Western New England Participates at CCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Meeting

Western New England Participates at CCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Meeting
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Western New England University student-athletes Maureen Pollet (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East High School) and Logan Buckley (Owings, Md./DeMatha Catholic HS) recently attended the Commonwealth Coast Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting held at the University of New England. Pollet is senior outside hitter for Golden Bears Volleyball, majoring in Elementary Education. Buckley, a biology major, will be a junior attackman this spring for the WNE men's lacrosse squad.

The conference SAAC meeting discussed issues surrounding policy that affect student-athletes such as academic scheduling, food service availability, and upcoming NCAA legislation. The group also exchanged ideas about NCAA Division III and student-athlete weeks on campus and as a CCC whole, multiple community service opportunities (especially involving D-III partner Special Olympics), grant writing, student-sections, and other topics that will enhance holistic student-athlete welfare.

"I was very impressed by Maureen and Logan's professionalism and initiative at this meeting, and I thought they represented their institution very well," said Jennifer Kolins, who serves as the Western New England SAAC and CHAMPS/Life Skills & Community Outreach Coordinator. "They really helped to spearhead ideas with all 10 CCC teams and have already begun to move forward with executing the programming discussed. During the idea sharing segment of the meeting, other schools inquired about our Faculty Fellow Program and Civility Leadership Team, as they are hoping to implement such initiatives that we have had success with.

"Our on-campus SAAC group as a whole has worked extremely hard to set the tone for us to have such an impact at the conference level," she said.

Pollet also serves as the CCC community service representative on the WNE SAAC executive board.