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For the first time in league history, the Mountain West Board of Directors meeting included two members of the MW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In keeping with the Conference's progressive approach, and with the new NCAA governance structure set to include student-athletes, the BOD felt this was a great opportunity to include the voice of the league's SAAC members. New Mexico track athlete Kendall Spencer, the national chair of the 2014-15 NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was joined by Air Force Academy volleyball player Emma Dridge.
For the second time in three years, an Air Force recruiting class was awarded High Honorable Mention status by PrepVolleyball.com, as the website recognized the Falcons' 2014 recruiting class on May 27. PrepVolleyball.com, the only website that does a yearly ranking of the 329 NCAA Division I volleyball recruiting classes, ranks the Top 30, awards 17 additional schools with Highest Honorable Mention and another 30 with High Honorable Mention. Air Force's Class of 2018 arrives at the Academy for in-processing on June 26.
Mountain West Network Honored with Edward R. Murrow Regional Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Network has been named a recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism with the announcement of the 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards today, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The MWN was recognized in the Small Online News Organization-Video Sports Reporting category for Region 3, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. The MWN earned the honor for a feature story by executive producer Jesse Kurtz about Air Force head women's volleyball coach Matt McShane and his wife, Dana, following the loss of their home in a June 2013 wildfire. The segment, "Falcon Spirit Helps Coach Rebuild," which aired in August 2013, documents the McShanes' terrifying escape from the most destructive fire in Colorado history, and how the Falcon volleyball squad has aided in the recovery.
This marks the seventh regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Kurtz, who was also recognized as the National Murrow Award winner for sports reporting in 2010 while at KKTV Channel 11 in Colorado Springs. Widely respected by his peers as a versatile broadcaster, Kurtz has also worked as a sideline reporter for NFL games and college basketball contests, and a color analyst for college football radio broadcasts. From 2007-2010, he served as a Top 25 voter for College Football's Harris Poll.
Kurtz joined the Mountain West in October 2012. As executive producer, Kurtz is responsible for supervising the creation of unique audio and visual content for the Conference's new digital network. In addition to serving as the network's primary anchor, Kurtz produces weekly news content and features on the Conference and its member institutions.
The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.
As a regional award winner, the Mountain West Network is automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on October 6.
The Air Force volleyball team's 2012 recruiting class received High Honorable Mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com, the website announced on May 24. PrepVolleyball.com, the only website that does a yearly ranking of the 329 NCAA Division I volleyball recruiting classes, ranks the Top 30, while 17 additional schools earn Highest Honorable Mention and another 30 earn High Honorable Mention. Air Force was one of just two Mountain West programs to earn distinction by PrepVolleyball.com, as New Mexico also earned High Honorable Mention.
Coach Calhoun's Radio Show - November 8th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill tonight night for the Coach Calhoun Radio Show. Enjoy great food and drink specials after work and then stick around for some Falcon football talk with Coach Calhoun from 6:30pm - 7:30pm as Air Force prepares for Front Range rival Wyoming this Saturday.
Volleyball Thursday Night Tailgate - AFA Faculty Night - November 10th - Air Force volleyball hosts their final home series of the season this weekend. Play from the Cadet Gymnasium starts on Thursday as the Falcons welcome in UNLV @ 7 pm. All fans in attendance will receive a free ticket to the AFA vs. UNLV football game at the gate! Noodles & Company will be providing the first 200 AFA faculty members and up to four accompanying guests with free food during a pre-game tailgate. AFA faculty can present their prox card to receive admission to the tailgate. Doors will open at 6 pm. Tickets are only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.
Football vs. Wyoming Scout Day - November 12th - Air Force would like to welcome local Boy and Girl Scouts to this Saturday's game for the annual "Scout Day" at Falcon Stadium. Tickets for the game are available for all scouts and guests by clicking here. Special discounts include a $10 ticket with $5 of concession vouchers included.
Volleyball Fan Appreciation Night - November 12th The Falcons will wrap up their 2011 season with a home match this Saturday against San Diego State. First serve is 5 pm. Be sure to stop by after the Wyoming Football game and present your ticket stub at the gate for free admission. All other admission will be available for only $1. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free AFA stadium scarf at the gate.
Men's Swimming vs. Utah - @ 6 pm - Men's swimming will be in action from the Cadet Gymnasium Natatorium this Thursday starting at 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
Women's Basketball Season Tickets on Sale - Women's basketball will open up their season at home next Thursday, November 17th with in state rival Denver 7 pm. To get in on all of the excitement at Clune Arena this winter be sure to reserve your 2011-12 season tickets soon! Ticket packages are available for unbelievably low prices - youth $20, adult $40 and family packs are only $60! To learn more please contact a ticket office representative at 719-472-1895.
Men's Basketball Season Tickets and Mini-Game Plans Now Available- This season fans of Air Force men's basketball can pick their own 4 or 8 game mini-plans based off of the games they'd like to see in 2011-12. Select your favorite matchups at Clune Arena this season and get in on some great discounted rates. 4 game mini-plans are available now and start at only $30 for upper baseline seating and $50 for upper courtside. 8 game plans are available for $50 for upper baseline and only $90 for all lower level seating. Click here to find out more about this year's mini-game packages. For this season's promotional schedule click here.
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