Nineteen leaders from the SHSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee dined with top Sam Houston State University administrators at a special SAAC Champions Luncheon Wednesday, April 8.

According to Bearkat Director of Athletics Bobby Williams, the purpose of the luncheon was to give top leaders from Sam Houston intercollegiate teams the opportunity for fellowship and interaction with university leaders.

“The goal was to bring together the leadership of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with our campus leaders to give out student-athletes the opportunity to broaden their view of Sam Houston State University,” Williams said. “Intercollegiate athletics certainly is an integral part of the Sam Houston experience but it is not the only part. Tuesday’s luncheon was a chance for SAAC members to network with campus leaders and broaden their view of athletics’ role in supporting the University’s mission and goals.”

SAAC members attending included Sarah Allison Johnson (softball), Jasmine Anderson (women’s basketball), Salli Clavelle (women’s basketball), DeMarcaus Gatlin (men’s basketball), Shelby Genung (volleyball), Michelle Griffith (volleyball), Kylie Hambleton (soccer), Kevin Jackson (football), Claire Kilpatrick (volleyball), Alex Padron (manager), Wyatt Powell (baseball), Jay Roberson (track & field), Ryan Saam (track & field), Howard Sylve (athletic training), Zach Stevens (football), Logan Terry (track & field), Kara Whitson (track & field), Kaylynne Wright (track & field) and Alysia Winn (athletic training).

Brian Hess (strength and conditioning) and Brenda Gray (volleyball) from the SHSU athletic staff also attended.

Sam Houston State University administrators present included Ms. Kathy Gilcrease (Chief of Staff to the President), Dr. Jaimie Hebert (Provost), Dr. Dick Eglsaer (Vice Provost), Mr. Bill Angrove (Associate Vice President for Distance Learning), Dr. Somer Franklin (Assistant Vice President for Academic Planning and Assessment), Dean Stacey Edmonson (College of Education), Dean Ron Shields (College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication) and Dean John Pascarella (College of Sciences).

“The event was a success,” Williams said. “Both student-athletes and administrators enjoyed and learned from the interaction.”