Academy of Art University Joins Pacific West Conference

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Top Art School Enters the World of College Sports

In a press conference this week, Academy of Art University announced that they will join the Pacific West Conference for the Fall 2008 season.

PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue presented the invitation to Dr. Elisa Stephens, the president of Academy of Art University and Dr. Jamie Williams, the director of the athletics department. The Academy will become the league's eighth member in the conference.

The Academy of Art University Urban Knights will compete in 11 NCAA Division II sports including: baseball, basketball (men's and women's), cross country (men's and women's), golf (men's), soccer (men's and women's), softball, tennis (women's), volleyball (women's). The Academy's college sports teams will begin competing in the PacWest in fall 2008 as an independent and play a full conference schedule beginning in 2009. Additionally, the Academy will offer collegiate sports scholarships to prospective students.

The Academy is honored to join the PacWest Conference and compete among esteemed universities such as Brigham Young University Hawai'i, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Dixie State College of Utah, Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ), Hawai'i Pacific University and Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA).

The addition of the Academy of Art University college athletics program makes geographic sense for both the school and PacWest. Its proximity to Notre Dame de Namur, also in the Bay Area, balances out the locations of the teams in the leagues, easing the process of travel arrangements.

Academy of Art University's Athletics Department is dedicated to distinction, sportsmanship, school pride, teamwork, wellness and creativity. Through Academy of Art University Athletics, student-athletes are able to better realize their full potential academically, personally and professionally, which is essential to college success.

Athletics Department Director Dr. Jamie Williams is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he was an All-American and an All-Big Eight Conference football player. He played for the Houston Oilers and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL for a total of 12 years and won a Super Bowl ring in 1990 with Joe Montana.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco
With nearly 12,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BFA, M.Arch and MFA programs, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

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