CCACSA Holds Annual 'Drive-In' Conference
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes hosted its third-annual drive-in conference last Friday.
April 22, staff members from multiple institutions came from all over the southern region of the country to share ideas and exchange information. During the conference individuals discussed different ways they could help assist the student-athletes at their respective institutions. The exchange of information provided insightful knowledge and inspired discussions that the conference attendees look forward to taking back to their respective schools.
“I’ve enjoyed the conference so far, and I liked having the compliance update in the beginning. I think that we all lose sight of that, because sometimes we lose sight of the rules,” said Southern Mississippi academic advisor Raven Tatum. “Also, I really enjoyed the graduate assistant’s presentation. We don’t have as many GA’s at Southern Miss, so getting ideas about how we can best use our GA’s, and find out things they can do to be a little more productive and help us out more, is great information.”
In the conference’s third year, attendees continue to see the conference as a valuable experience that they look forward to every year. The CCACSA Drive-In Conference offers the student-athlete academic center a solid foundation in developing a learning community, and reminds staff members about the responsibility they have to these student-athletes at their institutions.
“We were very fortunate to host yet another wonderful lineup of presenters and sponsorship for this year’s third annual CCACSA ‘Geaux For the Gold’ Drive-In Conference,” CCACSA Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Jason Shaw said. “In keeping with this year’s theme, guests representing 13 different colleges and universities were able to participate in workshops which gave them the opportunity to leave with some ideas and concepts for potentially enhancing their own student service programming with a unified goal to ‘Geaux For the Gold!’”
The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of an academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology team, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.