2016-17 SAAC Members, serving as leaders and the voice of all Husker student-athletes.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

By NU Athletic Communications

Purpose

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. Assistant Director of Life Skills, 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.

 

Involvement

SAAC has a voice and representation at many levels:

  • Frequent interaction with Director of Athletics
  • All Student-Athlete Meeting
  • Administrator Luncheons
  • Guest Administrators at every SAAC meeting
  • Representation on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee
  • Big Ten Meetings

 

Officers

 2015-16 SAAC President  

2016-2017 SAAC President, Lotte Sjulin

For the 2016-2017 academic year, SAAC will be led by President Lotte Sjulin (Softball), with support from Connor Adamsick(Men's Gymnastics), as the Vice President. Joel Sneed (Golf) will function as the Big Ten Representative and Kelly Hunter (Volleyball) will serve as Secretary. 

Pictured left to right: Connor Adamsick, Joel Sneed, Kelly Hunter

 

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 2016-2017 year include:

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 2016-2017 year include:

Baseball - Angelo Altavilla

Men's Basketball - Malcolm Laws

Women's Basketball - Grace Mitchell and Maddie Simon

Bowling – Meghan Straub

Men's Cross Country - Austin Post

Women's Cross Country - Bonnie Smith

Football -  Brandon Hohenstein, Tyler Hoppes and Pernell Jefferson

Men's Golf -  Niko Vui

Women's Golf - Audrey Judd and Emily Gillman

Men's Gymnastics - Connor Adamsick, Evan Hymanson and Anton Stephenson

Women's Gymnastics - Sierra Hassel and Megan Kuo

Rifle - Katie Brown

Soccer - Caroline Buelt, Amanda McClanahan, Emily O'Neal and Alli Peterson

Softball - Laura Barrow and Gina Metzler

Swimming and Diving - Jordan Ehly, Francesca Giganti and Bridget Pacilio

Men's Tennis -  Toby Boyer and Micah Klousia

Women's Tennis - Elizabeth Gould

Men's Track and Field - Cam Holmes

Women's Track and Field - Nicole Baker, Sarah Firestone and Angela Mercurio

Volleyball - Kelly Hunter and Sydney Townsend

Wrestling - Jordan Shearer and Aris Shino

2016-2017 SAAC Meeting Dates

Mondays at 7 p.m. - Media Cafeteria, Level 6 of West Stadium, unless otherwise indicated

Sunday, August 27th - SAAC Retreat, Escape Room

August 28th

September 11th

September 25th (6:00 p.m.)

October 9th

October 23rd

November 6th

November 20th

December 4th

January 22nd

February 5th

February 19th

March 5th

March 26th

April 11th

April 16th - Officer Elections

 

SAAC 2016-2017 Year-In-Review

Under the leadership of President Lotte Sjulin, the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee enjoyed a productive year making an impact on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Experience. With outstanding support from officers Connor Adamsick, Joel Sneed, and Kelly Hunter. The 2016-17 year kicked off with a retreat at the East Campus Bowling Alley. There, SAAC members enjoyed a few leisurely games of bowling and Valentino’s Pizza

The 57 student-athlete members, representing every sport, met bi-weekly throughout the year for a total of 15 evening meetings, with Sport Administrators attending at least one meeting per semester. Each athlete selected one subcommittee to be a part of for the year. In addition, members had 6 luncheons with the Student-Athlete Services and Experience Management Team throughout the year to discuss any hot topics. Throughout the year, the group accomplished a number of initiatives including the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive, Spring Cleaning Clothing & Shoe Drive, Donor Appreciation Night at the Training Table, Faculty Appreciation Luncheons, organized Stress Free Finals Zone in the fall and spring that included donated snacks from local restaurants, and collaborated with the Inner Circle group for a “Thank A Mentor” handwritten notecard event and an end of the year Student-Athlete and Staff Kickball Tournament. Additionally, SAAC continues to have representation on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee ensuring regular communication and updates with faculty advocates.

 

 

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