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Northwest Bearcats

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Open to any Northwest student-athlete, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is a committee made up of student-athletes from all 16 intercollegiate athletics teams at Northwest Missouri State University.

The committee meets once a month to offer input and to discuss athletic department concerns, questions, management, operations, rules and ideas that affect student-athletes' lives on the Northwest campus. SAAC also discusses and reviews community service programs and acts as a liaison that maintains lines of communication between the student-athletes and athletics department administration. Annually, the student-athletes have donation drives for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other organizations.

SAAC held its first GATORFEST on April 23, 2009 to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Open to all Northwest students, the Gatorade-Pong Tournament was a success, turning out fifteen teams! Prizes were awarded to the top two teams and everyone walked away a winner.


Community Involvement

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee participates annually in a food drive conducted by the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Each conference school is responsible for gathering as many food items as possible to be donated to local organizations. In 2007-08, Northwest collected a total of 2418 pounds of food. In addition, student-athletes volunteer at a local grocery store to help bag groceries for shoppers.

Member Responsibilities

2009-2010 Officers:

Jessica Feurbach-Women's Golf Lauren Atkinson-Women's Golf Felipe Gennari-Tennis Iesha Haskins

President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Jessica Feurbach Lauren Atkinson Felipe Gennari Iesha Haskins

Women's Golf Women's Golf Men's Tennis Volleyball

Each member of the SAAC has the opportunity to serve as a voice for all student-athletes. Each member has an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through the Northwest SAAC, the MIAA and the NCAA.

SAAC members are responsible for all of the following:

  • Attending ALL SAAC Meetings (once monthly)
  • Reporting all information back to your teammates and coaches
  • Voicing all the concerns of your teammates and coaches to the SAAC
  • Act in a variety of capacities to enhance the overall athletics experience
  • Update the SAAC on your team's results and upcoming events
  • Working with your coach on the selection of future SAAC members
  • Support your fellow student-athletes
  • Promote all sports and the Athletics Department in a positive light
  • Serve as a role model to your teammates, Northwest and the community

Lori Hopkins is the advisor for SAAC.

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