After a successful 2010-2011 year and capturing the SIAC’s top award, the Albany State University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) inducted new members and officers to continue its mission and goals for the 2011-2012 term. New members and officers were sworn in by Advisor Stanley McCormick, assistant men’s basketball coach, at induction ceremonies Thursday night. Khadijah Ali, head women’s tennis coach and assistant women’s basketball coach, is co-advisor.
“We are honored to welcome new members into our SAAC program. We had an outstanding 2010-2011 year and we anticipate having a successful year this season,” McCormick said. “We have a great group of student-athletes this season and we are confident that our program will continue its tradition of providing outstanding student-athlete services and community services.”
Ken Nesbitt, representing baseball, was sworn in as president for the upcoming year. Cheerleader Whitley Patterson will serve as vice president and Symone Wilkerson, a member of the women’s basketball team, will serve as secretary. The treasurer is cheerleader Lauren Andrews and softball player Vanessa Jones is the parliamentarian. The male and female representatives are basketball player, Stephen Francis, and tennis player, Brittany White.
Other SAAC members are Tory Torstenson and Brandon Hamilton, football; Tiffany Butler and Adrienne Morris, volleyball; and Shay Marks, softball.
Nehemyah Price and Joseph Dancy represent men’s cross country and track and field, and Sherinna Lewis and Ebony Stone represent women’s cross country and track and field. Other members are Jaren Harris, men’s basketball; Corbin Williams, baseball; Reanah Kellogg, women’s tennis; and Breanna Fields, women’s basketball.
The SAAC is a NCAA-mandated committee made up of student-athletes from each sport and cheerleading who provide insight on the student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives at Albany State. The SAAC serves as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators on issues to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation.
The induction service was the culminating event of a week of activities and programs sponsored by the ASU SAAC. During the week, SAAC sponsored line dance aerobics classes for ASU faculty, staff and students, and a Ram Rally to cheer ASU fall sports teams to victory. Also, the group sponsored an educational workshop on health issues including STDs and sexual responsibility.
The ASU SAAC also sponsors several community service projects throughout the year, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Toy For Tots and food and clothing drives. The group, which has been honored by the SIAC for its continuous work in the community for several years, was recently awarded the 2011 SIAC SAAC Citizenship Award. The award is presented annually to the program which has completed the most community service projects and other initiatives on their campuses and in their communities.
Cutline: SAAC members pictured above are Vanessa Jones, front row left; Symone Wilkerson, Ken Nesbitt, Whitley Patterson and Lauren Andrews; second row: Brandon Hamilton, left; Stephen Francis, Ebony Stone, Sherrina Lewis, Corbin Williams, Reanah Kellogg, Brittany White and Breanna Fields; back row: Joseph Dancy, left, Shay Marks, Nehemyah Price and Tory Torstenson.