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Updated Sept.19, 2014

NCAA Pathway ProgramThe Pathway Program is designed to elevate those currently in senior-level positions within athletics administration to the next step of directors of athletics.  Selected participants represent each of the three NCAA Divisions, including four representatives from Division III.  This year-long program allows for an intensive, experiential learning opportunity for the 12 selected participants.  Selected participants will need to have supervisor approval and endorsement, and must be able to attend the five required programs throughout the year.   For more details visit the program page, or to apply visit the NCAA Program Hub.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 30.  If you have additional questions, please contact Dawn Buth, associate director of leadership development.

Purchasing WebsiteDirectors of athletics and conference commissioners recently received an email invitation to use a new $500 credit for the Division III purchasing website during 2014-15. The site is stocked with several new items – including co-brandable banners and posters based on Division III’s new “Know the Facts” campaign, which focuses on the division’s unique student-athlete experience, as well as banners for use during the annual Division III Week (next scheduled for April 6-12, 2015). The link for the purchasing website is (no "www" or "http" needed).  Access the site by entering the email address of your institution's director of athletics (or for conferences, the commissioner's email address) as the username, and then enter the password you created the first time you logged into the site (those logging in for the first time can create any password).  Assistance with logging in to the site, updating records to reflect a new director of athletics’ email address, delegating log-in access to another staff member, resetting passwords and placing orders is available from Amy Byrnes at Source One Digital.

NCAA Emerging Leaders SeminarThe Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is a professional development and networking opportunity for interns and graduate assistants currently employed within an NCAA membership institute’s athletics department, conference offices and affiliated organizations. During the three-day program, participants learn the valuable skill sets necessary for evaluating careers within intercollegiate athletics.  Topics will include, but are not limited to, group/office dynamics, self-awareness and the big picture of intercollegiate athletics. Through the experiences at ELS, participants walk away with applicable skills and knowledge to help the next steps as a collegiate athletics professional, an increased ability to work with colleagues and a vast network of individuals as they transition from an intern or a graduate assistant to a full-time athletics professional.  Please share this exciting opportunity with talented graduate assistants and interns in your athletics departments. This year 200 participants will be selected through an application process (previous seminars were first-come, first-served registration). For more details visit the program page, or to submit an application, visit the NCAA Program Hub. The application deadline is Thursday, October 9. If you have additional questions, please contact Dawn Buth, associate director of leadership development.