Student Academic Enhancement Program


Student Athlete Affairs:

The SAEP mission paints a clear picture of the primary focus of the Student-Athlete Affairs program, encompassing the following areas of development: athletic, academic, personal, community, and career. At Southern Miss, our program is designed to help create and enhance our student-athletes as a "whole person". We view our student-athletes' experience at Southern Miss as much more than a four to five year investment. When they leave Southern Miss, the knowledge and skills that they have obtained will prove to be invaluable.

Personal Development

Personal development is an integral part of the Student-Athlete Affairs program. We strive to provide all of our student-athletes with opportunities to learn and grow into their full potential. In order for us to nurture this growth, we offer educational programs in areas such as:

  • • Financial Literacy
  • • Etiquette
  • • Personal Values
  • • Social Media
  • • Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  • • Healthy Relationships
  • • Stress Management
  • • Diversity & Inclusion

Community Development

A university built as the center and foundation of Hattiesburg, Southern Miss has the unique opportunity to make a difference in community development. Student-athletes at Southern Miss are inherently leaders both on campus and within the community and we encourage them to spend ample time volunteering and giving back. Not only do our student-athletes learn the value of service and outreach, but they learn that through giving, they truly receive.

While our student-athletes participate in many community development activities, they are also strengthening interpersonal and communication skills, developing a better understanding of leadership, and learning the value of community and belonging. It is our mission to instill in our student-athletes the importance of investing their time for the benefit of others.

Career Development

Student-athletes at Southern Miss are provided with all of the tools necessary to be successful students, yet we also realize the importance of career preparation. Our career development initiatives focus on identifying, promoting, and encouraging transferrable skills developed within athletics. These skills can directly assist a student-athlete in his or her future career endeavors.

Programming is offered to provide opportunities for career development from freshman year all the way through graduation. This includes seminars focused on major/career exploration, panel discussions with student-athlete alumni, resume workshops, and mock interviews with local employers.


SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee)

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Southern Miss is the voice of the student-athlete body. They exist to better the student-athlete experience, protect student-athlete welfare, and project a positive image for the student-athlete population. SAAC strives to strengthen the relationship between athletics, the campus community, and the city of Hattiesburg. Membership is open to student-athletes of all varsity athletic teams at Southern Miss. Each team appoints representatives who establish and maintain open lines of communication with their teammates and all student-athletes in order to appropriately express any issues of concern.

2014-2015 SAAC Executive Board:
     President - Chris Monroe, Men's Track & Field
     Vice President - Danielle Block, Softball
     Secretary - Laspencia Brown, Women's Track & Field
     C-USA Representatives - Danielle Block, Softball & Tyler Sarrazin, Football