All varsity sports teams and the cheerleaders select representatives to serve on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. The student representatives have chosen to recognize the board as PAWS, "Proud Athletes Who Serve". To view the 2013-14 PAWS Executive Board and Team Representatives, please click here.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Council was developed for the following purposes:
- To streamline and promote efficient and effective communication between the Department of Athletics administration and the student-athlete population;
- To design and implement programs that encourages academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility and general life skills awareness;
- To actively encourage more student-athlete involvement in campus and community outreach programs; and
- To promote "togetherness" and support for all varsity teams by encouraging attendance at the athletic competitions of fellow student-athletes.
Student-athlete representatives are elected by their teams or appointed by the Head Coach. Representatives have considerable autonomy with regard to the direction they wish to take the organization. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council representatives promote interaction of fellow student-athletes, and are committed to becoming a positive force on the Towson University campus and in the community. Monthly meetings are open to all student-athletes.
|2013-14 P.A.W.S. Meeting Dates||Time|
|Monday, Sept. 9||7:00 p.m.|
|Monday, October 7
|Monday, October 28
|Monday, Nov. 4||7:00 p.m.|
|Monday, December 2
|Monday, February 3
|Monday, March 3
|Monday, April 7
|Monday, April 28
|Meetings are held in the Minnegan Room
A team of four to six individuals consisting of student-athletes and athletic staff are invited to participate in the A.P.P.L.E. Conference at the University of Virginia each year. A.P.P.L.E. stands for Alcohol Prevention, Programming, and Leadership Education. The participants share experiences, are inspired by informative speakers, and come away from the conference with ideas and strategies to implement on their own campus. Student-athletes interested in participating in the A.P.P.L.E. Conference should contact the Associate Director of Athletics for Student Success.
CAA SAAC Representatives
Two student athletes, one from a men's sport and one from a women's sport are selected to represent Towson University on the CAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The CAA SAAC meets at least once each year and may be consulted at other times if deemed necessary. The representatives meet with the SAAC Advisors to discuss common issues and concerns, and to provide feedback to the Conference Athletic Directors. Junior field hockey player Kate Williams is currently serving as one of Towson's reps to the CAA SAAC and the CAA representative to the national SAAC.
DiSC Analysis - Leadership Styles and Communication
DiSC is a Leadership and communication assessment tool. Rising student- athletes as well as coaches and athletics staff complete an on line assessment, receive personalized profiles and engage participants in discussions about leadership and communication styles. The DiSC program can yield invaluable information on particular aspects of the team development process. It explores ways that team and staff members work together, both as a group and at the level of individual working relationships. DISC also has a useful part to play in understanding a leader's role in a team effort, and helping to develop that leader's effectiveness.
The DORA Program
The DORA Programs are implemented by the TU Counseling Center. These presentations and discussions deal with developing peer support for students struggling with depression, helping future team leaders recognize warning signs in others, and provide strategies to encourage friends, teammates, etc. to seek help. These programs are provided to our student-athletes through Life Skills programming each semester.
Team Leadership Councils
Regular meetings provide an avenue for exchange of information between current and rising student-athlete leaders and the coaches as well as discussions relating to important topics such as: how to become an effective leader by example and a vocal leader; how to inspire teammates to work hard, overcome obstacles and stay focused; leading the team effectively under pressure, adversity and stress; pinpointing leadership strengths and areas to improve specific to their teams and how to become an effective leader on and off the field that coaches respect and teammates trust. Jeff Janssen's The Team Captain's Leadership Manual is used as a resource with a number of our teams.
Women in Leadership Networking Event and Conference
Student-athletes from different sports join other student leaders at this exciting annual campus event sponsored by the Women's Resource Center.