February A.D. Report

With our 2007 football schedule finalized, now is the time to renew your season tickets or become new season ticket holders. We have six exciting home games on the docket next season.

We’ll be hosting Washington and UCLA in Corvallis for the first time in several years. The Bruins last visited Corvallis in 2002, and the Huskies haven’t been here since the 2003 season. Arizona and Stanford also will play in Reser next year. (2007 Schedule)

I know that by now most Beaver Believers have learned about our football recruiting class. But the bottom line is that last season’s wins over USC, Hawaii and Missouri in the Sun Bowl increased the Beavers’ visibility and opened doors for our coaches. These major wins and milestones—followed by recruiting success—all start with important support from our donors.

By now, all donors should have received information about renewed pledges. Key dates are coming up for the Beaver Athletic Student Fund Drive to ensure priority seating. March 1 is the pledge deadline. At least half of the pledge needs to be paid by April 15, and full payment is due June 30. If you’re interested in becoming a new donor, please contact the BASF office at 541-737-2370, and one of the staff members will be available to help you.

To make it easier than ever to pledge, pay your BASF donation and renew your season tickets, we’ve set up a one-stop shop online. The uptake on this online option has already been a great success. In just six days of online renewals, we processed the same number of tickets as we did in three weeks last year—before this option was available. So check it out. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this can be.

Remember when you’re making your pledges that it’s not just about a parking space and priority seating. Your donations go much deeper. Increasing the number of donors and total donations benefits our student-athletes and our programs in so many ways.

On behalf of the entire OSU Athletic Department, I’m proud to report that our student-athletes excelled in the classroom fall term. We honored 257 student-athletes at a recent men’s basketball game for achieving a 3.0 cumulative GPA or a 3.0-plus fall-term GPA, and 24 topped out with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Under head coach Kelly Sullivan, our cross country program leads the Pac-10 for cumulative GPA at 3.48.

Other stand-out academic successes include runner Danya Rumore, a finalist for a Fulbright grant to study in New Zealand; runner Neoma Palmer, who has been accepted into two prestigious physical therapy programs; gymnast D'Anna Piro, who had a paper published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and Pac-10 champion wrestler Jeremy Larson, who has been accepted into dental school.

BASF donations make up approximately a third of the athletic department’s budget. With this financial reality, we must keep our donor base strong so dreams such as national baseball championships, historic football seasons, Fulbright grants, graduate school, and nationally ranked teams in many of our sports continue.

Speaking of nationally ranked teams, it was no accident that our BASF support, strong coaching and record attendance brought our wrestling program back to the top of the Pac-10. Ranked No. 16 nationally, the wrestling team just won its first Pac-10 team championship since 1994 and tallied its best record, 17-2, since 1986. Gymnastics is having a strong season and is ranked No. 11. And our two marquee spring sports—baseball and softball—have launched their seasons and both have Top 10 national rankings at No. 9 and No. 7 respectively.

All of these successes are part of a systematic approach to building top-tier athletic programs and future success for our student-athletes. It all starts with our donors. Thanks for the important role you play and will continue to play in the future of Beaver athletics.

Go Beavers!

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