August 20 2010
2011 Academic All-America Hall of Fame Nomination/Voting Timeline & Information
CoSIDA Members: During the recent CoSIDA Convention in San Francisco, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame® inducted its 23rd class to bring the total number of Academic All-America Hall of Fame® members to 112. As you are preparing for the upcoming academic and athletic seasons, please keep in mind any potential nominees for the Academic All-America Hall of Fame®.
Please begin researching potential candidates, especially those former student-athletes that would fall into the honorary category, now to have the most complete information when the forms become available. If you nominated a former student-athlete on-line last year, you will have access to those forms to update information.
Below is a timeline and a fact sheet for the Academic All-America Hall of Fame®. Please contact me for more information.
Sports Information Director/Academic All-America Hall of Fame Coordinator
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Office - (610) 861-1472
Fax - (610) 861-1581
Cell - (610) 390-7545
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 Academic All-America
® Hall of Fame Nomination/Voting Timeline
Sept. 1st - Nomination form available on-line
Nov. 1st - Close of nominations
Nov. 8th - Ballot available to AAA Committee and CoSIDA Board of Directors
Nov. 21st - Close of voting
Nov. 29th - Schools contacted for information on finalists
Dec. 10th - Deadline for information on finalists
You MUST be a current 2010-11 CoSIDA member in order to access the online nomination/voting system. You need your CoSIDA login and password to access Academic All-America® voting. You Begin the online nomination process here: http://www.cosida.com/Awards/allamerica.aspx
ABOUT THE EVENT
Created in 1988, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame® recognizes Academic All-Americas who have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes in the communities where they reside. Four to five deserving candidates are inducted at an annual awards ceremony.
A total of 112 Academic All-Americas have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception. The Class of 2011 will be inducted at the annual CoSIDA Convention in Marco Island, Florida, in June, 2011.
To be eligible, an Academic All-America must have:
• Received a nomination by his/her alma mater’s sports information director.
• Earned Academic All-America® Team honors during his/her collegiate career or must meet the criteria for an Honorary Inductee.
• Graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
• Received college diploma for at least 10 years ago.
• Proven career success and philanthropic service.
An Honorary Inductee is a person who, or an organization which, has made a significant contribution to the Academic All-America Committee, Teams or Hall of Fame. The honorary designation may be awarded to a former scholar-athlete whose collegiate career pre-dated the Academic All-America program in his/her particular sport. The eligible candidates' academic and athletic achievements must meet minimum criteria for selection to the Hall of Fame.
Sports Information Directors nominate former Academic All-Americas annually. A national ballot consisting of all eligible candidates (more than 100 each year) is distributed to the CoSIDA Board of Directors and the Academic All-America Committee in an on-line process to determine the “Top 25” finalists.
The “Top 25” finalists ballot is prepared for a 12 member Hall of Fame selection committee, which is made up of the program spokesperson, CoSIDA representatives, current Hall of Fame members and a sponsor dignitary. The Hall of Fame selection committee selects a maximum of four inductees and, when warranted, an Honorary Inductee for each induction ceremony.
HALL OF FAME MEMBERS OVERVIEW
Since its inception, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame has recognized U.S. Senators and Representatives, military heroes, attorneys, physicians, college presidents, Nobel Prize recipients and leading figures of corporate America. There has also been a fair share of sports legends including Bill Walton, Pat Haden, Lynette Woodard, Steve Young, Brock Strom, Joe Theisman, Lynn Barry, Cris Collinsworth, Bill Bradley, Bernie Kosar, Tracy Caulkins-Stockwell, Merlin Olsen and Danny Ainge.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Dick Enberg, CBS Sports Emmy award-winning commentator, has served as the official spokesperson for the Academic All-America Teams Program and is the Academic All-America Hall of Fame master of ceremonies (when his schedule permits) since 1985 to present. A complete bio is available upon request.
DICK ENBERG AWARD
Established in 1997, the Dick Enberg Award is given annually to a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America® Teams Program and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics. The award was created in part to recognize Dick Enberg’s passion and support of the Academic All-America program for the past 20 years and more importantly, his dedication to education for more than four decades.