegeâs Thomas & King Conference Center. A longtime fan of Sayersâ fellow Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus, Heck said his passion for the Bears âjust expanded from there.â
Reedâs interview delved into Sayersâ brief-but-spectacular football career, the special friendship that he (a black man) had with teammate Brian Piccolo (a white man who died young of cancer) â and the movie âBrianâs Songâ that immortalized them both, his thoughts on leadership, his strong views on how the NFL should do more for injured players from the leagueâs early years, and life-after-football. After this âfireside chat,â several audience members got to ask questions â including Heckâs children, Philip (10) and Ellie (8).
Philip couldnât have set Sayers up any better with âWhat do you think was your best year?â The answer: His second season, repeating with more than 1,000 yards gained to again lead the league â the only player to ever accomplish that and made even more special because he was coming back from a bad knee injury.
Then, Sayers was kind enough to to drop by and speak with the 120 young participants in the Bill Cronin Football Camp. He relished telling the boys the same story about his nearly unfathomable feat. But first, the campers (age 8 through high school seniors) oohed and ahh-ed through a highlights reel of Sayersâ best juking runs as a Bear.
When the lights came on, Sayers said âI had a gift. I hope youâre listening to your coaches â your father on the field â because you donât have that gift â yet.â
Cronin, the GC Tigers head football coach, would later say, âHis visit was pretty special â everyone, including our coaches, was in awe.â
Billy Reed told the campers, âRarely do you get to be in the presence of true greatness as you are right now.â He was talking not only about Sayers, the great athlete, but also the successful businessman and an ex-player who knows what it means to give back.
Billy Reed became the Collegeâs second Executive Scholar-in-Residence last summer (former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins was and still is the first). His role includes heading up GCâs new Academy for Character in Sport, which was established to address the well-documented decline of character, integrity and ethics in sports and the media. And, Friday he suggested that he and Sayers â who is known for his tutoring and mentoring â should talk more about helping each otherâs causes. Follow Reedâs blog at acs.georgetowncollege.edu
Georgetown, KY- Graduate students in the new blended Advanced Teacher Leader Rank One cohort program will soon be able to take courses in a mostly online format while receiving the individualized faculty attention and strong peer support network for which Georgetown College is known.
The emphasis of this program is to extend teacher leadership to the school level. This is accomplished through core courses that include advanced, relevant instruction in working with diverse learners through collaboration, literacy, and technology, and through using school data for effective decision making. These core course experiences culminate with a final school leadership project designed to positively impact the school. Â
âA number of inquiring teachers have expressed real excitement about the school leadership element,â said Dr. Andrea Peach, Associate Dean of Graduate Education. âFor example, many teachers in our masterâs program have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have written grants for their schools, developed school literacy plans, and presented at state and national conferences.Â The new Rank I program will offer teachers the flexibility to continue to pursue these leadership opportunities.
You may find out how to apply now by going to Â http://education.georgetowncollege.edu/ (then click on the Graduate Admission link) or by calling the Graduate Education Office at 502.863.8176. In order to begin in Fall 2011, you must submit your application by July 22.
Students who enroll in the Advanced Teacher Leader Rank One program will also earn an additional endorsement either in English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented or Instructional Technology, certification in Moderate/Severe Disabilities, or special recognition by completing the English as a Second Language or Autism Spectrum Disorders cognate.
The first Fall Georgetown College blended cohort will provide the option of completing the program as a member of a close-knit blended and online professional community (cohort) with a maximum of 20 students. By taking two courses each semester, students will be complete the 30 hour program in five semesters. However, students may also choose to take one class per semester if desired.
While most of the courses will be online (with one required face-to-face meeting each semester), two or three of the core courses may have a maximum of three additional face to face meetings, primarily on Saturdays. âWhile many students love the convenience of the online courses, many also desire meaningful face to face contact with each other. Through this first Rank One Advanced Teacher Leadership cohort, we are striving to meet the learning needs of all of our students while maintaining the close relationships that our students crave,âsaid Dr. Peach.
Students choosing the Fall 2011 Advanced Teacher Leader Rank One cohort option will pre-register and complete a contract to take the required core Rank One cohort classes in a specified order. Additional endorsement online courses will be taken according to student schedules.
Georgetown College is a Christian, liberal arts institution, offering several graduate programs in education. These include Master of Arts degrees in Alternative Certification and Special Education Learning Behavior Disorders as well as Teacher-Leader Master of Arts with specialization in your content area or with endorsements/certification/cognates in English as a Second Language, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Reading Specialist, Moderate/Severe Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students may earn their Rank One through various options. For additional questions on these new program options, please contact the Graduate Education Office by calling 502.863.8176 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.