Gustavus Set To Kick Off Inaugural NCAA Division III Week

Posted on April 8th, 2012 by

Gustavus Adolphus College is set to take part in National College Athletic Association’s inaugural Division III Week by taking part in a wide array of activities through the week of April 9-16.

Jack Copeland of the states, “Schools and conferences are reporting a variety of activities to celebrate student-athletes’ academic achievements and athletics accomplishments, in addition to their campus leadership and their involvement in community service.”

“In many cases, student-athletes themselves are planning the activities, led by conference and campus student-athlete advisory committees.”

The Gustavus community will have an opportunity to take part in four highly-engaging events throughout the week.  A schedule with detailed information on the activities is featured below.

On Tuesday April 10, there will be an etiquette dinner for junior and senior athletes, coaches, and other athletic staff members held in the Campus Center Banquet Room.  The dinner set to take place from 6:45 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.  Following the dinner will be a short presentation called “Maximizing Your Athletic Experience” sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.

On Wednesday, the Gustavus Peer Assistants will be sponsoring a “Walk A Mile” event designed to help support the peer assistants in their effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender violence.

On Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Gus Young Court.  Jim Hallihan will be speaking on the importance of applying the Six Pillars of Character in order to achieve a meaningful life on and off the court.  These six Pillars are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  He will also attest that your success in life is determined by the impact you have on others, not by the amount of money you earn.

Hallihan frequently travels around Iowa promoting the “Character Counts” as well as the Iowa Sports Foundation, where he is the former President. Jim attended Miami (Ohio) University, where he was captain of a NCAA tournament team.  He also served on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech, East Tennessee State, and Iowa State University.

Division III week at Gustavus will conclude with a celebratory picnic for all athletes on Monday, April 16 in the Lund Center Arena.  All student-athletes, athletic department staff and significant others are invited to this celebration.  The Student-Athlete Volunteer Educators (SAVE) will have a short program highlighting the athletic teams and their accomplishments and dinner will be served.

For more information on NCAA Division III Week, please contact Kari Eckheart at, or go to


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