About the Empire 8 The Empire 8 can trace its beginnings back to 1964 with the founding of the Independent College Athletic Conference ( ICAC ). At this time, the conference was made up of Alfred University , Clarkson University , Hobart College , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), St. Lawrence University , and Union College .. The Empire 8 is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Members of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference come from Upstate New York and Northern New Jersey. All schools are private (although Alfred University has a SUNY component), and all have small classes and high levels of student-faculty interaction. The conference's headquarters are in Rochester.. Empire 8 Athletic Conference. 873 likes. The Empire 8 is comprised of nine NCAA Division III institutions and hosts championships in 24 sports. The Empire 8 is comprised of nine NCAA Division III institutions and hosts championships in 24 sports.. Catch live and on-demand broadcasts for every Empire 8 Conference game!. Dr. Ben Goertzel - CEO of SingularityNET AI on steroids – when AI hits the blockchain === www.riseof.ai Rise of AI conference 2018 | Berlin.. The Empire 8 (E8) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. The E8 sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's football, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women’s soccer .