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    Mobolade Ajomale, Team Canada 4x100 Take Bronze in Rio Olympics

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    Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale was awarded a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    Ajomale helped his team secure a place in the finals, with the third fastest time in Canadian history

    In the final event on the penultimate night of track & field action at the 2016 Olympic Games on August 19, Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale and Team Canada earned bronze medals following an inspired performance in the 4x100m relay.

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    Hello, Urban Knights!

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    Academy of Art University Director of Athletics Ben Jay. Photo by James Wood.

    Welcome Academy of Art University students to the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester!

    For new students, it’s the beginning of your journey at the Academy, and for continuing students, welcome back as you pursue your craft with passion and enthusiasm. You are all now and forever will be the Academy’s Urban Knights!

    I am the new Director of Athletics at the Academy. I come to the Academy with 26 years of college athletics experience at Fairfield University, the Pacific-10 (now Pac-12) Conference, Ohio State University, and most recently, the University of Hawaii. I am very excited to come back to San Francisco to lead ART U Athletics.

    The Academy is a very unique educational institution. Out of 1,281 institutions, we are the only art school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). n II intercollegiate sport teams and 225 ART U student-athletes.

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    Mobolade Ajomale Qualifies for Rio 2016

    The Urban Knight accomplishes a personal best at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials

    Mobolade Ajomale First Olympian (by Rachael Smith)

    Mobolade Ajomale is Academy of Art University’s first-ever Olympian. Photo by Rachael Smith.

    The “Road to Rio” begins here.

    Breaking further ground in a historic freshman season, Mobolade Ajomale became Academy of Art University’s first Olympian with an incredible personal best in the 100m dash at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials on July 9.

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    Ben Jay Named New Director of Athletics

    With over 25 years of experience, the “national leader in collegiate athletics” is looking forward to taking teams to championships in the PacWest

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    Ben Jay. Photo courtesy of Art U Athletics.

    Academy of Art University Athletics and President Dr. Elisa Stephens have announced the appointment of Ben Jay as the department’s Director of Athletics. Jay, who brings over 25 years of collegiate athletics experience and was most recently Director of Athletics at the University of Hawaii, will be handed the baton from Senior Advisor of Athletics Terry Tumey, who departs Academy of Art to become director of Athletics at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps.

    “Ben is a national leader in collegiate athletics,” said Tumey. “From his background with University of Hawaii, the Pac-10 Conference and The Ohio State University, we are both confident and honored to have him guide us into this next chapter of Academy of Art University Athletics.”

    At the start of 2013, Ben Jay was formally introduced as the University of Hawaii’s Athletics Director where he would oversee 145 staff members and coaches along with the nearly 500 student-athletes who competed for the Rainbow Warriors’ 21 sports. 

     

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    Athletes Volunteer at SF Toy & Book Festival

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    L–R) President Stephens, Safua Elisaia (volleyball), Bailey Soolsma (volleyball) and Jarred Gregory-Grimes (cross country/track & field).

    Academy of Art University student-athletes headed to City Hall on Dec. 2 to lend firefighters a hand by distributing toys to 1,200 children at the San Francisco Children’s Toy & Book Festival.

    The annual event is held by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Firefighters’ Union Local 798. Toys for the festival are collected through donations to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, the oldest toy drive in the country run by off-duty firefighters and their families.

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    Valentin Pepiot Named All-American, Pierre Fontanarosa 71st

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    Valentin Pepiot and Pierre Fontanarosa. Photo by Torrey Olson.

    On a cold morning at Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course in Missouri for the NCAA Division II National Championship, senior Valentin Pepiot (Multimedia Communications) became the first Academy of Art University men’s cross country NCAA All-American on Nov. 21.

    Finishing the highest of any Urban Knight in program history at seventh overall, Pepiot completed the 10k course as the second runner from the elite West Region. Fellow Frenchman graduate student Pierre Fontanarosa (Multimedia Communications) came in at 71st overall out of 246 total competitors.

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