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    Imrie, Kelley and Dahnke Selected to Lead SAAC in 2012-13

    June 18, 2012

    CHICAGO - The 2012-13 Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Board Members have been announced for the 2012-13 academic and athletic year. MaryKate Imrie from the volleyball team will serve as the SAAC President, while men's basketball's Anthony Kelley will be the vice president, and Heidi Dahnke of the women's basketball team will occupy the role of Secretary.

    Imrie, the starting setter for the Flames' volleyball team, served as the SAAC Vice President last year. The Orland Park, Ill., native will begin her junior season at UIC in the fall. Imrie, a Nursing major, ranked second in the Horizon League in sets per game (10.9) last season.

    "I am thrilled to be the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president," said Imrie. "We organize a lot of community service opportunities for the athletes to give back for all of the support that we receive, both locally and globally. We also help develop ways to increase inter-campus support for UIC athletics. To be the new leader heading these types of projects is truly an honor and I am so grateful."

    Kelley, the longest-tenured player on UIC's men's basketball team, enters his first year as a SAAC Board officer. The Aurora, Ill., native carries a 3.01 grade-point-average is UIC's Exercise & Fitness curriculum. Kelley will replace Imrie in the Vice President post. Kelley has appeared in 19 games the past two seasons.

    Dahnke will be serving her second-straight stint as the secretary of SAAC, having assumed the same role during the 2011-12 academic and athletic year. The native of Martinsville, Ill., returned to the Flames' lineup last season after sitting out the 2010-11 campaign as a medical redshirt. She averaged 2.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest in 27 total games played under first-year head coach Regina Miller.

    A student-athlete advisory committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. An Association-wide SAAC was adopted by legislation approved at the 1989 NCAA Convention, and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athletes.

    The mission of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.