New SAAC officers announced for 2008 academic year

Dec. 11, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its new slate of officers for 2008 as the 2007 academic year enters final exams this week.

In a vote among SAAC members, Natasha Harvey (track & field) was named president, DaVina Hamilton (women's basketball) was selected as vice president, Danielle Gray (women's basketball) was chosen as secretary and Kat Engler (softball) was named treasurer.

SAAC will also have a new advisor within the athletics department in 2008 as Stephanie Garland was recently named director of student-athlete development after serving the last two years in the compliance office.

"I am eager to see our SAAC continue to thrive under the leadership of this talented group," said Garland. "I look forward to working with each of them throughout the upcoming year and I am confident that their vision for the JU SAAC will produce some new and exciting experiences for our student-athletes."

In 2007, SAAC earned multiple awards at the Campus Activities Club and Organization Leadership Awards Night for its efforts during the 2006-07 academic year. SAAC took home "Best Community-Service Event" by raising $1,400 for the American Cancer Society with the Dolphin Jocktion. Vice President Matt Dobbins also earned the "Dolphin Award" for his special contributions to the University in the areas of leadership and service through participation in campus activities.

SAAC was also nominated for "Most Improved Club/Organization" and former Director of Student-Athlete Development Casey Cohen received a nomination for "Outstanding Advisor".

For more information on the JU SAAC, log onto www.judolphins.com.