Skesavage To Represent UMass At A-10 SAAC Meetings
Feb. 7, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Women's soccer senior co-captain Lauren Skesavage will serve as UMass' representative at the annual Atlantic 10 Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting next weekend at the conference office in Newport News, Va.
Skesavage will being among 13 student-athletes from each of the Atlantic 10 member institutions who will engage in discussion designed to further their development as students, athletes and representatives of schools. They will take part in a wide-ranging program of events and business meetings where they will deal with the issues facing today's student-athletes.
The three-day event kicks off the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 7. The SAAC group will tour the A-10 offices, meet for an overview of the weekend and cap the day off with an interactive leadership workshop entitled "Branded A Leader" with Jeff O'Brien of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. Branded A Leader (BAL) is a leadership program that teaches critical decision-making skills to student-athletes while challenging them to be responsible for their decisions and those of their teammates. BAL is a highly interactive training program that engages student-athletes in unusually effective ways.
Saturday, the group will start its day by diving into the branding initiatives within the Atlantic 10 as a whole and will work as a group to come up with concepts and opportunities the A-10 SAAC will use to influence the A-10 brand.
Saturday afternoon, the group will have the opportunity to take part in a panel discussion with A-10 officials, including Sherene Brantley, Duquesne's Senior Woman Administrator and Dr. Joseph Marolla, the Faculty Athletic Representative from VCU, who both serve as administrative liaisons to the SAAC. Brantley is also the group's chairperson and Marolla is an ex-officio member of the A-10 SAAC. Marolla, who has been a member of VCU's faculty for 30 years, is a Vice Provost and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. Brantley is a former Duquesne volleyball student-athlete who also serves as the Dukes' Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services. Atlantic 10 Senior Associate Commissioner Debbie Richardson, who oversees the A-10's Championship programs, will also join in the discussion.
The group will also be creating promotional videos and feature stories with A-10 staff and writers and will close out the day with a team-building exercise at a local restaurant.
The meetings will conclude on Sunday when the group hears from guest speaker Becca Wann of Richmond, who recently had to conclude her dual-sport career at UR due to repeated injuries. The SAAC will also conduct its annual business session before returning to their respective campuses.