The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a partnership of the student-athletes representing all 17 varsity sports at Marymount University, focusing on a variety of areas which impact student welfare. SAAC has four major areas of concentration; encouraging school spirit, creating and enhancing an all-encompassing Marymount student-athlete family experience, increasing community involvement, and organizing and executing community outreach. Annually, the SAAC elects an executive board, establishing a leadership group that presides over this wide range of organizational functions.
THE MU SAAC MISSION
- To provide student-athlete support for all intercollegiate athletics programs at the University.
- To encourage active student participation in University community events.
- To uphold the tradition, philosophy and student-athlete "code-of-conduct"
- To establish a process for student-athlete participation in community service projects.
- To develop leaders among the student-athlete population.
- To create a connection between the students and student-athletes of Marymount University
Participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is open to all academically and athletically eligible student-athletes from Marymount’s 16 varsity programs. The committee is comprised of FIVE elected executive officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Public Relations, and Community Service) and a board of representatives. It is mandated that each NCAA-recognized sports team have a presence on the committee, and as such, the MU athletics staff annually appoints two representatives from each program (in the scenario that no two student-athletes volunteer as team representatives).
Members not appointed may also join to participate in SAAC events and meetings, but may have limited actions such as the inability to vote.
Representation from each team at all SAAC meetings is mandatory. After two unexcused absences, the member shall lose their seat from the organization. Failure to attend meetings on a regular basis will result in expulsion from SAAC and a search for a new representative will begin, under the direction of the SAAC officers. If a member is removed due to attendance issues, his/her team will not be able to gain another voting seat in SAAC until the following year.
- Each eligible SAAC Representative has the opportunity to volunteer for or run for an executive position.
- Any SAAC Representative can nominate any other eligible SAAC Representative for executive office.
- After all interested parties have volunteered/received nomination; a committee vote shall be taken for the executive officers.
- Each SAAC Representative has only one vote for each position, with a total of two votes per team.
- Election of officers will take place at the final meeting of the academic year.
- All candidates must be full-time undergraduate student-athletes at the University and must be enrolled and paid for a minimum of 12 credits.
- All candidates must have a minimum GPA of at least 2.5.
Marymount University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The committee is comprised of FIVE elected executive officers:
The SAAC President is responsible for setting the agenda for and presiding over each committee meeting. It is the duty of the President to ensure that SAAC acts in accordance with the organization's stated purpose and mission. The primary link between SAAC and the outside community, the President serves as a liaison to the rest of the athletics department, gathers and often functions as a spokesperson for Marymount Athletics.
The SAAC Vice President works under the direction of the President and may assume additional duties if the President is not in attendance. The VP is to oversee all standing committees (delegated for specific events and projects) and report any relevant information to the executive board.
At each SAAC meeting, the secretary is responsible for taking active minutes and subsequently distributing them to the SAAC advisor and other members within 48 hours. The secretary must also compile and distribute an attendance record following each committee meeting.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR
The public relations coordinator is charged with the responsibility of constructing and enacting marketing strategies to help raise awareness of upcoming SAAC events. The PR coordinator also acts as the committee's social media coordinator, serving as the director of SAAC's official presence on Facebook, Twitter and other such outlets.
COMMUNITY SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
The community service representative is responsible for reporting any individual student-athlete community service efforts to SAAC, as well as arranging for said opportunities in the future. The CS representative serves as the primary contact for any outside resources regarding potential community projects, and also keeps track of each team’s community service hours over the course of each academic year.