Susquehanna Honors Academics at Division III Luncheon

Susquehanna Honors Academics at Division III Luncheon

Division III Week is a positive opportunity for individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding communities. The 2014 Division III week began on Monday, April 7 and runs through Sunday, April 13. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) at Landmark Conference member institutions have been planning events around Division III Week to celebrate on their own campuses.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. - On Tuesday, April 8, the Susquehanna SAAC hosted a luncheon with President Jay Lemons as a way to recognize student-athletes for their academic achievements. Sophomores, juniors and seniors with cumulative grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher were invited to the luncheon. Also in attendance was Susquehanna faculty athletic representative (FAR) David Imhoof as well as professors from across campus and members of the Susquehanna coaching staff.

One of the tenets of NCAA Division III is valuing the student first, before the athlete. Nearly 50 SU student-athletes qualified to attend Tuesday’s luncheon. Lemons, a NCAA Division III Presidents Council member and former Division III student-athlete himself, is a fervent supporter of student-athletes at Susquehanna, the Landmark and Division III as a whole. He offered several remarks to the honorees at Tuesday’s luncheon.

“You are a small part of all Division III student-athletes who have incorporated athletics into your education and who have excelled at doing so,” he said.

The luncheon was created by SAAC with the hope it will become an annual event.

“As a SAAC Committee, we thought that it was important to give the recognition needed to those student-athletes who excel in the classroom as well as in their sport,” junior Pat Brown said. “Division III Week is a week used to celebrate all aspects of student-athletes and as a SAAC, we believe academics are a key part of being a Division III student-athlete.”