Nebraska's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was implemented in 1987 to ensure that student-athletes have a voice regarding their total student-athlete experience. SAAC is a recognized student organization at the University of Nebraska and consists of at least one team appointed representative from each of Nebraska's 24 intercollegiate teams. SAAC meets bi-weekly throughout the academic year, communicating directly with Director of Athletics, Shawn Eichorst on various student-athlete welfare issues. SAAC also coordinates a number of events within the athletic department and in the community of Lincoln to promote the importance of education, service and responsible decision making. Nebraska's SAAC has been recognized across the country as one of the most comprehensive, consistent and productive in the country. Life Skills Coordinator, Jordan Wilson serves as the SAAC advisor.
Mission & Values
SAAC serves as the voice of the student-athletes, developing and displaying LEADERSHIP by:
- Exhibiting INTEGRITY through all actions.
- Striving to EMPOWER growth and community within each respective team.
- Fostering UNITY across the athletic department and student-athlete body.
- Promoting STUDENT-ATHLETE WELFARE for the betterment of their collegiate experience.
2014-2015 SAAC President, Mattie Fowler
For the 2014-2015 academic year, SAAC will be led by President Mattie Fowler (Softball), with support from Ian Ousley as the Vice President. Jacqueline Juffer (Swimming & Diving) will function as the Big Ten Representative, Alex Bilunas (Swimming & Diving) will serve as the Community Outreach officer, and Lotte Sjulin (Softball) will serve as Secretary.
Pictured left to right: Ian Ousley, Jacqueline Juffer, Alex Bilunas, Lotte Sjulin
Appointed SAAC Team Representatives
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee team representatives are determined and appointed by each respective intercollegiate team at Nebraska. In addition to attending bi-weekly meetings, SAAC representatives are responsible for communicating SAAC developments and opportunities to their teammates on an ongoing basis. Representatives for the 2014-2015 year include:
Baseball - Kyle Kubat
Men's Basketball - Shavon Shields
Women's Basketball - Allie Havers and Esther Ramacieri
Bowling - Liz Kuhlkin
Men's Cross Country - Jonah Heng
Women's Cross Country - Sarah Larson
Football - Sam Burtch, Trey Foster, Graham Nabity, and Johnny Stanton
Men's Golf - Cameron Palmer and Aaron Wong
Women's Golf - Morgan Smejkal and Cassie Deeg
Men's Gymnastics - Ethan Lottman and Grant Perdue
Women's Gymnastics - Desire Stephens and Hollie Blanske
Rifle - Maggie Mical, and Marissa Major
Sand Volleyball - Kelly Hunter
Soccer - Sam Areman, Hannah Dittmar, Mayme Conroy and Caroline Flynn
Softball - Mattie Fowler and Lotte Sjulin
Swimming and Diving - Alex Bilunas, Jacqueline Juffer and Katt Sickle
Men's Tennis - Chris Schindler
Women's Tennis - Katerina Matysova and Spurti Shivalingaiah
Men's Track and Field - Jake Pinion and Cody Rush
Women's Track and Field - Melanie Blum and Sarah Firestone
Volleyball - Kira Larson
Wrestling - Ian Ousley, Jake Sueflohn, Timmy Lambert, and Josh Kettel
2014-2015 SAAC Meeting Dates
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. - Media Cafeteria, Level 6 of West Stadium, unless otherwise indicated
Sunday, August 24th - SAAC Retreat, 2:00pm, Memorial Stadium
April 20th - Officer Elections
SAAC 2013-2014 Year-In-Review
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) spent the 2013-2014 year with a heavy focus on leadership development. Each meeting they had a presentation and activity that focused on a different leadership topic ranging anywhere from mentoring to the bystander effect. Along with their dedication to redefining leadership, they also focused on cohesion and unity amongst the 600+ Husker student-athletes. Their biggest accomplishment of the year occurred this spring when Ian Ousley (Wrestling) and Sunny Russell (Rifle) attended the Big Ten SAAC Conference in Chicago, IL. There, the two represented Nebraska and once again addressed the issue of free tickets to Football and Men’s Basketball for all Big Ten student-athletes. This was allowed under the Big 12, but was not a benefit that athletes received under the Big Ten. With help and support from Compliance Director Jamie Vaughn, Ousley and Russell successfully accomplished their goal and the Big Ten conference approved their proposal.
The future of SAAC looks bright for the 2014-2015 year as they will continue to enhance their relationship with Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst and the Senior Management Team. They will have a strong emphasis on campus collaboration and will work to bridge the gap between the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) and other recognized student organizations on campus. The group of 40 will partner with Lincoln Public Schools to plan and host the second annual Link N Leaders event that will be held in the Spring of 2015. The event aims to recognize and integrate young leaders, grades third through sixth, in local schools with the leaders within our athletic department. SAAC also aims to begin a new tradition this year by hosting an all student-athlete day of service in May, that will form an even greater sense of camaraderie amongst the Huskers.