SAA's Membership is limited to 55 members, not including graduating seniors. If a member does not achieve the minimum value for points in one semester, the Secretary shall bring a list of all members with an inadequate amount of points to the Executive Board who will vote to send warning letters.This occurs at mid-semester. If upon completion of the semester these members fail to achieve said point total, dismissal from the organization will result. If the member appeals the process, the matter shall be brought to the Executive Board.
To be a member in active status, members must fulfill the following requirements:
• Serve as a member on at least one committee per semester
• Hold at least one office hour per week
• Attend weekly meetings 5pm on Wednesday
• Attend all mandatory events (Homecoming bonfire, Survival Kit packing, Rhody Rally, Oozeball etc.)
• Participate in at least one community service event per semester
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Get to Know Our 2012/2013 Executive Board
President: Merita Nezaj
I am responsible for leading general and executive board meetings. I also go
around making sure that each executive member is following through on their
responsibilities in that chair position. Overall, I am here to make sure
things are running smoothly and correctly. I am Senior studying Communications
and I am from Westchester, NY. I have been on SAA since my freshmen year,
and it was most definitely the best decision I have made at URI. SAA has given
me a strong sense of URI pride, but also experiences and friendship that
are hard to find in other places.
Vice President: Megan Shaffer
As Vice President I am responsible for the recruitment of new members by overseeing the application and interview processes. I am also responsible for the retention of all members of the organization by coordinating the SAA Buddy or "SAAb" program, and planning both a spring and fall retreat for all members of SAA. I am a senior studying Kinesiology here at URI and I am from Rhode Island. I started SAA as a sophomore, and my only regret is that I didn't apply earlier. Being a part of SAA has not only given me an immense amount of pride for our University, but has also given me a family with a bond that I will always hold near and dear to my heart.
Treasurer: Kevin Drumm
I will keep all financial records the organization, collect monthly budget reports from committee chairpersons and update all members onthe budget periodically. As a junior in the International MechanicalEngineering program with Spanish, I have been in SAA since the second semesterof my freshman year. It has helped me to become more school spirited and muchmore active here at URI.
Secretary: Catherine Liu
The Secretary is responsible for taking attendance and minutes at all Executive and General meetings. I am also in charge of our organization's point system and responsible for all SAA membership correspondence. I am a third-year Pharmacy student with a minor in Biology from Branford, Connecticut. I have been in SAA since my freshman fall and am lucky to be a part of an amazing organization that has taught me so many valuable lessons and unforgettable memories!
Campus & Community relations: Chip Redihan
The Campus and Community Relations Chair of the URI Student Alumni Association is responsible with actively engaging the organization in service events around the URI and South County community. The CCR Chair is also responsible for setting up the Homecoming Court. Outside of coordinating volunteers for off campus community service events, the CCR Chairperson and committee also organizes SAA sponsored community service events. In the past, the committee has put on clothing and can drives as well as the Nearly Naked Mile!Traditions: Stephen Petrarca
As Traditions chair I am in charge of planning Fall Family Gathering, alumni events, etiquette dinner, Summer Sendoff, and organize SAA's annual game of assassins. I am a Junior Civil and Environmental Engineering student from Coventry, RI. SAA has been the best part about my time here at URI and I can't imagine what college would be like without it!
Communications: Chelsea Dodge
As Communications chair I maintain the external and internal website, connect with Alumni through a semesterly newsletter and submit award applications for the organization. I am a fourth year pharmacy student from Massachusetts. I've been on SAA since my freshmen year. It has infused me with school spirit and given me friendships that will last a lifetime.
Spirit: Joe Ryan
My name is Joseph Ryan and I'm currently a Junior at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Leadership Studies. As Spirit Chair for the 2012-2013 academic year, my responsibilities include planning and organizing Rhody Rally 2012,
plan events to promote school spirit, assist coordinator with Rhody appearances, and improve upon on our success with Shotgun Squad. I look forward to a fun and successful year with classic experiences and
great memories. RHODY RHODY RHODY RAMS RAMS RAMS
Survival Kits: CJ Sanchez
As Survival Kits chair I organize the care packages that students can receive during finals week. I work to get creative items and ideas for the shirts and snacks that we put into the kits. I am a senior Wildlife and Conservation Biology major and a Leadership studies minor. I have been on SAA since I was a freshmen and it has helped me use my school spirit and allowed me to meet the leaders of campus as well as the leaders of tomorrow.
Homecoming: Chris DeSanto
As the Homecoming chair, it is my responsibility to put on several events during Homecoming week. Homecoming week occurs usually in October and is accompanied by a week-long of on-campus events, fundraisers, games, and of course: the Homecoming game! My job is to make sure everything runs smoothly and that the campus is hyped and excited to cheer on our football team in their first home game! SAA has provided me with countless leadership experience, friends for a lifetime, and a new sense of school spirit!
Oozeball: Lindsay Costa
As Oozeball chair, I will be planning and coordinating this years event and making sure it is the best it can be! I am a Junior Communications and Elementary Education major. I've been on SAA since my freshman year and it is a huge part of my life. Go Rhody!
Social: Alexis Durfee
As social chair my main focus is to plan events that bond our organization and reward our members for their hard work and dedication. The better we know each other the more successful we are at working together. I am currently a senior Health Studies major and serving my 4th year on SAA. I've met some of my closest friends through SAA and and very excited to plan more events for the underclassmen to have the same experience.
Historian: Connelly Clifford
Hey everyone! As Historian it's my duty to make sure the scrapbook is completed, senior gifts are organized, and pictures at all events are taken! I also take care of the family tree! I am a Business Major and a Leadership Studies Minor. Like many of the members I have been on SAA since my freshman year and love to get more invovled each and every year. SAA is where I found my family :) YAYYYYYY