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Minutes from recent SAAC meetings

(any reference to Southwest Missouri State or SMS now refers to Missouri State University)

 

 

2006-2007 Year

 

 

April 11, 2007

 

Meeting started at 7:20 p.m.

 

 Motion to approve the March 28, 2007 minutes was made by AJ Goertzen and seconded by Lance Parker. All in favor, none opposed.

 

 Each team member provided updates for their team.

 

 

Summer School and Fifth Year Applications are online at http://www.missouristatebears.com/ or obtained from coaches. SAAC members need to remind their teams of these dates and they need their advisor’s signature for summer school, if undeclared major Darren or JoBelle needs to sign.

 

 

Community Service:

 

  • We need athletes to volunteer to read for Sports Spectacular Week from April 23-26, and for the Marshfield Read In on April 20, 2007.
  • The food collection will be dropped off at 2nd Baptist Church by Amy Crowder.
  • Donations to the Women’s Family Violence Center will be dropped off by Sarah Thomas.

 

 

Keith Waldman gave a presentation on Optimal Performance for the Champs Life Skills Program. There was very good feedback from the athletes. They described it as fun, good interaction, good teamwork exercises, and overall everyone enjoyed it.

 

 The Spring Cookout will be on Sunday April 29th. It will be at the softball game and start at 12:00 pm.

 

 

The Bee Payne Stewart Walk is on April 28th at 10:30 a.m. and is located at Jordan Valley Park. All SAAC members need to be present to thank people who donated money. We need 10 athlete volunteers to help with the event.

 

 

 

 

The Senior Banquet will be on April 25th at 6:30 p.m. SAAC members are all invited and need to RSVP to Judy at 836-5246.

 

 

 

 

All SAAC members need to give out surveys to their teams as soon as possible and bring them to Joan at the front desk.

 

 

 

 

The Newsletter for May will be completed by Melissa from Field Hockey.

 

 

 

 

The men’s and women’s swimming teams will be responsible for Adopt-A-Street for March.

 

 

 

 

The next meeting will be a Pizza Party on May 2nd at 7:15 p.m.-FORA 256

 

 

 Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

 

February 21, 2007

 

Meeting started at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

Motion to approve the February 7, 2007 minutes was made by Amy Crowder. Seconded by Brooke Paulsen.  All in favor, none opposed, and none abstained.

 

 

Each team member provided updates for their team.

 

 

On Wednesday February 28, 2007 Tom Kane will be speaking at the SAAC meeting about leadership.  Every member should try their best to be here that evening.

 

 

For the Just Read program, members need to give Casey times and dates of teammates that will be able to participate.  The schools will accommodate student-athlete schedules.

 

 

SAAC will be participating in another food drive to help shelters that were cleared out because of the ice storm.  Each student-athlete needs to collect a minimum of one canned food item that can be dropped off at The Achievement Center.  The deadline is Friday, March 16 (before spring break).

 

 

Another community service idea is helping with the tree limb clean-up around Springfield.  Each team would be responsible for a day to clean up houses and possibly area parks.  SAAC and coaches received an email regarding the United Way Caring Days cleanup opportunities. Please let Casey know if you are interested or will be helping with area clean-up.

 

 

The collected toiletries will be delivered by Amy Crowder and Brooke Paulsen.

 

 

 Champs Life Skills Dates:

 

  • Feb. 26 @ 6:30 p.m.- FOR A 256- Etiquette Follow up with w. golf, volleyball, field hockey, and softball teams.
  • March 6 @ 7:00 p.m.- FOR A 256- Wyndham Resorts Presentation will be hosted for all juniors, seniors and fifth year student-athletes.
  • March 14 @ 7:00 p.m.- Panel of Professionals- Freshman and Sophomores. (tentative)
  • April 1 and 2- Keith Waldman- Throughout both days- each coach is signing up your team to attend.

 

 

 The Newsletter for February will be completed by Kellie Boddie from men’s soccer.

 

 

 The men’s golf team will be responsible for Adopt-A-Street for February.

 

 

 The Hall of Fame Luncheon will be on Feb. 24 at 12:00 p.m.  Every SAAC member needs to RSVP to Julie Wright.  Everyone should try to be there because SAAC will be recognized.

 

 

 The Senior Banquet will be on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the PSU Ballroom, and all SAAC members are invited.  The senior blankets will be there for this banquet and last years seniors will be receiving blankets around that time.

 

 

 The next meeting will be on Feb. 28 at 7:15 p.m. with guest speaker Tom Kane.

 

 

 Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

February 7, 2007

 

Meeting started at 7:15 p.m.

 

Motion to approve the November 29, 2006 minutes was made by Jake Shafer.  All in favor, none opposed, and none abstained.

 

 Each team member provided updates for their team.

 

 Recognition night for athletes will be Thursday, February 8 at the women’s basketball game.  The dress code causal or team warm-ups, no jeans.

 

 

 The spring schedule of SAAC meetings has been tentatively set.  They will be as follows:

 

Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, and April 11.  Tom Kane from the psychology will speak on team leadership at either the Feb. 21 or Feb 28 meeting.

 

 

 Community Play Day will be on April 28, 2007 and all student athletes should keep this day open and plan on helping.  More details will be provided later.

 

 

 NGWSD will be on February 10, 2007.  It is in the west gym from 12:30-2:00 pm.  All teams should have a few players to set up a station to teach kids about their sport. Soccer, Field Hockey, M and W Golf, Volleyball, Football have committed to be in attendance.

 

 

 Casey spoke about the Bee Payne Stewart Women’s Walk that will be held on April 28, 2007.  The colleges participating will be MSU, Drury, and Evangel to help raise money for the women’s athletic department.  Bee Payne Stewart’s family donated $15,000 to run this walk for the next 3 years.  Please put this date on your calendars to walk and help out.  This is a big community effort that also includes The Park and WIN (Women’s Intersports Network).

 

 

 SAAC decided to try and do a cook book fundraiser next year.  However, SAAC members are to still collect  recipes from teammates and coaches and email them to Casey.

 

 

 Adopt-A-Street Cleanup dates for the spring:

 

  • February- Men’s Golf
  • March- Volleyball
  • April- Baseball
  • May- Women’s Golf

 

 

 The Adopt-A-Family fundraiser was very successful this fall.  We collected about $700 and the presents were delivered Dec. 21, 2006.  Each child received 7 presents and SAAC provided a Christmas meal as well for the family.

 

 

 The SAAC Newsletter for spring:

 

  • February- Men’s Soccer (Kellie Boddie)
  • March- Women’s Golf (Lindsey Geason)
  • April- Field Hockey (Kim Kinsella)
  • May- Volleyball (Shayla Patrick)

 

 

 Champs Life Skills Ideas:

 

  • Bring back Sarah Panzau (sister of volleyball player) to talk about the effects of drinking and driving for next fall.
  • Wyndham Resorts will give a job opportunities presentation that will be mandatory for junior’s and senior’s on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in FORA 256.
  • A Professional Panel of past student-athletes to share experiences and to ask questions regarding careers will take place.
  • A national speaker on Leadership is also being explored at this time.

 

 

 For more volunteer opportunities Jake Shafer talked about having teams help out with tree clean-up around Springfield.  Also maybe to have another food drive for shelters that ran out of food due to the ice storm.  Casey will follow up to see who still need assistance.

 

 

 The Study After School Drug Free Program will be on February 13, 2007.  The football team will meet the students at the ticket office at 4:45 pm to give a tour of the campus and have pizza with the kids before the men’s basketball game against SIU.

 

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm.

 

 

October 11, 2006

 

Meeting started at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 Motion  to approve the September 27, 2006 minutes made by Justin Williamson.  Seconded by Jake Shafer.  All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 

 

 Each team member provided updates for their team.

 

 

 Dr. Nietzel will be attending the meeting on Oct.25th.  Please email Casey with any questions or topics you would like to discuss.

 

 

 The food drive deadline is Monday, Oct.16th. Please bring food collected from teams to Forsythe- Achievement Center.

 

 

 Halloween in the Halls is Oct.25th.  We need volunteers from each team to help with check in, play games, and pass out candy to the kids.  Athletes should wear something that represents their sport.  The event is from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in Blair Shannon Lounge.  Student-athletes will need to be available in 1 hour increment; 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00, 7:00-8:00.  Please ask your teammates if they would like to pass out candy and help with this event. 

 

 

 Adopt-A-Street clean-up is men’s soccer for November.

 

 

 Helping with the Special Olympics will be held off until the spring because their bowling district tournament is during our homecoming. 

 

 

 We need to start collecting money for Adopt-A-Family from everyone.  The deadline is Friday, Nov.17, 2006.  Make sure to ask coaches if they will donate or match what the team donates.

 

 

 Justin Williamson will be writing the SAAC newsletter for October.

 

 

 The feedback from members about the CRG champs life skills program was very positive.  Everyone seemed to have a great experience and thought that they were very helpful.

 

 

 The etiquette dinner will be at 7:00 pm on Nov.15th at the Tower Club.  All SAAC members can attend.  Dress code is business casual.  It is limited to 30 student-athletes so please be sure and let Casey know if you or any of your teammates are interested.

 

 

 Spring registration dates are: seniors Nov.1st, juniors Nov.3rd, sophomores Nov.9th, freshman Nov.16th.  Remind teammates to get signature from their academic advisors and be sure to clear encumbrances prior to registration.

 

 

 Student-athletes will need to help out with Halloween at the volleyball game on Oct.28th.  It will be in the west gym prior to the game.  It will be from 5-6:00 p.m. and we just need to have a few student-athletes to pass out candy to the trick or treaters.

 

 

 There were some issues discussed about the rec center forum.  There was concern that student-athletes will not be able to use the facility.   It was addressed that it would not be a facility that is used for practices but may be used just as any other student may use it. 

 

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

 

September 27, 2006

Meeting started at 7:15 p.m.

 

Each team member provided updates for their team.

 

 Each member still needs to collect 2 items of food for the food drive from each player on their team.  The deadline is October 15th.

 

 We might start personal hygiene kits for the Convoy of Hope.  Talk with teams to see if that is something we want to participate in.

 

 Adopt A Street- The team for October is Field Hockey.

 

 Adopt A Family- Start collecting a dollar from each teammate, talk to coaches to see if they will donate more.

 

 The Dates on the Newsletter for CRG are incorrect.  The actual dates are Monday Oct. 2nd, and Tuesday Oct. 3rd.

 

 SAAC members gave their opinions about the Champ Life Skills speaker.  The general feelings were that it wasn’t very helpful, and the speaker talked about alcohol instead of the intended topic.

 

 There is a proposal to change the rule for coaches sending text messages to new recruits, limiting the time they may be sent to 4pm to 8pm.

 

There are open forums about the new rec center on Oct.5th at 5pm or Oct.9th at 7pm.

 

 Greek life is having an open forum lunch about hazing on Oct. 10th.

 

 FCA is hosting a barbeque before the Men’s soccer game, it is by the stadium on Oct.4th at 7pm.

 

 A few SAAC members brought up problems with study hall.  They thought it was too crowded and there wasn’t enough room to study.  The extra rooms in forsythe will now be open during study hall times to study.

 

 The next SAAC meeting will be Oct.11th at 7:15pm.

 

 Meeting closed at 7:42 p.m.

September 12, 2006

 

Meeting started at 7:04 p.m.

 

Each team member provided updates for their team.

 

Motion to approve minutes from August 25, 2006 meeting was made by Brooke Paulsen. Seconded by Jake Shafer. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 

The dodge ball tournament will not happen during homecoming week, it will be changed to a later date.

 

Just Read Dates:

            -this year will be cutting back to fewer dates

            -Cowden 5th grade, Men’s BBall did a visit on Sept 13th

            -Cowden 4th grade, WSwim will do a visit on Thrs Sept 14th

            -SAAC members are to ask teammates for times and dates to provide to Casey

            -taping for TV in October, need volunteers to go out to read

 

On Oct. 25th Dr. Nietzel will be speaking at the SAAC meeting, and everyone needs to be there.

 

Kevin Sears will be nominated for the University Hearing Panel.

 

Kim Kinsella and Amy Crowder will be nominated for the Equity and Welfare and Fiscal Integrity Subcommittees.

 

The September SAAC newsletter will be done by Katie Martin, Softball.

 

Women’s soccer is participating in Adopt-A-Street for September.

 

The Etiquette Dinner is on Nov. 15th, and all SAAC members can attend. Let team know to respond to email from Darren if they want to attend.

 

Reminders: Collect toiletries when traveling.

Collect non perishable items from your team and coaches to be donated. Boxes in locker room or achievement center.

 

The construction on the new arena starts in December 2006 and should be finished by 2008 season, watch for changes in parking.

 

Casey talked about the women’s walk that will be held on April 14, 2007. It is a walk that will help to fundraise monies for woman athletes and help to market Missouri State through the promotions of the walk. The funds that are raised form the event will be split between Missouri State, Evangel, Drury, The Park Board and WIN. It is a great opportunity for our coaches, faculty and staff to get involved. Student-athletes will be asked to take part in the event on April 14th.

 

New SAAC meeting time will be Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.

 

Meeting closed at 7:44 p.m.

 

Spring 2006 semester

 

April 26, 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:15 p.m.

 There was a motion to approve the March 8, 2006 and April 12, 2006 meeting minutes.  Motion was by Kim Kinsella. Seconded by Jake Shafer.  All in favor, none opposed. Minutes passed.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding his/her sport. 

 The April/May newsletter will be done by Carrie Vestal from women's track and field.

 A reminder was given to the senior SAAC members to ask another team member if they are interested in serving on the SAAC committee and being a member for the 2006-07 academic year.  AJ Goertzen will replace Matt Beasley from M. Swimming, Ashley Baechle will become a member for Softball, and Meghan Cassady will join Kate Hercules on the committee for W. Soccer.  Welcome to the new members.   Members for MBB, WBB, M. Golf, and W. Swimming are still needed.   

 Casey stated that the partners in prevention committee would like a student-athlete representative.  If anyone is interested from SAAC or your team, to please let Casey know.

 Casey thanked everyone for their efforts throughout the year regarding community service.  Many thanks to those who went to Hickory Hills Elementary School to read and talk about character education during Sports Spectacular week (April 24-26, 2006).  W. basketball and field hockey did relay for life on April 21, 2006, which was a great fundraising opportunity, and experience for everyone.   W. basketball also assisted with the book sale for Springfield Libraries at the Northtown mall and Rockin' Ribs at Bass Pro Shops on Saturday April 22, 2006.  Field Hockey and M. Soccer student-athletes participated in the "Read In" for second graders at Marshfield Elementary school on April 21, 2006.  It was a great time for everyone.

 W. Soccer will be going out each week to the Boys and Girls club for the remainder of the semester.  That started the week of April 24, 2006.  Thanks to Kate for getting her team involved in the community.    

 Toiletries need to be delivered to the women's violence center.  Melissa Millin, field hockey has volunteers to deliver them.

 SAAC needs to nominate and vote for new officers for 2006-07.  Ashley Warren, Ashley Sanders and Liz Garza are graduating.  Thank you to them for the time and efforts that they have done for the SAAC, their team and the athletics department.    The following were nominated:

President: Melissa Millin (FH), Carrie Vestal (WTRK) and Jake Shafer (BSBL); Co-President: Kim Kinsella (FH), Kate Hercules (WSoc), AJ Goertzen (MSW); Secretary: Jake Shafer (BSBL), Lindsay Geason (WGOLF), Sara Thomas (VB).  Voting will take place via email.  Casey will email all SAAC members with the nominees. 

 Casey stated that the administration is currently evaluating all the applications for summer school and decision will be made by May 1, 2006.  A reminder about fifth year and that each student-athlete will need to complete a form that will need signatures from the academic advisor, coach, achievement center and the sport supervisor.  Please remind your teammates of the application process.

