Missouri State University

SAAC Minutes

September 5, 2007


Meeting started at 7:20 p.m.
Each SAAC member introduced themselves to the group.


The next SAAC meeting will be on Sept. 26th. The meetings will continue every 3 weeks on Wednesday’s at 7:15 p.m. in FORA 256.


The IAC Committee Representative position will be filled by Melissa Millin, Field Hockey. The IAC meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.


SAAC will continue to participate with Just Read. SAAC members need to get times from their teammates when they can volunteer. Contact Casey to schedule times, this needs to be done a couple days ahead of the date you would like to read.


Adopt-A-Street Cleanup dates for the fall:
  • September- Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • October- Women’s Basketball
  • November- Men’s Soccer


Adopt-A-Family: Members need to start collecting $1.00 from every teammate and also ask coaches if they will match the amount collected.

Team’s can continue to collect toiletries while traveling to be donated to the Women’s Violence Center. Melissa will deliver the current box for toiletries.

The SAAC Newsletter for fall:

  • September- Women’s Golf
  • October- Men’s Soccer
  • November- W. Basketball
  • December- Softball


Casey reviewed the upcoming NCAA legislative proposals. There are several and talks continue about the baseball academic enhancement working group, text messaging to prospects and the golf dates.

SAAC discussed the MVC strategic planning survey and provided feedback to Carrie Vestal and Kelli Boddie to submit to the MVC office.

Casey discussed the newspaper article and espn.com video regarding facebook and myspace accounts. SAAC will review the possibility of coming up with a social networking policy for the department of athletics and all student-athletes. Examples of other MVC schools policies will be brought to the next meeting.

Casey reviewed the items discussed at the MVC SAAC meeting that was held in July in St. Louis. It was a productive meeting with community service efforts continuing with the KidSmart program. They also had a guest speaker on Title IX from Ohio University.

Members also discussed the possibility of implementing a Sportsmanship Award or Pledge. Examples will be brought to the next meeting.

Champs Life Skills Dates:

  • “Be Good To Yourself” presented by Michael Cooper on August 27, 2007. The feedback was very positive by all members of SAAC.
  • Speaking Specialists- September 25, 2007- Teams must sign up for a time. The current teams signed up are:
Coaches – Noon-1:00 p.m.
 Softball – 2:15-3:00 p.m.
 M. Soccer 3:00-4:00p.m.
 W.Basketball – 4:00-5:00 p.m.
XC/Track and W Golf – 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

August 28, 2006


Meeting began at 7:00 p.m.


Introduction of student-athletes.


Reviewed and distributed the SAAC mission statement to all members.


Each team member provided an update regarding their team.


SAAC will continue the student-athlete newsletter.   The following will do the newsletter each month for the fall semester:

September – Softball – Katie Martin

October – Football – Justin Williamson

November – WBB – Erica Biel

December – WSwim – Brooke Paulsen


There will be a welcome back cookout for all student-athletes, coaches and staff on September 13, 2006.  It will be in conjunction with the field hockey game.  Cookout will begin at half time.  Please inform your teammates about the cookout and come and support the field hockey team as they take on St. Louis University at 7:00 p.m.


SAAC discussed community services options for the academic year.

Just read will be continued with Delaware, Cowden and Roundtree.

Adopt a Street: W. Soccer – September, Field Hockey –October, M Soccer- November, and December – W Track

SAAC would like to put together a cookbook and sell it as part of a fundraiser.

Halloween in the Halls – SAAC will continue to be involved and pass out candy to young children that evening.

SAAC will be collecting a dollar from every student-athlete and asking coaches and staff for donations for the adopt a family for Christmas.  Money is to be turned into Darren and is due before Thanksgiving.

Student-athletes will be collecting non perishable items as well as apparel to be given to the Boys and Girls Town as the nonperishable items to be donated to a charity of choice. (food bank, Ozark Food Harvest, etc).

Kevin Sears will update the group on Habitat for Humanity as limited help is needed at this time.

SAAC would like to get involved with the Special Olympics by maybe spending a day with them bowling or even learning how to play wheelchair volleyball or softball.  Justin will report to the group.

SAAC along with Greeks will be hosting a dodge ball tournament during homecoming week. This will also be a fundraiser for SAAC and the start to help build relations with other organizations on campus.  It will be the Wed during homecoming week.


Fall meeting schedule was decided on. Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. on the following days:

Sept. 12, 2006  (Cookout for all student-athletes is Sept 13, 2006)

Sept. 27, 2006

October 11, 2006

October 25, 2006 – President Nietzel will be speaking to the group

November 8, 2006

Nov. 22, 2006 (semester ending gathering)


Carrie Vestal provided an update on the MVC SAAC meeting that took place in August.  They discussed the issues with facebook, there might be a new Missouri Valley facebook policy.  They also talked about medical insurance and how it might go back to only sports related injuries because of bills.  Overall Carrie said she had a lot of fun and it was a great experience.


Casey discussed the scheduled for the Champs Life Skills Seminars for the Fall :


Sept 21 (Leadership and stress management) – the Power of Laughter by Gail Hand will be in the West Gym at 7:00 p.m. 


Oct 2 & 3 (Resume and interviewing skills, job search) – Competitive Resource Group in FOR A 256.

Freshman and Sophomores will be from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Juniors, Seniors, and 5th year – 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Oct 3 – you make an appt to come back when it fits in your schedule to see them.  Please sign up with Casey ahead of time.


Nov 15 (Etiquette dinner)- first 40 people to sign up, all SAAC members will have the opportunity to attend.


Meeting ended at 8:30 p.m.