Student-Athletes Discuss Variety Of Topics At MW SAAC Fall In-Person Meeting


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Mountain West held its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Fall In-Person Meeting October 11-12 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. MW SAAC representatives participated in a community service activity and discussed a number of topics ranging from institutional issues to their continued role in the NCAA and MW governance structures.

The two-day meeting allowed representatives to focus on institutional topics, such as student-athlete well-being, community service initiatives and building awareness of goals of each campus’ SAAC group. The Committee also discussed items relative to the MW SAAC, reporting on various governance conference call participation and providing Conference staff with feedback to best promote SAAC initiatives via social media.

The main focus of the meeting centered around the NCAA Division I governance restructuring and the positive impact it would have on the student-athlete voice at the national level. Kendall Spencer, University of New Mexico representative and the Division I National SAAC Chair, provided an NCAA Division I SAAC update and led the group discussion on how to effectively communicate with campus administrators about institutional and NCAA governance topics. The MW SAAC reaffirmed its commitment to be a national example in student-athlete leadership and development.

“The Mountain West SAAC representatives showed their continued dedication to making the MW SAAC one of the best in the nation,” said Dawn Anderson, MW Assistant Commissioner of Championships and Co-Liaison to the MW SAAC. “The student-athletes were engaged in the discussions and expressed a unified commitment to making the MW SAAC an example for all other NCAA conference SAACs to follow. This is a group that is going to have a significant positive impact on the experience of all student-athletes across the league.”

Following day one of their administrative meetings, the representatives participated in a community service activity at the WithOut Words Foundation (WOW) “Harvest Festival” in Colorado Springs. WOW is a southern Colorado organization that helps parents of seriously ill children, families that have lost a child or parent, and military families dealing with the stresses of deployment. The group assisted with many areas at the family-friendly event, including bounce houses and games, food, Scarecrow Walk and face painting. Details on the group’s event were featured in Monday’s Mountain West Daily on A community service activity is included 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 Mountain West thanks the following SAAC Representatives for their attendance at the fall 2014 in-person meeting:

  • Marcelli Magday, U.S. Air Force Academy, Women’s Tennis
  • Austin Hamilton, Boise State University, Men’s Track & Field
  • Joe De Ciman, Colorado State University, Men’s Basketball
  • Jim Francis, Colorado State University, Faculty Athletic Representative/ MW Joint Council Representative
  • Marcy Levatino, Fresno State, Women’s Lacrosse
  • Kit Carson, University of Nevada, Men’s Golf
  • Kendall Spencer, University of New Mexico, Men’s Track & Field – NCAA Division I SAAC Chair
  • Nika Sedghi, San Diego State University, Women’s Water Polo
  • Andre Mercurio, San José State University, Baseball
  • Bryan Bonnell, UNLV, Baseball
  • Keeley Eldredge, Utah State University, Women’s Track & Field
  • Nicole Walker, University of Wyoming, Volleyball