SFA’s Hill to Retire at End of Academic Year

first_imgOne of the most ambitious projects during Hill’s tenure became reality in 2015 when the athletic department began producing live ESPN3 telecasts of home football, basketball, soccer and volleyball games. A state of the art facility now produces these telecasts using SFA students as the production crew. Active on the national scene, Hill served a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee where he was named chair during his final year.  He also is the current President of the Southland Conference Advisory Council. SFA also won its fourth consecutive Southland Conference women’s all-sports title in 2017 and fifth overall while winning the Southland Conference men’s all-sports trophies in 2013, 2011 and 2010. By winning the Commissioner’s Cup, the women’s all-sports title and the men’s all-sports title in 2010, SFA became just the second school to have swept all three awards in the history of the league.  Hill also played an important role in creating the “Battle of the Piney Woods” football game between SFA and Sam Houston State at NRG Stadium in Houston. The rivalry game moved from campus locations to the home of the Houston Texans in 2010. More than 26,500 attended the game in 2017. The partnership between Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, SFA and Sam Houston has created one of the most attended FCS football games of the year with the event now on a three-year rolling agreement because of its success. SFA became only the second school in the league’s history to repeat as Commissioner’s Cup winners for three consecutive years. In all, SFA has won five cups since 2010. “My mentor, Steve McCarty, always reminded me that to have a successful organization you need to hire great people and then stay out of their way and let them do their jobs,” Hill continued. “I’ve tried to follow that advice. Our coaches and support staff deserve all of the credit for what we have accomplished. Their dedication to our student-athletes and doing things the right way is what really makes SFA a Southland Conference leader.” At the conference level, Hill’s leadership helped SFA teams lay claim to 49 of the university’s 88 total Southland Conference titles. For the last three years, SFA has hoisted the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup – an annual award which represents the all-sports champion in the Southland Conference.  “Being able to pick my time to leave is rare in this business and I thank Dr. Pattillo and the Board of Regents for their support and confidence in me,” said Hill. Since Hill took over as director of athletics in the fall of 2005, SFA has enjoyed an unprecedented run of success both in the Southland Conference and on a national stage. Among the notable athletic achievements is an NCAA Division I national championship in bowling (2016); men’s basketball’s four appearances in the NCAA tournament which include wins over VCU (2014) and West Virginia (2016); Demi Payne becoming the first SFA athlete to claim a NCAA Division I individual title by winning the outdoor pole vault title in 2015; the first back to back Southland Conference titles in school history for football in 2009 and 2010; ten consecutive women’s conference track titles; five consecutive women’s soccer league titles and volleyball’s first NCAA tournament win in 2006.SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill to Retire at End of Academic Year. #AxeEmStory | https://t.co/f2WG0Ef4yt pic.twitter.com/t3detyl5j7— SFA Athletics (@SFA_Athletics) January 30, 2018 A national search for Hill’s replacement will begin immediately. “I will always remain a Lumberjack and am looking forward to following the success of SFA athletics for many seasons to come,” Hill finished. NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced Tuesday that he will retire from his role on May 31, 2018, following an affiliation with SFA athletics that spans over three decades in a various number of roles throughout the department.  In 2011 the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics named him Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision West Region. “Most importantly, I must acknowledge my wife Brenda and our children and grandchildren. Without their love, support and encouragement I would not have been able to spend the countless hours it takes to do this job. Now I look forward to having much more time to spend with them.” The academic success of SFA’s student-athletes has been a major point of emphasis to Hill throughout his time in charge of the department. In the 2016-17 academic year, 120 student-athletes received degrees and 201 SFA student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. SFA athletics arrived at a major milestone in the fall of 2017, too, by posting a collective student-athlete GPA of 3.0 for the semester.last_img read more

