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Athletic director at HCC is honored

Diane E. Schumacher, director of athletics at Howard Community College, is one of eight recipients of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators' Administrator of the Year awards.

Schumacher is being honored for her achievements in improving the college's athletic profile, facilities and sports programs.

The college's lacrosse, cross-country and volleyball teams were ranked among the top 10 in the nation.

Howard Community College's women's volleyball team was undefeated for the first time in conference history, Schumacher said, and has won the three regional titles.

Schumacher is the first American player, male or female, elected to the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame. She threw out the first pitch in the 1996 Olympics, Schumacher said, and is in four other halls of fame. She is also a member of the USA Softball Olympics coaching staff.

The award will be presented at a NACWAA convention, to be held Oct. 8 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tai Sophia hires Vitale as treasurer

Frank Vitale has been hired by Tai Sophia Institute as vice president for business and finance, and the institute's treasurer.

During a 30-year career in business development, finance and operations management, Vitale was president and chief operating officer at the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, a treatment facility for children and adults with mental, behavioral and emotional challenges.

He specialized in fundraising, financial management and advocacy.

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