SAAC Executive Board Holds Summer Retreat

Sept. 14, 2015


As part of the Excellence at 7220 initiative, on July 17, 2015, members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in a one-half day leadership retreat on the UW campus. Seven members of the SAAC Executive Board spent their time engaged with guest speakers, working together on projects and interacting in a team-building exercise as they shared their vision for the upcoming 2015-16 academic year.

The following Student-Athletes participated:

President Gabrielle Gibson (GG), Women’s Golf- joined the workshop by way of skype.
Vice-President Kayla Henderson, Women’s Volleyball
Kalah Skates, Women’s Track & Field
Matt Cook, Men’s Swim & Dive
Bridget Shanahan, Women’s Volleyball
Anne Hinman, Women’s Soccer
Dylan Morin, Men’s Cross Country

Following the welcome, overview and introductions, guest speaker Kent Noble addressed the Student-Athletes and presented Cowboy Ethics to them.

Kent Noble is the Executive Director of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership. Kent has a rich background in higher education, college athletics and broadcasting, as well as a deep passion for the Center’s work. Most recently, Kent was Assistant Dean of the University of Wyoming College Of Business, where he and Dean Brent Hathaway forged a very productive working partnership between the College and the Center. Not only was Kent associate producer of our award-winning documentary, The Code of the West: Alive and Well in Wyoming, he took the initiative to build our STANDING TALL approach to business ethics into an engaging interactive workshop. Over the past three years, Kent has been leading STANDING TALL workshops across the country while keeping up with his other responsibilities. To date, he has led approximately 150 sessions for participants from 41 states and 17 countries.

The Student-Athletes really enjoyed Kent’s presentation and expressed their appreciation that Kent presented this information to them, as it is most certainly a platform they can execute SAAC from. After a fun and educational team building activity, the SAAC Executive Board was introduced to Ms. Susan Weidel, Retired as General Counsel at the University of Wyoming. Susan visited with them about the importance of running a well-organized and well-documented meeting, once things are underway this fall semester and the SAAC is meeting on a regular basis with all UW Student-Athletes. Susan spoke about Review Robert’s Rules of Order, communication with the Athletics Department and the Campus Administration, as well as some tips and keys to running a productive meeting.

The Executive Board concluded the afternoon retreat by discussing their vision, plans and goals for the 2015-16 SAAC group and timing for activities. The SAAC Executive Board is well supported by the Excellence at 7220 Planning Committee OAS Academic Coordinator, Rosemary Stribling, Assistant AD for Administration Joi Thomas, Sr. Associate AD Julie Manning and Director of Compliance Peter Prigge. The first SAAC activity was the SAAC Welcome Cook-out scheduled for Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at Undine Park in Laramie. A full schedule of activities that UW Student-Athletes can participate in will be published at the beginning of the academic year.