Every month representatives from each of HPU’s
10 sports programs get together with Burke to discuss some
of the challenges affecting athletics.
Burke tries to address those questions and offer insight into
a few of the broader topics that athletes aren’t familiar
with like NCAA rules, questions on sexual harassment, and issues
She also informs student athletes of their rights and what
they can do or where they can go if they feel their rights
SAAC encourages athletes to get involved with both the school
and community by hosting events like HPU’s annual Halloween
This years SAAC Club presidents are Jennifer Baron (softball)
and Sandra Brunke (volleyball).
We also discuss service projects that we would like to be involved
in and organize get-togethers to get to know other student athletes,” said
Baron is a junior majoring in business. She is also the designated
hitter/outfielder for HPU’s softball team, and has been
the SAAC club representative for her team for the past three
We try and figure out what can bring people out to games,” said
Baron, “and we try to get student support as well.”
SAAC receives $500 each year from HPU’s Associated Students
of HPU, in addition to ‘help’ from the athletic department,” Baron
At their monthly meetings, SAAC members decide what type
of projects they will spend their money on, and how it will
sports program for the future.
One of their current projects is to create a Web site that
will allow them to share information about the HPU club with
SAAC clubs in the Pacific West Region.
Another project SAAC has in the works is a coin-drive fundraiser
for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a NCAA Division II sponsored
organization. This will take place at the start of the spring
The fundraiser will be a popularity contest where five or
more jars will be set up, each with the name and picture
of an HPU
faculty/staff member on it. Whichever one of the jars raises
the most money, the person on that jar will have to dance
with HPU’s dance team during half-time at an HPU basketball
game in February.
All proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish foundation, an organization
established in 1980, to try and help children with life-threatening
illnesses make one of their wishes come true.
Nominations of a particular HPU staff/faculty member to
be placed on a coin jar can be e-mailed to SAAC Club
Baron at email@example.com.