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Academic Services Staff
Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, PhD, JD

Special Assistant to the President/Faculty Athletics Representative
Kim Powers Hoyt Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services
Women's basketball, baseball, volleyball and men's and women's tennis
Erik Alanson Academic Advisor/Life Skills Coordinator
Women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and men's and women's cross country and track
Chris Barbour Athletic Academic Advisor
Men's basketball and men's golf

Athletics at Xavier is more than just a game. It is an important part of the Jesuit philosophy of education that stresses the development of the mind, body and spirit of each student. Xavier is consistently among the top schools in the nation for student-athlete graduation rates. In the most recent Graduation Success Rate, as measured by the NCAA, Xavier student-athletes graduated at an impressive rate of 97%, which was the highest graduation rate in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Xavier placed 102 student-athletes on the Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll following the fall 2011 semester and 83 student-athletes on the list during the spring of 2012. All honorees boast at least a 3.5 GPA. The overall student-athlete GPA for 2011-2012 was a record 3.24 average and, 15 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0's.

The Office of Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) is located on the 5th Floor of the new Conaton Learning Commons. Kim Powers Hoyt, entering her 10th year at Xavier, serves as the Director of Student Athlete Academic Support Services. After graduating from Stanford University where she was a member of the Women's Diving Team, Powers Hoyt began working at Xavier in 2003 as an intern for Sister Rose Ann Fleming. Powers Hoyt is assisted by Erik Alanson and Chris Barbour, both full time Athletic Academic Advisors. Alanson also serves as the Life Skills Coordinator in the office. Each advisor works with designated teams, giving the student-athletes a familiar contact for academic help. Below is the breakdown of team assignments:


Kim Powers Hoyt - Women's Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Men's and Women's Tennis
Chris Barbour - Men's Basketball and Men's Golf
Erik Alanson - Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track, Women's Golf

Academics The SAASS Office offers one-on-one academic advising to student-athletes, which involves academic monitoring and support, as well as assistance with class registration and course selection. The office also oversees both a freshman and upperclassman study tables program. Every freshman student-athlete at Xavier is required to attend study tables for two hours a day, Sunday-Thursday, every week of their first semester, whether in or out of season. Tutors are available at these study sessions to assist the student-athletes. Following the conclusion of the first semester, freshmen who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to continue with study tables. For the rest of their Xavier career, any student-athlete who fails to earn a 3.0 GPA will be required to attend study tables on a weekly basis.

Another aspect of academic support offered by this office is a comprehensive tutoring program which provides tutoring support to student-athletes in nearly every academic field. The SAASS Office employs approximately 5-10 adult professional tutors and collaborates with the Xavier Learning Assistance Center (LAC) to provide student tutors to work with the student-athletes. Also available through the LAC are supplemental instruction (SI) sessions in the fields of biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology.
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The SAASS Office also includes a comprehensive Life Skills Program, coordinated by Erik Alanson, which provides programming and support in the areas of personal development, career development, and service to the community. Xavier student-athletes have had the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer service at the Ronald McDonald House, City Gospel Mission, the Adopt-A-Class program, and the Special Olympics. Also under the Life Skills umbrella is a freshman orientation class, taught by Alanson, called "Issues Affecting Student-Athletes." The class teaches students about time management, study skills, and other unique challenges that impact the student-athlete population.