|Left to right: Alex Watkins, Harley Dunkle,Volunteer Coach Rick Schiffer (whose team wona national championship when he bowled forWichita State during college), Dean Barlett, WilliamPrice, and Nicholas King.|
The new Intramurals and Recreation program at Clarion University-Venango Campus has launched two new club sports teams, a bowling team and an equestrian team, that are competing against other colleges and universities at a national level.
The Venango Campus Bowling Team is a member of the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate (USBC), which offers the team the opportunity to compete at all NCAA division levels, against colleges and universities that offer full bowling scholarships. USBC rules dictate that students must be academically eligible, maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 or above and carrying a full-time schedule.
On January 16 and 17, the bowling team traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, for their first competition, the Hoinke Bearcat Open, where they competed against more than sixty teams that included Notre Dame, Penn State, Arizona State, and the University of Michigan.
"Our first national competition was a baptism by fire," said Daly Fuller, coordinator of Intramurals and Outdoor Recreation, "and we're just going to keep improving. We played against the big dogs and were exposed to the level of competition that we want to achieve. We're learning different styles and are armed with new information to prepare the team for the big event, the singles tournament in Allentown on March 12."
The other team competitions before the singles are at Suffolk Community College in Bayshore, New York; the Mardi Bob Tournament in Poughkeepsie, New York; and the Boulevard Bowl Collegiate Classic and 16th Annual SCCC Collegiate Invitational, both in Schenectady, New York.
The Venango Campus Equestrian Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skill levels the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. The team will begin to compete in February, with a six-week schedule that includes five competitions in Ohio, West Virginia, and New York.
The intramurals program was launched in summer, 2009, and is designed to meet the needs of Venango Campus' growing student population. The goal of this new program is to promote health and fitness, increase physical, social, and leadership skills, demonstrate civility, and provide opportunities for the development of lifelong healthy habits.
Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.