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Active Fall Semester for Associate AD Scott and Student-Athlete Success Center

Success Center takes strides in development of comprehensive student services program

December 7, 2011


Active Fall Semester for Associate AD Scott and Student-Athlete Success Center

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Ensuring that over 400 student-athletes are honoring their academic responsibility is the day-to-day pursuit of Associate Athletic Director, Ed Scott and the Student-Athlete Success Center (SASC). However, this past fall Scott and his staff went above and beyond to ‘maximize the educational benefit of the entire collegiate experience’ for the student-athletes their job encompasses.

“My primary goal since arriving on campus has been to create a support program that provides the guidance and resources for Binghamton’s student-athletes to achieve their academic goals while making sure they’re in position to compete in life beyond college once they’ve earned their degree,” Scott proclaimed.

During the fall semester, Scott was chosen to be a keynote speaker, academic advisor Linda Reynolds participated in the NCAA Regional Career in Sports Forum and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (overseen by Scott) president, Julie Chambers organized a group of student-athletes to help one of their own in flood cleanup.

Though Scott may see it as business as usual, the dedication and diligence of his staff and the students he works with has assisted in elevation of the Binghamton athletics department to new heights.

“I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made regarding the Student-Athlete Success Center and the services we now provide to our student-athletes,” Scott continued. “I am proud of the shared vision we’ve been able to create between, the administration, coaches, student-athletes and student services staff.” 

RELATING EXPERIENCES

Accompanying family weekend on campus, Ed Scott spoke at the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society induction ceremony. Held at Old Union Hall, Scott discussed his experiences with Equal Opportunity Program’s (EOP) while attending college at the University at Albany. Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges through non-traditional criteria.

In front of 75 inductees, Scott reminded the students their hard work did not end there today, but that they must continue to chase their dreams though they achieved some success. Scott attended Albany thanks to the assistance of EOP’s similar to the one honoring the Binghamton students that day. While at Albany, Scott took full advantage of his opportunity, starring for the baseball team and becoming the first minority to win the Presidential Scholar-Athlete award. The honor is given to the student-athlete that best exemplifies the term student-athlete.

At first, Scott had trouble understanding why he was selected to be the keynote speaker at such an important event. But by time his first public speaking engagement ended, he realized how much he related to the students sitting in front of him. His message was so well-received that he was asked to be the keynote speaker for another organization.

“It was an honor to be the keynote speaker for an event that recognizes the outstanding academic accomplishments of Binghamton students,” Scott stated. “Personally, any time I can share my story to inspire or motivate young men and women…it’s a very rewarding experience.”

LEARNING ON THE FLY

Newly obtained from the compliance department, academic advisor Linda Reynolds and three BU student-athletes attended the NCAA Regional Career in Sports Forum. Junior basketball player Taylor Johnston along with track runners Cazal Arnett and Chris Veney joined Reynolds in Pittsburgh for the three-day event.

Reynolds, just a few weeks on the job, continued Binghamton’s involvement with the Career in Sports Forum. For the past two years Ed Scott has worked as a facilitator at the National Career in Sports Forum held every June. This past summer, Julie Chambers joined Scott in Indianapolis to be educated on careers in sports with the focus primarily being on intercollegiate athletics.

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During her time in Pittsburgh, Reynolds participated in the Effective Facilitation Workshop and the Educational Symposium, broadening her development as an academic counselor.

“The opportunity for student-athletes and administrators to get together in a small-group setting where they can learn directly from each other does not come along often,” Reynolds proclaimed. “I thought our student-athletes did a wonderful job of taking advantage of the networking opportunities as well as learning a great deal about possible career fields. As an administrator, it is always exciting to share ideas with colleagues and come back to your school and implement positive changes immediately.”

HELPING THEIR OWN

Following the devastating flood that hit the Southern Tier Binghamton student-athletes rallied to help the community. However, the student-athletes were not void of being affected by the flood themselves. Organized by Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and senior volleyball player, Julie Chambers, a group of student-athletes assisted in the flood recovery of a fellow student-athlete.

On a Saturday morning, something that not many college students are eager give up, about 20 student-athletes combined forces and began the long process of flood clean-up. During a disheartening and frustrating time a small contingent of Bearcats banded together and brought hope to a terrible situation.

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The compassion and dedication to their University and fellow student-athletes demonstrated by the ‘relief workers’ displays the type of leadership Scott exudes. His meticulousness in developing the Binghamton athletics department into a premier establishment has rubbed off on the student-athletes he encounters on a daily basis.

The Student-Athlete Success Center states its mission as ‘committing to fully integrating the student-athlete into the college environment in order to maximize the educational benefit of the entire collegiate experience.’ After the couple of months Scott and his staff had, no one should second-guess their efforts in developing Binghamton athletics into a top-notch establishment.

In Scott’s eyes the SASC has made vast strides during his brief tenure, “In a short time, just over three years, we have developed a sound infrastructure which I believe is necessary to be a comprehensive Division I student services program.”

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