Wentworth Institute of Technology celebrates 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.


ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT: In Division III, we realize that the classroom is the primary setting for preparing student-athletes. However, Division III also understands that academics are more than just GPAs, test scores and majors; it is a comprehensive learning experience that develops successful leaders and professionals.

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE: Passion and sportsmanship are attributes of the “athlete” in the Division III “student-athlete” paradigm. The “athlete” plays for the love of the game, strives for excellence in all facets of life and perseveres through adversity. So, during Division III Week, celebrate the athletic component of our identity – a true homage to the symbiotic relationship of athletics and higher education- by hosting a banquet for your student-athletes or a clinic for local youth teams.

LEADERSHIP/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Citizenship and responsibility are Division III attributes. Student-athletes “giving back” not only adds to the comprehensive learning component of Division III, but also provides a venue for passion and service.


OUR MISSION: Empower, inspire and innovate through experimental learning


Heather MacDougall '18

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Heather gained hands-on experience with a CNC milling machine and a lathe, and learned how to properly manually mill, in order to create a wobbler engine.

"As a member of the WIT community, I have made it one of my goals to become very involved on campus. I have been a member of the Women’s Soccer team for all four years, and was fortunate enough to be nominated as Captain in my Senior season. I have also been a Resident Assistant for the past two years, and before that I was an Admissions Ambassador for a year. As an RA, I have learned valuable leadership skills, and have been able to plan both social and service programs for my residents to take part in to expand on the residential community here at Wentworth."

"I am a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee which aims to have athletes get more involved on campus as well as votes on various NCAA DIII legislature. I also am the Social Media Chair for the WIT Biomedical Engineering Society, and am a member of Phi Sigma Pi which is an Honors Fraternity that focuses on applying its tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship in the WIT community. I am also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, an Athletic Honor Society, and the Wentworth chapter of Tau Alpha Pi."


Samantha Medeiros '18

Major: Interdisciplinary Engineering

Co-op: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Kennedy Space Center | Cape Canaveral, Florida


Dan McSolla '18

Major: Civil Engineering

Dan McSolla made his mark on the Wentworth cross country and indoor track and field team during his four-year career. In its first season as a varsity sport, McSolla was named as the first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week, running the three-mile course in 15:50. Fast forward four years, the Leopards captured three CCC Championships in cross country and sent two runners to Nationals, one being McSolla in 2016. Most recently, McSolla competed on the National stage in the Indoor mile run this past March, his second straight appearance in just two seasons of varsity existence.

Quote to live by:

100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the team - Eliud Kipchoge
McSolla stands on the podium at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, where he placed 8th in the mile run. He was also named as an All-American by placing in the top 8 in the team's first season as a varsity program, and earned the prestigious honor for the first time in Wentworth Athletics history.

Men's basketball senior Sam Knollmeyer reflects on his academic and athletic experience here at Wentworth.


Wentworth's partnership with the Special Olympics is in conjunction with an NCAA Division III initiative. Its purpose is to improve the lives of Special Olympians through their involvement with Division III student-athletes, and fosters a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
"It's truly gratifying to work with the Special Olympians and their coaching staff. It's amazing to see the impact we can make and the smiles we put on their faces. We get as much out of the day as them." - Cesar Fulcar | Men's Basketball Senior

This past January, nearly 175 Special Olympians took part in a basketball event held inside Tansey Gymnasium on the campus of Wentworth Institute of Technology. The event, in support of athletic department's relationship with the Massachusetts Special Olympics, consisted of drills, games, and a three-court basketball tournament. Read the full story here.

Wentworth hockey junior Adam Lane (left) & sophomore Liam McKay (right) pictured at last year's St. Baldrick's Fundraiser. The hockey team has been involved with St. Baldrick's since 2013, and are set to host the annual event on Saturday, April 7 at the Greatest Bar in Boston in support of childhood cancer research.
(From left to right) - Dan Mitchell, Owen Swanson, Tim Elrick, and Caleb Eaton of the Wentworth baseball team serving meals to those in need at the Pine Street Inn in Boston, Mass.



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