The Wells College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is an active group of student-athletes who work as liaisons between fellow students and the athletic department. The committee is composed of one to two student representatives from each intercollegiate team. Three student officers lead the group in conjunction with a staff advisor.

All members work together to foster and develop a strong sense of personal responsibility and involvement among the students, administration, and the community. SAAC members at Wells are dedicated to representing the voice of the student-athlete both on and off campus.

The SAAC officers and team representatives achieve their goals by committing to the following:

  • Attending meetings
  • Reporting information from the meetings back to their respective teams and getting feedback
  • Building a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletic teams
  • Encouraging active involvement of student-athletes for community service projects, fundraisers, and other fun activities
  • Receiving and sharing information in issues specific to student-athletes
  • Promoting a positive student-athlete image on campus

Wells College SAAC In The News

12/04/13 - Wells Student-Athlete Sign Athlete Ally Pledge
11/20/13 - 2013 Student-Athlete Leadership Forum Photo Gallery
11/07/13 - Bush, Vanno To Attend 2013 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum
05/20/13 - Wells Welcomes Guest Speaker To Celebrate NCAA Division III Week
04/12/13 - NEAC SAAC Spotlight featuring Emily Middlebrook
09/21/12 - SAAC “Making Strides” For Breast Cancer Research

2013-14 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Officers

Mike O'Brien, SAAC Advisor | Emily Middlebrook '14, Chair | Lindsey Bush '14, Vice-Chair | Brittany Vanno '14, Secretary

2013-14 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Membership

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Name Cl. Hometown Team
Lexi Cohen Fr. Newtown, Pa. Field Hockey
Marina Fargnoli Jr. Apalachin, N.Y. Field Hockey
Salvatore Fabozzi Jr. Staten Island, N.Y. Men's Basketball
Erich Kaempffe Jr. North Rose, N.Y. Men's Basketball
Hayden Shuster Jr. Careywood, Id. Men's Lacrosse
C.J. Bayly Sr. Waymart, Pa. Men's Soccer
Levi Christman Jr. Sharon Springs, N.Y. Men's Soccer
Alex Battey Fr. Palmdale, Calif. Men's Volleyball
John Farruggia So. Leonardsville, N.Y. Men's Volleyball
Paul Hernon Jr. New Hartford, N.Y. Men's Cross Country
Kylie Nishioka So. Encinitas, Calif. Softball
Marie Valliere So. Chicopee, Mass. Softball
Kristen Ryan Sr. Syracuse, N.Y. Women's Basketball
Cassie Smythe Jr. Eden, N.Y. Women's Basketball
Amber Jordan So. Auburn, N.Y. Women's Lacrosse
Lexie Roberson So. Winston-Salem, N.C. Women's Lacrosse
Shannon Blanford Jr. Fayetteville, N.Y. Women's Soccer
Karley Raczynski So. Fonda, N.Y. Women's Soccer
Stephanie Todd So. Norwich, N.Y. Women's Swimming
Brooke Benedetto So. Williamstown, N.Y. Women's Tennis
Zakarra Butts So. Cortland, N.Y. Women's Volleyball
Meredith Kadjeski Fr. Mechanicsburg, Pa. Women's Volleyball
Katie Lamanna So. Constableville, N.Y. Women's Cross Country