Student Alumni Ambassadors Chapter Named Best in Southeastern U.S.

photo of SAA chapter

The Eastern Kentucky University chapter of the Student Alumni Ambassadors was recognized recently as the best in the southeastern United States.

The EKU chapter, which in 2007 was named the best organization in the nation, was honored as the top chapter in District 3 of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP). More than 80 schools in nine states comprise District 3.

In addition, EKU Chapter Adviser Jey Marks was honored for the second time in four years as Outstanding Adviser in District 3. The awards were presented at the district conference in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 17-20.

The 83 members of Eastern’s SAA chapter, whose main objective is service to the University, often serve as hosts at various campus and alumni events. Ambassadors lead tours of campus and often meet with prospective students on campus and at recruitment events throughout Kentucky and beyond, and are involved with numerous other service and philanthropic events.

In addition to their hours of service, SAA members excel in the classroom, posting a cumulative GPA of 3.53 this past semester.

The district title “says we have a very strong student base at EKU and we are getting some of the best and brightest in the Ambassador group,” said Marks. “Most are involved in other student organizations at EKU as well, but give of themselves so freely to make our university shine when she gives the call for help and volunteers. I have been honored to serve and work with such an outstanding group of students over these past five years.”

The president during the period for which the EKU chapter was judged was Kara Daughetee. The current SAA president is Seth VanZant.

EKU’s SAA chapter also won the top regional honor in 2009. CASE ASAP rules dictate that any one chapter or adviser can only win the top award every other year at most.

Published on March 02, 2011