GREENVILLE –– This year’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference football media day will be Aug. 6 in Latrobe, Pa. Saint Vincent College will host the league’s media day for the 13th-straight year. The annual event serves as the PAC’s kickoff to the football season, with each of the conference’s 10 head coaches and player representatives addressing the media and previewing the upcoming season.
The PAC Sports Network will be on site to provide a live stream of the event, which will be available at pacstream.net.
Following a brief welcome by PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko, Dr. David Barner, Westminster College professor of broadcast communications and chair of the School of Communication, will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Dow Carnahan Media Award.
Carnahan, a longtime supporter and friend of the PAC, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2016. The award is presented annually to a distinguished member of the media or on-campus representative for his or her commendable service while covering and promoting the conference’s student-athletes, coaches and programs.
Entering his 39th year at Westminster, Dr. Barner has served as department chair since 1994. He was presented with the college’s Honorary Titan Award for significant contributions to the athletic program in 1999. He has taught a variety of courses throughout his career while encouraging students to involve themselves in a variety of broadcasting experiences both on-air and behind-the-scenes.
Dr. Barner is an active recruiter of students interested in the college’s School of Communication and assists with a variety of admissions activities. He has worked with the Faculty Personnel Committee and Planning, Budget and Institutional Research Council. He has also served as chair of the Instructional Resources Committee.
In addition to hosting a weekly public service interview show, “Roundtable” on Westminster radio station WWNW (88.9-FM) and serving as play-by-play announcer for Titan football and basketball, Dr. Barner is also a co-advisor of The Holcad, Westminster’s award-winning, weekly student newspaper that allows students to gain valuable experiences managing, editing and delivering information to the community.
A member of the Broadcast Education Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, Dr. Barner helped Westminster secure three PAB educational grants for radio station improvements.
Dr. Barner earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Shippensburg University before completing his doctorate in educational communications at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I always admired Dow Carnahan as a broadcaster,” said Barner. “To receive an award named in his memory and based on his qualities is an honor of a lifetime.”
• GREENSBORO, N.C. –– The American Baseball Coaches Association announced that the Thiel College baseball team earned their 4th straight ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award honors for the 2018-19 academic year. The Tomcats have earned this distinction each year since the ABCA started honoring teams in 2016.
Thiel was one of two programs in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference honored by the ABCA this year.
Eighty NCAA Division III baseball programs received the 2018-19 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams needed a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) during the 2018-19 academic year.
• STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a $17 million exit fee to the American Athletic Conference, so the school can rejoin the Big East next year.
AAC bylaws stipulate any school seeking to leave the conference must give 27 months’ notice and pay a $12 million fee, but the sides negotiated the higher fee for UConn to leave sooner.
The Huskies will join the Big East in all sports except football, men’s and women’s ice hockey and rowing. UConn also announced Friday its football program will become an independent in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2020.