Higher Ed grad students, faculty shine at national events

from left to right: Brittany Markowitz, Shannon Cantlay and Brittany Ankeny.

A team of three students in the UNT College of Education's Higher Education master's program placed third in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Case Study Competition. Brittany Markowitz, Shannon Cantlay and Brittany Ankeny faced off against five other teams in the competition, which was part of the NASPA Annual Conference March 12-16 in Indianapolis.

"This is their first time attending the national conference. As their faculty sponsor for the event, I'm very proud of their hard work," said Uyen Tran-Parsons, senior lecturer in Counseling and Higher Education.

The competition challenged teams to examine diversity and racial bias at a fictional university.

Also at the NASPA conference, Amy Fann, assistant professor in Counseling and Higher Education, and graduate students Catherine Olivarez and Nydia Sanchez presented papers, and graduate student Rachel Cleveland was selected for the New Professional and Graduate Student Review Board for the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education. 

Several UNT Higher Education students, alumni and faculty also presented at this year's American College Personnel Association National Convention in Montreal March 6-9. More than 3,000 people attended the convention, ACPA's first to be held outside the United States.

Fann and Sanchez presented a paper titled "The Experiences of American Indian College Students at Two-Year Tribal Colleges and Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions." And Trans-Parsons presented on "Social Justice Pedagogy and Practice: The Self as Instrument."


Delegates from UNT enjoyed a group dinner during the NASPA conference.