Impactful @ASUNSAAC Fall Meetings Held at NJIT Last Weekend

 Thirty ASUN Conference student-athletes, administrators & league representatives attended the 2017 Fall Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Meetings from Sept. 22-23 on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology, to discuss a variety of topics and bring forth recommendations for the conference.

Meetings opened on Friday with introductions from NJIT Senior Woman Administrator Peg Hefferan and an icebreaker from NJIT SAAC leaders Cameron Tait and Shannon Turner. Agenda conversation topics on Friday consisted of Project Life Movement swab drives and conference proposals for the ASUN Fall Management meetings. Special guests and former student-athletes Jack Ford and Kerry Kenny joined the constituents for a townhall-style discussion on the overall state of intercollegiate athletics, the student-athlete experience and other concerns and issues facing student-athletes today. The group concluded Friday with a trip into New York City to visit the 9/11 Memorial, the Top of the Rockfeller Center and Times Square.

Day two of discussions were led by ASUN SAAC Chair Kaleigh Kelley (USC Upstate) as well as conference staff members, Patrick McCoy, Meredith Eaker and Olivia Walter. Topics included the ASUN Strategic Plan, Career in Sports Program, Student-Athlete Involvement in ASUN Governance and the expansion of ASUN Championship Broadcasts. The group reviewed previously discussed championship participant gifts as well as improvements to ASUN Championships. The meetings concluded on Saturday with groups brainstorming and presenting ideas of how to best promote the conference to prospective student-athletes through social media, video campaigns and recruiting efforts.

"Our Fall SAAC meetings were a great opportunity once again to dive into topics and issues at our school, conference, and NCAA level. This being my fifth in-person meeting but my first as SAAC Chair - I was pleased with the progress and discussions that occurred this weekend," stated ASUN SAAC Chair Kaleigh Kelley. "My favorite part of the meetings was the opportunity to listen and participate in discussion with Kerry Kenny and Jack Ford. To get to hear the perspective of two former student-athletes and see their passion for athletics to this day was very intriguing. This weekend reminded me once again why I love being a part of SAAC and the ASUN, getting to come together with other schools and meet new student-athletes who have become some of my best friends."

"The conference meetings were a great success, it was very interesting to hear from each school and how they run their SAAC. Making valuable connections with the other representatives was possibly the highlight of the conference for me," added NJIT SAAC Chair Cameron Tait. "I have already had meetings with some of my fellow NJIT SAAC Executive Board members to discuss how we can implement some of the different things I learned about from the other ASUN schools. We discussed a lot of pressing issues and it will be good to see how our discussions have an effect on the future of the ASUN."

2017 ASUN SAAC Spring Meeting Attendees
 Chandler Ryan (Women's Basketball) & Kathy Peterson (Administrator)
Jacksonville - Jackie Baldwin (Track & Field), Jaci Hodskins (Softball) & Lauren Cevis (Administrator)
Kennesaw State - Terence Norman (Baseball), Hannah Thomason (Softball), Noelle Winkles (Softball) & Sterling Brown (Administrator)
Lipscomb - Grace Oetting (Cross Country and Track & Field), Ahmed Amaar (Men's Track & Field) & Dr. Lin Garner (Administrator)
NJIT - Shannon Turner (Track & Field), Cameron Tait (Men's Volleyball) & Peg Hefferan (Administrator)
North Florida - Dominica Cocuzza (Softball), Marinda Kitchen (Swimming) & Kendra Grant (Administrator)
USC Upstate - Kaleigh Kelley (Volleyball), Chris Rodriguez (Baseball) & Dr. Jim Griffis (Administrator)
Stetson - Rachel Noble (Beach Volleyball), Jordan Tully (Women's Basketball) & Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

The ASUN Winter SAAC Meeting is scheduled for January 26-27, 2018, on the campus of Jacksonville University.


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