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Southern Miss Participates in Conference USA SAAC Meetings

Aug. 4, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss – Junior women’s golfer Valetina Haupt represented Southern Miss at Conference USA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings last week.

The meetings, held in Irving, Texas at the C-USA Headquarters, helped the representatives tackle a multitude of collegiate athletics’ hot topics from student-athlete time demands to the current state of the collective student-athlete voice in the NCAA governance structure. They also participated in a DiSC Assessment, leadership panel with top executives in the DFW area and discussed personal branding in the modern social media landscape.

“It was a great experience,” Haupt said. “We participated in community service, team building activities, leadership activities, SAAC and NCAA doings too. Building relationships with the other C-USA representatives and how the C-USA officials made us feel at home was my favorite part. They took care of every single detail and that is always appreciated.”

The group also volunteered at the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry and spent time with C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod.

The attendees included:

Josh Cook, Charlotte, Men’s Tennis, Top Issues Working Group
Christian Williams, Florida Atlantic, Men’s Soccer
Alec Dominguez, FIU, Track & Field, External Affairs Working Group
Shane Carpenter, Louisiana Tech, Football, C-USA SAAC Chair
Taylor Pelton, Marshall, Volleyball, External Affairs Working Group
Max Linder, Middle Tennessee, Football, Top Issues Working Group
Victoria Junious, North Texas, Cross Country
Josh Marriner, Old Dominion, Football, Top Issues Working Group, Health & Safety Committee
Patrick McCoy, Rice, Track & Field, Vice Chair
Valentina Haupt, Southern Miss, Women’s Golf, Health & Safety Committee
Avei Logoleo, UAB, Volleyball, External Affairs Working Group, Health & Safety Committee
Raven Bennett, UTEP, Women’s Tennis, Top Issues Working Group
Kaja Skare, UTSA, Women’s Soccer
Elizabeth Cason, WKU, Women’s Golf, Secretary
Sam Perelman, Old Dominion, Men’s Tennis, National SAAC Representative
Dr. Kimberly Dunn, Florida Atlantic FAR Liaison
Dr. Robert Griffin, Rice FAR Liaison

The mission of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by protecting student- athlete well-being, fostering a positive student-athlete image and inclusive student-athlete environment, and promoting student-athlete engagement at the national, conference and local levels.

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