Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

September, 2012 SAAC Meeting Minutes

Upcoming SAAC Events: Panther Prowl (Oct. 14), Special Olympics Bowling Event (Nov. 4), Soup Kitchen (TBD) and Snack-a-Thon (Dec. 13)

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is composed of current Panther student-athletes assembled in order to provide insight into the student-athlete experience by promoting, fostering, designing and implementing programs that encourage academic achievement, professional development, health-conscious life choices and social responsibility.

The UWM SAAC is committed to the following initiatives:

  1. Providing student-athletes with the opportunity to effectively communicate with the Athletic Department Administration and offer suggestions to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience at UW-Milwaukee.
  2. Promoting effective communication among coaches, the Athletic Department administration and student-athletes.
  3. Promoting an awareness of UW-Milwaukee Athletics throughout the campus and the Greater Milwaukee area.
  4. Reviewing NCAA legislative proposals and make recommendations to the Athletic Department Administration.

The UWM Panther SAAC is dedicated to the successful design and implementation of a comprehensive CHAMPS Life Skills Program that offers educational services and assists in the professional and personal development of all student-athletes. The UWM Panther SAAC promotes a philosophy of individual responsibility that encourages each student-athlete to value their own educational experience. The UWM SAAC fosters opportunities for academic, athletic and personal development, which in turn promotes growth through responsible decision-making and future planning directed toward the fulfillment of life and career goals. The UWM SAAC operates in conjunction with the Horizon League SAAC and the NCAA SAAC. Simbi Laaro, Track & Field, and Maddie Soule, Tennis, currently represent UWM on the Horizon League SAAC.

SAAC members serve as liaisons between student-athletes, the athletic administration and the campus community. Athletes are encouraged to communicate concerns and ideas to their captains and/or for discussion at scheduled committee meetings

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee routinely invites coaches and members of the administration to meetings and functions. The Committee also includes coaches and administrators in projects and undertakings as needed.

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2013-14 Milwaukee SAAC members:

Mike Porcaro
Sam Koenig
Mike Aiello

Swimming & Diving
Chris Jenkyns
Emily McClellan
Brianna Huth
Erika Pliner
Lindsey Hill
Leah Winckler
Rob Miller
Teddy Stackman
Erika Pliner

Men's Soccer
Dustin Ashley
James Ashcroft

Track & Field/Cross Country
Simbi Laaro
Louie Glotfelty
Claira Himmel
Adriana Gutierrez
Annette Lemanski
Emily Schaal
Gayana Wanniarachchi
Nancy Harmon
Gerrit Bruni
Anuli Okonkwo

Women's Soccer
Sara Stern
Vienna Behnke
Sky Perna

Christina Colarossi
Dana Shannon

Rachel Neuberger
Hannah Blanchard
Maisey Mulvey

Men's Basketball
Evan Richard
J.J. Panoske
Matt Tiby
Akeem Springs
Austin Arians

Women's Basketball
Macie Dorow
Christina Wakeman
Jordan Swan

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