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Hollins University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)


Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Front row, left to right: Megan McKee, Haley Caulfeild-James, Bonnie Jo Blevins, Meg O’Brien, Sarah Rubin, Madeline Perry
Back row, left to right: Amanda Young, Jessie Deese, Grace Iaquinto, Emily Lowther, Amber Markovitz, Taylor Catron

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.

2014-15 Members:

Basketball - Amber Markovitz '17 and Taylor Catron '17

Golf - Shannon Ciccerallo '17
Lacrosse - Meg O'Brien '15
Riding - Sarah Rubin '17
Soccer - Megan McKee '17 and Bonnie Jo Blevins '15
Swimming - Amanda Young '17 and Haley Caulfeild-James '17
Tennis - Madeline Perry '17
Volleyball - Emily Lowther '16 and Jessie Deese '15

HOP (Hollins Outdoor Program) - Devon Dovgan '16 WOHA

2014-15 Athletics Chair:
Grace Iaquinto '15

2014-15 Officers:
Chair - Meg O'Brien
Treasurer - Bonnie Jo Blevins
Publicity Chair - Amber Markovitz

Danielle O'Leary - Head Lacrosse Coach

Fall 2014 Community Projects:
SAAC will be sponsoring a pep rally on Thursday night, September 11th.  The theme of the pep rally will be "lawn games".  The event will be held outside at the fire pit on Forest of Arden and it is designed to help kick off the fall sport seasons as well as get the campus ready for the annual soccer matchup with their arch rival, Sweet Briar College.

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.