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National student-athlete welfare leader, Peter Roby, to speak at Morrisville State College

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College athletic department, in conjunction with the Sheila Johnson Institute and the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), welcomes motivational speaker and current Director of Athletics at Northeastern University, Peter Roby, to the college campus on Wednesday, April 29th for a 7 p.m. presentation in the college Theatre located in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities.

The director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, Roby is a dynamic national student-athlete welfare leader, recognizing the role sports can play in bringing about positive social change through research, education and advocacy.

In October 2007, Roby was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute of International Sport, for effectively using sport as a means to educate.

Prior to assuming his duties with the Center, Roby served as the vice president of U.S. Marketing at Reebok where he was responsible for the development and execution of marketing plans in the United States, also overseeing strategic planning, marketing and sponsorships.

Following his playing career and graduation from Dartmouth University in 1979, Roby had assistant basketball coaching stints with Stanford University, Dartmouth and the US Military Academy at West Point before joining the Harvard University staff as an assistant and later serving as head coach for six seasons.

The event highlights National Student-Athlete Day, which honors student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers and school systems that make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement. The day, established by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports and Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, is co-sponsored by the NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The presentation is free and is open to the public. For additional information regarding Roby, please contact the athletic office at 315-684-6072.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.