A new executive board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Clayton State University for the 2015/16 term has been elected. The new executive board, consisting of President Ryan Haskell, Vice President Maia Kuhnen, Secretary Abiane Collymore, and Treasurer Taylor Galvin will start their one-year term for the academic year 2015-16 after this semester finished.
Haskell, a current senior on the men’s golf team, was elected to the new office, president. Haskell would like to incorporate the student-athletes more into the committee and increase the community engagement. Born and raised in Newport, Wales, he plans to graduate spring 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in History.
Kuhnen, member of the soccer, cross country, and track & field teams, was voted to be the vice president. Kuhnen’s involvement in other organizations gave her experience in networking, communication, and leadership. Originally from Trier, Germany, she joins the culturally diverse executive board with a planned graduation in summer 2016 with a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology.
Collymore, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and member of the cross country and track & field teams, was elected to be the secretary. Her involvement in other departments on campus provides her with profound skills to succeed in this position. She is currently a junior and majoring in Health and Fitness Management with an anticipated graduation in spring 2017 with a bachelor’s degree.
Galvin, closing the new squad, is a Chicago native and member of the cross country and track and field teams, and was voted to be the treasurer. Her organizational skills and engagement in other organizations will give her great organizational fundamentals to fulfill the duties of the position. She plans to graduate Spring 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.
About Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) – This committee is a nationwide student organization established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to help bridge the gap between administrative staff and student-athletes at the respective institution as well as at the conference. It strives to enhance the total student-athlete well-being; and foster a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenants of the different division’s philosophy. The NCAA has three different divisions based on the size of the university. Specifically, the committee is designed to incorporate ideas and suggestions from the student-athletes into legislative decisions to better the academic and athletic achievements. Within this process, the committee members are developing valuable leaderships skills as they raise their voice for changes in rules and regulations, organize community service and fundraise events for Make-A-Wish Foundation, and represent a positive image for collegiate athletes at the University but also within society. At Clayton State, the committee consists of two student-athletes from each sport and their advisor, Merlene Aitken.
For information, contact: Maia Kuhnen, email@example.com