October 24, 2003
Morrow is no stranger to ISU athletics
by Diana Pounds
Paula Morrow (standing), University professor of management and ISU's
faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and Big 12 conference,
administers an NCAA survey to members of the women's basketball team.
Photo by Bob Elbert. |
Paula Morrow is one month into the busy role of faculty athletics
representative to the NCAA and Big 12 Conference. But the University
professor of management is well prepared for the job. Morrow has been
involved in Cyclone athletics for the past 10 years, serving on the
Athletics Council and its executive board, and chairing the committee that
evaluates student-athletes' academic progress.
In her new half-time position, she advises the president on athletics
matters, helps oversee the academic integrity of the athletics program and
student-athletes, promotes student-athlete welfare, and investigates reports
of rule violations. She is the point person for all kinds of information
that flows between the university, the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference. In
addition, she functions as a liaison among various campus groups such as the
administration, faculty and staff groups, the athletics department and
"These are tough times for athletics departments," Morrow said.
Large tuition increases hit athletics departments especially hard because
those departments pay tuition, room and board for their scholarship
Iowa State's scholarship bill went from $3.69 million in fiscal year 2002 to
$4.48 million in fiscal 2003 and it will reach nearly $5 million this year.
The money crunch makes it difficult to provide the support services athletes
need to be successful, she said.
Still, Morrow is encouraged by Iowa's State's student-athletes and fans.
"Most of our student-athletes are just spectacular academically," Morrow
said. "Last spring semester, more than one in five Cyclone student-athletes
were on the dean's list, and nearly half were named to the Big 12
Commissioner's Honor Roll for posting 3.0 GPAs or better the previous
Morrow added 62 percent of student-athletes who entered Iowa State from 1993
through 1996 graduated within six years. Among all Iowa State students, 63
percent graduated in six years.
Cyclone fans are a real strength, she added, because they're interested not
just in a competitive program, but a clean program. "It's not a 'win at all
costs' fan base."
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