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1) NCAA Life Skills Program
Binghamton University continues its participation in the NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills Program. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was created by the NCAA to support the student development initiatives of its member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the university setting. In the process of achieving this mission, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program will:
+ Promote student-athletes’ ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities.
+ Meet the changing needs of student-athletes.
+ Promote respect for diversity and inclusion among student-athletes.
+ Assist student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills.
+ Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education.
+ Foster an environment that encourages student-athletes to effectively access campus resources.
+ Encourage the development of character, integrity and leadership skills.

2) Student-Athlete Leadership Institute (SALI)
The Student Athlete Leadership Institute (SALI) provides opportunities for leadership development through Student-Athlete Workshops/Seminars. 

Examples of workshop topics include:   
1. Developing Confident and Mentally Tough Athletes/Leaders
2. Developing Committed Athletes/Leaders
3. Developing Responsible and Accountable Athletes/Leaders
4. Developing Strong Athlete/Leader Character
5. Going from “Good to Great”: 12 Ways to Build Strong Teams and Leaders

Any student-athlete in good academic standing is welcome to be a part of SALI.  For more information on the SALI program or leadership opportunities, please contact Kim King at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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3) Honor Society
The National College Athlete Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, was founded at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, on May 17, 1996, as a student-athlete honor society for the recognition of high academic achievers and sport letter winners at the collegiate level.

The purposes of this organization are as follows:
+ To encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four year accredited colleges or universities.
+ To recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity sport letter winners.
+ To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics.
+ To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university.
+ To mentor and provide leadership to other athletes.

Selection into the National College Athlete Honor Society is dependent upon the fulfillment of the following criteria without regard to sport or gender. 

The student-athlete:
+ Must attend a four year accredited college or university that is a member of the NCAA or the NAIA.
+ Must have earned a letter in a varsity intercollegiate sport(s) sponsored by the NCAA or the NAIA.
+ Must have achieved at least junior standing by the fifth semester or seventh quarter as determined by the certifying institution.
+ Must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 (on a 4.00 scale) or equivalent grade point average by the time of the selection process.
+ Must have endorsement from the head coach of his/her sport(s).
+ Must have official documentation from the Registrar’s office as to class standing and grade point average.
+ Must be recommended by the college or university Chapter Advisor.
+ Must be of good moral character.

Nomination and selection takes place during the spring semester of each academic year.  An induction ceremony is held each spring. Student-athlete inductees are invited to bring a faculty or staff member with them to present them with their induction certificate. The NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, the Associate Athletics Director for Student Services, and the Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services are involved with promoting the National College Athlete Honor Society.

4) Binghamton University Career Mentoring Series.

To provide a forum for student-athletes to build a relationship with a BUAC board members, Binghamton University alumnus, or community member, who wants to share his or her career advice and life experiences, in order to facilitate the student-athlete’s understanding of life beyond Binghamton University. The goal is that in addition to providing valuable resume feedback and interview experience, mentors and student-athletes will maintain an on-going dialogue regarding the career search process.
SASC Career Mentoring Series Program Outline (pdf file)

Academics and Athletics BU’s winning combination:
Spring 2011- 3.17
Fall 2011 - 3.11
Spring 2012 - 3.09

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