Repeat offender charged for stealing rum

first_imgRepeat offender Shawn Cornelius, 18, who on a number of occasions was before the courts on larceny charges, was on Monday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge detailing that between January 21 and 22, 2018, at Bus Park, Port Kaituma, NWD, he broke and entered the shop of Latoya Tobin and stole alcohol and other alcoholic beverages to the value of $25,000.The Prosecution is also contending that on January 28, at Port Kaituma, Cornelius escaped from lawful custody.The teen admitted to the offence of larceny, and told the court he was “high” on drugs when he stole from the virtual complainant (VC).He also told the Chief Magistrate that while in Police custody, the officers had refused to give him meals, and that had prompted him to escape. He was later found at his mother’s residence, hiding near a tree.Cornelius was remanded to prison, and his sentencing has been set for February 4.last_img read more

Former Man United coach Queiroz agrees new Iran deal

first_img1 Former Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz Former Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz has penned a new four-year deal as the boss of Iran.The Portuguese – credited with nurturing the talents of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford – enjoyed an impressive World Cup although his side finished bottom of a tough Group F which included Argentina, Bosnia and Nigeria.On the back of the summer tournament, the 61-year-old has earned himself a new deal with the national side and the former Real Madrid manager has also secured himself a pay rise.“It ‘s important, but not much higher than the previous one,” said the president of the Iranian Football Federation, Ali Kaffashian, about  Queiroz’s pay hike.last_img


first_imgA Co Donegal paramedic has warned the upheaval in ambulance services caused by flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital is putting lives in danger.The concerned medic contacted Donegal Daily to express his serious worry about the service.He claimed that because ambulances are now being sent to Sligo, Derry and Fermanagh, there are occasions when just ONE ambulance is available to ALL of Donegal. The medic claimed that no extra ambulance personnel have been allocated to the region despite the longer runs being endured by staff.“Some ambulance runs are taking up to three hours leaving the rest of the service exposed.“The reality is that no extra personnel have been drafted in which means that people are being exposed.“People will die as a result of not getting the expert help from the paramedics if something isn’t done,” he said. The situation may be eased somewhat if the accident ad emergency ward at Letterkenny is reopened as planned in the coming weeks.However, the paramedic warned that unless extra resources are put in to cope with the extra volume of work, people are being put in danger. PARAMEDIC SAYS LIVES WILL BE LOST BECAUSE OF CUTS was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMBULANCESLetterkenny General Hospitalparamediclast_img read more


first_imgEmma MaGuire has launched an appeal with Donegal Daily to find her beloved family pet who went missing in the Dungloe area.Charlie escaped through the garden gate of Nancy’s Cottage in the Tuberkeen/Quay road area of Dungloe, but there’s may be a possibility that he could of moved on to a near-by town. Charlie is a house dog and is not accustomed to the outdoors. Charlie has been missing for almost a week, and the family is distraught.Emma said; ‘We are totally devastated as there hasn’t been any sightings of him lately. But we’re not giving up hope that our wee man is still out there somewhere.”“He is not used to being outdoors, he has no road sense and will be absolutely terrified”.Charlie’s brother Ozy is also distressed by his disappearance as the two dogs have been raised together and have been inseperable. Ozy has begun exhibiting anxious behaviour since his brothers disappearance, such as going to the garden and pining for his him. Emma has asked people to check any outbuildings or derelict buildings in your area as she fears he may be injured or trapped.A generous reward is being offered for the return of Charlie.Emma concludes; “We want to get this wee man home again. Please share!”If you have any information on Charlie’s whereabouts you can message Donegal Daily on Facebook or give us an email at info@donegaldaily.comCAN YOU HELP US FIND CHARLIE? was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldungloeMISSING DOGlast_img read more


