HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State athletics hosted its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Championship Luncheon on Wednesday as SAAC members joined key administrative figures on campus.

The annual event featured representatives from Sam Houston’s 17 athletic teams who had the opportunity to interact with members of the president’s cabinet, executive council, council of academic deans and other university administrators.

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 event was held at the Ron Mafrige Fieldhouse Lounge.

“The main thing is to bring leadership and individuals who help us out in athletics,” director of athletics Bobby Williams said. “We want them to see who they’re working with. The other thing is we get to show what quality student-athletes we have. It’s a great representation of our 420 student-athletes.”

SAAC members in attendance included Tyler Adams, Evan Arambula, Ashleigh Cooper, Jamie Eckford, Andrew Ertel, Fabienne Gettwart, Michelle Griffith, Ragan Henderson, Jordan Jarzombek, Allie Johnson, Claire Kilpatrick, Ashley Kopps, Janine Kuwahara, Jesse Lopez Jr., Aurimas Majauskas, Lance Miles, Mila Milanovic, Ana Moreno, Olivia Olguin and Jay Roberson.

The student-athletes were joined by president’s cabinet members Mark Adams, Kathy Gilcrease, Carlos Hernandez, Frank Parker and Heather Thielemann. Mary Robbins attended from the executive council while council of academic deans included Dr. Rhonda Callaway and Dr. Ron Shields.

Ten university administrators also joined including Jeanine Bias-Nelson, Angela Buckner, Scott Dolezal, Lydia Hall, Dave Hammonds, Dr. Pepper Muehsam, Vinessa Mundorff, Teresa Ringo, Janet Williams and John Yarabeck.

Chris Thompson, Associate Athletic Director for Student Services coordinated the event.

The Sam Houston State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is dedicated to providing the opportunity for student-athletes to have a quality academic and athletic experience that will culminate in graduation from Sam Houston. This committee represents a commitment from student-athletes, coaches and administrators to achieve excellence in the following manner.

Building Champions results in more than winning games, it involves creating well-rounded student-athletes. To do this, resources such as the SAAC Champion Luncheon are important tools in assisting student-athletes accomplish their goals in the classroom and in life.

Support the Bearkat Champions Academic Fund to directly impact the future of over 400 student-athletes at the Bearkat Champions Fund link.