 Other business discussed included a program sponsored by Greek Life and Judicial Affairs called Cocktail Fantasy.  It will be May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in PSU Theater.  Mocktails will be served, bouncers checking ID's.  It will be a great education experience about alcohol and its influence.

 A concern about the cleanliness of the weight room.  Student-athletes expressed concern about how dirty the floor was and how bad it is to use a machine after a player who just used it was sweating all over it. They expressed that maybe sanitary wipes or a towel with some disinfectant spray be available for student-athletes to wipe the machines down after use.  Casey will address the concern with the administration.

 There was a question as to why Gatorade was not available during the spring for spring sports to use.  It was available in the fall and it is currently available in Hammons for other sports.  Casey will address this issue with the training room.

 Question was raised as to when M. Tennis and those from Track and Field would get their rings.  Casey will forward this to the administration.

 Student-athletes asked about the letters for letter jackets.  Asked if they could get just a letter and when they would be available. 

 Field hockey had a concern about their head shots for the media guides.  They had colored shirts under their jackets for pictures and were told that the pictures would be used in black and white. That was for use in the media guide only and that color photos would be used in other places.  In order to get new headshots, they were informed that the would have to pay to have the pictures retaken.  The team feels that since they were told to unzip their jackets because the pictures would only be in black and white and that it would not matter, they feel they should not have to pay for them.  Casey will forward this to the supervising administrator for field hockey. 

 Track and field student-athletes asked why there were errors in the media guide and why the web site was not up to date.  Casey addressed the fact that each coach must proof read his/her media guide before being printed.  There were still concerns with things being incorrect that they should first address it with their coach.   Casey also explained the issues with our current web site and the future plans for the new web site.  

 The next meeting is on May 10, 2006.  The meeting will begin at 6:00-6:15 at Melissa Millin's house located on 506 Monroe street.  Casey will forward everyone directions.  After the gathering at Melissa's house, we will go and support the baseball bears as the take on KU that evening at 7:00 p.m.  

 Meeting called to close at 8:23 p.m.

 

April 12, 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:17 p.m.

 There was no motion to approve the March 8, 2006 minutes.  Minutes from today's meeting and the March 8, 2006 meeting will be approved at the next SAAC meeting.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding his/her sport. 

 Carrie Vestal was voted to serve as the next MVC SAAC representative.  Carrie has accepted the position.  She will join Justin Williamson. 

 The next SAAC newsletter will be done by Carrie Vestal from women's track and field.

 Cameron Hawthorne, FB was chosen by the NCAA to attend the NCAA National Leadership Conference in Florida at the end of May.  Adeanna McAfee was chosen as the alternate.

 A reminder to register for summer school and to obtain an application from Darren or JoBelle.  Be sure to talk with your coach about summer school as financial aid is not guaranteed.

Also, if you are going to be a fifth year student-athlete, please be sure and get the application form to complete. 

 Community Service Update.  Hickory Hills Elementary school is having a Sports Spectacular week April 24-28 and would like for student-athletes to read to 12 classrooms, K-5th grade during the week.

 April 22, 2006 will be Marshfield Elementary interactive fair for 2nd graders.  We will need to have apprx 10 student-athletes to attend this event.   Field hockey is already signed up.

  Boys and Girls club is still looking for volunteers between 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. for tutorial time as well as power hour (homework time) from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist with the children who are needing some assistance and guidance.    W. Soccer will be going out each week. Kate Hercules will get Casey a schedule of when players will be going out.  

 Relay for Life takes place on April 21, 2006 and is an all day/night event.  W. basketball and field hockey will be participating.

 Casey announced that Rick Perry has accepted a job at Notre Dame. 

 Casey also explained the ACLU lawsuit that has been filed on behalf of the women's tennis team. 

 The next meeting is on April 26, 2006 at 7:15p.m.

 Meeting called to close at 7:44 p.m.


 

March 8, 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:12 p.m.

 Motion to approve the March 1, 2006 minutes was made by Kim Kinsella. Seconded by Jake Shafer.  All in favor, none opposed, none abstained. Minutes were approved.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding his/her sport.  A reminder to the seniors that a teammate will need to replace them for next year and to start thinking about who would be interested and have them attend the next meeting.  

 Nominations for the female MVC representatives were Carrie Vestal- W. Track and Field, Kim Kinsella-Field Hockey, Sara Thomas-Volleyball and Kate Hercules-W. Soccer.   Thank you to Lesley Weaverling for serving as the MVC SAAC representative and representing Missouri State at the SAAC meeting in St. Louis the past few years.  An email will be sent out for everyone to vote who they would like to have represent MSU as the female MVC SAAC representative. Please submit your vote to Casey or Darren.

  Adopt-A-Street will be cleaned by Volleyball during the month of March and M. Tennis will clean it during the month of April. 

  Melissa Millin and Kim Kinsella will be developing the March/April newsletter.

 Gender Equity surveys have been distributed to each team.  Please have your teammates voluntarily complete the survey and return back in the sealed envelope to Casey no later than Fri March 31, 2006.  

 Darren reminded everyone about the summer school procedures and advised the student-athletes that they can register for class prior to completing the application process.  However, a summer school form MUST be completed and summer school aid is NOT guaranteed.  Start the process as soon as you can as you will need your advisor's signature along with your coach's and athletic administrator's signature. 

SGA candidates came to talk to the group about creating a tradition here on campus and how they would like to build a platform for athletic teams.  Would like to create a signature organization for school spirit and would like for the campus to be more aware of when games/matches are by distributing flyers or wearing a t-shirt.

 Lesley and Justin Williamson spoke about the MVC SAAC meeting in St. Louis.  Talked about NCAA legislation.  In particular spoke about the reduction of games for baseball from 56 to 52 and the national start date, spoke about how athletic aid should be granted for a one year time period, employment of prospective student-athletes in summer camps, and male practice players for women's basketball – should they be limited to a specific number of days or number of male players, etc.    Also, spoke about facebook and the growing concerns and issues among other universities. Some schools have taken away student-athletes scholarship, some have hung up profiles in the department, etc.    The MVC SAAC also went to the Boys and Girls club and spoke with children about staying in school , passed out t-shirts and gave tickets to attend games.

 There will be a professional panel for the Champs Life Skills program in April.  Date and time to be determined.

  A lunch visit is trying to be planned for the spring semester.  Lunch at Delaware is from 11:30-12:30.  We would like to send approximately 10 student-athletes out to visit with the children and enjoy that old time lunch. 

  Boys and Girls club is still looking for volunteers between 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. for tutorial time as well as power hour (homework time) from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist with the children who are needing some assistance and guidance.  Please let Casey know if you are interested in going to the Boys and Girls Club.    W. Soccer is currently trying to get involved by sending out 2 student-athletes per week for the remainder of the semester.  Kate Hercules will report the schedule to Casey of when student-athletes will be going to the Boys and Girls Club.

 Mansfield Elementary school is hosting an interactive fair with sports and reading on April 21st from 9:00-11:00p.m.  It is a sleepover for 2nd grade and they would like for approximately 10 student-athletes to set up station in which students can rotate and learn about different sports and be encouraged to stay in school and read.

 We will have a few teams participating in the Relay for Life this year.  The Relay for Life takes place on April 21, 2006 and is an all day/night event. 

 The next meeting is on March 29, 2006 at 7:15p.m.

 Call meeting to close at 8:17 p.m.

 

March 1, 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:16 p.m.

 Motion to approve the February 8, 2006 minutes was made by Rudy Garza. Seconded by Justin Williamson. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained. Minutes were approved.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding his/her sport. Introduction of new representatives to the committee were made.  A reminder to the seniors that a teammate will need to replace them for next year to start thinking about who would be interested and have them attend a meeting.  Special announcement: Softball will host a tournament among the Missouri schools this weekend that is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation.  Please come out and support your team and the Breast Cancer Foundations.

 Lesley Weaverling will be ending her term as the MVC SAAC representative.  Please think about who we could nominate to be the MVC SAAC next year.  It must be a female as Justin Williamson will still be the male representative. 

 SAAC collected monies for the Special Olympics.  Thank you to all the teams who have collected monies to help sponsor a student.  Monies were collected from the following teams:

M. Soccer, Volleyball, Football,  Field Hockey, W. Basketball, Bruce Johnson-FAR, and from Casey and Joan.  Still waiting for monies from Softball, MBB, and Swimming.

 Adopt-A-Street was cleaned in February by Football.  Volleyball will be cleaning the street for the month of March and M. Tennis will clean the street in April. Thank you for taking time to help keep our city clean.   

 Thank you Jake Shafer for doing the February/March newsletter.

 Thank you attending the past two Champs Life Skills speakers that visited campus.   The first speaker covered the topic of Gambling while the March 7 speaker spoke on the topic of drinking and driving and underage drinking.  The last Champs Life Skills program will be a professional panel of former student-athletes who are now professionals in the business world to help assist juniors, seniors and 5th year student-athletes in the area of resume writing, interviews, how to secure a job after college, etc. The seminar will take place sometime in April.  

 There are several community service options for the spring semester.  Just Read – each team will be required to send out student-athletes at least once this semester. Please provide the names of players, day and time and Casey who will set you up with one of the local elementary schools. 

 A lunch visit is trying to be planned for the spring semester.  Lunch at Delaware is from 11:30-12:30.  We would like to send approximately 10 student-athletes out to visit with the children and enjoy that old time lunch. 

   Boys and Girls club is still looking for volunteers between 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. for tutorial time as well as power hour (homework time) from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist with the children who are needing some assistance and guidance.  Please let Casey know if you are interested in going to the Boys and Girls Club.    W. Soccer is currently trying to get involved by sending out 2 student-athletes per week for the remainder of the semester.  Kate Hercules will report the schedule to Casey of when student-athletes will be going to the Boys and Girls Club.

 Mansfield Elementary school is hosting an interactive fair with sports and reading on April 21st from 9:00-11:00p.m.  It is a sleepover for 2nd grade and they would like for approximately 10 student-athletes to set up station in which students can rotate and learn about different sports and be encouraged to stay in school and read.

 We will have a few teams participating in the Relay for Life this year.  The Relay for Life takes place on April 21, 2006 and is an all day/night event. 

 SAAC discussed how it could honor faculty and staff for the assistance in working with student-athletes and going beyond the means to be helpful.  Suggestions were to have a faculty appreciation night, sending a hand written thank you, send a thank you card to each dean with a deli tray for that dept.

 Lesley Weaverling talked about NCAA legislation that will be discussed at the MVC SAAC meeting this weekend during the Men's Basketball Tournament in St. Louis, MO. 

 Darren Wienberg discussed the new process for summer school and 5th year aid approval.  Stated that there is now an application process that each student must complete and that athletic aid is not automatically guaranteed. The student must obtain an advisor signature, his/her coach's signature and the team's supervisor signature before registering for any summer school classes.  Applications can be picked up from either your coach or at The Achievement Center.

 A few dates to mark on your calendars:

Senior Banquet  - May 3, 2006 in PSU Ballroom. Time to be determined.

National Student-Athlete Day Cookout - May 12, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.

 The next meeting is on March 8, 2006 at 7:15p.m.

 Call meeting to close at 8:18 p.m.

 

 

February 8, 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:20 pm

 Motion to approve the January 25th minutes was made by Carrie Vestal. Seconded by Justin Williamson.  All in favor, none opposed, and none abstained. Minutes approved.

 Each team rep gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding his/her sport.

 Adopt-A-Street will be cleaned by Football for this month, Volleyball will clean it in March, and Men's Tennis will clean it in April.

 The newsletter for Feb/March will be done by Jake Shafer.

 The sports who are in season especially, please remember to collect toiletries while you are traveling and deliver them to Darren's office. The women's violence center is very appreciative of the supplies. Thanks!

 There will be two mandatory Champs Life Skills programs coming up this semester. On Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:00 p.m. in PSU West Ballroom, Michael Franzese will be speaking on Gambling and on Tuesday, March 7 from 7:30-8:30, will be Sarah Panzau who will be speaking on Drinking and Driving.  Place to be determined.  There will also be one in March (TBD) that will be a interview and resume building session.  Mandatory for Juniors, Seniors, 5th year, and open to everyone.

 Just Read:  The best days are usually Fridays from 1:1 0-1:35 or Any Day between 10:00 and 11:00 with Teacher –A.Ludeke @ Cowden. 

Also from 11:15-12:00, Any Day with A. Myers @ Cowden (Both teachers are 5th grade)

*The teachers will work around your schedule!

 The Boys and Girls Club are still looking for volunteers between 3:00-7:00 p.m. for tutorial time and power hour (homework time) from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist with the children who are needing assistance and mentoring. Let Casey know if you are interested.

 Mansfield Elementary school is hosting an interactive fair with sports and reading on April 21st from 9-11:00pm.  It's a sleepover for 2nd grade and they would like for student-athletes to set up station in which students can rotate and learn about different sports.  We are looking to get the giant balloons for the kids!

 We are looking the issues surrounding Facebook and Myspace.com.  If you encounter any problems, threats, concerns, comments, please let Casey know ASAP.  Casey help to educate the group about the issues and concerns surrounding Facebook and to remember that it is are presentation of you, the team and the university. 

 Residence Hall Renewals: Just remind your teammates that they are responsible for renewal of their contracts.   Renewals can be done online.  Please pass this information onto your teammates. 

 Tickets to events:  You must obtain your ticket to an athletic event just like any other student.  Please do not obtain tickets to events from a booster, staff member or coach. 

 Recognition Night:   We collectively agreed that the recognition night was very rushed and that it might be better if each sport could get recognized for something they accomplished or succeeded in while they were in season. For example, Men's soccer ranked #9 in the nation.    Other suggestions included: teams line up from back to front, walking on the court by team and the walking off (introducing one team at a time).

 Special Olympics:

Justin Williamson brought up how SAAC could sponsor kids who cannot afford playing on a team for the Special Olympics. The SAAC committee would have to go out and look for sponsors. It would be a great community service project. SAAC agreed to help get sponsors for each player who is interested in the Special Olympics and participating. Most cannot afford the $35 fee to enter and Justin would like for SAAC to help sponsor 4 teams (8 players on a team).  Justin Williamson will be providing information to Casey for student-athletes to take out to the community members.  

 

 

January 25, 2006

Meeting called to order at 7:18 p.m.

 Motion to approve the November 30, 2005 minutes was made by Justin Williamson. Seconded by Sara Cole. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained. Minutes approved.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding his/her sport. Introduction of new representatives to the committee were made.  In addition, a reminder to add a representative if you are a graduating senior.

 SAAC collected over $500 for the Adopt A Family.  Several gifts, a gift card and food were provided to the family.  Thank you to FCA for the generous donation of the food for the family.

 Adopt-A-Street was cleaned in January by Men's Basketball.  Football will clean the street in the month of February and Volleyball will clean it during the month of March.  

 The SAAC newsletter for February/March will be done by Jake Shafer. Thanks to Travis Mack for doing the January/February newsletter.  

 Please continue to collect toiletries while you are traveling and deliver them to Darren's office. The women's shelter is very thankful and grateful.

 The will be Champs Life Skills speaker on campus that will be mandatory for all student-athletes.  One will be on gambling and a national speaker by the name of Michael Franzese will be coming to campus in mid-February. Sarah Panzau, the sister of Katelyn Panzau, volleyball player, will be coming to campus in early March to speak about her experience of being involved in an accident with drinking and driving. And in late March there will be a professional panel for juniors, seniors and 5th year student-athletes, open for everyone to attend regarding interviews, job hunting, getting a job after college, etc.

 There are several community service options for the semester.  Just Read – each team will be required to send out student-athletes at least once this semester. Please provide the names of players, day and time and Casey will get setup with a classroom. 

