May 24, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. - Senior Jess Quador is in sunny Orlando, Fla. as the University of New Mexico representative at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference. Quador - a defender for the women's soccer team - will attend workshops and have interactions with athletes from around the country on how to make the student athlete experience better for each University as well as each student athlete.
Quador will provide a daily update on what she has learned and what she intends to bring back to New Mexico.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 3:00 p.m. MT - Day 4
The last day of this conference was by far the most influential day. Again we got started very early by getting divided into the color team breakout groups. From there we went to 2 different guest speakers. First, we had 2 advisors come in from National City Financial. This meeting was more informational than anything giving us tips to invest and save it was basically a financial responsibility class.
Next we had a guest speaker who played football for the NFL and is now a minister. He talked to us about our roles as males and females and how we can be agents for change in this world. He was a very moving speaker and I think the theme of his talk we mostly about discovering yourself.
After this we had lunch and then went back into our small groups where we discussed what we are going to take back to our campus' from this conference.
I feel truly blessed to have been able to go to Orlando and represent the University. I will be taking back many ideas and leadership styles to be implemented in SAAC as well as the soccer team. I want to be a positive agent of change and now I have more than enough tools to make this happen. Go Lobos!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 7:00 p.m. MT - Day 3
For the second half of the day we made "road maps," for our universities and ourselves. We discussed the changes we wanted to see in our schools and how those changes would benefit the student body and the university. We also talked about the changes that we wanted to see in ourselves and how those changes would make us better leaders.
The instructors from Army showed us some drills on how to maintain focus during game time situations. The instructors also showed us how to help our team as a whole have better focus during the game.
To end the session we talked more about the future and how we can set goals for ourselves but more importantly how we can achieve those goals.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 10:00 a.m. MT - Day 3
This morning we went to Disney Wide World of Sports. For this exercise we were broken up into teams instead of groups. I was on the black team. First we did several teambuilding exercises where everyone worked together to solve problems. Next we went out on an obstacle course against the other teams. We had several events including sack races, bat spins and soccer juggling. We had a lot of fun competing against each other.
Coming up this afternoon more leadership training sessions.
Monday, May 25, 2009 - 8:30 p.m. MT - Day 2
After lunch we were still broken up into our respective divisions. We discussed how to get involved with national SAAC. All groups were brought together and we discussed the overall general scene and problems that all schools face such as funding, training table and other problems. Almost every school shared advice in dealing with said problems.
In the afternoon we had a critical issues session. Our group made a commercial that was basically a public service announcement for student-athletes regarding athlete wellness. The topics covered in the PSA were about the mental, physical and emotional aspects of being an athlete. We discussed how do deal with each aspect and the resources available. The video will be posted on the NCAA website sometime soon!
Monday, May 25, 2009 - 10:30 a.m. MT - Day 2
Good Morning! This morning we had to visualize what we want for the future. As most of the student-athletes here are seniors I found they all shared my stress when thinking about what to do after graduation. We discussed our options and that we have to be moving forward in what we choose to do. We talked about taking our leadership qualities that we have on the field and using them in the real world. We then broke into groups with only Division I schools.
Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 5:30 p.m. MT - Day 1
In the afternoon session we talked about personal branding. We looked at brands such as Nike, Under Armor, Pepsi and others. We discussed what those brands portray themselves to the public. Then we came up with our own brand. I put that I would like to portray myself as a hard worker and that I care for my family and friends. People who would see my personal brand would see these attributes and I think they would buy into them.
Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 12:30 a.m. MT - Day 1
Today we formed groups with a mixture of Division I, II and III schools. We talked about what we as leaders consider values. One focus of the discussion is how we as leaders can help others take on a leadership role. A group from Army came in to talk about energy management. We discussed how to conserve our energy to peak at the right time in order to keep our bodies healthy. It was interesting to see all the ways that an athlete can waste energy before the game by stressing out. We've all been nervous before a game, which is not a bad thing but we learned how to harness that energy and convert it into positive energy for the game.
The discussion then turned to our individual Student Athletic Advisory Committee issues. As the new president of UNM's SAAC, I was excited to take part in this discussion. Each athlete talked about what works and what doesn't work at their schools. I can't wait to get home and throw around some ideas that I have. This was a very helpful session and I have loaded up my arsenal for when I get back.
Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 8:30 a.m. MT - Day 1
Hello my name is Jess Quador and I am going to be a senior on the UNM women's soccer team. I'm out in Orlando, Fla. at the Walt Disney Resort for the NCAA leadership conference. I'm really excited to be here and can't wait to meet different athletes from across the country. The best part is the advice that will be shared over the conference and what I can take home to help make New Mexico a better school and a better community.
I am excited for the opportunity that I have earned to represent UNM and our athletic department. I'm sure that I will bring home various new tools to help New Mexico athletes give back to the community even more. Go LOBOS!!!!!