Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Pelé

The Academy’s Dr. T.J. Rosandich shakes hands with soccer legend Pelé during his recent visit to Gabon.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich traveled in January to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) annual meeting. He also attended the opening of a Cristóbal Gabarrón’s art show, “Gabarrón’s Roots,” at the American University Museum.

Academy Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich traveled in February to Gabon for the dedication of its new 40,000-seat Friendship Stadium in Libreville that is hosting the Africa Cup of Nations. Dr. Rosandich is also leading a legacy study on the future uses for the facility.

Tim DeVinney, a National Faculty member, traveled to Thailand from Jan. 30-Feb. 3 to teach a course in Olympic Culture and Education, in cooperation with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) as part of the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program.

Amber Magner, an Academy residential doctoral teaching assistant, traveled to Bangkok, Thailand on Jan. 23-27 to teach a course in Sports Coaching Methodology, in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) as part of the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program.

Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, an internationally known facial plastic surgeon, teacher, author and motivational speaker who is also an Academy Board of Visitors member, was one of the individuals interviewed on the HBO/NFL Films documentary, “Namath,” about Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath that debuted Jan. 28. McCollough played center for the University of Alabama and hiked the ball to Namath during the 1964 national championship season.

Stephen Holland, the Academy’s 1993 Sport Artist of the Year, was chosen for the third consecutive year to create several new works for the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche as their official artist.

Kadir Nelson, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, has on display his original paintings for his book, “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass. The exhibition runs from Feb. 7 to June 10.