As part of Johnson & Wales' celebration of DIII Week, a different JWU student-athlete will be featured each day for their 'DIII Week Spotlight.'
Name: Steve Gadient
Hometown / High School: Shelbyville, IN / Southwestern HS
Major: Media & Communications Studies
What is it like being a Division III student-athlete? Being a DIII student-athlete, obviously we have a pretty close relationship with our professors. So that's unique to DIII verses DI or DII. Especially being part of a new program, we get a chance to show some of the bigger schools that we can keep up with them and we can compete.
What is your background in golf? I started playing golf real young. My dad started me out when I was like 8 years old, so I played middle school and high school. I was accepted to a DII school right out of high school and was going to try to walk on, but decided to take a few years off and went into the military.
What's the best part about being a Wildcat? We're really close the professors. You talk to the students around here, and they all love their professors. They love that they can talk to them, they have access to them, so that's one great thing.
Why did you choose Johnson & Wales? After the military I moved to Centennial, Colorado, so I live about 20 miles away. It just worked out prefect. I was looking for somewhere to get my degree, and I saw they were starting up a golf team. It seemed like a great opportunity, so I said, 'Let's jump in,'
What are you studying and how does that relate to your post-JWU career plans? I'm Media & Communications, and I have experience in the networking field and I've worked for a communications company before, so I really just want to use that to go back into what I already have experience with. It'll offer me a new aspect to what I already know.