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Student-Athlete Affairs

What is the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Program?

The mission of the NCAA is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus education program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. With this in mind, Student-Athlete Affairs was created to support the student-athlete initiatives of NCAA member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education.

In the process of achieving this mission, the Student-Athlete Affairs will:
- Promote student-athletes' ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities;
- Meet the changing needs of student-athletes;
- Promote respect for diversity and inclusion among student-athletes;
- Assist student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills;
- Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education;
- Foster an environment that encourages student-athletes to effectively access campus resources;
- Encourage the development of character, integrity and leadership skills.

Program Commitment Areas
Commitment to Academic Excellence

To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.

Commitment to Athletic Excellence
To build philosophical foundations for the development of competitive athletic programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well being of the student-athlete.

Commitment to Personal Development
To support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills.

Commitment to Career Development
To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals.

Commitment to Service
To engage the student-athlete in service to his/her campus and surrounding community.

Past Student-Athlete Development Programs

Student-Athlete Leadership - "Build Up Your Leadership"
• Speaker: Elaine Penn

Mental Toughness Training
• Speaker: Ice Box

Career Panel hosted in collaboration with the Catamount Club - "Life After Sport"
• Speakers:
• Kevin Murphy: Concepts Food Group, Executive Vice President
• Kirk Roach: ADP Payroll Solutions, Sales Executive
• Kim Cherry-Beck: Academic Advisor, Western Carolina University

Learning Commons Workshop: Academic Skills Consultation

Stress Management - Writing and Learning Commons

Intercultural Programming
• "Sensitivity Training": Ethnic, Cultural, LGBT
• Speakers: Office of Intercultural Affairs and SAASS Office

Nutrition and Dietetics
• Alcohol choices, addiction behaviors, supplements, eating disorders

"Next Steps"
• Financial planning/fiscal responsibility

"Transitioning into Western Carolina University"
• Speakers: Counseling Center, Office of Student-Affairs, SAASS Office

April hosted in collaboration with the Catamount Club
• Young Professional Etiquette Dinner