Thursday, May 5, 2022

Champions of Diversity and Inclusion


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1.  Champions of Diversity and Inclusion

Spring 2022’s MOIC Champions of Diversity
by Justin Whitaker, NCAA

"The NCAA office of inclusion and the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee are recognizing three individuals as Champions of Diversity and Inclusion for their work in supporting ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups and individuals.

Created in 2015, the honor recognizes those with a commitment to advocating for and advancing others in inclusive efforts around athletics. The office of inclusion and the MOIC will recognize individuals as Champions of Diversity and Inclusion twice during the year.

The three honorees are:

  • Dena Freeman-Patton, associate vice president and director of athletics, Cal State Dominguez Hills.
  • Dan Rose, director of athletics and director of physical education, Coast Guard.
  • Dennis Shields, chancellor, Wisconsin-Platteville.
Individuals were nominated based on their roles as influencers in promoting diversity and inclusion, how they assist in diversifying pipeline opportunities in their senior or influential position, how they provide support to underrepresented populations, and their consistency in supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives.

>> What They're Saying: "The work of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is at its best when there is a collective commitment and individuals who are fiercely dedicated to systemic and positive change," said Felicia Martin, NCAA senior vice president of inclusion, education and community engagement. "The 2022 Champions of Diversity and Inclusion honorees are great examples of how committed individuals make significant differences in their communities, on their campuses and in their industries."

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2.  Whitman To Meet Full Need

Whitman College will soon be able to meet the full financial need for students from Washington state, thanks to a historic $10 million gift to create the J. Walter and Katherine Weingart Opportunity Scholarship. 

Named in honor of J. Walter “Walt” Weingart, who taught history at Whitman for 35 years, and Kathie Weingart, the endowment will expand access to Whitman students from Washington—starting with first-years in the fall of 2023—by meeting their full demonstrated financial need. When the Weingart Scholarship is available to all four class years, it will annually impact about 500 Whitman students or approximately one-third of the student body.   

“We are deeply grateful for the impact this scholarship will have on future generations of students and are so appreciative of the Weingarts’ generous philanthropy, which makes this long-held aspiration a reality,” says President Kathleen Murray. “This magnificent gift is especially meaningful as it comes from members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community.”

>> Quotable: “Whitman has long been one of the most generous colleges when it comes to financial aid,” says Interim Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid Adam Miller. “Now this new gift will eliminate any remaining barriers to make a Whitman education within reach for Washington state students.”

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3.  Regional Rankings

The third regional rankings for men's and women's lacrosse were released Wednesday. Here are the top four in each region. [And they're not in alphabetical order]

Region I: Tufts, Bowdoin, MIT, Wesleyan
Region II: RIT, Union, St. John Fisher, St. Lawrence
Region III: Christopher Newport, Salisbury, Dickinson, York
Region IV: Lynchburg, Denison, Washington and Lee, Roanoke
Region V: Hope, Illinois Wesleyan, Carthage, Transylvania

>> Complete Rankings

Region I: Middlebury, Colby, Tufts, Wesleyan
Region II: Roger Williams, Endicott, Springfield, MIT
Region III: William Smith, Ithaca, TCNJ, St. Lawrence
Region IV: Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, Catholic, York
Region V: Salisbury, Washington and Lee, Roanoke, Mary Washington
Region VI: Kenyon, Denison, Capital, Washington & Jefferson
Region VII: Pomona-Pitzer, Chicago, Claremont-M-S, Chapman

>> Complete Rankings

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4.  Regional Rankings

The second regional rankings for softball and baseball were released Wednesday as well. Here are the top three in each region - also not in alphabetical order.

Region I: Amherst, Tufts, Middlebury
Region II: Eastern Connecticut, Babson, WPI
Region III: Geneseo, Rochester, Ithaca
Region IV: Rowan, Kean, Arcadia
Region V: Salisbury, Susquehanna, Moravian
Region VI: Christopher Newport, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan
Region VII: DePauw, Trine, Alma
Region VIII: Millikin, Concordia (Wis.), Washington (Mo.)
Region IX: Saint Benedict, Buena Vista, Bethel
Region X: Texas Lutheran, Belhaven, East Texas Baptist

>> Softball Rankings

Region I: Wheaton (Mass.), Babson, Middlebury
Region II: Eastern Connecticut, Endicott, Roger Williams
Region III: Oswego State, Cortland, Brockport
Region IV: Arcadia, Rowan, Montclair State
Region V: Catholic, Immaculata, Cabrini
Region VI: LaGrange, Birmingham-Southern, Lynchburg
Region VII: Marietta, Denison, Wooster
Region VIII: Webster, Aurora, North Central (Ill.)
Region IX: UW-Whitewater, UW-Stevens Point, Buena Vista
Region X: Trinity (Texas), La Verne, Chapman

>> Complete Rankings


5.  Lightning Round 

Ryan Gebhardt trying to evade a defender

  MIT grad student Ryan Gebhardt set the NCAA all-divisions record for career goals in the Engineers' 12-10 victory over Babson. He tallied four times, giving him 286 for his career. Gebhardt, a 2021 graduate of Stevens, scored 198 goals for the Ducks.

  Brockport's Tom Kretzler and Webster's Alek Elges were named the NCBWA National Players of the Week.

  Williams, Tufts and Bates remain 1-2-3 in this week's IRCA rowing poll.

6.  Comings and Goings

7. Bottoms Up

Hydration isn't just important for athletes. Drink up, people!

Why it matters: Chances are very high that you're dehydrated. Studies show up to 75% of us are not drinking enough water, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.

  • The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that the average man drink about a gallon of water a day and that the average woman drink three quarters of a gallon.
  • Reality check: You're probably not doing that. A gallon is eight–10 tall glasses of water. Up to 20% of your daily water intake comes from food, but the rest you need to get from drinking.
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