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Division III Sports Information Award Announced

A piece produced by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference about a pentathlete took top billing.

A feature story produced by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference about a pentathlete’s well-rounded approach to being a student-athlete has been selected as the top honoree in a quarterly recognition program jointly sponsored by the NCAA and the Division III Sports Information Directors of America (D3SIDA).

The story about Amelia Campbell of MIAC member Carleton College was selected as the best work – including news releases, feature articles, videos, blogs and other materials – produced in the Division III membership from January to March 2014.

Two schools, Franklin & Marshall College and Wheaton College (Massachusetts), earned honorable mention for work during that time period. All of the honorees were judged on ways in which they portray the Division III model of intercollegiate athletics.

The MIAC’s feature, part of its Friday Feature series, featured interviews with Campbell and her coach, Donna Ricks, about the various ways the Carleton sophomore has sought excellence not only in athletics, but also in the classroom and through participation in such activities as a saxophone quartet.

“Amelia doesn’t limit herself,” Ricks said in the article written by Megan Gaard of the MIAC staff. “She explores and gets involved all across campus and does things at a high level. Student-athletes in D-III can get involved and she takes advantage of that. She really shows that you can be a great student and achieve great things in other areas at a D-III institution.”

The story is noteworthy for portraying Division III attributes of Proportion, Comprehensive Learning, Passion and Responsibility.

Franklin & Marshall received honorable mention for a series of profiles about student-athletes James Rucinski, Dylan Cunningham and Dana Sleeper, and Wheaton was honored for a video about student-athletes’ experiences with internships.

“Athletics communicators play a crucial role in promoting the Division III model of intercollegiate athletics, which encourages student-athletes to ‘follow their passions and develop their potential’,” said Dan Dutcher, NCAA Division III vice president. “This outstanding work is a laudable example of the ways in which our member institutions portray the Division III philosophy as it is practiced on our campuses.”

The recognition program is part of the Division III identity initiative. Judging has begun for work produced during April through June 2014, and nominations may be submitted for work produced July through September at the d3identity@ncaa.org email address. The conference or school producing each quarter’s best work receives a $500 credit to purchase identity initiative materials from the Division III purchasing website.