SAA Chapter Adviser Marks Named Best in Nation

photo of Jey Marks

Jey Marks, adviser to Eastern Kentucky University’s Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) chapter, was honored recently as National Student Alumni Ambassadors Adviser of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP).

More than 360 schools comprise CASE ASAP. The award was presented at organization’s National Network Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Marks, who joined the University’s staff full time in 2000 and has advised the SAA chapter since 2005, also serves as associate director of alumni relations at EKU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern and is currently pursuing a master’s of public administration at the University.

In 2009 and again this year, the EKU SAA chapter was recognized by CASE ASAP District 3 as the best in the southeastern U.S. In 2007, the chapter was named the best chapter in the nation. The 83 members of Eastern’s SAA chapter often serve as hosts at various campus and alumni events, lead campus tours, meet with prospective students on campus and at recruitment events throughout Kentucky and beyond, and are involved in numerous service and philanthropic events.

“I am fortunate to work with some of the best students in the nation who make me look better than I am,” Marks said. “I would like to thank all of the EKU Student Alumni Ambassadors who I have had the pleasure and honor to know and work with over the past almost six years. I appreciate all of them.

“The EKU Student Alumni Ambassadors organization embodies some of the best and brightest students at EKU. I try to push our members to continually challenge themselves in all aspects of life, to set their goals high, and not become complacent with what they have already accomplished in life. My ultimate personal goal as their adviser is to help, in some form or fashion, make them better human beings by the time they leave EKU, so that when they become alumni they can say they are already living their legacy.”

Published on August 10, 2011