Student-Athletes Discuss Several Topics at Fall 2015 MW In-Person Meeting

Colorado Springs, Colo. — The Mountain West held its Fall 2015 Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) In-Person Meeting Oct. 17-18 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

The two-day meeting allowed representatives to focus on the various issues affecting them as student-athletes nationally and within the Mountain West.  Items of discussion included cost of attendance, academic integrity, student-athlete time demands and financial literacy concepts, as well as student-athlete mental health and well-being issues, community service initiatives, SAAC branding and building awareness of each on-campus committee’s goals.  Group members also provided reports from their participation on MW governance conference calls and in-person meetings. Additionally, the MW SAAC comprehensively reviewed the 2015-16 NCAA Division I legislative proposals.  The group also was educated on the process of how to effectively review the legislation with their institutional committees in preparation for submitting their respective positions and feedback to the Conference office.     

“The weekend was very successful and that is due to all of the hard work the Mountain West SAAC representatives put into the meetings,” said Marlon Edge, MW Director of Compliance and Co-Liaison to the MW SAAC.  “The student-athletes were engaged in the discussions and provided well-thought-out and valuable feedback on the issues surrounding academic integrity, student-athlete time demands and the 2015-16 NCAA legislative proposals, among various other topics.  This committee continues to set the example for all other NCAA conference SAACs to follow.  The Mountain West appreciates the commitment shown by the attendees to not only the continued development of their institutional committees, but also to the continued improvement of the MW SAAC.” 

Following day one of their administrative meetings, the MW SAAC representatives conducted a community service activity at Helen Keller Elementary in Colorado Springs.  A community service activity is held at all MW SAAC in-person meetings in order to meet one of the primary goals of the group, which is to “inspire and develop student-athletes into leaders beyond the athletic realm to positively impact their professional environment and community.”  The MW SAAC spent its afternoon teaching sports skills, and speaking to the elementary school students about the importance of sportsmanship and education.  Details on the group’s event can be found at the following link to the Mountain West Daily feature ( 

The Mountain West thanks the following SAAC Representatives for their attendance at the fall 2015 in-person meeting:

 Grant Hamilton, U.S. Air Force Academy, Men’s Track & Field

 Felicity Cann, Boise State University, Women’s Swimming

 Mariah Witt, Colorado State University, Women’s Track & Field

  Jim Francis, Colorado State University, Faculty Athletic Representative/MW Joint Council Representative

  Caroline Weaver, Fresno State, Women’s Track & Field

  Julia Shelbourn, University of Nevada, Women’s Basketball

  Katerina Jaeger, University of New Mexico, Women’s Golf

  Nika Sedghi, San Diego State University, Women’s Water Polo

  Alli Davis, San José State University, Women’s Swimming

  Janelle Nguyen, UNLV, Women’s Swimming

  Devin Wright, Utah State University, Men’s Track & Field

  Mikalah Skates, University of Wyoming, Women’s Track & Field

  Kendall Spencer, NCAA Division I SAAC Chair