Former Southland Administrator Sue Donohoe Honored with WBCA Lifetime Achievement Award

By on May 31, 2020

first_imgPress Release from WBCAATLANTA – Former Southland Conference administrator Sue Donohoe will receive the 2019 Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment of service to women’s basketball, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.Donohoe spent the better part of three years with the Southland Conference office after initially being appointed an assistant commissioner for the league in 1996. After two years with the conference, she was promoted to an associate commissioner role before accepting a position within the NCAA offices. The Pineville, La. native was also inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.In 2011, Donohoe was named executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a position she held until 2015. Before joining the foundation, she had nearly 12 years of experience working as an administrator at the NCAA national office. She joined the NCAA in 1999 as the director of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and in 2002 she moved into the same position of the men’s championship. The majority of her tenure with the NCAA saw her as vice president of Division I women’s basketball, which began in 2003. She currently serves on the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.She also was assistant women’s coach at Stephen F. Austin State University and a teacher coach at Lake Highlands High School (Richardson, Texas) and Carthage High School (Carthage, Texas). Her start in athletics came as a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech University in 1981.Donohoe will be formally honored during the 2019 WBCA Convention that will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay, Florida.“The Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award honors legends who have invested their lives to impact the student-athlete and ultimately elevate the game of women’s basketball. No one is more deserving of it than Sue Donohoe,” said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. “Sue is a servant-leader, former coach, mentor and highly gifted administrator who has demonstrated a profound dedication to our sport.  Her talents, wisdom, strength, compassion and vast experience have been built over a lifetime serving the sport, the student-athlete, and all those around her.  She is respected and trusted by all.  The game is in a better place thanks to Sue’s tireless efforts.”The Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the late Senda Berenson, who in her role as a physical education instructor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, introduced “basketball” to her female gym students in 1892. Her actions marked the birth of the women’s game, occurring the year following basketball’s invention by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts.The award has been presented annually since 1984 and is sponsored by Jostens, a longtime corporate partner of and the official commemorative awards provider for the WBCA. Until 2006, it was called the Jostens-Berenson Service Award.“Jostens is proud to be a longtime partner of the WBCA on such a prestigious award,” said Chris Poitras, Jostens vice president and COO, college, sports, specialty.  “Ms. Donohoe’s service to women’s basketball and the WBCA has been remarkable, and we are honored to recognize her as a very deserving recipient for this incredible achievement.”Visit www.wbca.org/recognize/ to see a list of past recipients.About Jostens Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company’s products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Jostens is owned by Platinum Equity and can be found online at www.jostens.com.About the WBCA Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.last_img read more

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Success Dragon eyes blockchain as Macau gaming machine revenue falls

By on September 16, 2019

first_img Alphaslot partners with Synergy Blue to explore gaming Innovation with blockchain technology RelatedPosts Load More Losses narrow for Success Dragon despite FY19 revenue declinecenter_img Macau electronic gaming machine service provider Success Dragon has stated its intention to explore opportunities in blockchain following a 25.7% decrease in revenue in the 12 months to 31 March 2018.In its FY18 results announcement on Wednesday, Success Dragon revealed revenue of just HK$112.4 million for the year, down from HK$151.2 million in 2017, including an 18.2% decline in its “Outsourced Business Process Management” segment for electronic gaming machines to HK$107 million. The segment comprised more than 95% of all revenue.In response to the decline, the company said it was now looking at blockchain as a potential opportunity to expand its interests and open new revenue channels.“In particular, the group will leverage on its experience and know-how in the existing businesses to capture market opportunities in technology-related sectors,” Success Dragon said. “In the normal course of our Outsourced Business Process Management, we have encountered the possibilities of applying blockchain technologies to complement or expand our business operations, in view to improve not only their operational efficiency but also increasing the scope of business.“This led us to engaging resource in identifying and evaluating emerging ‘fintech’ opportunities across the industries we have serviced. In particular, we found that blockchain outside of cryptocurrency application has potential in addressing the requests we have received.“To better position ourselves to capture these potential opportunities, in the near future, the company wishes to form strategic partnership with and invest tactically into leading ‘fintech’ companies and to realign our resources in rebuilding our information technology services business. Given the high scalability of the technology involved, venturing into ‘fintech’ will likely strengthen our local presence while expanding our regional and global footprint in order to deliver strong and sustainable returns to the shareholders of the company.”Despite falling revenues, Success Dragon managed to narrow its losses in FY18 from HK$156.2 million last year to HK$131.6 million this time around, due primarily to a decrease in operating and administrative expenses.Nevertheless, its “Outsourced Business Process Management” saw its loss grow from HK$7 million last year to HK$11.6 million, due mainly to “the heavy operating cost and worse performance of one of the operation outlets located at the Landmark Macau. As a result, the management of the group decided to cease such operation at the Landmark Macau during the year.”Success Dragon was also forced to cease the provision of management services to the racing business in Vietnam in June 2017 due to regulatory changes. Casinos can innovate – and win new fanslast_img read more

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