to Sam to help unite University athletics with the rest of campus life. She
carried on this commitment by helping
plan the annual International Dodge
Ball Tournament with student group
United and Mutually Equal (U&ME), as
well as several new events in conjunction with other on-campus clubs.
however, most rewarding to her has
As an orientation group leader, she guided incoming Golden Bears through
been her involvement as a mentor for
the NCAA-implemented Life Skills pro-
gram. All freshman student-athletes
must participate in study hall sessions,
which are lead by a Life Skills mentor.
“ThIS IS ThE FIRST SChOOL I ever looked at and I wanted to come here from the start,” says the Marketing Communication/Advertising major. “As soon as I walked on campus I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else. My parents had to force me to apply to other schools.”
That affection for the University led Sam to become an active participant on
campus early on. From involvement in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee
(SAAC) and as a Life Skills mentor, to being a pitcher for the women’s softball
team, Sam has truly made her mark on campus.
their introduction to the University. She answered questions, offered advice,
and helped members of the incoming class navigate their first on-campus ex-
perience as students. It was here that Sam discovered the leader in herself.
She carried those newfound leadership abilities into her role as vice presi-
dent of SAAC, which serves as the voice of student-athletes. It was important
BY ALEX LYMAN ’12/G’16
SAMANTHA DiGIOVANNI USES LEADERSHIP TO
CREATE A CONNECTED CAMPUS COMMUNITY