Thursday, December 17, 2009

Loras SAAC Fall Activities Report

The Loras SAAC has been a busy group this fall. Here are some of the activities from the last three months ... you can print out a nice flyer with this same information by clicking here.

* Take a Kid to the Game- November 16th & 17th
* Sold t-shirts at Homecoming to promote athletic department
* Attended Fall IIAC SAAC meeting-November 15th in Cedar Rapids
* SAAC bowling outing at Cherry Lanes
* Volunteer workers for NCAA soccer games
* Participated in Christmas Giving Tree Program
* Created “Game Day” T-shirts for home athletic events for Duhawk Nation Section
* Constructed an athletic information board in the Alumni Campus Center
* Contributed events to Stall Street Journal
* Created three committees within SAAC to get more involvement from individual members
* Worked with Student Senate Spirit Committee to raise school spirit on campus and at athletic events

In the works for the future:

* Student Athlete Recognition mass and retreat – Feb. 7th
* Update/develop website page
* Eight Student Athletes to attend Student Athlete Leadership Conference Feb. 5th-7th in Cedar Rapids
* Dodge Ball/Bags Tournament fundraiser for end of year awards
* Dewey Awards
* Further develop Support a Team-Different season sports are assigned a specific team to support
* Blood Drive – Fall 2010

If you have specific questions about any of these items, we encourage you to contact Loras SAAC members or Associate AD Denise Udelhofen.

Monday, December 14, 2009

NCAA SAAC Video Covers Convention and "Hot Topic"

The NCAA Convention will take place January 13-16, 2010 in Atlanta. The staff has created a video that talks about some of the highlighted legislation that will be on the docket. You can access the video by clicking here. The two student-athlete hosts also talk about a "Hot Topic" that they are considering right now. All Iowa Conference SAACs are encouraged to take a look at this video and give feedback to your athletic administrators.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Conference SAAC Meeting Combines Business with Service

The Iowa Conference SAAC met on Sunday, November 15th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The gathering included 19 student-athletes and seven administrators, along with the IIAC Commissioner. The two-hour meeting reviewed proposed IIAC legislation that was on the docket for the FAR/AD meeting the following day; some of the proposals did solicit SAAC votes, the results of which then were passed on at the FAR/AD meeting. Among other agenda items covered were: (1) the possibility of a Conference-wide blood drive next academic year; (2) the upcoming IIAC Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in February; and (3) feedback on the Conference's electronic-media presence on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. All of those sites can be accessed from here. Each school's SAAC was encouraged to report to the Conference minutes of meetings, photos of activities and any other news of a promotional nature. Following the meeting, the group headed into downtown Cedar Rapids with holiday gifts that had been collected on campus. They were donated to Waypoint, a large social services agency that handles day care, a homeless shelter, domestic violence cases, etc. The group is pictured on the steps of Waypoint, and you can find out more about the organization through its website.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wartburg Hosts Youth Clinic

The Wartburg Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recently hosted a youth clinic on campus. Area youth received instruction and general game play with direct interaction with varsity athletes. This project first came to mind at last January's NCAA Regional Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in Chicago. During that 3-day event, each school was required to come up with an idea that it would take back to campus for consideration and, hopefully, implementation.

Some of What Makes the IIAC Great