The second-annual NCAA Division III Week runs from Monday, April 8, to Sunday, April 14. To help in this week-long celebration of all the attributes that makes Division III great, the MIAC Media Blog is highlighting some of the members of the conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The MIAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) supports student-athletes by providing the communication of ideas and concerns between student-athletes and the MIAC within a structure that will promote active involvement. MIAC SAAC is also committed to engaging in campus and community service projects and to serving as positive role models for their peers and younger student-athletes.
Join us in celebrating Division III athletics throughout the week, and get to know some of the MIAC SAAC student-athletes. Happy Division III Week!
MIAC Media Blog - Division III Week SAAC Q&A
Glasha Marcon, Macalester College
Name: Glafira "Glasha" Marcon (Bio)
School: Macalester College
Hometown: Albany, Calif.
Major: International Studies
Minor: Political Science
Concentration: International Development
MIAC: What do you think is the most important aspect of NCAA Division III that should be celebrated during Division III Week?
MARCON: Balance. I think DIII athletes are some of the most talented on the court, but also extremely involved in their schools and communities off the court. Striving for that balance is what makes D-III student-athletes great leaders, teammates and all-around great people.
MIAC: What is your favorite aspect of being a Division III and MIAC student-athlete?
MARCON: Being a part of a supportive community that automatically understands my priorities and values.
MIAC: Name someone at your school who has made a huge impact on either your athletic or academic career. How has their guidance influenced you?
MARCON: International Studies Professor and Dean of the Institute of Global Citizenship Christy Hanson changed the course of my academic and professional career by introducing me to global health. She provides stories from her career in global health, allowing students to connect the theory with pragmatic actions that can solve health issues around the world.
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MIAC: What's your favorite athletic moment of your college career so far?
MARCON: Traveling to a tournament in Southern California with my team senior year.
MIAC: What's your favorite non-athletic moment of your college career so far?
MARCON: Studying abroad at a federal university in Brazil, and playing on their volleyball team. It gave me the chance to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses as a player, as well as on my leadership style. It was also a great way to make Brazilian friends!
MIAC: What are your future plans, and how has your experience as a Division III student-athlete shaped you for success beyond college?
MARCON: My experience as a D-III student-athlete has helped shape me as a well-rounded and balanced individual. A D-III athletic program requires a high level of commitment and is just as serious and competitive as a D-I program, but the off-season requirements are a bit different, allowing for study abroad, internships, participation in other clubs, etc. I have been able to perform with the Bodacious hip-hop dance group, intern in downtown Minneapolis three times a week, study abroad in Brazil for a semester and lead an active on-campus life - all enhancing my overall college experience and development as a young adult.
After Macalester, I plan to work in the "field" of public health, domestically or abroad, for two years before pursuing a master's degree.
MIAC: Thanks to Glasha for joining the MIAC Media Blog's Q&A Series! Stay tuned to the blog throughout the week to get to know some of the conference's outstanding student-athletes, and visit the MIAC's Division III Week Home Page to see all the events and content throughout the conference through this very special week!