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History of SAA

The Student Alumni Association was founded in 1976. Its first program, Campus Tours, ran from 1978 to 1983, when it was taken over by the Office of Admissions and Records. Student Ambassadors was started at that time to fill the role of Campus Tours in the Alumni Association.In 1979, SAA revitalized Homecoming, a tradition that was started at Illinois in 1910 but had become a low-key event by the late '60s. The success of that first revitalized Homecoming literally made SAA a viable and respected organization overnight. Illini Pride was also created by a number of SAA members as a result of 1979 Homecoming. The following successful programs were added over the succeeding years: Illinois Sights & Sounds (formerly Illini First Nite), Illini Comeback, Senior 100 Honorary and Graduates' Reception.In an effort to increase efficiency and maximize services, sister organizations Student Ambassadors and the Student Alumni Association became one again in the fall of 2004, creating Student Alumni Ambassadors. Today, SAA is a widely known student organization consisting of more than 85 members. SAA provides students with new leadership responsibilities such as planning, organizing and creating events for the entire student body. Through its hosting and tour services, SAA develops connections between students and alumni and instills pride in the University. The organization brings together a diverse group of students from all different areas of interests, majors and backgrounds to work together to make a difference at the University of Illinois through the Alumni Association.


2018 Executive Board

ALEXIS SIMMONS, President "SAA truly changed my life. This group helped me grow to love Illinois, and I firmly believe joining it is the best decision I made in college. I love being surrounded by people that are ambitious, unique, and talented. My SAA family encourages me to be innovative, to be myself, and to spread my love for the orange and blue everywhere I go. I-L-L!"

ALEXIS SIMMONS, President

"SAA truly changed my life. This group helped me grow to love Illinois, and I firmly believe joining it is the best decision I made in college. I love being surrounded by people that are ambitious, unique, and talented. My SAA family encourages me to be innovative, to be myself, and to spread my love for the orange and blue everywhere I go. I-L-L!"

JASON SZUMSKI, Vice President of Membership "I love SAA because it has provided me with endless opportunities. I have met some of my greatest friends through this organization, and worked with outstanding people from President Killeen to head basketball coach Brad Underwood. Without SAA, I cannot possibly imagine where I would be in my collegiate career."

JASON SZUMSKI, Vice President of Membership

"I love SAA because it has provided me with endless opportunities. I
have met some of my greatest friends through this organization, and
worked with outstanding people from President Killeen to head
basketball coach Brad Underwood. Without SAA, I cannot possibly
imagine where I would be in my collegiate career."

SEAN McGOWAN, Vice President of Campus Affairs "SAA is unique because as members, we have the opportunity to interact with every part of the campus. From athletic events, to working with the Chancellor, SAA provides the best opportunity to experience the University of Illinois."

SEAN McGOWAN, Vice President of Campus Affairs

"SAA is unique because as members, we have the opportunity to interact with every part of the campus. From athletic events, to working with the Chancellor, SAA provides the best opportunity to experience the University of Illinois."

JACKIE OVASSAPIAN, Vice President of Business and Operations "SAA is truly a family. It gives me a place to apply my leadership skills and work on a team to plan amazing events, but beyond that it gives me a group of people who always keep me smiling. People who are equally as in love with this university. And people who look amazing in orange and blue..."

JACKIE OVASSAPIAN, Vice President of Business and Operations

"SAA is truly a family. It gives me a place to apply my leadership skills and work on a team to plan amazing events, but beyond that it gives me a group of people who always keep me smiling. People who are equally as in love with this university. And people who look amazing in orange and blue..."

AARON DEEKE, Vice President of Alumni Relations “SAA provides all of its members with opportunities to push themselves out of their comfort zone and improve on a personal level while allowing them to participate in something greater than themselves. I love how SAA has put me in a position to meet incredible people, prepare for my future and impact the University and surrounding community in ways I never thought possible as a college student.

AARON DEEKE, Vice President of Alumni Relations

“SAA provides all of its members with opportunities to push themselves out of their comfort zone and improve on a personal level while allowing them to participate in something greater than themselves. I love how SAA has put me in a position to meet incredible people, prepare for my future and impact the University and surrounding community in ways I never thought possible as a college student.

DAWSON DODDS, Vice President of Outreach "SAA is such an amazing experience whether it is from becoming more involved in the university to meeting my best friends. I have grown so much already in my first year as a member and I can't imagine how the remainder of my time here will impact my future for the better."                                                                                                                                    

DAWSON DODDS, Vice President of Outreach

"SAA is such an amazing experience whether it is from becoming more involved in the university to meeting my best friends. I have grown so much already in my first year as a member and I can't imagine how the remainder of my time here will impact my future for the better."                                                                                                                                    

DARRIEN ROSE, Vice President of Student Engagement "My passion for SAA stems from the endless opportunities to grow as a student, leader, and friend. SAA is a family that encourages each individual to be true to themselves and the Illini spirit."

DARRIEN ROSE, Vice President of Student Engagement

"My passion for SAA stems from the endless opportunities to grow as a student, leader, and friend. SAA is a family that encourages each individual to be true to themselves and the Illini spirit."

AMY DEVITT, Vice President of Communications “SAA allows individuals from across campus to come together for one collective cause: our University. Through our events, we make meaningful relationships and we are able to give back to the school that has given us so much.”

AMY DEVITT, Vice President of Communications

“SAA allows individuals from across campus to come together for one collective cause: our University. Through our events, we make meaningful relationships and we are able to give back to the school that has given us so much.”