May 27, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern student-athletes, athletic administrators and coaches took time last week to thank the university’s professors for their campus work and dedication. With the NU P.R.I.D.E. Program and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Northwestern hosted its Faculty Appreciation Dinner, held annually during the spring quarter.
"We couldn't be happier with how the event went,” said SAAC vice-president John Callahan (Golf/Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy). “The chance to show thanks to some of the professors who make such an impact on our lives as student athletes at Northwestern makes it a really special event.”
The Faculty Appreciation Dinner is an annual opportunity for student-athletes, administrators and coaches the opportunity to celebrate the superlative faculty at Northwestern University who play such a critical role in their world-class academic experience.
“I have always admired our student-athletes for the role they play in the Northwestern community,” Distinguished Senior Lecturer & Spanish Language Program Assistant Director Chyi Chung said. “Not only are they wonderful students, but they are also exceptional athletes in their fields. I believe that our student-athletes carry Northwestern pride wherever they compete. “
“I was invited to the Faculty Appreciation Dinner by four of my students who are athletes and swimmers. I truly felt honored to have been sitting beside them as we shared anecdotes, jokes, and stories,” Department of Spanish & Portuguese Senior Lecturer Rifka Cook said. “They are very fine young persons, filled with noble integrity and promise, a credit to the Department of Athletics, to their families, to themselves. I feel immensely fortunate to have student-athletes in my class. Their high spirits, and their faithful ‘esprit de corps,’ are truly an inspiration.”
Invited faculty toured the athletics facilities, led by SAAC members and enjoyed dinner with student-athletes and other participants. The event concluded with a short program hearing from athletic department administrators and coaches.
SAAC members also shared their thoughts on the dinner.
“The faculty appreciation dinner was truly an amazing event and I highly recommend other student-athletes attend,” sophomore fencer Jennifer Yamin said. “It was a great opportunity to showcase our athletic facilities as well as engage with our professors outside of the classroom. As the student-athletes learn more about the faculty at Northwestern, the faculty gets a glimpse of the life of a student-athlete as well.”
The mission of SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by providing student-athletes with a platform to have a voice within the department, the Big Ten and the NCAA.
SAAC also serves in a leadership role recruiting fellow student-athletes to serve the campus, Evanston, and the surrounding area through a variety of community service programs and events. Further, it is our privilege and responsibility to enhance the relationships between the Athletic Department and all other realms within Northwestern University.
The Northwestern P.R.I.D.E. Program, which stands for Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, and Education are all of the values that guide the actions of the members of the athletics community.
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