WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 4-10) 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 two different student-athlete each day this 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 Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) has finished her second season with the women's volleyball team and is hoping to graduate in 2017 with a degree in communication studies.
In My Own Words: Jasmine Jeter
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JJ: My responsibilities in college are split into two, athletics and school. In high school the commitment was less and I could be more laid back in practice, you didn’t have to give 100 percent effort in practice. College is a serious commitment. You have to give 100 percent effort during practice and be 100 percent motivated. If you want to play you have to show your passion and motivation especially during the offseason.
I have a community responsibility too, when I’m out I represent the Gallaudet volleyball team. If I do something bad when I’m out then it looks bad for the volleyball program. In high school I didn’t have that responsibility, but here I represent the volleyball team and I represent Gallaudet.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JJ: I grew up in a deaf school so I always had signing, my team signed and communication access was easy and it was easy to communicate on your own. Then I entered Gallaudet and there were different people, some didn't understand fast signing, so communication was a little bit harder. We have to practice on and off the court and become more comfortable and become more like sisters. That is something that [Coach] Lynn Ray [Boren] preaches to us, we have to become more like sisters, not only friends on the surface. We have to be comfortable with each other when we come to practice or games. We spend time bonding and I always love that part, bonding with the team.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JJ: After graduation I want to get my masters in deaf education or family counseling and work with deaf children. Or after graduation, I might want to travel out of the country see the world. I’m not sure which one I want to do first, travel or get my masters degree. Then, I want to find a good job!
You’ve played for the women’s volleyball team for two seasons and had a sister who also played volleyball for Gallaudet. How did that influence your decision to come to Gallaudet and become a student-athlete?
JJ: My sister Justine played volleyball for Gallaudet for four years under Lynn Ray, we have known him since we were kids growing up. I always wanted to play volleyball at Gallaudet since I was a kid in the third grade. After four years on the team Justine became an assistant coach under Lynn Ray. I think that might be something I want to do, too.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that Division III student-athletes are more likely to report that they see themselves as part of the campus community.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Sunday: Jamal Garner (Men's Basketball) | Jasmine Jeter (Women's Volleyball)
Saturday: Eric Setzer (Men's Soccer) | Jordan Hogan (Softball)
Friday: Toraneau Varice (Men's Track and Field) | Danielle Warren (Women's Basketball)
Thursday: Brad Peterson (Football) | Jamila Hubbard (Women's Track and Field)
Wednesday: David Bruno (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Jennifer Livengood (Women's Soccer)
Tuesday: Chase Magsig (Baseball) | Kevlasha Humphrey (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Vicente Perez (Men's Cross Country) | Taylor Mickelson (Women's Swimming and Diving)
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 the campus and 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 www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2016.
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.