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Division III Week Student-athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Elizabeth Stern

D3 Week Graphic - Elizabeth Stern (Softball)

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the eighth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and the surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 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.

Freshman Elizabeth Stern (Lexington, Mass.) is a first-year player on the Bison softball team. Stern, a public health major awaits to graduate in 2022.

In My Own Words: Elizabeth Stern

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
ES: Being a student-athlete has challenged me to learn how to manage my time and how to handle stress. It can be hard waking up early in the morning but it has made me appreciate how much work goes into being a student-athlete.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
ES: At Gallaudet there is a sense of pride that doesn't exist at other schools since it is the only Deaf University. The support is great and the school spirit is definitely fun to have. I'm also so lucky to have really great teammates and coaches who are extremely supportive.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
ES: My goal after graduation is to start nursing school and possibly become a coach for softball at any level.

As a freshman how have you handled sports, social life, and academics?
ES: I feel as a freshman I have been handling sports, social life, and academics pretty well. Having study table required for underclassmen has become one of the best parts because it forces you to focus on academics.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Wednesday: Kai Christenberry (Men's Track & Field) | Elizabeth Stern (Softball)
Tuesday: Cameron Upton (Baseball) | Taylor Nguyen (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Rett Jala (Men’s Swimming) | Juliana Bahan (Women's Basketball)

Division III Week Fact of the Day
81% of Division III student-athletes report being happy with their opportunities to interact with faculty at their school.

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

About Gallaudet

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