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, 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.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.
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.
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
2016-2017 SAAC President, Lotte Sjulin
For the 2016-2017 academic year, SAAC will be led by President (Men's Gymnastics), as the Vice President. Joel Sneed will function as the Big Ten Representative and Kelly Hunter (Volleyball) will serve as Secretary.(Softball), with support from
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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 - Jake McSteen
Bowling - Kelly Belzeski
Men's Golf - Justin Jennings
Women's Golf - Sarah Pravecek
Men's Gymnastics -
Women's Gymnastics -
Rifle - Katie Brown
Swimming and Diving -
Women's Tennis -
Women's Track and Field - Nicole Baker,
Volleyball - Kelly Hunter
2016-2017 SAAC Meeting Dates
Mondays at 7 p.m. - Media Cafeteria, Level 6 of West Stadium, unless otherwise indicated
Sunday, August 21st - SAAC Retreat, 2:00pm, Campus Rec
September 26th (6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 18th - SAAC Retreat, 2:00pm, Memorial Stadium
April 17th - Officer Elections
SAAC 2015-2016 Year-In-Review
Under the leadership of President Jacqueline Juffer, Cody Rush and Lotte Sjulin. The 2015-16 year kicked off with a retreat at the University Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure Center. There, SAAC members took part in rock climbing and problem solving activities where they focused on leadership development and teamwork., the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee enjoyed a productive year making an impact on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Experience. With outstanding support from officers
The 52 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 of four committees to be a part of for the year: Campus Collaboration, Student-Athlete Welfare, Community Service, and Diversity and Inclusion. 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, Mix It Up Night at the Training Table, continued their ALL N home meet initiative for the third year, held the SAAC Holiday Dance that focused on bringing sports together for a night of fun and games at the stadium, 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 barbeque at Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst’s house. Additionally, SAAC continues to have representation on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee ensuring regular communication and updates with faculty advocates.