Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at The University of Texas
at Tyler consists of two student-athletes representing each Patriots
These student-athletes are assembled to provide insight on the
student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations,
and policies that affect student-athletes' lives at UT Tyler and all
NCAA member institutions.
They also promote communication between athletics administration and
student-athletes, work to promote a positive student-athlete image,
organize community service efforts, build a sense of community within
the athletics program, and generate a student-athlete voice within the
campus athletics department formulation of policies.
SAAC committees are found on all NCAA campuses and are divided into
Divisions I, II, and III. UT Tyler is a member of the NCAA Division III.
Two members of the UT Tyler SAAC serve on the American Southwest
NCAA legislation mandates that each conference have a conference SAAC in
order to strengthen the communication among the campus and national
committees. Through increased communication and networking, the SAAC's
hope is to better represent the views of all student-athletes.
The UT Tyler SAAC meets monthly.
Dr. Howard Patterson
Vice President for Administration and Government Relations
Dr. Ross Sherman, Faculty Athletic Representative
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UT Tyler SAAC Activities
ASC SAAC Meeting
DALLAS, TX – The American Southwest Conference Student-Athlete Advisory
Committee (SAAC) held its annual meeting on Monday (Sept. 21) at the
Holiday Inn Select-North Dallas hotel. Each of the ASC’s 15 member
institutions were represented with at least one advisor and two
The group’s agenda covered topics from the new conference SAAC Operating
Code to legislative proposals to sportsmanship. It was decided that the
date for the fourth annual “Make a Change in 14 Days” loose coin
collection charity campaign will be held from January 25-February 7 on
the campuses. The SAAC group also joined together to discuss multiple
roundtable topics, including ideas for local community service projects,
and voted on the ASC Championship T-Shirt Design Challenge entries. The
winner will be announced later this week.
ASC/Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III National SAAC
Representative and Management Council member Brooks Royer provided notes
from the national SAAC meeting in Denver, Colo., this summer, and the
guest speaker was Rob Miller of Pro Active Coaching, who gave
presentations on leadership and sportsmanship. Miller will be traveling
to all ASC member campuses over the next five months.
Louisiana College’s Daniel Greenhouse and Joanna Tate served as
co-chairs at the meeting, while Texas Lutheran SAAC President Jamie
Jahns handled vice-chair duties.
Salvation Army Christmas Kettles
The UT Tyler SAAC helps those who are struggling by assisting in the
Salvation Army Christmas Kettles. To read a letter from the Salvation
Army, click here.
Organ Donor Awareness Program
The University of Texas at Tyler SAAC committee has once again partnered
with the American Southwest Conference to sponsor the Organ Donor
Awareness Program as a community outreach program. The ASC Organ Donor
Awareness Program was proposed by recently retired Conference
Commissioner Fred Jacoby who is a heart transplant recipient.
The ever-increasing shortage of donors is the major limitation in organ
transplantation. The ASC Donor Awareness Program is an excellent
outreach program that has great humanitarian and public relations
benefits. The life that can be saved may be that of a family member or a
friend. Every time we save a life, the program is worth all of our
At two games per year, SAAC committee members hand out Organ Donor
Awareness cards to encourage the public to join in the effort.