Muhlenberg to reinstate men's lacrosseMuhlenberg College will reinstate men's lacrosse as a varsity sport. The team will participate at the club level through the spring of 2002 and is expected to play a full Division III schedule the following year.
Muhlenberg sponsored a men's lacrosse team from 1966 to 1980. Men's lacrosse will bring Muhlenberg's varsity sports total to 22, 11 each for men and women. Women's golf, the most recent sport to be added, started in 1999. The school has fielded a varsity women's lacrosse team since 1984. The new men's team will play its home games on the artificial turf at Scotty Wood Stadium, which also is home to the Mule football, field hockey, women's lacrosse and track and field programs.
"Men's lacrosse is a natural fit for Muhlenberg College," said Steve Erber, Director of Athletics. "We are in close proximity to all of the major high school and prep school lacrosse areas, and we are already a member of one of the best Division III conferences in the country. We have an excellent alumni funding base to support the reinstatement of this program."
Men's lacrosse currently is sponsored by 122 Division III institutions, including every other Centennial Conference school (Johns Hopkins competes at the Division I level). The CC boasts two of the top Division III programs in the country-- Gettysburg and Washington (Md.). in 1998 Washington won the Division III national championship and Gettysburg was the runner-up in 2001. Dave Cornell, an assistant coach at Gettysburg the last four years, has been hired as the Mule's head coach.
Muhlenberg launches middle school
Funded by an Eisenhower Professional Development Grant, the Summer 2001 program, "Integration of Physical and Biological Science through Inquiry-Based Experiences," was designed to help middle school science teachers develop hands-on lessons and incorporate inquiry-based learning into their curriculum.
After attending a week-long series of workshops, the middle school teachers planned and developed inquiry-based lessons that were then presented at a middle school student science camp held at Muhlenberg July 9 - 13.
Follow-up sessions throughout the academic year will allow the teachers to share classroom experiences and success stories.