Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The MAAC Student Advisory Committee was established by the conference to give student-athletes an opportunity to generate a voice within the conference, to solicit student-athlete responses to proposed NCAA legislation, and to discuss issues relating to the welfare of student-athletes.


National SAAC at a Glance

  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the NCAA structure.
  • Solicit student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation.
  • Recommend potential NCAA legislation.
  • Review, react and comment to the governance structure on legislation, activities and subjects of interest.
  • Actively participate in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA.
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image.


MAAC SAAC National Representative: Emily Altier (Niagara University)

Altier began her term on July 1, 2014 and will serve through July 1, 2016.  As a member of the swimming team for the Purple Eagles, Altier swam the 500 freestyle in a season best time of 5:21.66, and garnered a career-best in the 1650 freestyle in 18:14.47, while her 1000 split was also a personal best at the Zippy Invitational. She placed 14th in the 500 freestyle (5:13.26) and the 200 freestyle (1:59.18) at the 2014 MAAC Championships and placed 11th in the 1650 freestyle final (18:02.48). In the classroom, the Cicero, N.Y. native held a 3.20 grade point average and was named a member of the 2014 MAAC All-Academic Team.

 MAAC SAAC in Disney

The twenty-two student athletes who attended the MAAC SAAC meeting this fall flew to Disney World and participated in a variety of events. They were volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank, an organization that provides food for hundreds of homeless families in the Orlando area, volunteers at the MAAC Women's Soccer Championship, attended a Disney Institute program on leadership and held a bi-annual meeting to discuss NCAA proposed legislation and activities and issues on their campuses.

In addition these student-athletes participated in the MAAC SAAC Town Hall Forum which discussed what SAAC is, how these students became members, increasing SAAC awareness, SAAC adopted community service projects, and the student-athlete voice institutionally and nationally. The fall meeting helps to promote the SAAC mission of enhancing the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and fostering a positive student-athlete image.  



Upcoming Events:

November 20th-23rd @ Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL