WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the sixth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 3-9) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week's celebration.
To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight different student-athletes each day of the week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.
Sophomore Gunner Hahn (Stevens Point, Wis.) transferred to Gallaudet this year and is currently in his first year with the men's track and field team. Hahn is expected to graduate in December 2019. He is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in business.
In My Own Words: Gunner Hahn
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
GH: Being a student-athlete is obviously a privilege. It’s an opportunity to obtain skills, knowledge and experience in college. It’s a very beneficial opportunity. My coaches have helped me grow to be the person I am today. They have pushed me to the best of my ability and helped me take my track and field career to the next level. I learned that you have to manage your time for practices, travel for meets, social life, school and work. Being a student-athlete is definitely a learning experience. I feel that being a student-athlete has helped me prepare for my future.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
GH: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is such an inspiration. I decided to transfer to Gallaudet University because people use American Sign Language to communicate. Here, I can communicate with the team, head coach and assistant coaches. GU is a great place for the deaf community. I believe my enrollment at Gallaudet will better my ability to develop leadership skills, maintain focus, participate and better myself for the future. Being a student-athlete not only gives me a way to express myself but it also gives me a wonderful opportunity to make friends and teammates for life.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
GH: My goal after graduation is find a full-time job in the field of communication studies. I would like to work with organizational and leadership communication, and I would like to serve my community through public office. I am also thinking about going to graduate school to study international studies. I would also like to travel after graduation.
Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the men’s track and field team has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
GH: Gallaudet University is my second home. I have met lots of new people and made a lot of friends through the track and field team. It is such an amazing feeling and experience to be surrounded by a variety of cultures. I love to learn about people's different experience in the classroom. I really appreciate the many opportunities Gallaudet has given me, and I definitely look forward to many more years to come.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Among the three NCAA divisions, Division III has the highest percentage of women in conference commissioner roles
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
Friday: Gunner Hahn (Men's Track and Field) | Kristi Luna (Women's Cross Country)
Thursday: Joshua Branscomb (Men's Cross Country) | Courtney Thomas (Softball)
Wednesday: Xuan Lin (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Brynn Schmidt (Women's Volleyball)
Tuesday: Conrad Baer (Mens Soccer) | Faye Frez-Albrecht (Women's Swimming and Diving)
Monday: Cody Crace (Men's Basketball) | Neha Balachandran (Women's Soccer)
About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on campus and the surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2017.
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto www.gallaudet.edu.