HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest Student Athlete Advisory Committee selected new officers for the 2017-18 school year elected by current committee members.

Junior member of the women’s tennis team Cynthia Basu-Chavez (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) will be the new SAAC President, taking over for Carissa Jones (Whiting, Ind./Bishop Noll) who played a vital role for SAAC over the past two years.

Men’s cross country standout and senior Salvador Cordova (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll), who serves as the Chicaoland Collegiate Athletic Conference student-athlete representative for the NAIA, will be Vice President, stepping in for Darien Thompson (Anderson, Ind./Anderson), who graduated in May 2017 and did a stellar job in the VP role.

Sophomore baseball player Austin Kordik (West Chicago, Ill./Community) take over Secretary/Treasurer duties for graduated men’s golfer/tennis player Patrick Mudd (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point), while women’s golf sophomore Meaghan Spalla (Crown Point, Ind./Boone Grove) will replace Matt Sandoval (Highland, Ind./Bishop Noll) as the Community Service Chair.

SAAC played a large role in helping raise more than $1,200 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation along with many other community service projects throughout the 2016-17 school year.