Reynoso, Tutrone Represent ERAU at Cal Pac Student Athlete Council Summit
Last week, California State University Maritime Academy hosted an in-person summit for the California Pacific Conference’s Student-Athlete Council (SAC). Of the 13 conference schools, 10 sent representatives to Vallejo, Calif. to participate in training, suggest proposals on how to better the conference and listen to inspiring guest speakers.
Embry-Riddle had two representatives – softball junior Meredith Tutrone women’s basketball senior Susie Reynoso.
“My overall experience at the summit was motivating and inspiring,” Tutrone, who was a part of the Eagles’ 2022 Cal Pac Championship softball team, said. “We talked a lot about past events and what other schools in our conference do to ensure that each athlete is getting the experience they deserve. I am extremely excited to be able to bring back the knowledge and ideas that we obtained and implement them into ERAU athletics. Great things are coming!”
The three-day SAC Summit consisted of important sessions and meetings to direct the 2022-2023 academic school year. The first two days consisted of guest speakers, meetings, and productive discussions on how we can better the conference. A plan of mental health training was suggested, as well as other SAC-led events that can be done on campuses across the conferece. Cal Maritime’s Director of Athletics Karen Yoder presented a session on Title IX and CSUM President Admiral Cropper presented a session on leadership.
On the final day of the conference, the SAC had its first official meeting, which included the selection of the management team and officers. Both Reynoso and Tutrone were selected as Executive Team Representatives. Reynoso will also be serving on the board as Secretary/Recorder.
“Attending my first Summit Conference, I had no idea what to expect,” Reynoso, who earned All-Cal Pac honors last season, said. “After attending, I am more than happy with my experience. I have a lot of key takeaways that I cannot wait to share with Phil Hess and the rest of our athletic department. Overall, it was inspiring to be in a room with a variety of student-athletes with so many great ideas.”
The two Eagle athletes will meet once a month with SAC, continuing to push for ongoing growth of Embry-Riddle and the California Pacific Conference.