July 17, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Brian Lozes, a senior member of the Tulane cross country and track and field programs helped kick off the annual Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings by taking a trip with his conference constituents to the Children's Medical Center. Representatives from all 12 current member institutions converged on the Conference USA offices in Irving, Texas to conduct its annual meetings on July 13-15.
The theme of this year's meetings was "Defining the Building Blocks of Leadership" as led by C-USA Director of Compliance and Sports Services Frank Arredondo and Academics and Compliance Assistant Callie Hubbell. The group had a great weekend of learning about how to become a more effective leader, sharing best practices, and identifying goals for the academic year. They also heard from other C-USA staff members as well as guest speaker Leslie Barnes, the director of student-athlete development at Duke University.
This year's meetings, like those in the past, also included community outreach as the student-athletes kicked off the weekend with a visit to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. The SAAC group interacted with patients - reading, playing games and signing autographs. The C-USA student-athletes that made the visit included Jill Jelnick of East Carolina, Meredith Ware of Houston, Peter Starnes of Marshall, Altrese Hawkins of Memphis, Andrew Murphy of Rice, Blake McJunkin on SMU, Alan Howze of Southern Miss, Brian Lozes of Tulane, Lauren Collete of Tulsa, Kaycee Ike of UAB, Lianne Maldonado of UCF and Marrissa Rodriguez of UTEP.
Lozes has been an active member of the Tulane Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was a recipient of Conference USA's Fall Spirit of Service Award in 2011. The senior has been active in the community, helping with Wave Days, volunteering at various on-campus events and was a part of the 2012 Final Four Community Service Imitative that was spear-headed by Tulane University.
On the course, Lozes was one of the top competitors for the men's cross country program this year. The senior led the Green Wave in three of the team's six meets, including a 13th place showing at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede with a time of 20:29.00 over four miles. He ran a season-best 26:40.27 over eight kilometers at the Crimson Classic and finished 51st at the Conference USA Championships. He ran a season-best 35:07.50 for 10K at the NCAA South Central Regional, helping the program return to the regional meet nearly a ten year absence.
Conference USA (C-USA) is a NCAA Division I-A Conference based in Irving, Texas. Its membership consists of 12 schools - East Carolina University, University of Houston, Marshall University, University of Memphis, Rice University, Southern Methodist University (SMU), University of Southern Mississippi, Tulane University, University of Tulsa, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), University of Central Florida (UCF) and University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
This realignment was formed on July 1, 2005, and the conference was first established in 1995. C-USA offers 20 sports total, nine sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 11 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, rowing, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball).
Children's Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit system, and is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children's was the state's first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information about Children's or how to give, please visit www.childrens.com.