first_imgBrian ‘Mouse’ Ward pictured in handcuffs outside Letterkenny Court todayGARDAI have detained two members of an alleged criminal gang during an operation in Co Donegal, it was alleged in court today.Goods worth €36,000 were seized when a vehicle containing two suspects was stopped by Traffic Corps officer Gda Paul McGee, Letterkenny District Court was told. The incident happened at the Dry Arch Roundabout on Monday.Before the court were 19-year-old Brian ‘Mouse’ Ward 77 Ardkeen, Cavan and Tom ‘Ernie’ McDonagh, also 19, of 42 Hazelbrook Crescent, Letterkenny.Both also had addresses at 11A Ard Glass, Letterkenny and are denying the charges.In court today Gda McGee told the court that acting on a tip-off from drugs squad officer Derek Connaughton he pursued a blue Ford van – registration number 04 CN 6132 – as it entered the Letterkenny to Lifford dual carriageway at lunchtime on Monday.Gda Magee said both men were known to him and he began to investigate the state of the vehicle which was towing a trailer.Inside he found washing machines, Sky TV dishes and €36,000 worth of aluminium, the property of the ESB in Letterkenny.In court today Ward pleaded guilty to a range of driving offences connected to the incident and a previous incident in July.He was fined a total of €950 for a range of driving offences and failing to give Gardai a correct name.McDonagh was also fined €1,000, banned from driving for five years and jailed for three months for a serious of offences including driving whilst disqualified.Whilst McDonagh was taken into custody to serve the sentence, Ward was freed on €800 bail with an independent surety of €800.He was ordered to stay out of Donegal, stay at an address in Cavan, observe a curfew and not to associate with convicted criminals.The theft case will be mentioned again at the same court next week.McDonagh denies charges of theft of €36,000 worth of aluminium the property of the ESB and handling stolen goods.Ward denies charges of handling stolen goods.MEN CHARGED WITH €36,000 ‘TRAVELLING GANG THEFTS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMcDonaghTHEFTSWardlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Friday, August 4. Johnny CONLONThe death has occurred of Johnny Conlon, Killult, Falcarragh, peacefully at home. Reposing at his late residence from 11am today, Friday, 4th August. Removal on Sunday morning, 6th August, to Christ the King Church, Gortahork for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Rosary on Friday, 4th August, and Saturday, 5th August, at 10pm. Family time from 11pm until 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Margaret ROWLEY (née Mc Glinchey)The death has occurred of Margaret Rowley (née Mc Glinchey), Corveen, Donegal Town wife of the late John Rowley peacefully in Castlebar University Hospital. Remains reposing in the Chapel of Rest Donegal Hospital from 4:30pm until 6:30pm tomorrow Friday & then to St Agatha’s Church, Clar for 7pm.Funeral Mass in St Agatha’s Church, Clar at 11am on Saturday with burial immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery. Sadly missed by her daughter Mary, sons Anthony and Gerry, grandkids Jade, Jack, Kian and Shane, son in law Paul, daughters in law Fiona and Collette, her sisters Noreen, Kate and brother Packie. Fondly remembered by all her nieces, nephews and friends.  Peggy KERRThe death has occurred of Peggy Kerr, 1 Sg. Bridget’s Tec, East End, Bundoran, suddenly at her residence, Peggy, beloved wife of the late Sean Kerr, and loving mother to Debbie (Flanagan), Martina (Bromley), Averil (Gallagher), Peter and Sean. Deeply and sincerely regretted by her loving daughters, sons, daughter-in-law, sons-in-laws, her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at her home today Friday from 12 noon to 9pm. House Private at all other times please. Removal on Saturday morning, August 5th at 11.30am to arrive at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran for Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon, burial afterwards in Finner Cemetery, Bundoran. Family Flowers only please, donations in lieu, if so desired, to the Bundoran R.N.L.I Branch, c/o donation box at Family Home/Church or by Conlan & Breslin Funerals.House Strictly Private on Saturday please.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituarieslast_img read more

Letterkenny Gardaí take in hungry pup

first_imgGardaí in Letterkenny last night rescued a lost dog and took it into the station, not for questioning, but for feeding!Officers are seeking assistance from the public to find the owner of this pooch, who was found in the Gortlee area of Letterkenny at 9.30pm on Wednesday night.Officers had to make a quick stop to the Mountain Top to get the dog a late night snack, and shared photos of it chowing down on some chunks in the station. If you know or recognise this dog, please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-916-7100 / 074-916-7170  Letterkenny Gardaí take in hungry pup was last modified: March 22nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

