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Pensacola to Host Gulf South Conference Summer Meetings and Awards Banquet

June 23, 2006

PENSACOLA, Fla. - - The Hilton Garden Inn on Pensacola Beach will host the Gulf South Conference Summer Meetings and Annual Awards Banquet through 2009. The meetings will take place June 26-30, with the banquet on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. CST. The site has been moved from its previous destination of Point Clear, Ala.

"I am happy that the Gulf South Conference summer meetings are being held in Pensacola as it allows us to showcase both the community and the university to them and to introduce the community to one of the best run, most competitive athletic conferences in the nation," said UWF President Dr. John Cavanaugh.

The meetings consist of representatives from all 15 institutions within the GSC. The departure of Central Arkansas and Lincoln Memorial has reduced the NCAA Division II's largest conference from 17 to 15. University presidents, athletic directors, senior woman administrators and personnel from the financial aid and registrar offices will convene at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The University of Central Arkansas and the University of West Florida are the 2005-06 GSC Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophy Champions, respectively. Central Arkansas claimed its first GSC Men's All-Sports Trophy. while West Florida earned its second GSC Women's All-Sports Trophy in three seasons, fourth overall. The conference will present the awards at its annual awards banquet.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to host the GSC Annual Meetings here in Pensacola for the next four years. We believe such an event can have a positive impact on the community," said UWF Athletic Director Richard Berg.

At that time, the GSC will also recognize its "Top Ten" student-athletes and reveal the winners of the Commissioner's Trophies. The trophies are presented to the most outstanding male and female student-athlete, based on athletic, academic and extra curricular/community service criteria. West Florida golfer Kevin Warrick won the Commissioner's Trophy in 2003 and softball pitcher Krissy Styrna received the award in 2002. There were approximately 3,300 student-athletes competing in the GSC last year.

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