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History of SAA

SAA (Student Alumni Association) is an offset of the Alumni Association geared exclusively toward current students. It is a volunteer organization with the purpose of getting students engaged in and involved with their school and encouraging Sun Devil Spirit.  It helps maintain many ASU traditions and promotes pride in your school. Involvement in SAA, especially leadership positions, can also lead to professional breaks. A former SAA president was an event planner for one of the museums in Washington, D.C.!

There are a lot of activities SAA hosts and takes part in throughout the school year. Here’s a list of some of the major (i.e. most fun!) ones:

  • Protecting the ‘A’ on Tempe Butte: This consists of keeping the ‘A’ gold. At times, especially when there is an upcoming sports game with UA, SAA members guard the ‘A’ to make sure it isn’t painted white or other unacceptable colors (like red or blue).
  • Lantern Walk: To kick off Homecoming, SAA (as well as PAB) walks up Tempe Butte with Dr. Crow and stands around the ‘A’ holding candles and glow sticks. This is an old tradition that SAA has been a part of for many years.
  • Homecoming:  SAA builds a float and participates in the Homecoming Parade. It also ensures that everyone at ASU is proud to be a Sun Devil and is prepared to cheer the football team to victory at the Homecoming game.
  • Passport: Passport to ASU takes place every fall to let incoming freshman know about the opportunities open to them at ASU. Clubs (including sororities, fraternities, intramural and club sports and music and theater clubs) set up booths in the MU and SRC and distribute information to prospective members.
  • Old Main Study Break: Finals can be a source of frustration and stress for all students, so SAA gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself during that fateful week. One night, SAA hosts a study break in Old Main where students can mingle, play games or study.
  • Beat UofA week: During the week leading up to the intense game with our rivals to the south, SAA promotes Sun Devil Pride and gathers support for the team.
  • Mud Volleyball Tournament/Oozeball Tournament: Pretty self-explanatory, and tons of fun!

I hope that this helps you understand the purpose of SAA and some of the activities it is involved with. Spread the word around and visit us on Cady Mall next week, Feb. 4th and 5th! For more information, visit SAA’s website.

If you have any information to add, want to share your experiences or would like to give feedback please leave a comment!



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