Academy Trustee Joan Cronan Earns SEC’s Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award

2022-12-09T09:12:00-06:00December 9th, 2022|

University of Tennessee Athletic Director Emeritus and women’s sports trailblazer Joan Cronan earned the Southeastern Conference’s Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award. Cronan, a United States Sports Academy Trustee and Honorary Doctorate recipient, was presented the award during the SEC Championship Game on 3 December 2022 in Atlanta, Ga. The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is presented on special occasions to former student-athletes, coaches, graduates or administrators of SEC institutions or the conference office who have maintained a lifetime of interest in college athletics and who, over a significant period of time, have exhibited superior leadership qualities and made a significant impact to the betterment of the mission of the Southeastern Conference. “Having had the opportunity to work with Joan through her work as a member of our Board [...]

Academy President Re-Appointed to International Commission

2022-12-06T13:50:44-06:00December 6th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been reconfirmed as a member of the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film and television. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Milan, Italy, FICTS has 116 member countries. The mission of the FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission is to follow the IOC’s guidelines in spreading Olympic values such as ethics, respect, peace and fair play to young people around the world. FICTS is chaired by Professor Franco Ascani, a member of the IOC Culture and [...]

Board Member Updates

2022-11-30T13:18:00-06:00November 30th, 2022|

The Board approved the re-election of Board members Ms. Joan Cronan, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, and Mr. Jack Scharr whose terms were expiring, those on the Executive Committee, and the corporate officers, who are: Dr. T.J. Rosandich, President and CEO until replaced), Mr. Randy Smith, Treasurer, and Dr. Nick Niccolai, Secretary as well ratifying actions of the Executive Committee over the course of the past year. Also, seated as new members of the Board were Mr. Vincent Butta and Mr. Randy Smith. There was one resignation tendered by Mr. Phil Cusa.

Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson Earns 2022 AECT Presidential Distinguished Service Award

2022-11-29T13:19:02-06:00November 29th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy Dean of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson was presented with the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT) Presidential Distinguished Service Award at the AECT Annual International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award is given each year for exemplary service to the association and to the field of instructional design. Pacetti-Donelson, who joined the Academy in 2018, is also co-chair of the AECT Bylaws Committee. Tasked with reviewing, revising, and making recommendations to and about the governing documents of the AECT, the committee serves to improve the bylaws, policies, and procedures of the AECT. With the support for her professional service activities, Pacetti-Donelson says she is proud to represent the Academy as part of the distance education community. “When we serve our profession, we are [...]

Sport Artist Roald Bradstock to Unveil Paris 2024 Olympics Piece Live on Instagram

2022-11-30T09:51:28-06:00November 29th, 2022|

Known as “The Olympic Picasso,” modern artist Roald Bradstock has built a reputation for being a relentless competitor on the track and in his art studio. Bradstock will unveil his latest work “Paris 2.014/Together” in a special live event on his Instagram page, which can be followed here, on Thursday, December 1, at 11 a.m. CST. The piece commemorates the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, France, and is the fifth in a Bradstock series of Olympic Rings paintings. In addition to commemorating the Paris Games, the piece also recognizes the 25th anniversary of Bradstock’s first Olympic Rings painting,” Struggle for Perfection,” that launched his art career. That piece won the United States Olympic Committee/United States Sports Academy Art Competition in 1999 and was later exhibited at [...]

Attention All Students!!!

2022-11-28T11:26:22-06:00November 28th, 2022|

As the United States Sports Academy continues our move forward in providing you with the best learning environment possible; there will be a slight change in the way that you will register for the upcoming Spring 2023 term in January. Registration will begin December 5, 2022, and during the week of December 5-9, you will be emailing your registration information directly to our registrar at Please provide the following information with the subject line stated below. Subject: Spring 2023 Registration Email Body: Full Name and Student ID number Course Name(s), Number(s), and Life Track(L1,2, or 3)/Fast Track (F1,2, or 3) Example: Joe Smith , Student ID number: 111111 BIO 202 L1 Spring 2023 Thank you again for your patience and cooperation. Sincerely, The United States Sports Academy

Microsoft 365

2022-11-18T14:56:08-06:00November 18th, 2022|

Greetings! As the United States Sports Academy continues to move forward with our integration with Campus Café, we want to make you aware of the new free email address provider that we will be using, Microsoft 365. We will be providing you with more details soon concerning the change and what this means for you. Below you will find some information about 365 that you may or may not know. 365 is a personal information manager software system from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Though primarily an email client, 365 also includes such functions as calendaring, task managing, contact managing, note-taking, journal logging and web browsing. Individuals can use 365 as a stand-alone application; and Microsoft has released apps for most mobile platforms, including iOS [...]