 Boys and Girls club is looking for volunteers between 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. for tutorial time as well as power hour (homework time) from 4:0-5:00 p.m. to assist with the children who are needing some assistance and guidance.  Please let Casey know if you are interested in going to the Boys and Girls Club.    Mansfield Elementary school is hosting an interactive fair with sports and reading on April 21st from 9:00-11:00p.m.  It is a sleepover for 2nd grade and they would like for student-athletes to set up station in which student can rotate and learn about different sports and be encouraged to stay in school and read.

  Student-Athlete Recognition Night is February 1, 2006 at MBB v. Drake University.  All student-athletes are asked to attend and be present.  Darren has sent an email and has provided a list. Please remind your teammates.  Dress is to be business casual or team warm-ups. No jeans.

 Character Education Day will be celebrated in conjunction with the Hall of Fame on Saturday Feb. 4, 2006.  All student-athletes who were chosen for the character education cards are asked to be present at both the WBB and MBB games to provide autographs.  The Chamber of Commerce along with the YMCA will be present that day.  Student-athletes are asked to be present from noon-1:00 p.m. and half time of the women's game and from 6:00-7:00 and halftime of the men's game. 

 Senior Banquet will be held on May 3, 2006 in PSU Ballroom. Time to be determined.

 National Student-Athlete Day Cookout will be held on dead day, May 12, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.

 Hall of Fame Banquet will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at University Plaza.  It is mandatory for all SAAC members.  Please RSVP to Julie Wright, Lesley Weaverling or Casey. 

 Meeting times for the spring semester have been tentatively set for Wed. evenings at 7:15 p.m. in Forsythe 256.  The dates are as follows: Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8, March 29, April 19, May 10 (Baseball game outing).

 Lesley Weaverling spoke to SAAC about the possibility of getting elementary school kids to baseball and softball games.  There was positive feedback and Lesley will work with Robert Keyes from the Springfield School District and local elementary schools in trying to get a day at the ball park.  

 The next meeting is on February 8, 2006 at 7:15p.m.

 Call meeting to close at 8:05 p.m.

 

Fall 2005 semester

 

November 30, 2005

Meeting called to order at 7:15 p.m.

 Motion to approve the November 16, 2005 minutes was made by Kate Hercules. Seconded by Travis Mack. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained. Minutes approved.

 Each team representative present gave an update of past and upcoming events with his/her sport.

 Casey discussed our plan for Adopt-A-Family. Ashley Sanders will get a family or a group of children. We have collected about $400 and you can still turn in money to Casey or Darren ASAP.

We nominated a new secretary/ treasurer for the spring semester. Ashley Warren will be the new co-president and Liz Garza, W. Tennis will be the new secretary/ treasurer. Congratulations to you!

 Women's Basketball will be cleaning the street in December and Men's Basketball will be cleaning the street in January.

 Hannah Kirk, WBB, is doing the December SAAC newsletter and Travis Mack will be doing the January newsletter. Thank you for your help!

 Casey discussed the upcoming Character Education Cards that will be coming out soon by the YMCA and the Springfield Park Board. 30 student-athletes were chosen by the coaches and administration to be on a card. Approximately 4,000 cards will be handed out at spring sporting events.

 We will vote in January to make the Sportsmanship Award final.

 The football coach search ends on Friday, December 2, 2005. An expected decision is to be made around December 20, 2005.  

 We will be updated when news about dropping of sports will be made. It is the President who will make the final decision based on the recommendations from the Priorities Committee.  The announcement could happen prior to Christmas break.  

 The next meeting is on Wednesday, January 25, 2005 @ 7:15 p.m.

 Call meeting to close at 8:20 p.m.

 

November 16, 2005

Meeting called to order at 7:20 p.m.

 Motion to approve the November 2, 2005 minutes was made by Ashley Warren. Seconded by Tracy Partain. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained. Minutes approved.

 Director of Athletics, Bill Rowe came to speak to the team about a few items. He thanked us for our efforts and all that we do for the University and athletics. He discussed the football job search and the process. He said that he would keep us updated on the progress and that someone should be hired by late Dec. or early January.  He stated that applications would be accepted until Dec. 2, 2005 and that the interviewing process would begin after that date.

 He also discussed the letter jackets and the new logo that would be used. He showed various samples of the new "letter" and there was a general consensus to have the "M" logo used with Missouri State written under it.  It would be the same size as the current letter on the jacket. 

 And finally, he answered several questions regarding the article from the paper and the dropping of sports.  He stated that there was an outside consultant on campus at the end of Oct. and early Nov. to do a review of the athletic dept. and its facilities, budgets, etc.  Said that the final decision would not be made until sometime in January.   He mentioned that the Intercollegiate Athletics Priorities Committee was meeting frequently and that the main charge was to only make "recommendations" to the President.   The final report is due to the President late November.   He would try and keep the members of SAAC updated as much as possible and informed before anything was released to the newspaper. 

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events regarding is/her sport.

 The Adopt-A-Family money was due Friday, November 18, 2005. We are still discussing ideas for adopting a family or orphan children.  An organization or church will be chosen.  Justin Williamson, Tracy Partain, and Ashley Warren will be delivering the gifts in December. Melissa Millin, Ashley Sanders, Laura Byers, and Liz Garza will be shopping for the gifts. If you would like to help out, please let Casey or Darren know ASAP.

 Adopt-A-Street will be cleaned in November by Field Hockey, in December by Women's Basketball, and in January by Men's Basketball. If you need trash bags, please stop by to get some from Casey or Darren.

  The newsletter for December will be done by Hannah Kirk, women's basketball.

 Please continue to collect toiletries and deliver them to Darren's office. Thank you to those who have collected toiletries. The women's shelter is very thankful and grateful.

 Casey took our last update of the Sportsmanship Award to the administration and there was a general consensus to start the award by having someone from each team nominated/recognized.   There will be no award for overall male or female. A final draft of criteria/guidelines will be made in early Spring.  

 SAAC members who attended the etiquette dinner said it went really well. Said that they learned a lot and that it was beneficial. 

 Casey also asked for our opinion on the survey presented by Sue George. We gave our opinions and agreed that the current format was ok.  The only suggestion was to have a place for additional comments to be made.   

 Katie Martin and Jake Shafer discussed the NCAA national and regional conference. They discussed the action plan that they had to develop and we discussed some of the concerns and issues.  The plan was the lack of support and communication between Greeks and Athletics.   They discussed how we can get more involved in our campus community especially with Greek life.

 Deke talked about the NCAA National leadership conference held in Florida. He talked about getting more people involved to support athletics. He brought up the idea of having a sports day to let more people experience each sport. We discussed more ideas as a group and we will discuss more on this topic at a later date. Casey is going to ask representatives of Greek Life to attend one of our meetings to help and try to build a relationship along with campus support.   

 The next meeting is on November 30 at 7:15p.m. at Melissa Millin's house. It will be a casual get-together. Everyone attending will need to bring a dish. Please email Casey or Darren as to what you will be bringing to the meeting.

 Call meeting to close at 8:30 p.m.

October 5, 2005

Meeting called to order at 7:15 p.m.

 Motion to approve the September 7, 2005 minutes was made by Justin Williams. Seconded by Hannah Kirk. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained. Minutes approved.

 Each team representative present gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport.

 Laura talked about Just Read dates and we still needed teams to give dates and times for October. Each team needs to go attend twice a month, two people each time. Please provide that information to Casey.

 SAAC newsletter was emailed to us for October. Liz will do the November newsletter.

 Keep collecting toiletries on road tips.

 Collect $1 dollar from teammates ASAP so we can see how much money we will need. Teammates can give more than $1 dollar and try to collect from coaches and administrators as well.

 Casey will arrange lunch visits with reading dates. She will email the dates and times of lunch visits as soon as she gets them.

 Speaking Specialists will be here on October 11.  It is mandatory for all student-athletes. It will be held in Forsythe 260.

 We discussed the sexual assault session and those who attended said it was very good and helpful. Casey mentioned bringing in someone to speak more on the topic possibly for next year. Thank you to those who attended this session.

 Women's Soccer cleaned the street for October, Field Hockey will do it for November, Women's Basketball will do it in December, Men's Basketball in January, Football in February, and Volleyball in March. See Casey or Darren for garbage bags if needed.

 We discussed the Sportsmanship award. Casey talked about other university's sportsmanship awards and their criteria. She is going to discuss what we decide and talked about with the administration. We decided that we wanted one female and one male award each year and the award would be given at the end of the school year. We discussed having a plaque with each recipient's picture on it. We will discuss further details at the next meeting.

 Sarah Cole said that Habitat for Humanity was delayed due to funding issues. Sarah will email us when it picks back up and give us more details.

 Please inform Casey about any community service that is being done individually and/or team.   Casey is trying to let faculty and staff, alumni, the department as well as the community know what our student-athletes are doing I the community.  If you go out and do something, please be sure to take pictures and forward them to Casey.  .

 Casey thanked those who helped with Hurricane Katrina efforts and what everyone is doing ion the community.  

 Ask your teammates about helping out with the STEP program. The STEP program involves walking with elementary students in the morning to encourage exercise and activity in young children.  It is a deal with St. John's and SAPRC.

 Casey discussed the new Missouri underage drinking laws and encouraged us to discuss this information with our teammates.  The local police are spot checking places downtown and targeting specific clubs to try and crack down on the amount of underage drinking that takes place on the weekends.  Please be safe and don't Drink and Drive.

 Ashley discussed the Women's locker room and getting it cleaned more often. Casey will take it to the senior administration.   

We also discussed having a stop for children in Forsythe with Residence Life around Halloween. Details will be discussed at the next meeting.   

 Next SAAC meeting is October 19 @ 7:15 p.m.

 Call meeting to close at 8:00 p.m.

 

September 7, 2005

Meeting called to order at 7:07 p.m.

 Introduction of SAAC representatives

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport.

 Ashley S. talked about the Missouri State BBQ held after the volleyball game. There was a great turnout and everyone there received a free Missouri State t-shirt. Thanks to all of those involved.

 Lesley and Justin attended the MVC SAAC conference. They talked about what went on at the conference and the topics covered. Some of the topics talked about at the MVC meeting were the Amateurism Clearinghouse, reduction of baseball games per year,  increase in some women's sports scholarships (volleyball, w. soccer), academic progress report (APR program), sportsmanship handshake (some team sports must meet in the middle and shake hands before the game starts), sportsmanship award, and how the SAAC representatives exchanged ideas. Casey elaborated on the APP program and how students receive points for eligibility and retention and the 925 cutoff.  The MVC and other schools congratulated Missouri State for participation in SAAC activities, in particular the Just Read Program.

 Community Day is September 15, 2005 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Individual teams can sign up to help out.  MBB is helping at the festival from 1-2:00 p.m.

 Convoy of Hope Drive is at the Football and Volleyball games on Saturday, September 10th. Money and hygiene kits can be delivered to Casey's office or at the game. 20 people were asked to help out with collecting money and other items for the people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Softball, Women's Basketball and Golf all volunteered to help. All volunteers need to meet at 4:00 at the Grand St. entrance.  Please wear your Missouri State t-shirt.

 Teams can collect toiletries while on road trips including shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. They need to be dropped off in Darren's office. Jake Shafer is taking the box of toiletries to the Family Violence Center for this month.

 We discussed ideas for the food drive this year. We are considering having a team competition within athletics to collect canned items. Be thinking of more ideas.

 We will be adopting-a-family/children for Christmas. Representatives need to start collecting $1 from teammates and coaches so we can see how much money we can collect and have to spend. Money can be taken to Darren or Casey's office.

 Adopt-A-Street - Softball will be cleaning Fremont St. in September and women's soccer will clean the street in October.

 Teams can volunteer to help with Habitat for Humanity starting this month. Make sure any volunteer work your team does, you notify Casey.   Habitat for Humanity starts in Sept. and runs through Mid October. Sara Cole will email everyone with the dates.

 We will be having a greeting card drive to help out St. Jude's or another charity. Remind teammates to collect any greeting cards they receive.  Please rip off the front of the card so that we can collect them and send them to St. Jude's.

 We will be doing lunch visits and Just Read again this year at Delaware, Cowden and maybe two other schools (Williams and Bingham). Each team needs to find two days (1 hour time slots) for two people to read to an elementary class. Those need to be turned in by Friday, September 16th to Casey.

 We discussed opening up Forsythe to trick-or-treaters during the dorm night for Halloween. Teams can set up tables and pass out candy to children. We also discussed having tables set up during the volleyball game. We will discuss more at a later meeting.

 Other community services ideas: Teams can volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and The Kitchen for Thanksgiving. Field Hockey helps out at The Kitchen every Wednesday from 4:15-6:15.

 Casey discussed having an ice cream social for the international students and SAAC. Casey will let you know when that will be taking place. 

 Casey talked about the student-athlete Title IX survey. SAAC representatives will be receiving the survey from the EEO office and Jana Estergard to fill out.   It is confidential and is to be directly returned to the EEO office.

 The Champs Life Skills presentation, John Underwood and Life As An Athlete, which focused on training and the effects of alcoholism went well. Thanks to all who attended.

 On October 11, the speaking specialists will be at Missouri State to talk to teams about how to handle the media, leadership skills, and post graduate interviews. Men's Soccer will meet from 11:15-12:15, coaches from 12:15-1:15 p.m., WBB from 2-3, MBB from 6-7:00 p.m., FB from 7-8:00 p.m., and all other sports from 8-9:00 p.m..

 We will meet on Wednesdays at 7:15. Our next SAAC meeting is September 21 @ 7:15 p.m. in Forsythe 256.

 Jake Shafer, Baseball and Katie Martin, Softball will be attending the NCAA Regional Leadership Conference Oct. 21-23 in Chicago.  

 Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

 

Spring 2005 semester

 

May 2, 2005

 Meeting called to order at 8:34 p.m.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport. 

 Motion to approve the April 18, 2005 minutes was made by Ashley Warren .  Minutes approved and seconded by Ashley Sanders. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 Lesley presented the SAAC mission statement that was developed by the committee.  The mission statement passed unanimously among the representatives.

 SAAC voted for new SAAC officers. Laura Byers and Ashley Sanders will be Co-Presidents, while Ashley Warren will be secretary/treasurer.

 Casey reported on the Food Drive that took place at the baseball game on April 30th. It was not as successful as we hoped it to be. However, the committee brainstormed about other ways of running a food drive in the future.  280 lbs of food was donated to the Ozark Food Harvest.

 Lesley mentioned the Thank You letters for teachers were due to Darren by April 29th. Let's hope everyone got them in to show our appreciation for teachers who accommodate us athletes.  This is part of the National Student-Athlete Day that was celebrated around the country on April 6th, 2005.

 Lesley brought up an issue regarding the Senior Gifts. Apparently, those athletes who are graduating but haven't exhausted their eligibility were not invited to the senior banquet and do not receive a blanket. We collectively talked about this and feel that those athletes should not be denied a blanket or invitation to the banquet because graduating is our goal.  Casey said that it is still possible to give blankets to those athletes who weren't initially offered one. She will try her best to make that possible and be sure that those who exhaust eligibility earlier due to graduation are also invited to the banquet.  Casey also expressed that coaches get to see the list numerous times before the invitations are sent and that it should be the coach making the recommendation, not Casey or Darren.

 Scott received a Thank-You letter from Habitat for Humanity for all that many us of athletes have done for them. The house was a huge success and they cannot thank us enough.

 Deke Thompson (M-basketball) was chosen to attend the MVC Leadership Conference in Florida this summer. We will look forward to his feedback in the fall.

 Jake Schaefer and Keisha Walkes were chosen to attend NCAA Regional Leadership Conference on October 21-23 in Chicago, Illinois.

