Why Division III
Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University
I cannot imagine a set of values more at home in Chatham University’s close-knit community than those of Division III athletics. The DIII philosophy for students to discover their strengths, develop as well-rounded people, and dedicate themselves to achieving success is what makes this athletic program so perfect for our institution – simply put, we at Chatham believe in preparing our students to be world-ready professionals who are aware of their talents and ready to meet their potential every day.
Our student-athletes make up such a great percentage of our student leaders. To illustrate, Sarah Jugovic, our student government president, is a member of the soccer team. Emma Marik, one of our resident assistants, is also on the swimming and diving team. Ava Iuliucci, a Chatham ambassador, plays volleyball.
These student-athletes who also take part in student development initiatives, coupled with their commitment to DIII values, are better prepared than the average student. These experiences complement each other strongly, allowing our student-athletes to gain any number of transferrable skills. They’re resilient, achievement-oriented, strong communicators, and great at time management. Most importantly, they know how to work in a team – the number one skill employers look for today, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
But it’s not just about those in positions of leadership. Chatham student-athletes prove to me every day that they’re dedicated to their community and to bettering themselves. Each year, we have student-athletes join the student affairs staff and attend leadership development retreats. They bring their determination and creativity to the classroom and common spaces, constantly pressing all of those around them to reach for and meet a higher standard.
When I attend a Chatham athletics event, I do so with pride. The women, and soon the men, on the court and on the field are some of the same students working to make a true difference on our campus. Based on the passion and leadership that they show, our Division III students athletes are prepared to build a better world as they move to the next phase of their lives.