Redefining the Classroom

SAILS attends conference; member earns international award

Posted: September 12th, 2003

September 11, 2003
AWARD WINNER -- LSSU Senior Tiffany Jastorff, Pierre, S.D., was chosen as outstanding student leader during the sixth annual assembly of the Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP). Jastorff is shown here in one of her jobs as a campus tour guide. (LSSU Photo by John Shibley)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) honored Lake Superior State University senior Tiffany Jastorff as a 2003 Outstanding Student Leader during its annual assembly in August at Nashville.

Six members of the student ambassador group Student Alumni Involved for Lake State (SAILS) attended the annual ASAP assembly at Opryland, joining more than 1,300 delegates from similar groups to exchange ideas and discuss projects. ASAP is comprised of more than 3,000 members from 400 organizations at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.

Jastorff was recognized for her leadership in SAILS, her academic achievements and on behalf of her work for ASAP. Earlier this year, she received similar recognition from ASAP at a district convention.

Each member school is invited to nominate one student leader for the award. Members of ASAP organizations work as student ambassadors at their schools, having responsibilities in admissions, alumni, fundraising and community relations.

“SAILS has offered opportunities for growth and leadership that I would not be able to find with any other group at Lake State,” said Jastorff. “I want to personally thank all of my friends and peers who work so hard on behalf of SAILS and LSSU. We have accomplished some pretty amazing things on behalf of our university, and I know there are many more good things to come.”

Jastorff, a senior from Pierre, South Dakota, is a psychology major. She plans to attend graduate school and earn a terminal degree in either psychology or the natural sciences. She has been active on campus since her freshman year, including working for two years as resident assistant in the campus housing system, as a peer tutor and student manager in the Learning Center, and with Anchor House. She chaired the ASAP District 5 conference held last spring at LSSU. She has been a member of the Great Lake State Week and Weekend committee in each of her four years at LSSU, holding several chair positions. She is an honor student who has made the dean\'s list each semester and is a member of the Alpha Chi honor society.

During the Nashville conference, Jastorff and Tiffany King, a junior from Freeland, presented a session on successful fundraising techniques for small schools. SAILS raised more than $10,000 that they used for campus programs and their travel to the conferences.

“We have a very successful program and have reached the point in recent years that we can fund many of our own projects,” said King. “Our hard work pays off in the ability to do more for LSSU and in the fact that we were invited to be part of the program at ASAP conferences.”

The group raised the funds needed for transportation and lodging for the Nashville trip. Members pay for their own conference fees, personally.

“We bring back lots of ideas that SAILS and other campus groups can use to improve their own organizations, help Lake State and to help us develop leaders,” added King. “This conference has planted the seed for many of our Great Lake State Weekend events, admissions tours, family programming and campus partnerships. It is a tremendous learning experience for all of us.”

Attending the conference with Jastorff and King were Brian Allosery, a senior from Madison Heights; Keesha Arthur, sophomore, Royal Oak; Lauren Long, sophomore, Saline; Kathleen Phillips, junior, Traverse City.

Founded in 1994, SAILS works closely with the LSSU Alumni Association, Foundation, Admissions and President’s offices to promote and strengthen the University. An official chapter of the LSSU Alumni Association, the group conducts tours for the Admissions Office, coordinates Great Lake State Weekend and as many as 40 other projects, events and services, according to Mark Jastorff, group advisor and LSSU vice president of Institutional Advancement.

To learn more about SAILS, visit ASAP information can be found at –LSSU-