Division I referendum planned

University of the Incarnate Word students will be deciding this month through a referendum whether they support a rise in activity fees to allow UIW to go from Division II to Division I in athletics.

Dr. Lou J. Agnese Jr., UIW’s president, called for a November referendum during his September “State of the University” address in Marian Hall Ballroom and mentioned it again at an Oct. 25 news conference in the football fieldhouse where the announcement of a new interim football coach was made.

However, the details about the referendum are a little sketchy except the students will get an opportunity to do this “prior to Thanksgiving,” said Dr. David Jurenovich, vice president of enrollment and student services.

“The first initial discussion” concerning the referendum was to take place at an open forum Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Marian Hall Student Center sponsored by the Student Government Association, Jurenovich said.

The SGA did not plan the forum to discuss the Division I referendum. The SGA normally holds open forums each fall and spring in Marian Hall where students may ask open questions of administrators who attend. It appears, however, a special forum will be conducted soon regarding the impact of Division I and related issues on the university.

At some point, Jurenovich said, a “written/electronic survey will be developed/sent out jointly by my office, Student Life, Athletics and the SGA.”Per the Student Referendum regarding student willingness to see activity fees increased allowing UIW to go Division I in Athletics, we can comfortably state the following:

The results of the student referendum will be shared will be shared Dec. 2 with Agnese and the University Planning Council. Then a recommendation will be made Dec. 9 to UIW’s Board of Trustees.

“(The) results of the board’s decision and subsequent response will be shared with (the) campus community (in) January 2012,” Jurenovich said.


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