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NCAA head Myles Brand to open URI Honors Colloquium with public talk on ‘State of Intercollegiate Sport’

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- August 31, 2005 -- Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will lead off the University of Rhode Island’s Fall 2005 Honors Colloquium, “Contemporary Sport: Obsession or Healthy Pursuit” on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, Brand’s lecture will be in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271, Chafee Social Science Center. The colloquium is a project of the Honors Program at URI.

The former president of Indiana University, Brand became the president of the NCAA in 2003. His topic will be the “State of Intercollegiate Sport.”

As the association’s fourth chief executive officer, he heads a voluntary organization through which the nation’s colleges and universities govern their athletic programs. The NCAA is comprised of more than 1,250 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals.

Brand heads an agency that runs tournaments that crown national champions in a wide range of sports, including the wildly popular NCAA basketball tournaments. It has also dealt with academic cheating scandals involving coaches and student-athletes, recruiting violations, and graduation rates for student-athletes.

Major sponsors of the colloquium are The Providence Journal, Theta Chi Fraternity, URI Honors Program, URI President’s Office, Institute for International Sport, URI Office of the Provost, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI College of Business Administration and the URI Division of University Advancement.

Co-sponsors are the URI Department of Athletics, Multicultural Center, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Affairs and Women’s Studies Program.

For more information, contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or

The Honors Program at URI offers learning enrichment opportunities that broaden and enhance the undergraduate educational experience. The program features small classes, a nationally renowned honors colloquium, national scholarship advising, and in-depth study and research with faculty mentors. All major national scholarship competitions are available to selected students.

Continuing URI students must maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average or receive permission from the honors director to participate.

Open access to the Honors Program continues for qualified students throughout their undergraduate years. About 900 URI students participate in the Honors Program.