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Hollins University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)


The mission of the Hollins University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to bring the Hollins community closer together through athletics. SAAC supports and upholds the core values of Hollins University: academic excellence, humane values, civility, integrity, concern for others, diversity, social justice, and the equal worth of women and men. SAAC’s goal is to enhance the image of student-athletes on campus and in the community by encouraging involvement of student-athletes in campus and community projects. A member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the NCAA, Hollins University adheres to those organizations’ rules and regulations.

2013-14 Members:

Basketball - Brandi Chesne '14 and Carrie Cox '14
Golf - Shannon Ciccerallo '17
Lacrosse - Corinne Nicholson '14
Riding - Deborah Birch '16
Soccer - Megan McKee '17 and Bonnie Jo Blevins (Lacrosse) '15
Swimming - Grace Iaquinto '15, Audrey James '15 and Meg O'Brien (Lacrosse) '15
Tennis - Sarah Grace McCormick '15

Volleyball - Emily Lowther'16 and Jessie Deese (Lacrosse) '15

HOP (Hollins Outdoor Program) - Devon Dovgan WOHA

2013-14 Officers:

Co-Chairs - Brandi Chesne and Meg O'Brien



Danielle O'Leary - Head Lacrosse Coach

Fall 2013 Community Projects:

On a cool fall evening, SAAC sponsored a campus wide pep rally, "Burn the Briar."  The pep rally was held on the eve of the Hollins/Sweet Briar soccer match, a match that Hollins went on the road and came home with a 3-1 ODAC victory.  Also, the group volunteered as course ushers at the Color Me Rad 5K, an event that was held in conjunction with the ODAC and Virginia Special Olympics.


Fall 2010 Community Projects:

This past fall, the SAAC group continued their efforts to raise money for Turning Point, the Roanoke Valley's shelter for battered women.  The group took all the money they raised and converted it into gift cards for the shelter to give out during the holiday season.


Fall 2009 Community Projects:

During an equipment drive for Lucy Addison Middle School in Roanoke, SAAC members collected items for the school’s varsity athletic teams and physical education department. The equipment was donated to Lucy Addison’s administrators during halftime of the December 9 basketball game at Hollins against Randolph College.

SAAC collected toiletries for Turning Point, a battered women’s shelter in Roanoke, and delivered them during the January term.