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Boise State University President to speak at Sport and Society Conference hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers

From St. Norbert College, November 16, 2009
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Robert Kustra, president of Boise State University, will speak at the academic conference "A Mirror of our Culture: Sport and Society in America." This national conference will be hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers May 26-28, 2010.

Kustra will join former National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue and sports, media and entertainment mogul Carl Vogel as one of the featured speakers at the conference.

His address, "Modern College Athletics: A View from the Top" is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College.

Now in his seventh year, Kustra leads Boise State University at a time of dynamic growth in student enrollment, new construction, fundraising and research. Long heralded for its devotion to classroom teaching, Boise State has added another dimension to its mission as an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction.

Kustra was appointed in 2008 to the NCAA's highest governing body as a member of the Division I executive committee and board of directors. He served on the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics and is past president of the Western Athletic Conference's board of directors.

With a long and distinguished career in public service in Illinois, Kustra has served two terms as lieutenant governor of Illinois, following 10 years in the Illinois legislature. He also chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education, responsible for funding and oversight of Illinois' nine public universities.

Prior to joining Boise State, Kustra also served as president of Eastern Kentucky University and the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois-Springfield, Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University.

This first-of-its-kind partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education will bring together academics and business professionals from around the country. The conference will also feature an exhibit area for publishers, a gallery exhibition and a film festival.

Presentation or paper abstracts are due by Nov. 30, 2009, with notification of acceptances by Jan. 31, 2010, following review by the conference steering committee. Formal conference registration will open on Feb.1, 2010, and close on April 1, 2010. Registration is limited. St. Norbert College will be publishing the proceedings following the conference.

The conference will include an exhibit of sports photography and a film festival. The exhibit will be curated, but there will be "Best of Show" awards given. Photographic submissions are due by April 1, 2010.

Sports videos or films can be submitted for the film festival. Film submissions are due March 1, 2010. Film award winners will be notified by May 3, 2010.

For information on conference fees, or to learn how to submit an abstract, film/video, or photography submission, go to

You can also contact Karen Cleereman, conference administrative coordinator, at or (920) 403-3777, for more information.