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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Members - 2013-14

The purpose of the Student-Athlete Advisory SAAC is to enhance the student-athlete experience. SAAC members have a crucial voice in the department and are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding team equity, spirit, opportunities for athletes, awards programs and student-athlete image.

At WSU, SAAC serves as the campus link to the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which in turn, communicates with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Westfield State is fortunate to have junior field hockey player Kelsey Carpenter, as a member of the NCAA SAAC until 2016.

The responsibilities of SAAC as a board fall into four areas: 1) Community Service; 2) Educational efforts; 3) Social activities, 4) Student-Athlete voice.

Community Service
•SAAC is in its third year of sponsoring a Special Olympics flag football tournament and cheerleading event. Over 75 Student-athletes volunteer annually for this very important event and assist with the relationship with Special Olympics.  
SAAC members donate over $500 annually to purchase Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children in Westfield.
• WSU SAAC members also serve on the MASCAC SAAC. This group alternates years with a state-wide community service project or an educational session.
SAAC members assist local community organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and the Red Cross as needed.

Education Efforts
SAAC members recommend areas that need addressed with speakers. SAAC members also ensure team attendance at programs such as study hall, nutrition programs, weight training programs, CHOICES programs and leadership workshops.

Social Activities
SAAC members plan and coordinate the annual pep rally, midnight madness, awards banquet, and NCAA Division III Week held annually in April.

Student-Athlete Voice
One SAAC member serves as a representative on the WSU Student Government Association. SAAC members meet regularly with athletic administrators.

Expectations of SAAC members
• Attend regular meetings
• Assist with team needs
• Improve bond between athletic teams
• Strengthen athletic program
• Improve school spirit around campus
• Communicate SAAC needs to coaches
 • Raise awareness of games and meets
• Coordinate and organize athletic banquets, presentations and or events for athletics

MASCAC SAAC Members from Westfield State are Becca Davis, Kelsey Carpenter, Lauren Harrington, Dan Letteriello, Jack Fisher, Kat Robinson, Zach Madera, and Julia Warner.

MASCAC SAAC Meeting Schedule

  1. Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Conference Call
  2. Sunday, December 1st , 2013, 12:00 p.m. Meeting @ Worcester State University.
  3. February TBD 2014, Conference Call with MASCAC SAAC Members

Student Government Association (SGA) SAAC Representatives
Carmelo Solivan and Gina Mannarino

SAAC 2013-2014 Meeting Schedule
Monday, September 9th 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge
Monday, October 7th 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge
Monday, November 4th 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge
Wednesday, December 4th 8:00 PM Owl’s Nest
Monday, February 3rd 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge
Monday, March 3rd 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge
Monday, March 31st 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge
Monday, April 28th, 8:00 PM Woodward Center Student Lounge

Varsity Sports Banquet
Monday, May 5th, 2014 5:30 PM

The Westfield State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is made up of the following representatives from all 21 varsity sports as well at athletic training students:

Athletic Training: Becca Davis, Steve Laraia
Baseball: Mike Molta, Tyler Adams
Men’s Basketball:  Dan Johnson, Dan Tessier
Women’s Basketball: Molly Waitt, Jen Ashton
Cheering: Brittni Peck, Breanna Greene
Men’s Cross Country: Steven Connolly, Justin Connolly
Women’s Cross Country: Jaime Lyons, Taylor Surrette
Field Hockey: Kelsey Carpenter, Lauren Harrington
Football: Troy Cutter, Dan Letteriello
Men’s Golf: Ryan Cambell, Rory Wilkowich, Scotty Walters
Women’s Golf: Conley Jones, Gina Mannarino
Ice Hockey: Josh McCully, Dalton Jay
Lacrosse: Jennifer Carew, Lee Meskevich
Women’s Soccer: Lauren Marshall, Jess Habif
Men’s Soccer: Dan Brady, Jack Fisher
Softball: Amanda Flower, Kat Robinson, Emily Mailloux
Swimming & Diving: Kaylee Hopkins, Amanda Labriola
Men’s Track & Field: Zach Madera, Carmelo Solivan
Women’s Track & Field: Meghan McNamara, Teal Gildea
Volleyball: Julia Warner, Sarah Green

2013-2014 Executive Board
President: Dan Letteriello, Football, ‘14
Vice President: Kelsey Carpenter, Field Hockey, ‘15
Treasurer: Zach Madera, Track & Field, ‘14
Secretary: Lauren Marshall, Soccer, ‘14

SAAC 2013-14 members

2013-14 Student Athletic Advisory Committee:
First row, left to right: Lee Meskevich (lacrosse), Meg McNamara (track and field), Ali Blanchette (soccer), Lauren McLaughlin (soccer), Molly Waitt (basketball), Amanda Flower (softball), Kelsey Carpenter (field hockey), Julia Warner (volleyball), Jen Ashton (basketball), Brittni Peck (cheering).
Second row: Taylor Surrette (cross country), Jaime Lyons (cross country), Jen Carew (lacrosse), Ashleigh Chretien (soccer), Lauren Marshall (soccer), Gina Mannarino (golf), Conley Jones (golf), Kat Robinson (softball), Sarah Green (volleyball), Becca Davis (athletic training), Lauren Harrington (field hockey).
Third row: Zack Madera (track and field), Mike Molta (baseball), Carmelo Solivan (track and field), John Tomlin (track and field), Steve Connolly (cross country), Jack Fisher (soccer), Dalton Jay (hockey), Dan Letteriello (football), Josh McCully (hockey), Troy Cutter (football), Steve Laraia (athletic training), Tyler Adams (baseball).