GSAC Adds Finlandia University, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Mills College

ATLANTA, Ga. - Finlandia University, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Mills College have each accepted invitations to join the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC). Finlandia’s softball squad will join the league immediately and compete for the 2013 GSAC softball championship while all other women’s sports teams will begin play in full for the NCAA Division III league in the 2013-14 athletics season. 

“The Great South Athletic Conference is thrilled to announce the addition of Finlandia University, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Mills College,” said GSAC commissioner Joeleen Akin. “With their dedication to maintaining high academic standards while fostering top-notch athletic competition they were natural choices to join our league.”

Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula just minutes from the southern shore of Lake Superior, Finlandia is a private co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Finlandia University expresses its mission on their web site as fostering “a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service.”

Based in northern Maine, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is a publicly supported, baccalaureate institution that states its mission on their web site to “provide broad educational opportunities for a diverse student body with particular reference to the people of its region and state.”

Located in Oakland, California, Mills College is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Per the university website, Mills College has a mission to “educate students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.”
                                                                                      Founded in 1999 as a group of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III member institutions, the GSAC member schools bear similar academic and athletic interests. The GSAC currently sponsors the women’s sports of cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis.The institutions are located in Alabama (Huntingdon College), California (Mills College), Geor­gia (Agnes Scott College, Covenant College, Spelman College and Wesleyan College), North Carolina (Salem College), Maine (University of Maine at Presque Isle), Massachusetts (Pine Manor College), Michigan (Finlandia University) and Washington D.C. (Trinity Washington University).

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