STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL (SAAC)
The Mission of the NCAA and Lamar University's SAAC are to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image. SAAC serves as a vehicle to promote communication between the athletic administration and student-athletes at Lamar by providing a student-athlete voice within the athletics department, discussing issues and concerns, and providing feedback as necessary. SAAC also serves in a leadership role recruiting fellow student-athletes to serve the campus, Beaumont, and the surrounding area through a variety of community service programs and events.
SAAC members at Lamar are dedicated to representing the voice of the student-athlete both on and off campus.
The committee is composed of one to two student representatives from each men's and women's intercollegiate team. Five student officers lead the group in conjunction with the athletics coordinator, who acts as an advisor to the group and liaison to athletics administration.
GOALS OF SAAC
Foster student-athlete welfare.
Act as a liaison between student-athletes, the team, the coaches and the athletic administration focusing on issues relevant to the student-athlete.
Participate in the development of Lamar University athletic department policies.
Promote important athletic events at Lamar.
Become a sounding board for the athletic administration by generating a student-athlete voice where concerns are addressed.
Provide feedback to the athletic administration on proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
Encourage and promote excellence for all student-athletes at Lamar through active involvement in community service projects, student government and additional leadership opportunities.
Assist with first year student-athlete orientation during the Summer II and Fall semesters.
Advocate student-athletes' rights and participation in student government at Lamar.
To increase the graduation rates of student-athletes by nurturing their development throughout their stay at the university.
Promote positive image and perception of student-athletes in the university and local communities.
Create relationships between student-athletes and the community by organizing community service efforts and raising funds for various causes.
Provide opportunities for athletes to develop leadership and organizational skills in a non athletic environment.
Provide educational presentations to student-athletes in coordination with the CHAMPS/Life Skills program on campus.
Advance student-athlete community involvement through current and newly created programs.
Encourage interaction between student-athletes and non student-athletes by inviting campus organizations into SAAC meetings.
Facilitate student-athlete community building through programs such as student-athlete game nights, Welcome Day and Student Athlete Appreciation Day and acknowledging the accomplishments of fellow student-athletes.
SAAC meetings are held on the last Monday of every month in the Cardinal Village Dining Hall and are open to any student-athlete. Contact Athletics Coordinator Tic Price at (409) 880-8323 if you are interested in becoming active in SAAC.
2012-2013 SAAC Monthly Meeting Dates
Last Monday of every month
2012-2013 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Members
Chase Angelle - Baseball
Jonathan Dziedzic (vice president) - Baseball
Donley Minor (vice presidnet community relations) - Men's Basketball
Stan Brown - Men's Basketball
Jameisha Edwards - Women's Basketball
Francesca Bellatin - Women's Basketball
James Washington (vice president social) - Football
Kollin Kahler (vice president social) - Football
Steven Murray-Sesay - Football
Nathaniel Katchaturion - Men's Golf
Lauren Van Gerven (president) - Women's Golf
Kristin Bos - Women's Soccer
Alejandra Amador - Women's Soccer
Beverly Corry - Softball
Baylie Comeaux - Softball
Rob Lee - Men's Tennis
Bruno Snyder - Men's Tennis
Natalia Mayagoitia - Women's Tennis
Carolina Salas - Women's Tennis
Jonathan Edwards (vice president community
Kensey Camp - Women's Volleyball
Madi Martin (vice president social) - Women's Volleyball
Southland Conference SAAC: http://www.southland.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18400&KEY=&ATCLID=951106