February 26, 2003 - by

Compulsive Gambling Action Team at FSU To Host Symposium On Campus



Compulsive Gambling Action Team at FSU To Host Symposium On Campus

Bob Minnix is Florida State's Associate AD for Compliance and Legal Affairs.

Bob Minnix is Florida State’s Associate AD for Compliance and Legal Affairs.


Feb. 26, 2003

Tallahassee, FL –
The Compulsive Gambling Action Team at Florida State University will host a symposium on campus March 3-4 addressing the problem of gambling on college campuses.


The symposium, “A Punt, A Dunk, and A Bet: An Inside Look At College Sports Gambling,” will feature Benny Silman, who was a college bookie involved in the biggest point-shaving scandal in college history in basketball at Arizona State. Pat Fowler, executive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling will speak along with the NCAA’s assistant director of Agent, Gambling and Amateurism Activities, Rachel Newman-Baker. A representative from the FBI will also take part, as will FSU Associate Athletic Director Bob Minnix.


“We are very excited about this campuswide symposium because it is the first of its type that encompasses every aspect of college life at Florida State,” said Minnix, who oversees compliance issues for the athletics department. “We are equally excited about the speakers who have agreed to participate in the symposium because they will be able to give the audience a wide array of information when it comes to gambling on college campuses.


“Our university administrators from around campus as well as all of our athletes and our entire athletic administration will be attending at least one of the symposium sessions. It is an ambitious undertaking that we have been planning for some time to address the gambling issues all campuses face.”


The Compulsive Gambling Program Action Team at FSU was formed by former Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Scott, Minnix and Fowler in 2001 and its mission is to facilitate campuswide awareness and assistance strategies to address problem gambling and related issues. The team is using a variety of methods to promote awareness from bookmarks to public service announcements by Florida State student-athletes. The team also plans to survey the student body during this academic year to assess attitudes and behaviors regarding gambling.

The schedule includes:
* March 3
-- 9-11 a.m. First Session, opening comments by Dave Hart, director of Athletics;
Miller Hall, 3rd Floor, University Center C.
-- 2-4 p.m. Second Session (primarily for university faculty and staff);
Miller Hall, 3rd Floor, University Center C.
-- 8-10 p.m. Third Session (primarily for students and student-athletes);
Ballroom, University Center B.

* March 4 -- 9-11 a.m. Fourth Session (for all groups who were unable to attend Monday sessions); 3rd floor Conference Room, Thagard Student Health Center.


Benny Silman


Silman is a New York City native who attended Arizona State University in 1994. He became known as a college bookie. Along with “Hedake” Steven Smith, a Sun Devil basketball player, he was part of the largest point-shaving scandal in college history.


Rachel Newman-Baker


Newman-Baker has been the NCAA’s assistant director of Agent, Gambling and Amateurism Activities since June 2002. Prior to that, she was an intern in the Enforcement Services division of the NCAA. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Berea College and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio State University.


Bob Minnix


As the associate athletics director for Compliance and Legal Services, Minnix has made gambling education one of his priorities. Before coming to FSU, he spent 25 years at the NCAA overseeing enforcement issues and is a leader in college athletics, serving on many NCAA committees and as president of the Black Coaches Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and his law degree from the University of Washington.


Pat Fowler


As the executive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Fowler is charged with training, educating and promoting awareness to the citizens of Florida. She has given numerous seminars and workshops on the national and international level during her 15 years with the Council and is a valuable resource to the Florida State Compulsive Gambling Program Action Team.


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