Student-Athlete Advisory Council

Student-Athlete Advisory Council

President:  Matt Mulhearn, Webster University
Vice-President: Rob Shifrin, Westminster College
Advisor:  Merry Graf, Webster University, SWA/Volleyball Coach


SLIAC List Serve
Member of the Conference SAAC group or a SAAC advisor on your campus with a question for other members of the group?  Send an email to

What is SAAC?
The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is a committee of student-athletes that serve as a communication link between the conference member student-athletes and the athletics administration of the SLIAC member institutions. SAAC members are expected to represent the viewpoints of student-athletes on their respective campuses and to serve as a vital communication link between the Conference and its student-athletes. 

SAAC members also look to enhance the image of student-athletes both on campus and in the community through engaging in campus and community service projects and to serve as positive role models for their peers and younger athletes. The committee also serves as a voice for issues that involve rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes.

SLIAC SAAC Service Award
In 2013 the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference initiated a conference service award, recognizing an institution that went above and beyond in giving back to their community. The conference utilized a conference-wide canned food drive competition to determine a winner during each sport season and one overall winner for the academic year. In 2016 the SLIAC further developed the award criteria to include community service projects, collections (food and clothing), and donations. Full criteria are listed below:

10 pts/ service hour per student-athlete
5 pts/item donation (clothes, shoes, toys, games, equipment)
1 pt/ $1.00
1 pt/ per 2 cans


Institution SAAC Pages:

Blackburn College Eureka College Fontbonne University
Greenville College MacMurray College Principia College
Spalding University Webster University Westminster College

NCAA Division III National SAAC


Iowa Wesleyan Claims 2019 Service Award
In a back and forth competition it was Iowa Wesleyan University that pulled in front to take home the 2018-19 SLIAC/SAAC Service Challenge Award. Iowa Wesleyan pulled away in the spring semester thanks to their annual Special Olympics event. The school totaled over 24,000 points in the spring alone and finished the year with a new SLIAC/SAAC Challenge record 52,996 points. Iowa Wesleyan had finished 2nd in the race in each of the last three years.....MORE

  MacMurray Takes Lead on SLIAC/SAAC Challenge
MacMurray College has jumped in front in the conference-wide race of the SLIAC/SAAC Challenge. MacMurray was the only school in the conference to reach double figures in points for the winter season, totaling 10,840 points from November through February.....MORE
  SLIAC Ready for Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser
This week kicks off the annual Coaches vs. Cancer initiative for the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Over the next couple of weeks schools from around the conference will hold various fundraising and awareness events prior to and during home basketball games. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the SLIAC has participated in a conference-wide initiative to raise money for assisting cancer patients.....MORE

Iowa Wesleyan Early Leaders in SLIAC/SAAC Challenge
The early leader in the SLIAC SAAC Challenge for the 2018-19 academic year is Iowa Wesleyan University. This marks the second straight year the Tigers have put up the most challenge points in the conference during the fall season.....MORE

  Webster Receives National Recognition For Community Service
The Webster University Athletics Department received the highest level of national recognition for its community service from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) on Monday afternoon as Webster was named the winner in the "One-Time Activity/Project" category as part of the annual NADIIIAA Community Service Awards......MORE
MacMurray SAAC Donates Over 500 Canned Goods
The MacMurray College SAAC collected 566 items for the Jacksonville Food Bank, as part of a two-day Hoops & Helping event last week. Items were donated at both the Highlander men's and women's basketball games on Wednesday and Friday evening.....MORE
  SAAC Makes 2nd Annual Visit To Hope Lodge
For the second consecutive year members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council visited The Hope Lodge, a facility run by the American Cancer Society. Student-athletes from six St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools came together to spend the day with patients and their families staying at The Hope Lodge.....MORE
  From Rivals to Partners: Principia and Greenville Unite
Collegiate athletics is filled with rivals. One team against the other, battling to determine a winner. So much focus on the final outcome. But recently Greenville University and Principia College formed a partnership, showing that it is possible to be rivals on the court and come together off to unite for one purpose.....MORE
  Panthers Host 'Kicks For Kids
Giving back to the local community has long been a tenant of the Greenville University Athletic Department. In addition to supplying the region with the opportunity to enjoy high-caliber athletic competition with the majority of its events free of admission charges, Greenville University, its student-athletes, and coaches have long been active in organized community outreach opportunities through area entities such as the Simple Room and other service-based efforts...MORE


SAAC 2017-18 Archives - Releases
SAAC 2016-17 Archives - Releases
SAAC 2010-15 Archives
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