SAAC Spotlight: Montana State Billings' Jazlyn Kalehuawehe
Kalehuawehe averaged a .247 batting average in the 2022 season.
Kalehuawehe averaged a .247 batting average in the 2022 season.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, 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.

Name: Jazlyn Kalehuawehe
Sport: Softball
Institution: Montana State Billings
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Finance
Hometown: Folsom, California

Why did you choose to attend MSUB?: I chose Montana State University Billings because I fell in love with the campus. The campus is beautiful and I loved how green everything was. When I came on my visit here, the coaches were so welcoming, I loved how family-oriented the team was and how close athletics was in supporting each other. The class sizes were perfect for me, not too big and not too small, and the professors also knew the students' names.

What is your favorite class you have taken in college and why?: I really enjoyed my First Year Seminar class during my freshman year because it was an introduction to college. We had many guest speakers about the different departments that are held at our school. It also gave great advice on how to go on about our first year like note-taking, creating a resume and cover letter, etc.

Who is your favorite professor so far and why?: My American history professor is my favorite to this date. She was very understanding and would always check in on her students even though we were an online class she would go out of her way to see how everyone is. She also understood that sports were in season and especially having to travel throughout the week and with the different time zones she would always understand.

How many years were you involved in SAAC?: This is my first year.

What made you want to be involved in SAAC?: I chose to get involved in SAAC because I want to help make a voice for our student-athletes. When I first joined, I was really excited because helping change rules for student-athletes, knowing I had that small impact on a change to help them.

How do you feel participating in SAAC will help you in life after you graduate?: In SAAC, we want to help create a voice for student-athletes and while we are doing that, we are also working on our leadership skills, which will definitely help us in life after we graduate. When you are looking for a job and have on your resume that you were part of the NCAA to help student-athletes that will definitely bring you out because you helped make an impact and shows you have leadership skills.
What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: The most important thing I've learned is that you should write everything down in a planner or calendar. Especially just writing out what assignments you want to do every day to stay ahead of classes and also writing down your practices, weights, team events, etc., because without writing it down you may forget things especially when you are in season and traveling every week.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome during your collegiate career?: My biggest obstacle so far is being in a hitting slump during the crucial part of the season and being mentally down and not having confidence in myself.
What does it mean to you to be a Division II student-athlete?: Being a Division II student-athlete is important to me because all my life I have put so much work into making it here. I am just so grateful for all the opportunities and even for getting a chance to be a student-athlete because I have dreamt of this moment ever since I was a kid.
What is the best advice you would give to an incoming freshman?: The best advice I'd give to incoming freshmen is to make sure you get a planner to be organized the whole year as it will get very chaotic. Make sure you introduce yourself to professors so they can put a name to your face and seeing them during office hours if you don't understand a topic you did in the past and want clarity of even something you did in class that day. Another thing is making friends with new people, especially in classes or even with other athletes.
What is your favorite sports-related moment?: My most memorable sports moment was this past year. In my very first collegiate at-bat of the spring season, I hit a grand slam in Los Angeles against Academy of Art. It was a special moment because my family was all there. My brother even made the trip from Hawaii to surprise me.
If you could spend the day with one person (past or present), who would it be and why?: One famous person that I would like to meet is Jocelyn Alo, who played softball for the University of Oklahoma and broke the home run record for college softball. I would love to meet her because she is also from Hawaii. Having a Hawaiian figure I can look up to knowing even though growing up on a small island you can still accomplish anything you put your mind and heart to while working the hardest out of everyone.

Favorite Sports Team(s): San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings and San Francisco Giants.

Favorite Athlete: Jocelyn Alo

What is one thing that people don't know about you?: I have broken five bones.