UNT students, faculty and alumni present at NASPA 2015 conference

The following UNT students, faculty and alumni made presentations at the NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans from March 21-25, 2015. NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) is the major national association for student affairs professionals in higher education, and acts with the mission of promoting the advancement and sustainability of student affairs professions. 

Doctoral candidate Janice Hicks

Doctoral candidate Catherine Olivarez, Masters student Margarita Perez, Doctoral candidate Nydia Sanchez

Top Row (L-R): Masters student Will Willis, Masters student Parker Ellis, Masters alum Austin Chappell

Bottom Row (L-R): Senior Lecturer Dr. Uyen Tran-Parsons, Masters student Corinne French, Doctoral candidate Catherine Olivarez

Janice Hicks, UNT doctoral student - The Psychological Cost of Remedial Education: The Perceptions and Experiences of Summer Bridge Students

This session explored the experiences of students enrolled in a remedial summer program who were initially denied admission to a university.


Janice Hicks, UNT doctoral student, and Jason Faulk, UNT Dallas Director of Admissions - Building a Bridge toward College Access, Readiness, and Student Success: Two Colleges, One Goal

The presenters of this session discussed a community college-university partnership focused on improving students' access to college through a remedial summer bridge program.


Gwenn Pasco, Director of Advising and Assistant Dean, UNT College of Education, and Michael Haynes, ('09, PhD) Tarleton State University Executive Director of Institutional Research - An Examination of two University Based Guaranteed Tuition Programs Housed in Texas Public Universities That are Designed to Both Contain Costs and Support an Increase Graduation Rates

This panel discussion examined two guaranteed tuition plans implemented at two universities in Texas. The tuition plans (research and master's comprehensive) were compared and contrasted in order to determine if they were reaching their goals and desired outcomes.


Amy Fann, Assistant Professor, UNT Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Nydia Sanchez, UNTresearch assistant, Patrick Vasquez, UNT Director of Outreach, Margarita Perez, UNT graduate assistant, Catherine Olivarez, UNT Counseling and Higher Education doctoral student, and Ah Ra Cho, UNT Counseling and Higher Education doctoral student - 'I was thinking about my brother, my father, my mother - how will we do this?': Understanding Latino/a Family Participation in College

This qualitative study explored the experiences of Latino families during students' transition to and through their freshman and sophomore years. The involved research has implications for how student affairs professionals can increase engagement and persistence for Latinos and other underrepresented groups with non-dominant culture family structures.


Jamaica Chapple, UNT Dallas Assistant Director of Wellness Services, Jason Wallace, UNT Dallas Assistant Director of New Student Programs, Jennifer Skinner, UNT Dallas Assistant Director of Activities and Organizations, Teresa Espino, UNT Dallas Counseling graduate student - Crisis, Trauma & Resiliency: Holistic Retention & Student Success on a Non-Traditional Campus

This program addressed retention methods for students on a non-traditional campus. Participants were exposed to non-traditional student concerns regarding crisis and trauma and how to address those concerns using evidence-based methods of intervention.


Katy Lee Kemp, UNT Health Science Center Director of Student Services - Non-Traditional Education: The Importance of Co-Curricular Activities

This session explained a program which explored the importance of co-curricular activities for non-traditional students. Methods included comparing several developmental and involvement theories to a particular population of college students.


Catherine Olivarez, UNT Counseling and Higher Education doctoral student - The State of Latinos in Higher Education in Region III

The purpose for this program and series of snapshots was to provide insight to those seeking more information about the Hispanic community in higher education. The presenters discussed the results of the Region III snapshots, and identified new areas that require further review.


Johnny Robinson, UT Arlington Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life - The Changing of the Guard: The generational transition of the CSAO

Presenters from three different generations discussed practices and changes in the dynamics of leadership that may occur as the baby boomer population retires and vacates the higher education workforce.