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In Memoriam: USSA Alumnus Barry Haley

2022-11-15T14:24:29-06:00November 15th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of alumnus Barry Haley, who passed away after a brief illness on October 29, 2022, at age 67. Barry Haley Haley was a highly regarded athletics administrator and was recognized as the 2017-2018 Athletic Director of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association. He worked more than 40 years in school sports programs and had served as the athletic director at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in Concord, Mass., since 2006. Haley earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1988, while he worked as an athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Malden (Mass.) Catholic High School. Haley spent more than 40 years in education, serving as an athletic director for several Massachusetts [...]

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US Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team Records Best-Ever Finish at Worlds Under Walker’s Leadership

2022-11-15T10:33:17-06:00November 15th, 2022|

When the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team completed its best-ever finish at the World ParaVolley Championships in Sarajevo in November, the team did so under the leadership of United States Sports Academy alumnus Greg Walker. Walker was the Academy’s 2021 Alumnus of the Year because of his decade of experience coaching volleyball at the Paralympic and collegiate levels. In addition to his coaching duties with Team USA, Walker is also the head coach of the Smith College women’s volleyball team in Northampton, Mass. A native of Huntingdon, Pa., Walker has been active with the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team since 2013 and has served as head coach since 2016. Sitting volleyball is a variation of the original game but designed for athletes with adaptive needs. The sport is governed by [...]

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Microsoft Azure

2022-11-11T10:40:40-06:00November 11th, 2022|

Greetings! Microsoft Azure The United States Sports Academy will be using a Single Sign-On (SSO) cloud platform as part of our Campus Café integration called Microsoft Azure. Below you will find some information about Azure. What is Microsoft Azure? Formerly known as Windows Azure, Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform that provides a range of cloud services for computing, storing, and networking. Depending upon your requirements, you can manage and store data. The Benefits of using Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure is used for its enhanced flexibility, integrated delivery pipeline, security, disaster recovery, and speed of service. The platform is cost-efficient and is majorly used by various IT companies for its improved infrastructure. How does Azure work? Azure is a huge collection of networking hardware and servers that run [...]

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Improvements to Academy technology infrastructure are underway

2022-11-10T15:12:53-06:00November 10th, 2022|

Greetings all Students, Faculty, and Staff, Soon you will be learning more about changes to the technology used at the United States Sports Academy. The Academy will be implementing a new student information system and a new multifactor authentication system. These two systems will provide more information to you about your program and protect your student data. In addition, we will be moving to Microsoft Office 365 for document sharing and storage and all students, faculty, and staff will be provided free accounts as we will be moving away from the use of Google docs. Please direct any questions you may have about the changes to Deans. Dr. Pacetti-Donelson and Dr. Spradley welcome any opportunity to speak with you. Sincerely, The United States Sports Academy

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USSA Welcomes Vincent Butta and Randy Smith to Board of Trustees

2022-10-26T11:25:59-05:00October 25th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy is proud to welcome Randy W. Smith and Vincent Butta to its esteemed Board of Trustees. The Academy is governed by its Board of Trustees, consisting of a group of diverse professionals with specific expertise important to the formation of such an organization. Smith is a former Vice President and Senior Consultant who began his career with Merrill in 1 983. Randy obtained his BS degree from Auburn University in 1977. Randy and his team assisted clients in comprehensive wealth management, developing strategies and long-term plans for the creation and growth of wealth, protection and preservation of wealth and tax minimization strategies, seeking to plan tax advantaged distributions of wealth during life, and planning wealth distribution after death. Randy Lives in Orange Beach with his wife, [...]

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