 The Summer Olympics in Springfield is taking place on May 21st from 1-3pm. Please contact Casey or your coach if you or one of your teammates is interested in helping out. This would be a great event for student-athletes to be involved in.

 The Student Athlete BBQ was a HUGE success on Dead Day! Thank you for all who attended!

 HAVE A SAFE AND HEALTHY SUMMER!

 Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

April 18, 2005

 Meeting called to order at 8:37 p.m.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport. 

 Motion to approve the April 11, 2005 minutes was made by Ashley Warren .  Minutes approved and seconded by Justin. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 Lesley presented the SAAC mission that she developed to the SAAC members.  However, there were not enough representatives present to vote. Therefore, we will vote on May 2nd at our next meeting.

 There were two lunch dates. April 21st @ 11:30am and April 25th @ 12:40pm.

  The Student Athlete BBQ has been rescheduled for May 6th (Dead Day) @ 1pm in the parking lot behind Forsythe. Please encourage your teammates to attend.

 All reps were given a sheet in regard to Thank you letters for teachers. Each athlete listed was supposed to write a letter, from the script given (on a note card from your coach) and needed to turn the letters into Darren by April 29th for approval.

 We will vote on  Missouri State SAAC officers at our next meeting on May 2nd.

 Justin Williamson is the new MVC SAAC representative. Congratulations!

  April 27th- Senior Banquet @ 7pm in PSU (this was MANDATORY for SAAC reps.)

 April 26th passed out flyers and bags for food drive& 30th- Food Drive @ Baseball

 Next SAAC meeting will be May 2nd in Forsythe at 8:30pm.

 Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

 April 11, 2005

 Meeting called to order at 8:40 p.m.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport. 

 Motion to approve the March 14, 2005 minutes was made by Sara Cole.  Minutes approved and seconded by Nathan. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 Lesley presented the SAAC mission that she developed to the SAAC members.  However, there were not enough representatives present to vote. Therefore, we will vote on April 18th at our next meeting.

 There are plenty of Just Read dates. If you or anyone on your team is interested in reading, please see Casey and she will accommodate a time that works for you.

 We have two lunch dates. April 21st @ 11:30am and April 25th @ 12:40pm. Please see Casey if you are interested.

 The W. Golf team will clean the street during the month of April.

 Casey emailed every SAAC representative last week in regard to Relay for Life. Please check your email and let Casey know if you or your teammates would like to help.

  Ashley Warren will be developing the April newsletter.   The newsletter is available on the website and is also emailed to all the student-athletes.  There are also copies available in the achievement center. Kate Hercules will be composing May's newsletter.

 Darren mentioned the academic surveys that are still missing: Mgolf, Msoc, MBB.  Please get them in immediately!

 The Student Athlete BBQ has been rescheduled for May 6th (Dead Day) @ 1pm in the parking lot behind Forsythe. Please encourage your teammates to attend.

 Lesley spoke about a Sportsmanship Award that we would like to implement for next year. We talked about some of the criteria for it and will go into detail at a later date.

 Play Day is April 30th. It is sponsored by Community Partnership of the Ozarks. If your team would like to volunteer for that, please see Casey.

 All reps were given a sheet in regard to Thank you letters for teachers. Each athlete listed is supposed to write a letter, from the script given (on a notecard from your coach) and turn the letters into Darren by April 29th for approval.

 We will vote on MVC SAAC representatives as well as Missouri State SAAC officers at our next meeting.

 Reminders:

April 27th- Senior Banquet @ 7pm in PSU (this is MANDATORY for SAAC reps.)

April 26th pass out flyers and bags for food drive& 30th- Food Drive @ Baseball

 Next SAAC meeting will be April 18th at 8:30 p.m. in FORA 256.  There will be FREE pizza!!!

 Meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.

 

 

March 14, 2005

 Meeting called to order at 8:30 p.m.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport. 

 Motion to approve the February 28, 2005 minutes was made by Ashley Warren.  Minutes approved and seconded by Hannah.  All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 Lesley presented the SAAC mission that she developed to the SAAC members.  However, there were not enough representatives present to vote. Therefore, we will vote on April 11th at our next meeting.

 There are plenty of Just Read dates. If you or anyone on your team is interested in reading, please see Casey and she will accommodate a time that works for you.

 Women's Soccer will be responsible for cleaning the street for Adopt-A-Street program in March.  Casey will be sure and contact coach Brewer to ensure it gets cleaned. 

W. Golf team will clean the street during the month of April.

  Ashley Warren will be developing the April newsletter.   The newsletter is available on the website and is also emailed to all the student-athletes.  There are also copies available in the achievement center.

 Casey will contact Diane about the possibility of being involved as volunteers for the Relay of Life.  Casey will email everyone about any volunteer opportunities to help with this event. 

 There was a STD seminar on March 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Glass 101.  Jim House from the Aids Project conducted the seminar. Some suggestions for Champs Life Skills were to bring in an alumnus who is now in the business world working.  Possibly bringing in someone to focus on alcohol and drugs but making it more real than someone just speaking.  

 Lesley distributed a letter addressing Barry's Brigade regarding the recent signs that were displayed at men's basketball games. We didn't get such a great response from it. However, we did what we were supposed to do about it.

 Academic surveys were to be completed by April 4th. So, please get them in if you haven't yet.

 Casey spoke about APR, a new method for looking at an institution's graduation rate, retention, and eligibility for student athletes.

 Lesley spoke about a Sportsmanship Award. Many schools have one in the Missouri Valley Conference and she would like to get it going if possible. We gathered ideas on how we would go about it and what the criteria would be.

 Lesley spoke about Thank You letters. That each student should write a hand written thank you letter to his/her professors to show our appreciation.  We will talk more about it at our next meeting.

 Reminders:

April 27th- Senior Banquet @ 7:00 p.m. in PSU

April 26th & 30th- Food Drive @ Baseball 

 Next SAAC meeting will be April 11th at 8:30 p.m. in FORA 256. 

 Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

 

 

February 28, 2005

 Meeting called to order at 8:30 p.m.

 Each team representative gave an update of past and upcoming events within his/her sport.  Tracy Partain and Casey Owens from Women's Track and Field were honored.  Tracy was honored as the Most Outstanding Field Athlete while Casey was honored as the Most Valuable Track and Field Athlete and Most Outstanding Track Athlete. Congratulations to Tracy and Casey. 

 Motion to approve the February 7, 2005 minutes was made by Sara Cole.  Minutes approved and seconded by Justin Williamson.  All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.

 Lesley presented the SAAC mission that she developed to the SAAC members.  A few revisions were made to the statement. Lesley will redo the mission statement for the next meting for final approval and adoption. 

 Casey will email those who have signed up for some of the March dates for Just Read. Casey also suggested that anyone who is interested in reading to let her know and she will accommodate your schedule by contacting one of the two schools.  In addition, if anyone is available on any day at 10:45 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. or any Mon., Tues., or Wed at 3:00 p.m. we can get you out to read at Cowden Elementary.   No lunch dates were set for March.  

Women's Soccer will be responsible for cleaning the street for Adopt A Street program in March.  Casey will be sure and contact coach Brewer to ensure it gets cleaned.    W. Golf team will clean the street during the month of April.

 Lesley and Scott thanked those who attended the Missouri State Hall of Fame dinner. 

 Reminder to anyone who is living on campus to be sure and renew the housing contract.  Students must complete the renewal online.

 Ashley Warren will be developing the April newsletter.   The newsletter is available on the website and is also emailed to all the student-athletes.  There are also copies available in the achievement center.

 Casey will contact Diane about the possibility of being involved as volunteers for the Relay of Life.  Casey will email everyone about any volunteer opportunities to help with this event. 

 Thanks to all who attended the seminar on Nutrition.  There will be an STD seminar on March 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Glass 101.  Jim House from the Aids Project will be conducting the seminar.  It is mandatory and it will last no more than one hour.  Some suggestions for Champs Life Skills were to bring in an alumnus who is now in the business world working.  Possibly brining in someone to focus on alcohol and drugs but making more real than someone just speaking.   

 Casey spoke about the new academic requirement that is in discussion with the academic subcommittee and IAC members.  It has been recommended that all student-athletes pass 9 credit hours per semester in order to be eligible for the next semester.  Recommendation was based on the academic requirements and student-athletes having to meet 40% by their junior year.  SAAC was in favor of the 9 credit hour rule. 

 Lesley distributed a letter addressing Barry's Brigade regarding the recent signs that were displayed at men's basketball games.   The letter will be distributed to Barry's Brigade prior to the MVC tournament.   SAAC members felt that it needed to be addressed to encourage good sportsmanship. 

 Scott spoke about the Presidential Candidates and stated that we should hear an announcement of a new President sometime in March. 

 Scott advised SAAC members that the Academic Committee will be asking SAAC representatives to distribute the academic integrity survey again this year.  Will be receiving the surveys either before or right after Spring break.  Scott encouraged SAAC representatives to have the team complete the survey.

 Lesley announced that there will be a Centennial Celebration celebrating 100 years of women in sport at Missouri State.  The presentation will be on March 9th from 12 noon -1:00 p.m. in PSU Parliamentary Room.  Dr. Mary Jo Wynn, Dr. Rhonda Ridinger and Reba Sims will be speaking.  Please encourage your teammates to attend this celebration. 

 Sara Cole spoke about the Special Olympics and if anyone was interested in participating or raising monies/obtaining pledges that it would be greatly appreciated.  The event will be held on April 9th with a 5K run at Jr. Martin Park.

 Scott spoke about Play Day with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  The event will be held on April 30, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Teams have the option to sponsor a play activity for the day or to provide volunteers to help agencies and organizations.  If any one is interested as a team or individually, please contact Casey or Darren for further information.

 The dance was brought up again and SAAC took a vote to have a cookout /dance next fall. The cookout will be on the patio over at HSC and the dance to follow in the west gym. 

 Next SAAC meeting will be March 14th at 8:30 p.m. in FORA 256. 

 Meeting adjourned at 9:27 p.m.

 

 

February 7, 2005

Call to Order was at 8:30 p.m.

 The minutes were approved by Nathan Bilyeu. Seconded by Kai Harris. All in favor, none opposed, none abstained.  .

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 Just Read- Available dates were passed around at the meeting for people to sign up. Please see Casey or Darren to pick a date.

  Justin Williamson completed the Athlete newsletter for the month of February. Ashley Sanders will be completing it for March.

 Lunch Dates were February 10th at Delaware and February 18th at Cowden.  

 The Hall of Fame dinner on February 12th went well. Thanks for everyone who attended.

 Please remind your teammates (especially spring-sport athletes) to collect toiletries on road trips and bring them to Darren's office.

 In regard to the rubber bracelets we were going to have made, Casey was not able to get a hold of Jeff at the bookstore. She said she'll continue to look into it.

 One of our big community service projects this semester will be the food drive. We will pass out bags after the baseball game on April 26th. We will then collect the bags of food at the baseball game on April 30th.  We will need student-athletes at the game to help pas out bags as well as collect the food items.   We also decided at our last meeting that we will donate the items to the Ozark Food Harvest.  

 Student-athlete academic recognition night was on Feb. 10th. We had 237 athletes honored. Congratulations! 

We decided as a group that we liked the 2 mission statements from other Universities that Lesley proposed. She will combine them and bring a draft for a mission statement to the next meeting.

 Women's soccer will be doing Adopt-a-Street for the month of March and Women's Golf for April.

 The Student-Athlete dance will tentatively be the first Thursday of the first week of school in August.

 Scott, Lesley and Laura went to the closed forums for the prospective Presidential Candidates for Missouri State. They can talk about them at the next meeting.

 We will nominate the new MVC reps when we nominate officers at the end of this semester.

 There is a Champs Life Skills seminar on "Nutrition" on Feb. 24th which is mandatory for all student-athletes.  If unable to attend please notify your coach or Casey.

 It was clarified at our last meeting that the reason the Media guides are slow to come out  is because we went with a new company and apparently they aren't that efficient.

 We discussed whether we should bring in the Director of Athletics Bill Rowe about any concerns that we have regarding any issues that need to be discussed by the administration. We chose to wait until the end of the semester and see what concerns are still in effect and then ask him to come to a meeting if need be.  It was also suggested that depending on the issue or concern, another administrator may be asked to come and speak.

 The meeting was called to close at 8:56 p.m.

 The next meeting is February 28th @ 8:30 p.m.

 

 

January 24, 2005

Call to Order was at 8:30pm.

 A motion to approve the minutes was made by Sara Cole. Seconded by Ashley Warren.  All in favor. None opposed.

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 Scott spoke about how much of a success Adopt-a-family was this year. Thanks again for everyone's help!

 Scott has completed the first student-athlete newsletter. Justin Williamson will be completing it for the month of February.  Please check the website for the next newsletter or stop by the achievement center to pick up a copy.  

Relay for Life is April 22nd at 7:00 pm. There are volunteer opportunities available for those interested. Please contact Casey for more information.

 Just Read is at Delaware and Cowden Elementary schools this semester. There are dates and times posted on the Achievement Center door. Please contact Casey if you or one of your teammates is interested in participating. Also, a sign up sheet went around at the meeting. If you (your team's representative) signed your team up for a particular date, make sure you find 2-3 team members to go on that day.

 Scott mentioned doing Lunch visits again. The tentative date for that is February 18th.

Lunches visit will take place at both Cowden and Delaware with 2 visits occurring in February, March and April.

 One of our big community service projects this semester will be the food drive. We will pass out bags after the baseball game on April 26th.   A flyer will be placed in the bags asking for non perishable items to be brought back to the stadium on April 30th against WSU. 

 We will recognize National Student-Athlete Day at the softball game on April 7th. We will have a BBQ in the parking lot next to the field.  Please spread the word and come out to support softball and get something to eat afterwards.

 We decided that we will try to do the Ronald McDonald House project next year.

 Men's soccer will be doing Adopt-a-Street for the month of January.

 There were four student-athletes chosen to apply for the Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL in June. They are Liz Miyashita (FH), AJ Porter (FB), Ashley Warren (VB), and Deke Thompson (M-Basketball). Only one of those people will be chosen by the NCAA.

 The Hall of Fame Dinner is on Saturday, Feb. 12th at 4:30pm. It is MANDATORY for all SAAC reps to attend!!   Please RSVP to Julie Wright when you get the email invitation.

 Just a reminder for spring-sport athletes: Please gather toiletries on road trips and bring them to Darren's office.

 To help with the SGA Tsunami Relief fund SAAC came up with an idea to possibly have maroon  rubber bracelets (like the Livestrong ones) made relating to Missouri State and sell them to all students. Casey is looking into this fundraiser and will get back to us.

 Habitat for Humanity is another community service project available. However, because SAAC is already doing a lot we are making that a team-based thing. If your team is interested, please contact Casey or Scott for details.  It starts on Feb 12, 2005.

 Scott received an email for Teach for America. It is a program designed for college graduates (any major, but education majors may be the most interested) to teach at inner city schools. If you or your teammates are interested the website has much more information. http://www.teachforamerica.org/

 Future Meeting Times are Monday's @ 8:30pm. The dates are as follows:

Feb. 7th , Feb. 28th , March 14th , April 4th , April 18th , and May 2nd.

MVC SAAC Meeting is March 4-7 in St. Louis. Travis and Lesley, who are our reps will be attending. MVC SAAC reps for next year will be voted on when we vote for officers at the end of this semester.

 Academic Recognition night is Feb. 10th at halftime of the Women's basketball game. Those student-athletes who received a 3.0 or higher last semester will be recognized.

 Casey mentioned there is no Mission Statement for SAAC. We will decide on a Mission Statement to incorporate into the Bylaws and Constitution.  Lesley is researching some other ideas from other schools as to how to develop a mission statement and get examples.

 The meeting was called to close at 9:35 p.m.

