Felician SAAC Spreads Holiday Cheer

Felician SAAC Spreads Holiday Cheer

Courtesy of Felician University Athletics

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (December 29, 2017) – The Felician University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) joined in the spirit of the holiday season by donating its time, talent and treasures to a pair of community service initiatives in early December.

Felician's SAAC is led by staff advisor Ivan Lewis, the Golden Falcons' head men's basketball coach and athletics facilities manager, and president Kristen Keller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley), a senior student-athlete in women's bowling and women's track & field.

Prior to Thanksgiving, Felician SAAC, along with more than 1,000 other individuals and entities, signed up to adopt a family or child in the Hoboken Christmas Exchange, sponsored by Hoboken Grace Church. The Golden Falcons were assigned an eight-person family, and solicited help from each of their 14 intercollegiate athletics teams.

"We collected so many items that they filled up my whole car," Keller said. "There was clothing, blankets, underwear, socks, toys, sporting equipment, and even bikes. The whole family was overjoyed at the generosity of our sports teams."

The Exchange took place on Saturday, December 9.

Three days earlier, Keller and senior bowling teammate Kaitlyn Stapleton (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood Regional) co-hosted a "Letters to Santa" event along with the Office of Residence Life on Felician's Rutherford campus. Members of SAAC and resident assistants invited the rest of the campus community to participate in Macy's Believe Campaign.

In all, 60 letters were written by the various Felician constituencies. They were subsequently dropped off at Macy's department store in the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus. For every letter (up to one million), Macy's is donating $1 to Make-A-Wish America to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Felician University is a member of NCAA Division II. All but one of its varsity intercollegiate sports compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference; women's bowling is an associate member of the East Coast Conference.

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.