The Student Alumni Association was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, receiving three awards as an affiliated student advancement program.
CASE ASAP District Awards highlight the achievements of student advancement programs. SAA competed in a district with 32 other schools from surrounding states and Mexico.
SAA is an organization that serves as a liaison between ACU alumni and current students, creating events for both to interact and enjoy.
They received awards for Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Tried and True Program and Outstanding Internal Program.
“We can now say we are an award-winning organization,” said Aubree Sellinger, former vice president and now president of SAA. “It gives us more qualifications and credibility.”
SAA will advance to the national level and attend the CASE ASAP Network Convention where the district winners compete and the overall winners will be announced.
“With the Alumni Board especially, it shows we are more credible, can receive more funding and can do more activities,” said Sellinger, junior family studies major from Grapevine.
Each award was received for a separate event or program that SAA submitted. They were recognized for the spirit shirts passed out to freshmen during Welcome Week, as well as the King of Campus Court competition that was introduced during Homecoming last fall.
“After three years of restarting the program, following a 15-year hiatus, we’re getting back on track,” said Samantha Adkins Senior Alumni Relations Officer.
Adkins said she is proud of the current SAA student leadership.
“They’ve done an outstanding job building a program from scratch and adding more to our current events,” she said.
SAA officers will attend the CASE ASAP 40th Annual Network Convention this August in New Orleans. They will attend workshops and meet student leaders in education advancement from all over the continent.
“The conference is a great opportunity for us to learn from other student organizations,” Adkins said. “We get to showcase one of our own programs that we won an award for.”
SAA will present some of their activities and programs to other student advancement organizations attending the conference.