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SAAC Spotlight: Montana State Billings' Elizabeth Howard
Howard played her final two collegiate seasons with MSUB and will transition into an assistant coaching role with the Yellowjackets in 2016.
Howard played her final two collegiate seasons with MSUB and will transition into an assistant coaching role with the Yellowjackets in 2016.
Elizabeth Howard.
Elizabeth Howard.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, GNACsports.com uses this space to profile conference student-athletes who are members of their respective institutions' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing feedback on the student-athlete experience, conference and institutional SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. Click here for more information on the function of SAAC at the NCAA level.

Name: Elizabeth Howard
Sport: Women’s Soccer
School: Montana State Billings
Year: Senior
Major: History
Hometown: Bristol, UK

Extracurricular activities: Volunteering in the Women & Gender Studies office.

Why did you choose to attend MSUB? Because of the soccer program, competitiveness of the GNAC and the natural state of Montana.

What is your favorite class you have taken in college and why? Ethics - to build on my own beliefs and create an understanding of my position on matters of importance.

Who is your favorite professor you've had in college and what did you enjoy about learning from him or her? Dr. Robinson, my Spanish 101-102 professor - his honesty and interest in the subject and world cultures reminds me to hold particular aspects of life with importance.

Years involved in SAAC: One. 

The reason I chose to get involved in SAAC: To aid in the improvement of the treatment of student-athletes.

Most memorable SAAC activity: The events where we involve every athletic team on campus.

If I could change one NCAA rule, it would be: Having to sit a semester/year if transferring.

What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics? Find a little time each day for yourself to relax.

What does it mean to be a Division II student-athlete? Dedication and balance.

Current mentors: Professors within my department.

Future goals after school: To become a collegiate coach.

Biggest obstacle overcame during collegiate career: Accepting the amount of time that is needed to be dedicated to school over spending time with loved ones.

Best advice I’d give to an incoming freshman: Embrace everything that puts you outside of your comfort zone.

If I could spend the day with one person (past or present), who would it be (and why)? My father - deceased, I feel he could advise me with the most wisdom.

Favorite sports team: Arsenal FC.

Favorite athlete: Thierry Henry. 

Most memorable sports-related moment: Winning a national championship with my college in England.

One thing that people don't know about me is: I was way better at cricket than I was at football (soccer).

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