George Mason's Triggs Named to President-Student Advisory Group

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FAIRFAX, Va. – When Jewel Triggs arrived on campus two years ago she admits she was a little hesitant to speak up.

Now, heading into her junior season, the shooting guard believes she is growing more into a leadership role – and not just as a member of the women's basketball team.

Triggs was recently chosen to represent George Mason athletics on the President-Student Advisory Group. She is the lone student-athlete on the 16-member council that meets with George Mason University President Angel Cabrera twice a semester.

"This a huge honor to me," Triggs said. "Being able to meet with the president and a few other students on campus is a big honor. The goal of the council is to talk about new programs, new things coming to campus. I am basically a voice, a representative for all of Mason student-athletes.

"When I first came here I wasn't really one to say anything. I was in the background. Now, I think I've stepped up in being a better leader on the court."

And off the court.

Nena Rogers, senior associate athletic director for academic services, selected Triggs for the President-Student Advisory Group based on her involvement on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), her experience at the Atlantic 10 Leadership Summit and her understanding of the overall mission of the athletics department.

A kinesiology major from Thibodaux, Louisiana, Triggs says her experience as a representative for Mason at the inaugural Atlantic 10 Leadership Summit last April in Washington D.C. piqued her interest. There, along with men's basketball player Otis Livingston II, she met student-athletes from all 13 other member institutions in the A-10 and attended seminars on developing leadership skills, networking skills and social responsibility.

"She is a wonderful individual and I thought she would represent us well," Rogers said. "She is on SAAC and they have a pulse of what is going on on campus. She will represent the student-athletes well. She had the A-10 training for leadership and fit all the right pieces."

Alissa Karton, Assistant to Vice President and Director of Special Projects, said the committee consists of student government representatives, graduate students and even students from the Arlington campus. In its second year, the President-Student Advisory Group allows Cabrera to meet with the students and not only hear their concerns but also keep them abreast of issues he is addressing, such as his meetings with state legislature.

At their first meeting of the school year last week, the group discussed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the updated Title IX guidelines and the upcoming Robinson Hall project.    

"He wants to get thoughts from all the groups on campus, different ethnicities, different cultures," Triggs said of Cabrera. "Anything new coming to campus, if I think anything would affect us as student-athletes I would basically just give my opinion, any new ideas or if I want to change anything."

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