Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has been selected to receive the Mobile Arts Council’s Art Patron of the Year Award. He will be honored with the award during a ceremony at the Mobile Saenger Theatre Aug. 29.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich recently met with Dr. Tim Fok, President of the Hong Kong National Olympic Committee, President of the Hong Kong, China, Football Association, and Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), to discuss possible sports programs that the Academy could run in Hong Kong like it did for more than 30 years prior to the city’s return to mainland China.

Dr. Tim Fok (left), the head of the Olympic Committee in Hong Kong, recently met with Academy Vice President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss possible sports programs in Hong Kong.

The Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Butler attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation that was held July 21-24 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Dr. Tim Foley, the Academy’s Dean of Student Services, recently attended the Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention July 15-18 in New Orleans, La.

With the help of an Association of Applied Sport Psychology grant, Dr. Arthur Ogden, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Management, and Brandon Spradley, a doctoral teaching assistant at the Academy, recently presented concussion awareness, education and training to the Southern Youth Sports Association in Pensacola, Fla. The two also trained the coaches on how to use and apply the King-Devick Test in youth sports.

Dr. William Steffen, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Coaching, directed the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Diploma course held July 29-Aug. 4 in Rome, Ga. Dr. Steffen also conducted coaching, player and parent workshops for the FC Soccer Club in Indianapolis on Aug. 10.

Academy National Faculty members Dr. Reggie Overton and Dr. Pete Mathiesen traveled July 26 through Aug. 3 to Thailand to teach courses that were the sixth in a six-part series to be hosted by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management.

Jordan Moon, an Academy Distance Learning Faculty member, was recently elected as a 2013 Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence by the College of Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

The Academy’s 2000 and 2013 Sport Artist of the Year Charles Billich will be featured in a New York Exhibition being held Oct. 4 to Nov. 5 in Whitney, N.Y.

Grandmaster Steve DeMasco, who earned an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy in 2012 and played a major role in the Academy’s creation of its online course, “The Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205), led a recent pilgrimage of 39 Shaolin disciples from the United States to the Shaolin Temple in China.

Major Program Events

Olympic Legacies: International Conference – The event, themed “Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities,” will be held Sept. 4-6 at the University of East London.

The Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival – Sept. 8-15 in Los Angeles, Calif.