 The next meeting is February 7th @ 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Fall 2004 semester

 

 

 

December 6, 2004

 

 Call to Order was at 7:37pm.

 

 The minutes were approved by Kelly and Ashley.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Scott spoke about Adopt-a-family and provided us with a list of the things needed for the children. We were able to provide the family with almost everything on the list as well as presents for the parents too. It was a HUGE success! We were able to donate about $600 worth of goods, which includes a nice meal. Thanks to all student-athletes, administrators and faculty who made that possible this year. We appreciate everyone's help.

 

 Scott has completed the first student-athlete newsletter. There are copies on the front desk in the Achievement Center for those who haven't yet seen it.

 

 We will be meeting at 8:30pm on Mondays for the Spring semester.

 

 Tracey spoke about the Athletic Dance planned for August 2005. The PSU Ballroom is available, but there will be a $30 set-up fee.

 

 The meeting was called to close at 8:12pm

 

 The next meeting is January 24th @ 8:30pm. 

 

 November 22, 2004

 

Call to Order was at 7:32pm.

 

 There were not enough representatives present to approve the minutes from last week. We will approve them at our next meeting.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Tracy talked about the Lunch Day in October and said it was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed the athletes.

 

 This year instead of just Adopting a child, we are Adopting a family. We will provide them with a meal as well as presents. As of now we have $370 but we could possible have $430 if more money is turned in. We are working in conjunction with Crosslines, which is an organization that does Adopt-a-Family every year in Springfield.

 

 Lesley spoke about the MVC conference call she had. There were many topics mentioned. If you have any questions please contact Lesley.

 

 At our next meeting we will try  to figure out a meeting time for next semester so please come prepared.

 

 The meeting was called to close at 7:50pm

 

 The next meeting is December 6th @ 7:30pm at LESLEY's apartment. She lives at 505 E. Monroe Apt. 1. Also, it is a Christmas theme. Contact Scott for details

 

November 8, 2004

 

 Meeting began at 7:28pm.

 

 The minutes from last week's meeting were approved by Jeff Sallee and Justin Williamson.

 

 Each team representative gave team updates for his/her team.

 

 Scott mentioned how well the Lunch Day went in October. The people who went had a really good time. There was another Lunch Day on Thursday, Nov. 18th also.

 

 There has been many requests by the elementary schools for Just READ. We will keep doing it as much as we can because it is such a big success.

 

 Scott talked about the adopt a child program that we will be doing around Christmas and mentioned that the money WAS due November 3rd. Please get any left over money in ASAP!

 

 We voted on a Student-Athlete Dance for potentially next fall. It will most likely be the first week of school.

 

 Lesley mentioned that the MVC at the SAAC level is trying to improve sportsmanship throughout the conference.

 

 Mike and Laura are the representatives for the IAC committees. They will be told what committees exactly at a later date.

 

 We decided as a group that we will create a Student-Athlete Newsletter each month to let all athletes know what is going on. This month, Scott will be creating the Newsletter for November.

 

 Darlene Bailey spoke about Title IX and the controversy that has been brought up via the News leader and our school. If you have any questions, she would be more than happy to speak to you.

 

 Women's Tennis will be cleaning the street for November.

 

 The next meeting is Monday, November 22nd @ 7:30pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:18pm.

 

October 25, 2003

 

Call to Order was at 7:31pm.

 

 Last week's minutes were approved. Motion for approval by Jeff Sallee.  Second by Tracey Partain.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and announce their upcoming schedule of home games.

 

 There was a Halloween party for kids on Friday October 29th after the Volleyball game on the court.  Thanks to those who participated (WBB, Track and Field, Softball, Field Hockey, M. Tennis) to pass out candy to the children.

 

Reverse Trick or Treat was on October 28th. Student-Athletes went to St. John's and Cox's hospitals.

 

 The student-athlete BBQ went well after the field hockey game on October 24th. There was a good turnout.

 

 Laura spoke about the Resume Writing/Interviewing Skills Seminar. She said it was adequate and Clint, the man who spoke was very entertaining.

 

 Scott mentioned the Lunch Day is scheduled for Oct. 27th at 12:10pm. There are enough people attending already, so we will try to do one in the Spring.

 

 Adopt-a-child money is due November 8th. Please get it in to Darren.

 

 Lesley mentioned that the Ring Policy passed stating "Any individual student-athlete who qualifies for an NCAA championship is entitled to a ring."

 

 Travis spoke about the new recruiting policies that are in effect.

 

 Scott asked us all to ask our teams about the Greek/Athletic Brother and Sister teams and to let him know how each team feels about it.

 

 Lesley spoke about the email she sent out to us about the IAC committees. She got a few responses.  She and Scott will talk about it and let Dr. Johnson make the final decision.

 

 Tracey mentioned that Missouri State has a Wyric Fund in which we could propose to do something with. She mentioned possibly getting Elliptical machines in the student weight room. It is just something to think about at this time.

 

 The meeting was called to close at 8:08pm

 

 The next meeting is November 8th @ 7:30pm.

  

October 11, 2004

 

Meeting began at 7:34pm.

 

 The minutes from last week's meeting were approved by Jeff Sallee. Second by Mike Radon.

 

All in favor. No one opposed.

 

 Each team representative gave team updates for his/her team.

 

 Scott reminded SAAC that Lunch Day at Delaware Elementary School is October 27th from 12:10-12:40. Please let Darren or Casey know if you are interested in going.

 

 The athlete tailgate is October 24th at 2:00 p.m. after the field hockey game in front of the weight room. PLEASE remind your teammates!

 

 Scott talked about the adopt a child program that we will be doing around Christmas and mentioned how we should continue to collect $1 from our players, which is due the week of Nov. 3rd.

 

 Laura spoke about Reverse Trick or Treat. We will be going to St. John's and Cox hospitals to the pediatric units on October 28th at 6:30pm. Because there are only 20 spots available it is a first come first serve basis. See Darren if you are interested.

 

 Also, the Women's Volleyball team is hosting a Halloween night on Friday, October 29th. Details will be provided at the next meeting.

 

 Lesley spoke about the Etiquette Dinner. Apparently, last year's was a little better. However, it still was very informative this year. The people who attended seemed to enjoy it.

 

 Darren mentioned the new University sponsored attendance policy that is in the works. Basically, some professors are not recognizing that student-athletes, among other university sponsored organizations (i.e. band, SGA) have to travel. Therefore, students and student-athletes are getting penalized by not being allowed to make up work and tests. The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee is trying to change that with the implementation of the new policy.  It is currently being developed and will be passed onto the Faculty Senate for approval.

 

 Darren also spoke about the Springfield Park Board (SPB). The SPB is trying to create a program to fight childhood obesity. For student- athletes (if interested) it would entail early mornings. Darren was just making us aware of this opportunity. There will be more detail in our future meetings.

 

 Lesley mentioned there has been interest in doing something like our brother/sister teams, but with Greek Life. Please talk to your teammates to see if they are interested.

 

 The next meeting is Monday, October 25th @ 7:30pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:03pm.

September 27, 2004

 

Meeting began at 7:35pm.

 

 The minutes from previous meeting were approved by Sara Cole. Second by Ashley Warren.

 

 Each team representative gave team updates for his/her team.

 

 There are Just Read dates that need to be filled. Please check the door of the achievement center and see Darren or Casey if you're interested.

 

 There is a lunch opportunity with Delaware Elementary on October 27th from 12:10-12:40. If you would like to do this, please email Scott by Oct. 11th- smn787s@missouristate.edu or let Casey know.

 

 We took a majority vote again on when the student-athlete tailgate should be. It was decided that it will be October 24th at 2:00 p.m. after the field hockey game in front of the weight room. Please encourage your teammates to attend.  We must have a count from your team by the next meeting.

 

 Scott talked about the adopt-a-child program that we will be doing around Christmas and mentioned how we should continue to collect $1 from our players, which is due the week of Nov. 3rd

 

 Laura called hospitals and left messages. She will have information for our next meeting.

 

 Lesley and Scott mentioned the discrepancies with the Ring Policy said that it's on October's agenda for the IAC meeting. Dr. Bruce Johnson will be discussing the policy during that meeting to try and make it more uniform.

 

 Casey clarified the BEAR WEAR policy by stating that there is no institutional policy. However, if your coach has a rule about it then you need to abide by it. Also, it is a rule to wear Bear wear clothing/apparel in the weight room. 

 

For those attending the etiquette dinner, it is scheduled for Oct. 7th @ 5:45 in PSU 400. Dress is business casual. 

 

 Sara Cole volunteered the softball team to clean the street for the month of October.

 

 We watched the video from the Leadership Conference Mike Radon attended. Gave an overview of the conference. 

 

The next meeting is Monday, October 11th @ 7:30pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:29pm.

 

 

 

Monday, September 13, 2004

 

Meeting began at 7:30pm.

 

 The minutes from last week's meeting were approved by Kai Harris. Seconded by Nathan Bilyeu.

 

 Each team representative gave team updates for his/her team.

 

 Mike Radon spoke about the NCAA Leadership conference he attended this summer. He said it was an incredible experience and gave us a few handouts. If anyone has any questions or would just like to talk to him about the conference, please contact him.

 

 We took a majority vote on when the athlete tailgate should be. It has been decided that it is November 6th after the football game at 5:30 p.m. and prior to the men's basketball game.

 

 Scott talked about the adopt a child program that we will be doing around Christmas and mentioned how we should continue to collect $1 from our players, which is due the week of Nov. 3rd.

 

 We decided as a committee that we will do the food drive in the spring because we will have more time to do it.

 

 JUST READ dates are posted on the door of the achievement center. Please see Casey or Darren if you or one of your teammates are interested.

 

 Mentorship program is up and running. Any student-athlete who would like to become a mentor please contact Casey.

 

 Laura is calling hospitals to see if the Reverse Trick or Treat will be a possibility this year.

 

 The Brother and Sister teams have been decided. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Scott or Lesley. 

 

 Baseball > W. soccer

 

M. Basketball > W. swimming

 

M. soccer > field hockey

 

Football > W. basketball/ W. tennis

 

M. Tennis > W. golf

 

M golf > W. Cross Country

 

M. swimming > volleyball

 

M Cross Country/track > softball

 

 Lesley and Scott mentioned the discrepancies with the Ring Policy and were going to present the issue at the IAC meeting on Tuesday and let us know the result at our next meeting.

 

 Scott thought that maybe SAAC could sponsor a speaker to come talk to the athletes. We, as a group liked the idea and will talk more about it at the next meeting.

 

 The etiquette dinner was scheduled for Sept. 30th and now due to the number of athletes interested is RESCHEDULED for Oct. 7th.  It will be in PSU 400 starting at 5:45 p.m.

 

Dress is business casual.

 

 The next meeting is Monday, September 27th @ 7:30pm.

 

 Meeting was adjourned at 8:16pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 30, 2004

 

Meeting began at 7:33pm.

 

 Each team representative for this year introduced him/her self.  

 

 Lesley and Scott spoke about community service projects we would like to accomplish this year, including:

 

            Adopt-a-Family/child: Our goal is for every athlete to give a dollar contribution for this to be successful. The money is collected by the 3rd week in November, so now is a great time to start asking your teammates! (Also, don't forget the administration; they would love to contribute as well.)

 

             Food Drive: Scott had mentioned going around to neighborhoods to get the word out about what we'd be doing and then possibly making it a competition among the teams. This is still up in the air though.

 

             Just READ: We will be doing this again. However, it will be at Cowden and Delaware Elementary schools. The videotaping for this is in October. The date is TBA.

 

             Mentorship Program: Casey spoke about this in regards to being a mentor for a little kid. There is always a need for MALE athletes, but females are also welcome to participate in this. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please see Casey.

 

Lesley and Travis will be the MVC SAAC representatives again next year.

 

             Reverse Trick or Treat: Last year a few student-athletes went to St. John's childrens' ICU to spend Halloween with sick children who couldn't experience Halloween. Talk to your teammates to see if they are interested in doing this again.

 

             Lunch Visits: Scott mentioned how well the lunch visits went last spring with the elementary students and athletes. This year we could possibly do this at Rountree, Cowden or Delaware Elementary schools.

 

             Cleaning the Street: Baseball was designated to clean the street, (Bennett to Grand on Fremont) for the month of September. 

 

Scott had a new idea regarding Thanksgiving. We could either have a Thanksgiving dinner for all the athletes that stay in Springfield for Thanksgiving or those athletes could serve dinner at a Shelter. This is something for everyone to think about and provide feedback.

 

 Convoy of Hope will be here on September 11th from 11am-11pm. Basically, COH is an organization like the Red Cross. They are trying to help out the community by providing groceries to the less fortunate, help victims from natural disaster (ie. Hurricanes), games for kids, etc. If you are interested, please talk to Casey about volunteering for this.

 

 S.A.A.C. will meet every other Monday night at 7:30 p.m. for the Fall 2004 semester, unless notified otherwise.

 

There will be a student-athlete night for athletes not only to meet each other, but to also meet the athletic administration at Missouri State. The tentative date is Oct. 2nd. There will be more details at the next meeting.

 

 September 30th is the Etiquette Dinner from 6-7:30. You need to let Casey or Darren know if you want to attend.

 

 The next meeting is Monday, September 13th at 7:30 p.m.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:23pm.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2004 semester

 

 

Sunday, April 25, 2004

 

Meeting began at 8: 01pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Kelly to approve the April 4th meeting minutes. Seconded by Casey Owens. The motion passes unanimously.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Lesley mentioned the field hockey and women's golf team raised money for Relay for Life. However, the ceremony was cancelled due to rain.

 

 Lesley and Travis will be the MVC representatives again next year.

 

 Mike Radon was chosen to go to the leadership conference in Florida this summer. Congratulations!

 

 Darren mentioned we need to nominate officers via email, please email him with suggestions @ dew037f@missouristate.edu.

 

 Lesley spoke about the ring issue the track team had and said she is working on it and it is being taken care of.

 

 The last just read date was April 30th. Thanks to everyone who participated this year.

 

 The next meeting is Sunday, May 2nd at 8:00pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:14pm.

 


Sunday, April 4, 2004

 

Meeting began at 8:00 p.m.

 

 There was no approval minutes as they were not submitted on time.  Approval of the March minutes will be approved at the next meeting.

 

 Each team spokesperson updated the committee about what his/her team and their upcoming game schedule.

 

 Lesley spoke about the tailgate that took place at Jordan Valley Park in recognition of National Student-Athlete Day.  Food was donated by Buckingham's and drinks by Price Cutter.  The tailgate went well and approximate 40 student-athletes attended. The tailgate was prior to the baseball game at Hammons Field which begun at 1:00 p.m.

 

 The committee discussed the bowling gathering and if it was still an interest.  As part of a year end social, bowling was voted on for the last meeting.  Lesley will secure a bowling facility.  The last meeting will be on May 2, 2004. 

 

 The committee discussed the award/ring policy that is currently in place at Missouri State.  The main issue surrounds individual sports.  The main discussion was that an individual who makes it to the NCAA's should be awarded a ring.  SAAC will be conducting some research of other school's policies regarding awards and rings.  Once information is gathered from other schools it will be brought to the attention of the IAC at the May meeting. Some options members brought up were: 1. having the simple option of buying a ring; 2. The option to buy paying half and the institution paying half; and 3. Have a maximum amount in which the institution would put forth, example $50 with the student-athlete, parent(s)/guardian(s) bearing the additional cost. 

 

 There was positive feedback from those who attended the etiquette dinner in early March. It was fun and very interactive.  Those who attended said it was well worth attending and it was recommended that it be required for certain groups in the future (i.e. seniors who are getting ready to interview).

 

 Just Read Dates – April 6th at 12:30 Tracy Partain and Marcy O'Neill.

 

April 15th at 12:00 – Erin Kessler and Kyla Meuer.

