LakePoint, Ga. – The ASUN Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Officers for the 2018-19 Academic Year were elected on April's SAAC monthly conference call with FGCU's Amanda Carroll (Chair), Lipscomb's Ahmed Amaar (Vice Chair) and Jacksonville's Jacqueline Hodskins (Secretary) stepping into roles for the upcoming year.
Carroll and Amaar have served in their positions since the Winter SAAC Meetings held at Jacksonville University, while Hodskins will move into her role on July 1st taking over for Kennesaw State's Jessica Sexton who concludes her tenure as she graduates at the end of this year.
SAAC's proposal of moving the Fall Meetings to July was unanimously approved by both the Committee and the Athletic Directors. Lipscomb University will host the meetings from July 22-24, 2018 as an extra day was added to the timeframe to include additional community service, discussions and professional development. The Winter SAAC Meetings will remain on the same schedule with a January date.
A student-athlete in both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, Carroll will also serve as the ASUN's NCAA Division I SAAC Representative during her team as SAAC Chair. The 2017 ASUN Volleyball Scholar-Athlete and Player of the Year, Carroll adds to her role as FGCU SAAC President and Team Captain as she enters her senior season at FGCU.
A rising junior with Lipscomb's Track & Field program, Amaar specializes in the short distance sprints having claimed All-Conference honors in the 60-meter, 100 & 200 during his freshman season and added a sixth-place performance in the 200-meter dash at the 2018 ASUN Indoor Championship. For the 2018-19 year, Amaar will serve as Lipscomb SAAC Chair and Team Captain.
The current Jacksonville SAAC President, Hodskins is in the middle of her junior season with the Dolphins' Softball program having appeared in 14 games, while she earned 2017 ASUN All-Academic Team honors as a sophomore.
The purpose of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image. The committee aims to encourage sound academic practices for student-athletes, serve as the liaison between the campus SAAC and the National SAAC, stimulate good sportsmanship, provide leadership and a voice in the development of public attitudes toward intercollegiate athletics generally, address the future needs of Conference athletics in a spirit of cooperation and mutual benefit of the member institutions, encourage cooperation amongst student-athletes toward the support of gender equity, provide health, safety and wellness information to student-athletes, provide personal and professional development opportunities, and provide community service at the institutional and conference level.
The ASUN Conference is a NCAA Division I league with eight member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the ASUN footprint reaches into seven of the top 50 media markets in the nation. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. The University of North Alabama will join the league for the 2018-19 season.
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