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Students organized: S.A.A.C.

September 15, 2017

photo courtesy: Monmouth College

Monmouth College has plenty of student organizations
and extracurricular activities to get involved with.
With almost too many to keep track of, we want to
highlight the purpose and ambitions of each group, in
hopes to spread recognition and information so in the
future more Scots can join in the fun!

In the spotlight this week is the Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee, or S.A.A.C. It is comprised of one
athlete from each varsity team on campus. President
Riley Hess says “We are but one branch of the entire
national organization for Division I to Division III
athletes. We communicate with the DIII S.A.A.C. which
is comprised of 24 members, 16 of which are chosen
from each of the four Division III regions across the
nation.” Monmouth’s branch of the organization has
22 members, including the advisors, Coach Jordan and
Coach Demara. Generally, members are selected by the
coaches of each sport.

S.A.A.C’S goal is to promote communication between
the athletic administration and the student athletes.
Hess also adds that the organization’s primary
functions include “providing feedback and insight into
athletic department issues while generating a studentathlete
voice within the campus athletics department
creation of policies.” Their intentions are to build a
sense of community within the athletics program
involving all athletic teams, while also organizing
community service efforts in Monmouth. Overall,
S.A.A.C’s goal is to promote a positive student-athlete
image on campus.

On campus, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
hosts Track-or-Treat, Special Olympics, food drives,
equipment drives as well as other types of community
service events that vary each year. However, two events
are annual, the athlete BBQ held at the end of the year,
in addition to the Fighting Scots Awards which mimics
the ESPY’s. For this school year, there are plans to
expand efforts into the Monmouth community. “We
want to integrate not only our student-athletes but
our school with community at large because there is
currently a divide between the campus and the town,”
says Hess.

Though not of the part of the group, you can do
your part to help! Students and fans are encouraged
to use the hashtag #ScotsSupportingScots, along
with S.A.A.C. to let the rest of student body know, via
social media, when we are going to pack the house.
These dates are September 22nd and 23rd for Cross
Country and Women’s Golf, September 30th for Men’s
and Women’s Soccer, October 8th for Women’s Tennis,
October 28th for Volleyball, October 29th for Men’s
Water Polo, November 4th for football, and December
6th for Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

Tessa Jones
Features Editor

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