 

April 15th at 12:30 – Seth Creed and Kai Harris

 

April 21st at 10:30 – Travis Mack and a teammate to be named.

 

April 30th at 9:30 – Hannah Kirk and a teammate to be named.

 

 SAAC reps were reminded about the gender equity and welfare surveys.  We are still waiting for Men's Golf, W. Soccer and Men's Basketball to be submitted.  Thanks to everyone else who has taken the time to administer the surveys.   

 

SGA candidates Kyle and Zach are running for office and are asking for the support of the student-athletes.  There main focus is to encourage more school spirit, implement online surveys and community service.  Please encourage your teammates to vote for Kyle and Zach on April 12 and 13. 

 

 NCAA news- there were two articles put out by the NCAA News.  One is regarding the Olympic Skier, Bloom who is trying o get a sponsorship for skiing while being allowed to play football and maintain his amateur status.  The other article is in regard to the travel day being counted as a day off.  Please take the time to read these articles. They are very informative.

 

 REMINDER: Senior banquet is April 28th at 7:00. 3rd floor Ballroom of Plaster Student Union.

 

 Senior Exit Interviews for Athletics.  Please encourage your senior teammates to complete the senior exit interview questionnaire for athletics.  An email was sent out asking you to complete the form online.  It takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.  If a senior does not complete the questionnaire he/she will not receive their senior award, summer school aid or 5th yr aid. 

 

 Baseball Games - Just a reminder to conduct yourself in an adult way out at Hammons Field during baseball games.  Keep in mind that you are not only representing your sport but also the institution.   It is important to remember that you are a role model for younger children and are highly visible as a student-athlete to the community.

 

Men's soccer will be doing the street cleaning this month.  Kai Harris will arrange for it to be cleaned before the end of April.

 

 Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m. 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 14, 2004

 

Meeting began at 8: 01pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Christel Poague to approve the February 22, 2004 meeting minutes. Seconded by Casey Owens. The motion passed unanimously.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and advised of their upcoming game schedule.

 

 The Etiquette dinner was March 16th in the professional building. Thanks to all who came; it went really well. 

 

 Just Read dates are as follows:

 

            March 15th @12:30

 

            April 6th @12:30

 

            April 15th @12:00

 

            April 30th @9:30

 

 Lesley and Travis spoke about the MVC meeting and provided feedback on community service projects, spoke about NCAA legislation and the stance of the SAAC on each topic, etc.  For a full layout of legislation proposals you can see either Lesley or Travis or visit the NCAA website to Pac-10.org website for a complete update.

 

 Lesley spoke about the candidates for SGA presidents, Kyle Moles and Zach Blome. They would like our support (through voting) for the election.

 

 Surveys were given out to SAAC members to give to their teams to fill out.  The survey is through the Gender, Equity and Welfare committee.  The survey is to obtain feedback on the achievement center, overall athletic program, welfare, etc.  We would like for your teammates to take them seriously and write beneficial comments.  Please be sure to encourage your teammates to compete the survey as it will only help in assisting the athletic department in the future.

 

 Lesley mentioned May Day on April 28th and asked if any teams wanted to participate. If so, please let them know.

 

 Football cleaned the street last month. For the month of April, men's soccer will be doing it.

 

 The next meeting is Sunday, April 4th at 8:00 p.m.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

 

MVC SAAC MEETING

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 7, 2004

 

Omni Majestic Hotel-St. Louis, MO

 

       MINUTES 

 

In attendance:  Tiffany Mack, Bradley;  Ivonne Valentin, Chas Davis, Creighton;  Rickey Hunley, Drake;  Kelly Chinn, Chris Hollinden, Evansville;  Sara Groves, Ray Robinson, Illinois State;  Craig Dismore, Indiana State;  Heidi Ditscheit, Northern Iowa;  Lesley Weaverling, Travis Mack, Southwest Missouri;  Blake Boldon, NCAA SAAC representative;  Sarah Weier, Patty Viverito, MVC Staff.

 

  

 

  1. Welcome and Introductions.  All participants were introduced and welcomed to the committee.

 

 

 

  1. Review of Minutes-August 2003.  The minutes were approved as written

 

 

 

  1. Sportsmanship.  The committee commended SIU on their efforts to improve their sportsmanship especially in men's basketball. 
    1. PSA Sportsmanship Video.  In October, Heidi Ditscheit, Martha Chaput, Jason Faulknor, Tiffany Mack and Stefanie Pate participated in the taping and production of the PSA video on behalf of the MVC SAAC.  It was reviewed by the group and recommended that institutions who have the technology available, play the video prior to or during athletic competitions.  It was also recommended that institutions have student-athletes to read (or pre-tape) the sportsmanship statement prior to athletic competitions.
    2. MVC Ad Hoc Sportsmanship Committee.  Reviewed and supported the recommendations set forth by the Ad Hoc committee.  The recommendation of a sportsmanship award was reviewed again by the committee with the understanding that the Ad Hoc committee charged the staff to research what kinds of sportsmanship awards currently exist before any further action be considered.

 

 

 

  1. NCAA Issues.
    1. Legislative Proposals.  The 2003-2004 legislative proposals in the cycle were discussed and the following positions were taken by the committee:

 

                  2003-67 (Foreign Tours):  The committee was opposed to the elimination of foreign tours proposal although supported the amended 2003-67-1 which would only restrict them.  The committee feels the educational and cultural experience that foreign tours provide is important.

 

                  2003-74 (Non-travel Day Off):  The committee opposed this proposal.  The committee feels that this would be a competitive equity issue for some institutions because there is a difference in modes of travel.

 

                  2003-32, 2003-88 (Printed Media Guides):  The committee opposed both of these proposals.  As recruited student-athletes, the committee felt that recruiting guides are informational and should not be eliminated.

 

                  2003-83-A (Cost of Attendance, Full Grant-in-Aid):  The committee generally supported this proposal.  The committee was in favor of being able to provide the full cost-of-attendance rather than just a full grant-in-aid.

 

  1.  
    1. NCAA SAAC Report-Blake Boldon.  Blake Boldon reported that the NCAA SAAC is urging all campus committees be considered student-athlete advisory committees consistent with the NCAA SAAC.  He also reported that there is a website available to student-athletes for the purpose of career services hosted by the NCAA.
    2. Recruiting Task Force.  Patty Viverito reported that she has been appointed to the newly formed task force to review current recruiting practices.  She asked the committee to provide her feedback regarding official paid visit experiences and formulating recommendations to help address concerns about excessive and inappropriate official visit practices. 
    3. California Senate Bill 193.  The committee discussed the merits and issues associated with this bill.  No position was taken.
    4. Athletically Related Time Demands.  The committee discussed the information the task force compiled.  No position was taken.

 

 

 

  1. Student-athlete Communication.  Blake Boldon recommended that the committee meet via teleconference in November in light of the new legislative cycle.  The issue was tabled and will be discussed again at the August 2004 meeting.  The committee was also notified that Blake's position on the NCAA SAAC will be expiring soon.  If anyone is interested in the position they should contact Sarah Weier.  It was also recommended that new members of the committee be provided a new member orientation at the August meetings.  The first one will include the entire committee and then subsequent orientations will only be required of the new members. 
    1. MVC SAAC website.  The committee discussed the content of the website.  The staff informed them that the MVC website is being modified and it is the intention of the staff to provide a link on the MVC homepage to the MVC SAAC website.  The committee recommended that links to campus SAACs and other relevant websites be included on the website.  It was also recommended that the MVC SAAC positions regarding the relevant legislative proposals be posted on the website as well.
    2. NCAA SAAC newsletter.  The staff expressed appreciation of this form of communication however cautioned that in the past, some of the information included in this newsletter was inaccurate. 

 

 

 

  1. Academic Excellence Award.  The MVC Academic Excellence Award was awarded to Indiana State University for the 2002-2003 academic year.  In the future, this award will be announced at the August meeting to the committee.

 

 

 

  1. Institutional SAAC Reports.

 

  

 

Future Dates of Importance:

 

April 6, 2004:  National Student-Athlete Day

 

May 30-June 3, 2004:  National Leadership Conference (Orlando, FL)

 

August 6-8, 2004:  Summer meeting (St. Louis, MO)

 

 

 

Not in attendance:  Jason Faulknor, Bradley;  Martha Chaput, Drake;  Melissa Biniewicz, Indiana State;  Rob Hayes, Northern Iowa;  Josh Markle, Southern Illinois;  Angela Buckner, Rob Kampman, Wichita State.

 

 

 

Sunday, February 22, 2004

 

Meeting began at 8: 01pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Ashley to approve the February 8, 2004 meeting minutes. Seconded by Matt. The motion passes unanimously.

 

 Each team representative talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Scott talked about the mentoring program in elementary schools in Springfield. Anyone can help out. Please see Casey for more information.

 

 Casey emailed the Just Read dates to us and also mentioned that we will no longer be going to Rountree Elementary.  Students will be reading at Codwen Elementary which is located on Kimbrough.

 

 Mark Stillwell spoke about what the Sports Information Department does regarding media guides, the website, sports talk shows, etc. See Jeff Williams, Michael Deford or Mark if you have any questions.

 

 Cindy Fielder spoke about Relay for Life- how she would like the athletic teams to get involved. It is on April 23 – 24 from 7pm-7am. There is a registration fee of $10 per person, per team due by March 18th. She also mentioned maybe SAAC can help with setting up the bags and trash control. To have a team one needs a minimum of 8 or maximum of 18 people.

 

 Lesley said there would be surveys given out to SAAC members to give to their teams to fill out regarding gender equity and welfare and The Achievement Center. We would like for your teammates to take them seriously and write beneficial comments, please.

 

 Casey reminded us that if one has questions and concerns about an issue to please bring it up with his/her coach first. If there is no response when one goes to his/her coach, then please take the next step and talk to Dr. Bailey.

 

March 3rd was mug shot day for most athletes. We hope everyone attended who needed to.

 

 Tennis cleaned the street last month. For the month of March, football will be doing it.

 

 There will be two CHAMPS/Life Skills seminars, March 2nd for female athletes and March 10th for male athletes.

 

 The next meeting is Sunday, March 14th at 8:00pm.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:21 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, February 8, 2004

 

Meeting began at 8: 01pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Ashley to approve the January 25, 2004 meeting minutes. Seconded by Crystal. The motion passes unanimously.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Scott talked about the mentoring program in elementary schools in Springfield. Anyone can help out. Please see Casey for more information and an application.

 

 Scott also mentioned that something we could do this semester is to collect food, but in a different manner. We could put flyers up 2-3 days before to make people aware of what we are doing, which is to go around town and collect food. We tentatively said it would be around mid-April. He also noted that we could call a TV station and let them know what we would be doing so they could broadcast it. However, it is still be deciding at this time on what the specifics will be regarding the collection of food.

 

 The SAAC members collectively decided bowling may be a good activity sometime in March to raise monies.

 

 Lesley mentioned that there would be no food at the Academic recognition night on February 17th @ 7:05pm at the Men's Basketball game.

 

 Lesley said there would be survey's given out to SAAC members to give to their teams to fill out regarding academics and student-welfare.

 

Scott and Lesley made everyone aware of the new "No show" policy regarding SAAC members: If a member does not show up for a meeting without notifying Scott or Lesley, than his/her coach will be notified because it is not fair to the others showing up.

 

Lesley spoke about the travel letters for spring sports and asked the representatives to please get them in.

 

The next meeting is Sunday, February 22nd at 8:00pm.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday,  January 25, 2004

 

Meeting began at 8:00 p.m.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Crystal Pogue to approve the December 8, 2003, meeting minutes. Seconded by Marta Rubina. The motion passes unanimously.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Casey reminded everyone about the Senior Banquet being on April 28th, 2004 in Plaster Student Union.  Also, blankets have been approved by SAAC and staff and will be ordered for the banquet.

 

 Just Read Program – There will be 12 dates for reading during the Spring semester. The first two dates are Jan 27th at 12:30 p.m. and Feb. 4th at 9:00 am. Scott asked everyone to encourage their team to become involved in the program.

 

 Casey talked again about the mentoring program in elementary schools in Springfield. It involves kids that are need guidance and help to prevent them from becoming involved in the juvenile system.  The commitment is apprx a 1 hr a week commitment to the student for the entire semester.  Applications are available in Casey's office.

 

 SAAC tossed around ideas for a big project for the Spring. Some ideas were kickball, bowling, nursing home, and a dance. 

 

 Reminder about the collection of toiletries while traveling for the women's shelter.  Please bring back extra soap, shampoos, etc and drop them off in Darren's office.

 

 Casey gave a flyer out for the National Women's In Sports Day that will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31st prior to the women's basketball game.  Several sports will have stations set-up for kids to take part in. 

 

 Student-athlete recognition night will be held on Feb. 17th.  It will take place during half time of the men's basketball game.  Anyone with a GPA of a 3.0 will be honored.

 

 The SAAC has been invited to attend the Missouri State Hall of Fame banquet on Feb. 7th at University Plaza.  The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.  Deadline to RSVP is Feb. 2nd. You and a guest are invited.

 

 Street needs to be cleaned by Feb 22nd  (Bennett to Grand on Fremont).  W. Tennis has volunteered to clean the street for Feb.   Baseball, Field Hockey and Swimming have already cleaned the street in the fall. 

 

 March 5-8, Lesley, Travis and Blake will all be attending the MVC SAAC meeting in ST. Louis.  It will take place during the men's basketball tournament.  Some of the issues that have come up involve sportsmanship, travel day as the day off, financial aid and an alcohol policy.  Lesley stated that Indiana St has a policy that student-athletes who are under 21 must sign a no-drinking statement and if caught will be removed from the team. Anyone over 21 and who is caught misusing alcohol will be removed.  Presented the policy at the IAC meeting and Coach Rowe and Bruce Johnson felt that there was not a need to put such a policy in place.  SAAC felt that is was a more of a team/coach policy.

 

 Darren talked about the travel letters and asked that each SAAC member go back to their team and remind everyone that they must get each of their professors to sign the form that was given along with the travel letter.  It was to help minimize any issues or concerns that a student-athlete may encounter with a professor.

 

 Casey announced that Bill Rowe, Athletic Director will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 8th.  IN addition, his baseball jersey will be retired and displayed in the clubhouse of Hammons Field.  Please congratulate Coach Rowe on this great accomplishment.

 

 Next meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 8th at 8:00 p.m. in Fora 256.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2003 semester

 

 

Monday, December 8, 2003

 

Meeting began at 6: 33pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Michelle to approve the November 17, 2003 meeting minutes. Seconded by Matt. The motion passes unanimously.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Scott talked about our Adopt-A-Family program that we are doing with Campbell United Methodist Church. We are adopting three children with learning disabilities who live in an orphanage: 6 yr old boy, 11 yr old boy and a 16 yr old girl. Casey, Michelle, Kai and Laura will be collecting the toys.

 

 The four people nominated for the Leadership Conference include: Katie Kreimer, Anthony Shavies, Lesley Weaverling and Mike Radon.

 

 Casey again talked about the mentoring program in elementary schools in Springfield. Male athletes are preferred as of right now. However, anyone can help out. Please see Casey for more information.

 

 Lesley talked about the Professional Women's Opportunities group who meets twice a month in the Student Union. If female athletes are interested, it would be a good group to probably get involved in

 

 We collected food at the Men's Basketball game on Dec 6th.  It was a poor collection.  Thanks to those who helped in the collection. We collected Toys for Tots at the Men's Basketball game on Dec. 13th. It was great success.  Thank you to those who assisted with the collection of the toys and donations.

 

 Collectively, the committee decided that the senior blanket should have athletics on it and the person's sport and name.  Unanimous vote to get a throw blanket with the bear head to be printed in the Middle of the blanket with Missouri State printed in the four corners.