R6bn budget boost for higher education

first_img11 December 2009 “These and various other recommendations of the task team have been adapted to a new draft policy, which the minister wishes to implement in 2011/12,” said the Department of Education in a statement this week. “The minister will seek the advice of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) before taking a final decision on the implementation of this new policy.” “Minister Nzimande is [also] committed to advancing transformation in higher education and therefore believes that a new funding framework is necessary to ensure higher access and success rates particularly for black African and disadvantaged students, and improved quality of teaching and research,” the department added. He said the department has also earmarked allocations of R39-million for 2010/11 and R41-million for 2011/12 for the National Institutes for Higher Education in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, where exploratory work is being conducted on establishing new universities. Nzimande also recommitted his department to reducing the percentage of students who are not subsidised as a consequence of over-enrolment by universities. To gain access to the funds, institutions would have to do the following: The budged for higher education is set to grow progressively over the next three years, with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announcing that the amount is expected to grow from R15.3-billion in the 2008/9 financial year to R21.3-billion in 2011/12. One of the features of the proposed new teaching development policy is that 80% of the MTEF budget for teaching outputs would be distributed on the basis of the actual teaching outputs or graduates produced by universities, while the balance of 20% would be used for teaching development grants. Another feature is that the distribution of the funds available would be based on the share each institution has of the degree credit total of the higher education system. This is to ensure that all institutions are eligible for teaching development funds. It is envisaged that teaching development grants would continue to be earmarked funds which must be used for purposes designated by the minister. Meanwhile, a ministerial task team has recommended that the current policy on the calculation and distribution of teaching development grants be discontinued. Improving graduation rates With regard to research development grants, the ministerial task team has recommended that the current policy on the calculation and distribution of grants be discontinued from the 2011/12 financial year.center_img The balance of 20% would be used for research development grants. It is also proposed that all universities would be eligible for research development grants. The main recommendations of the task team are that the minister should be able to set the annual amount available for teaching development as a fixed proportion of the total allocation for teaching outputs, and that all institutions should be eligible for teaching development funding, and not only those whose performance fell below national output norms. They would have to submit plans indicating what interventions they could make to improve success rates in these courses. These plans would have to be accompanied by expenditure budgets. Teaching development grants “The minister’s new requirement would be that these funds must be used in targeted ways to improve the success and graduation rates of disadvantaged students,” the department said. Research development grants Speaking in Pretoria this week, Nzimande said the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) figures were tentative and subject to confirmation in the budget presentation. Annual progress reports would have to have to be submitted. These would have to describe the outcomes of the implementation of the plans, including indications of changes that have occurred in success rates. They would have to identify those programmes in which the graduation rates of disadvantaged students are significantly lower than those of advantaged students. They would have also to identify the courses within those programmes which are failed by large proportions of disadvantaged students. The main features of the proposed new research policy, on which the minister will also seek advice from the CHE, include that 80% of the MTEF budget for research outputs would be distributed on the basis of the actual research outputs produced by universities. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tax boost for SA, Kenyan businesses

first_img30 November 2010Kenya and South Africa have agreed to waive double taxation for businesses operating in both countries, and have also signed a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation.The agreements – signed during Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s visit to Kenya last week – are aimed at improving commercial relations between the two regional economic powerhouses before a planned visit by President Jacob Zuma next year.Motlanthe and his Kenyan counterpart, Kalonzo Musyoka, agreed that processes to address some of the impediments to trade and contact between the two countries needed to be addressed.Both Kenya and South Africa agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, tourism, higher education, diplomacy and the management of correctional facilities.Addressing regional issuesMotlanthe also held talks with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on regional economic issues. The two countries agreed that the future development of Africa depended on increased intra-Africa trade and the resolution of conflicts.South Africa and Kenya reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring a peaceful referendum in Sudan in January 2011.Turning their attention to Somalia, it was agreed that the Institutions of the Traditional Federal Government be strengthened, and that AMISOM (the United Nations-backed peacekeeping force operating in that country) be supported in order to ensure peace and stability.The two countries also agreed to continue holding regular consultation on topical issues, with a view of having a common position in regional and international forums.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more