GORHAM, Maine – Three Southern Maine student-athletes and the USM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the University of Southern Maine and surrounding communities at the 2017 USM Student Involvement Recognition Gala.
Seniors Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) and Aaron Weiss (East Machias, Maine/St. Paul's School) and junior Mo Raymond (Sanborton, N.H.) were each presented with individual recognition, while the Huskies' SAAC received its second consecutive Contribution to Community Service honor from the University. Lessard, a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team, was given the Senior Husky Achievement Award, while Weiss, a four-year member of the wrestling team, was presented with the Outstanding Student Leader Award. Raymond, captain of the women's volleyball tea, Nursing major, and president of SAAC, was recognized for her leadership role on campus.
Earning the Contribution to Community Service Award for the second consecutive academic year, USM SAAC has successfully carried out numerous events on and off campus since its formation nearly two decades ago, and has been recognized nationally by National Association of Division III Athletic Directors (NADIIIAA) on numerous occasions. A student-led organization comprised of members from each of USM's 22 intercollegiate teams, Huskies' SAAC, serves as a liaison between the student-athlete body and the Department of Athletics. SAAC meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss issues relevant to student-athletes and works to improve the USM student-athlete experience, and seeks to build a greater connection between all of the Huskies' teams and the greater Gorham Community. Huskies' SAAC is led by advisor Samantha Allen, the Huskies' women's basketball coach, and its student-athlete officers, including Raymond and Lessard. READ MORE