 

 Lesley asked about how the brother/sister teams were working out. We decided to keep trying and see how they work for the rest of the year.

 

 Women's track had a concern about not enough belts in the weight room and apparently Coach Perry ordered 5-10 women's belts for the spring.

 

 The women's swimming team cleaned the street. It does not need cleaned again until February.

 

 We decided that we will vote on this semester's meeting time at our next meeting which is January 25th at 8pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm. 

 

Monday, November 17, 2003

 

Meeting began at 6: 33pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Michelle to approve the October 6, 2003 meeting minutes. Seconded by Casey Owens. The motion passes unanimously.

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Scott talked about our Adopt-A-Family program that we are doing with Campbell United Methodist Church. It was mentioned that athletes should ask coaches and administrators to help out with this program.

 

 The last date for the Just Read Program is Nov. 20th. Spring dates have not yet been decided. Thank you for all the help. It was really appreciated.

 

 Lunch at Rountree Elementary went well. 17 student-athletes went and we are thinking we might also do it in again in the Spring.

 

 Leadership Conference nominations were due by Nov. 23rd.  If anyone is still interested, please contact Casey Comoroski before Christmas break.

 

 Casey Comoroski talked about the mentoring program in elementary schools in Springfield. Male student-athletes are preferred, however, anyone who is interested in becoming a mentor, please see Casey for more information.

 

 Lesley talked about the Professional Women's Opportunities group who meets twice a month in the Student Union. If female student-athletes are interested, it would be a good group to get involved in.  Great resume booster.

 

 We are collecting Toys for Tots at the Men's Basketball game on Dec. 13th. The people collecting toys are Laura Byers, Casey Owens, Justin Williamson and Ashley Sanders.

 

 Also, we are collecting food for the Immaculate Conceptions Church on Dec. 12th at the Women's Basketball game. Doors open one hour prior to game time. We will need approximately 4 people to help collect the food and other perishable items. Scott will send an email.

 

 Dr. Bailey spoke about the senior gift and is looking to change it to something nicer! She presented the current wool blanket that each senior receives and then presented a cotton throw blanket from another university that would be designed to fit Missouri State.  The group unanimously voted to go with the cotton throw versus the wool blanket. 

 

 Dr. Bailey also mentioned the senior dinner banquet to recognize athletes who have completed his/her eligibility is on Wed. April 28th in PSU.

 

 Lesley asked about how the brother/sister teams were working out. We decided to keep trying and see how they work for the rest of the year.

 

 Women's track had a concern about not enough belts in the weight room and asked if there was a possibility to get belts for the women.  Casey Comoroski will follow-up.

 

 The next meeting is Monday, December 8th at 6:30pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 7:08 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2003

 

Meeting began at 6:30pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was posted on the SAACwebsite.  A motion was made by Travis to approve the October 20, 2003 meeting minutes. Seconded by Lisa.  The motion passed unanimously.    

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Lesley mentioned that she received an email from the MVC noting John Sanders, MVC Assistant Commissioner and Championships death on Sat. November 1st. She asked us to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

 

 Lesley also noted the reverse trick or treat went very well. They didn't spend as much time with the daycare children as they did with the sick children in the hospital.

 

 The last day for the Just Read Program is Nov. 20th. Thanks for all who participated this semester. The program will continue in the Spring. Dates are currently being confirmed.

 

 Scott spoke about having lunch with the children from Rountree Elementary. The date for that is Nov. 17th at 11:30 and 12:00 p.m. Email Scott if you are interested in attending. A final count is needed by Friday, Nov. 14.

 

The constitution was ratified. Motion to accept the updated SAAC constitution made by Lisa, seconded by Travis.  All were in favor.   The constitution will be represented to the IAC committee for final approval.

 

        Field Hockey did the "adopt a street" program this month.  W. Swimming has volunteered to do it next for the        month of Nov/Dec.

 

 SAAC will be Adopting a Family for Christmas and the money ($1.00 from each student-athlete) WAS due November 10th!!!! Please get your money to Darren A.S.A.P.

 

 Casey spoke about mentoring troubled youth to keep them out of trouble. Susan Cox is mainly looking for male mentors.  It is a 1-4 hours a week commitment along with a semester commitment as well.  Please see Casey if you or anyone on your team is interested.

 

Also, Casey mentioned there is a Champs Life Skills Seminar that is MANDATORY for all sophomore athletes on Wed. November 19th at 7:30pm in Glass Hall 101. Anyone else who is interested in attending is welcome. The focus of the seminar is financial fitness (student loans, credit cards, etc)

 

      Meeting adjourned at 6:54p.m.

 

 

 

Monday, October 20, 2003

 

Meeting began at 6: 31pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was given out at the meeting. A motion was made by Michelle to approve the October 6, 2003 meeting minutes. Seconded by Travis. The motion passes unanimously.  

 

Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Leslie mentioned that we will be going to Cox Hospital's Day Care Center on October 27th at 6:30pm. We need about 15 people to go.

 

 The Just Read Program is set up and students already have been going. October 20th was the NCAA taping. Also, there were four television stations there. The next dates for Just Read are November 5th, 10th and 20th.

 

 Again, Scott mentioned that we can also have lunch with the kids from Rountree Elementary school in their cafeteria. A tentative date for that is November 17th. At the next meeting there will be more information given.

 

 We revised the SAAC constitution. An updated version with revisions will be distributed at the Nov. 3, 2003 meeting. Final approval will be though the Intercollegiate athletics committee.

 

 Leslie talked about a suggestion that was made at the last IAC meeting regarding visiting nursing homes. As a whole we figured the spring would be the best time to visit a nursing home because there usually is a lot less going on then opposed to the holiday season.

 

 There was also a reminder given to everyone about the $1.00 needed from each athlete by November 10th for Adopt-A-Family.

 

 Casey spoke about athletes possibly collecting toys at the beginning of a basketball game during the holiday season to give to Toys for Tots.  This will be coordinated with Michael Deford.  

 

The next meeting is Monday, November 3rd at 6:30pm.

 

 Meeting adjourned at 7:09 pm.

 

 

 

Monday, October 6, 2003

 

Meeting began at 6:35pm.

 

 Copy of the meeting minutes was posted on the SAAC website.  A motion was made by Michelle to approve the September 22, 2003 meeting minutes. Seconded by Stephanie.  The motion passed unanimously.    

 

 Each team spokesman talked about how his/her team is doing and when their next games are.

 

 Homecoming will be on Saturday, October 18th.   We will meet in the West gym for pizza and soda at 6:15 p.m. before the volleyball game against Northern Iowa that begins at 7:00 p.m. (Location changed to East Gym by Athletics Administration)

 

 Leslie mentioned what we will be doing for Halloween. The only place who has called her back so far is the Developmental Center. The nights to go there are October 27th  and 28th  at  6:00 p.m. She will let us know when she hears from other places we can visit (Boys and Girls Club, etc)

 

 The Just Read Program is set up and the dates for student-athletes to read will be on October 15th,17th, 20th and November 5th,10th,20th. We need four people on each of those dates to attend. The times are approximately from 9am-12pm on those dates, with the exception of Oct. 20th.   October 20th is the MVC/State Farm videotaping at 9:00 a.m.

 

 Also, Scott mentioned that we can also have lunch with the kids from Rountree Elementary school in their cafeteria. The students are allowed to have friends and family come and eat and some do not have anyone come. 

 

 Leslie spoke about the NCAA SAAC newsletters.  Stated that it will be emailed to all the SAAC members        and then posted for other student-athletes to read in the training room.  The newsletter contained information        about the 20 hour rule of practice time, the special opportunity fund that is available for student-athletes,          etc. 

 

 Andrea Elliott is running for Homecoming Queen. She works in the football office and is sponsored by the Tri-Sigmas. 

 

 Darren has not yet heard anything regarding the football jerseys we talked about previously.  Still waiting to receive samples to be able to take orders. 

 

 Field Hockey has chosen do the "adopt a street" program this month.  The street will need to be cleaned by November 6th.

 

 SAAC will be Adopting a Family for Christmas and we need to start collecting the money from all the student-athletes.  Members of SAAC will be going back to their respective teams and asking team members to donate at least a $1.00.  All monies should e collected by November 10th

 

Casey spoke about a student-athlete newsletter that will need to be completed and distributed to everyone.  Some of the suggestions included updates on events, awards from other teams, any new legislation, etc.  The SAAC members also stated that putting it on the ACIA website and putting copies in the training room and achievement center would be beneficial. 

 

       Meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.

 

Monday, September 22, 2003

 

 Present: Scott Nasby, Lesley Weaverling, Laura Byers, Zach Replogle, Casey Owens, Stephanie Busbey, Ashley Sanders, Marta Rubina, Kai Harris, Lisa Martel, Matt Beasley, Michelle Johann, Leah Johnson, Travis Mack

 

 Absent: Blake Ahearn, Sky Frazier, Nathan Bilyeu, Football Reps, M. Track Rep, M. Tennis Rep, Megan Hanson

 

 Call to order at 6:30 p.m.

 

 Team Updates- Every team went around and gave an update in regard to their team and how their seasons, off-season are going to date.

 

 Lesley Weaverling brought up the issue about the lack of low weight dumbbells in the weight room.  The general consensus was that some teams need to use 5, 10 and 15 lb dumbbells and the weight room either lacks or only has one set for use. Casey/Darren will follow up with Rick Perry, Strength and Conditioning coach.

 

 Discussed the brother/sister teams.  The concept of this is to get more student-athletes out to watch the various teams play and support fellow student-athletes.  Although teams are paired with each other for support, keep in mind that the idea to support every team.  This was created to increase the interest level and get other athletes to follow along.

 

 Teams that are paired are as follows:  MBA is paired with WSO, MBB is paired with WFH and WGO, MFB is paired with WBB and WGO, MCC/TR is paired with WSB, MSW is paired with WVB, MSO and MGO are paired with WSW, and MTE is paired with WCC/TR.

 

 Darren Wienberg discussed the opportunity to fundraise for SAAC by selling Football jerseys.  SAAC would receive 10% of the sales.  Would be setup at BearFest Village and other events to try and take orders for Missouri State football jerseys.  Still waiting to hear back from the company about the specifics and for samples to arrive.

 

 Scott Nasby spoke about the Book Fair that took place Monday, September 22, 2003 in the morning at Jarrett Middle School.  Scott stated about 11 people from various teams showed up to encourage students to purchase books and read.

 

 Lesley Weaverling discussed the possibility of SAAC nominating a candidate for Homecoming King and Queen.  Weaverling discussed the process in which an organization is to nominate someone.  The SAAC members decided to only nominate someone who is a student-athlete.  The SAAC members decided to pick from the nominations by reading each candidates essay and then voting.  More details will be distributed by email via Lesley regarding Homecoming Nominations and the proper protocol to be followed. 

 

 Student-Athlete Day will be held in conjunction with a home volleyball match on October 18, 2003.  Mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend an evening of fun by enjoying food and drinks with fellow student-athletes and then supporting the Missouri State Lady Bears Volleyball team that evening at 7:00 p.m. as they take on Northern Iowa.   The pizza party will be held in Hammonds Student-Center, West Gym.

 

 Lesley Weaverling discussed the idea of doing something for Halloween for children.  She discussed that last year they visited hospitals, day cares and the boys and girls club.  There was a proposal to possibly bring the children to campus and tag along with the residence halls by having the children march around a field(s) to trick or treat.  The SAAC members decided to have each representative go back to their teams No decision was made by the SAAC members at this time and will be discussed/decided at the next meeting.

 

 The Just Read Program will be set-up within next week or so.  Darren Wienberg is still trying to secure an elementary school to visit.  Most likely will be Rountree Elementary  School.  Will depend on availability of student-athletes but will try and visit the school once a week getting into a different classroom each week.  There will be a videotaping in October by the MVC office and State Farm Insurance company will be involved again this year.

 

 Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2002 semester

 

 

December 2, 2002

 

The meeting opened with reminders regarding the holiday family project and the upcoming Just Read visit at Rountree Elementary (which was unfortunately cancelled when the Springfield Public School system cancelled classes due to heavy snowfall).

 

We continued with the approval of the proposed amendment changing the term of office for the officers and followed that with elections of officers.

 

The results of the elections are as follows:  President - Michelle Johann (softball);  Vice-President - Kevin Hansen (men's soccer); and Secretary/Treasurer - Lesley Weaverling (at-large representative).

 

We reminded everyone of the meeting with the NCAA Peer Review team on December 3rd at 8:00 a.m. (at which we had 14 representatives answer questions from the review team).

 

Our next meeting will be in January, with our new officers in place for the semester.

 

November 17, 2002

 

The meeting opened with each representative talking about what his or her team in currently doing.  We followed with a request from the Sports Information office for volunteers to help with the Toys for Tots drive on November 26th.  The men's and women's swimming teams will help with this project.

 

Blake presented a question from one of the Student Government members regarding charging a parking fee for athletic events.  The general consensus was that everyone was concerned with how this could possibly be carried out.  Without more details, it was determined to be a bad idea.  However, the issue could be revisited if more details could be presented.

 

We discussed an amendment to our constitution that would change the term of office for the officers.  Currently, the term runs in line with the calendar year, causing a turnover of representatives and officers in the middle of the academic year.  The proposed amendment changes the term of office to follow the academic calendar.  The amendment also includes a provision that the next set of officers will serve a one-semester term (in order to adjust the term of office to the new system) with the option of being re-nominated and re-elected once the new system is in effect.

 

Officer nominations were accepted.  They are as follows:  President - Michelle and Kevin;  Vice-President - Lesley, Michelle, and Kevin;  Secretary/Treasurer - Lesley, Michelle, and Kevin.  Elections will be held at the next meeting on December 2nd.

 

Blake presented the results of the Student-Athlete survey.  No major concerns were expressed with the results.

 

After collections have been completed, thanks to the generosity of the student-athletes and coaches we have over $400 for our adoption of a family for the holidays, the most we have ever collected.  A time will be set where a group of student-athletes will go shopping for the gifts and the food will be picked up at Immaculate Conception church.  Everything will then be delivered to the family as the holiday season draws near.

 

Our next meeting will be on December 2nd.  This date is adjusted from our normal meeting schedule to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  We will also have a meeting on December 3rd at 8:00 a.m. with the NCAA Peer Review team.

 

November 3, 2002

 

The meeting started by going around the table with each representative filling the group in on what is going on with his or her team.  

 

The next order of business was a report on the reverse trick-or-treat Halloween project.  Each group that went to the different locations said that it went well.  We had over 75 student-athletes show up to go to the three different places.   Unfortunately, we could not use that many people and we had to send some people home.  It was decided that we need to write a letter of apology to all of the student-athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, and Sugar Bears for having them there but not being able to send them to a location.  We also need to write thank-you notes to those who helped us with the project with donations of candy and coloring books.  (these notes and letters have since been written and delivered).

 

We next discussed ways to get more school spirit and student attendance at the various sporting events.  

 

We reminded everyone of the student-athlete night at the volleyball game on November 8th vs. UNI.  There will be pizza before the game.

 

Michelle discussed the information she found out from calling various bowling alleys in preparation for a possible social event in the spring semester.

 

Our last order of business was an idea to pair teams together in order to boost attendance at events and to also build support of our fellow student-athletes.  Brad, Blake, Leah, and Lesley will work as a planning committee for this project.

 

Our next meeting will be November 17th.  At this meeting we will accept nominations for officers for the next semester with the official election to be held on December 2nd.

 

October 20, 2002

 

We started the meeting with a discussion about our social event for the spring semester.  We will look into having a bowling night or a sand volleyball night.

 

Our next topic was our athletic event.  It was decided to again hold the kickball tournament.

 

It has been confirmed that we will have a student-athlete gathering on November 8th before the volleyball game.  There will be some type of food there.

