July 17, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
The Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, representing all 12 current member institutions, conducted its annual meetings July 13-15 at the C-USA offices.
University of Tulsa track & field student-athlete Lauren Collette, a junior middle distance runner, participated in this week's annual meetings. During the indoor season, Collette ran the 600-yard dash, 800m, 1,000m and mile run, while in the outdoor season she participated in the 800m, 1,500m and the 4x400m relay.
The theme of this year's meetings was "Defining the Building Blocks of Leadership" as led by C-USA Director of Compliance and Sports Services Frank Arredondo and Academics and Compliance Assistant Callie Hubbell. The group had a great weekend of learning about how to become a more effective leader, sharing best practices, and identifying goals for the academic year. They also heard from other C-USA staff members as well as guest speaker Leslie Barnes, the director of student-athlete development at Duke University.
As always, this year's meetings also included community outreach as the student-athletes kicked off the weekend with a visit to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. The SAAC group interacted with patients - reading, playing games and signing autographs. The C-USA student-athletes that made the visit included Jill Jelnick of East Carolina, Meredith Ware of Houston, Peter Starnes of Marshall, Altrese Hawkins of Memphis, Andrew Murphy of Rice, Blake McJunkin on SMU, Alan Howze of Southern Miss, Brian Lozes of Tulane, Lauren Collette of Tulsa, Kaycee Ike of UAB, Lianne Maldonado of UCF and Marrissa Rodriguez of UTEP.