April 02, 2015
Susquehanna University is gearing up to celebrate Division III Week April 6-12, an annual recognition of what it means to be a Division III student-athlete.
Susquehanna is one of 450 institutions that make up Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. As such, Susquehanna students compete in a highly competitive sports environment while also pursuing their academic field of choice and participating in other campus activities.
Academics are the primary focus for DIII student-athletes. According to the NCAA, the division "helps student-athletes progress toward graduation through shorter practice and playing seasons and regional competition that reduces time away from academic studies." In DIII sports, students are integrated into campus life and treated like equal members of the student body, which keeps them focused on being a student first.
As thousands of people across the country look to celebrate Division III Week, the Landmark Conference asked student-athletes to share their stories. From the Player of the Year to the player off the bench, there is a consistent message of genuine gratitude for the Division III experience.
The Landmark Conference will share snippets of the student-athletes' stories through social media throughout the week, but fans can read all of the stories on the conference website. Two Susquehanna seniors-lacrosse player Meredith Crane and cross country and track and field athlete Alex Price-will be among those featured.
In addition, Tuesday, April 7 has been designated as "Gear Day" (#LCgearday) by the Landmark Conference and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) of all Landmark Conference schools. The conference has asked all student-athletes and staff to wear athletic apparel on April 7 and to take photos throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to use the hashtag #LCgearday to share their photos.
That same day at 8 p.m. Susquehanna's SAAC will host Trivia Night in Apple Community Room of Garrett Sports Complex as another fun way to celebrate the contributions of student-athletes.
Finally, Susquehanna will host a luncheon on Thursday, April 9, with Susquehanna President Jay Lemons. All student-athletes (sophomore standing or higher) with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher have been invited to the luncheon to celebrate their successes in both academics and athletics.