 

We then went around the room and each representative gave an update on the happenings within his/her team including recent results and activities.

 

Our Halloween project is scheduled for October 30th.  Final details are being worked out.

 

Our next meeting will be November 3rd at 8:00 p.m.  Each representative is to have collected at least $1.00 from each of his/her teammates for our holiday family project by this date.

 

October 6, 2002

 

Blake opened the meeting with a question about the Just Read program.  The supervision of the program is changing hands within the Athletic Department and the program will be starting up again in the near future.

 

We discussed doing something for National Student-Athlete Day, but no final plans were set.

 

We voted on our activities for the spring semester.  Micah made a motion that we vote on having a dance (also termed a social-type function).  Lee seconded the motion.  The vote was 11 for, 3 against, with no abstentions to have a dance or social function in the spring semester.

 

We then had a motion from Laura to have a Kickball tournament (also termed athletic-type activity) in the spring semester.  Lee seconded the motion.  The vote was 9 for, 2 against, with 3 abstentions to have a kickball tournament or athletic-type activity in the spring semester.

 

We will discuss specific plans at our next meeting.

 

Details are still to be worked out on our student-athlete gathering at the November 8th Volleyball game.

 

Laura Miller has been nominated as a candidate for Homecoming Queen.  She asked for volunteers to help with signs, posters, and other campaign work.

 

The swimming teams announced that they are having a raffle to fund a training trip over semester break.

 

We discussed the Halloween project.  As soon as Laura contacts the hospitals to find out what materials we can bring, we will make contact with Coach Rowe to work out details.  We will also plan our specific activities for the evening at that time.  We also discussed asking the cheerleaders, sugar bears, and Boomer to join us for the project.

 

The representatives were again reminded to collect at least $1.00 from each of their teammates for our Holiday Family project.  It was also noted that some coaches have agreed to match funds if there is 100% participation by the student-athletes on their team.

 

Blake announced that one more SAAC representative was needed for a subcommittee of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.  Currently Blake serves on the Academic Integrity subcommittee.  Kevin serves on the Fiscal Integrity subcommittee and Laura serves on the Equity & Welfare subcommittee.  Michelle Johann agreed to serve on the Governance & Rules Compliance subcommittee.

 

We discussed the new Missouri State Athletics website (www.Missouri Statebears.net).  Overall most teams have been happy with the new site, but some concern has been expressed that there is still not equal coverage of some teams.

 

Our next meeting will be October 20th at 8:00 p.m. in the Forsythe Athletics Center meeting rooms.

 

September 22, 2002

 

The meeting began with a discussion of issues faced by various teams.  The appropriate individuals will be contacted to try to resolve the issues through open communication before any other steps are taken.

 

Halloween project:  each representative is to email Laura with approximate numbers of student-athletes who would like to participate.  Laura will contact the hospitals to find out what types of things we can bring (candy, fruits, activities, etc).  The date was set for October 30th.

 

The representatives were reminded to collect at least $1.00 from each of his/her teammates for our Holiday Family project.

 

We are still planning on having a student-athlete gathering of some type at the November 8th Volleyball game.  Details have yet to be worked out.

 

At our next meeting on October 6th, we will decide whether or not to have a dance and/or a kickball tournament in the spring semester like we did last spring.

 

September 8, 2002

 

We started the meeting with a question regarding the payment of a bill from the dance held last spring.  Laura will bring the bill in for payment.

 

Michelle reported that the street would be cleaned by the Softball team this week.

 

We decided to again collect unused toiletries from the hotels in which the teams stay while traveling for a nearby Women's Shelter.  Rebecca volunteered to head up this project.

 

We further discussed our projects for the semester.  Laura, Brad, and Michelle will contact local hospitals and Boys and Girls Clubs to determine interest in having the student-athletes visit during the Halloween season for reverse trick-or-treating.  Several possible things the student-athletes could bring for the kids include:  pencils, coloring books and crayons, healthy foods, books, and possibly small gourds that could be painted while the student-athletes are present.  Each representative is to find out how many of his/her teammates would like to participate.

 

We discussed having a meal for the student-athletes before the Volleyball game on November 8th.  We still need to check the availability of the date and the availability of the Administration to help out.

 

On the forum with the administrators, we decided to ask the student-athletes for suggestions on topics that are of interest to them for discussion.  A date has not been set at this time.

 

We discussed an issue brought up by a representative regarding equal treatment of teams.  Blake said he would discuss this issue with the department involved to get more information and to see if a quick solution is possible.

 

We decided to adopt a local family for Christmas again this year.  Each representative is to try to collect at least $1.00 from each student-athlete on his/her team by November 3rd to help with this adoption.

 

Laura asked for help in putting together a web page for the MVC SAAC.  Micah volunteered to help.

 

Blake also announced that he has been chosen to represent the MVC on the National SAAC.

 

Our next meeting will be September 22, 2002 at 8:00 p.m. in the meeting rooms in Forsythe Athletics Center.

 

August 25, 2002

 

The meeting began with a report from Blake regarding the MVC SAAC meeting.

 

We discussed amending our constitution to change our membership year from January - December to August - July to coincide with the school year and also with the MVC SAAC membership.  We decided to draft an amendment and discuss it further at the next meeting.

 

We discussed possible projects for the upcoming semester.  They are:

 

1.  A forum with the Athletics Department Administration similar to the Title IX discussion we held in the spring.

 

2.  A teams' gathering similar to our pizza night at a Men's Basketball game last spring semester.

 

3.  A Halloween project involving visiting hospitalized children

 

We also discussed cleaning our adopted street.  Michelle said the Softball team would clean the street for this time period.

 

 

Spring 2002 semester

 

 

February 24, 2002

 

The meeting began with a discussion about the dance.  The date is set for March 21st.  We can use one of the gyms at Hammons Student Center for a clean-up fee of $70.00.  We are in the process of looking for a DJ.  We are also waiting for a response on the possibility of having food donated.  Tickets will be priced at $5.00 each and are scheduled to go on sale on March 1st in Darren's office.  The proceeds from the dance will go toward the Missouri State Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.  

 

The date is set for our Kickball tournament on March 16th & 17th.  Kevin and Laura are working on the details.

 

The Missouri State Relay for Life is April 26-27.  We are working on getting enough people for a team.

 

We also decided to meet once a week until Spring Break because we have so many projects going on.  Our next meeting will be March 3rd at 8:00 p.m.

 

February 10, 2002

 

We opened the meeting with Brad reading the minutes from our previous meeting.  Blake discussed the IAC meeting and some upcoming issues.

 

We discussed an amendment to our constitution that would establish the position of at-large representative.  The amendment passed unanimously.

 

The details of the Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Night were discussed.  Those student-athletes with a 3.00 semester/cumulative GPA or higher will be recognized at the Men's Basketball game on February 13, 2002.

 

Our adopted street was cleaned February 2nd.

 

We were reminded about the guest speaker on Tuesday, February 19th.  The time and place is still to be announced.

 

A tentative date has been set for our philanthropic event (March 16th).

 

The Springfield Family Play-Day is April 27th.  We plan to participate with some sort of event.

 

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is April 26-27.  We would like to participate in some way, possibly with the proceeds from our dance.

 

The dance has been set for March 21st in either the East or West Gym at Hammons Student Center.  The time has been set at 9:00 pm to Midnight.  Blake has moved to the DJ and Food committee along with Mike Krull.  We decided that the proceeds of the dance would benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  The ticket price is still to be determined.  The issue of security needs was raised.  This will be checked into.

 

Coach Rowe attended the meeting and gave a few comments.  We asked him about the possibility of having a Title IX panel discussion led by the Missouri State Athletics administration.  He said this would be possible and we will work on setting a date.

 

Our next meeting will be February 24th at 8:00 p.m.

 

January 27, 2002

 

We discussed the dance we have been planning for several months.  It was decided that the best date would be March 21st (the Thursday before Spring Break).  We will check to see if we can get the Plaster Student Union Ballroom on that date and make more plans after we determine the location.  We decided to include the student athletic trainers in those invited to the dance.  The following committees were formed:  Location/Decorations - Blake, Laura, Michelle, Keeley;  Ticket Sales/Publicity:  Kevin, Brad;  Pictures:  Laura;  DJ/Food:  (we will talk to Emily Hodel, who had an idea for a DJ).  The proceeds from the dance will go to a charity to be determined at a later meeting.

 

We will be working on an amendment to our constitution to establish the position of At-Large Representative to help make sure all teams receive information when their representative is traveling or cannot attend a meeting.

 

We discussed a philanthropic event.  The current plan is to host a tournament involving a sport (currently we are planning a kickball tournament).  We are looking at late April to early May for the time period.  Laura will check with the Greek community and the Intramural office to see what dates are available.  Kevin will help organize the tournament.  The event would be open to all groups on campus.

 

We discussed a community service event.  The Springfield Play-Day will be Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Phelps Grove Park.  Brad, Kelly, and Stephanie will help organize student-athletes to participate.

 

Coach Rowe would like student-athletes to attend a guest speaker on campus on February 19th.  The time and location are still unknown at this time.  The Achievement Center will give 1 hour of study hall credit for attendance.  However, we discussed the probability that this would not be enough of an incentive for many student-athletes to attend.

 

We will be meeting on February 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Mexican Villa parking lot to clean our adopted street (Fremont from Grand to Bennett).

 

We discussed an invitation to attend the American Cancer Society's kick-off event for the Missouri State Relay for Life.  Laura, Michelle, and Andrew said they would make an effort to attend and report back to the entire committee.

 

We are working on a mass email list for all student-athletes that will help us distribute information in a more efficient manner.  The address for our SAAC email account is:  mailto:sms_saac@hotmail.com.  Questions and comments may be sent to this address and we will respond accordingly.

 

Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Fall 2001 semester

 

 

October 21, 2001

 

Erica announced that the Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat program will take place on Wednesday, October 24th.  Student-athlete will meet with members of the Greek community at 6:00 p.m. at the Bear Paw and will proceed from there to the designated neighborhoods. 

 

Blake will look into the cost of using the Plaster Student Union ballroom for a student-athlete dance.  Erica and Blake will also look at the master schedule to see if we can find a date where as many student-athletes are in town as possible.  Once we have a date, we will get more information about details.  

 

At this point, the Baseball team is the only team to have collected money for our adopted family for Christmas.

 

The schedule for Camp Friday is on the way, so we will be setting dates for our participation once the schedule gets here.

 

Our next meeting will be Sunday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Forsythe meeting rooms.  All student-athletes and coaches are welcome to attend.

 

October 7, 2001

 

Our first order of business was to elect officers for our next organization year.  The new officers will be:  President - Blake Boldon; Vice-President - Laura Miller; Secretary/Treasurer - office currently unfilled (We will continue to search for a representative to fill this office).

 

Assignments for street cleaning were discussed.  Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country will clean our adopted street this month.  Assignments for future months are being worked out according to season of competition.

 

Each representative should gather and turn in a  list of his/her team's email addresses to Erica or Darren.  We are putting together a mass email list so we can distribute information to all student-athletes efficiently.

 

We discussed community service projects including Easter Seals Camp Friday, A Sporting Chance, and the adoption of a family for Christmas.  

 

We also discussed the possibility of having a formal or semi-formal dance for the student-athletes.

 

Blake presented some information based on his project from the NCAA Leadership Conference.

 

Our next meeting will be October 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Forsythe meeting rooms.  All coaches and student-athletes are welcome to attend.

 

September 23, 2001

 

The NCAA self-study subcommittee dealing with student-athlete welfare and sportsmanship came to the meeting to get the student-athletes' perspective on various issues, procedures, programs, and procedures.  The committee provided answers and explanations to a variety of questions and voiced concerns in areas as appropriate.

 

The committee's next meeting will be Sunday, October 7th.

 

September 9,  2001

 

The committee discussed the possibility of compiling an email list of all student-athletes for mass mailing of information relevant to student-athletes.  

 

The committee discussed the Trick-or-Treat-So-Others-Can-Eat project.  Last year the student-athletes planned this service project only to have the chosen date fall after other organizations on campus did the same project.  This year we plan to work together with the Greek community on this project.

 

Each representative should begin collecting at least $1.00 from each student-athlete for our Adopt-A-Family project that will take place during the Christmas holiday season.

 

Applications are available for participation in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

 

One member of the SAAC must attend the Student Organization Orientation.

 

All student-athletes are asked to collect any unused toiletries from hotel rooms on road trips.  These items, along with clothing, are collected and donated to a shelter for battered and abused women.

 

The committee's next meeting will be September 23, 2001, at 6:00 p.m.  Members of the NCAA self-study subcommittee dealing with student-athlete welfare and sportsmanship will be present to ask questions and get feedback from the student-athletes in order to prepare a report for the self-study.

 

 

Spring 2001 semester

 

 

February 25, 2001

 

SAAC is now a registered organization on this campus, which means we can hold seats on the SGA and vote on issues in the university. 

 

The SOAR panel has been taken care of.  We are going to have an individual Student-Athlete panel for the 1st 2 soars (when the athletes tend to come). We will start looking for volunteers coming up. 

 

Thanks to Jared and Becca for going to Fairbanks to talk with the kids during lunch. 

 

The Field Hockey Team is going to be helping with Scouting for Food on March 10th.

 

February 4, 2001

 

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee met on February 4, 2001.  Eleven members and Darren Wienberg (Staff Advisor) were present. 

 

Erica presented some information about the requirements to be a SGA Senator.  The time commitments, along with the day and time of meetings, appear to be difficult for student-athletes to uphold.  The SGA also has a policy stating that any organization who has representatives on the Senate who do not meet their time commitments will not be allowed to have representatives any longer.  It was decided to monitor the issues presented to the Senate.  If an issue of great importance to student-athletes is presented, the SAAC will try to find a member who can meet the time commitments.

 

A survey on hazing has been developed for use by the MVC SAAC.  It was distributed to all teams through the Missouri State SAAC representatives.  The completed surveys can be turned in to Erica or Darren.

 

The Elementary School lunch program will start on February 19th.  SAAC members will go to different schools in Springfield and have lunch with the students while talking about different issues and being good role models.

 

The American Cancer Society is planning an Missouri State Relay for Life for sometime in October.  The SAAC will help with this event.  Erica is on the planning board.

 

It was announced that all international students must fill out a US tax return.  The Accounting department will assist with these returns in Glass Hall 440 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

 

The volleyball team will clean our adopted street this month.

 

The track is supposed to be temporarily fixed until the end of the track season, when it will be permanently fixed.

 

Ozarks Food Harvest is looking for volunteers to sort and shelve food during the Boy Scouts "Scouting for Food" drive on March 10th.

 

 Representatives brought up team-specific issues for discussion.

 

 The next meeting will be February 25, 2001 at 5:30 p.m.

 

 January 21, 2001

 

There was a SAAC Meeting on January 21, the first one of the new semester.

 

 Issues that were discussed were as follows:

 

 -Kevin Hansen and Jared Pyatt expressed that they wanted to be a part of SGA and be student senators.  The meetings are every Tuesday at 5:30.

 

-The issue of the student panel at SOAR was addressed.  Student-Athletes are now going to have their own panel, or sit on the panel at SOAR to assist incoming Student-Athletes

 

-$325 was raised for the Christmas family.  It was a little less than last year, but the family was still well taken care of.

 

-Mentoring was also mentioned. SAAC members should talk to their teammates about mentoring. Applications can be received from Erica at the next meeting.

 

-Blake and Erica are going to attend the MVC conference meeting in St. Louis in March.

 

-The elementary presentations are going to be coming up soon.  9 people are already signed up, and we could always use more volunteers.  We are going to eat lunch with children, and just be positive role models.

 

-Various concerns were discussed among different sports teams.  Those issues are being looked at currently.