Student Affairs Standouts

DeAunderia Bowens, Office of the Dean of Students, received a Spotlight Member of the Year Award from the Black Faculty and Staff Association in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments during the academic year.

Mona Ghosheh

Mona Ghosheh

Edna Domínguez, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Adriana Alicea Rodriguez, Office of the Dean of Students, will present “Lessons from the Trenches: The Experiences of Latino Professionals” at the 2014 Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) annual conference in Baltimore this March.

Jaden Felix, Office of the Dean of Students, was selected as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute December Alumnus of the Month.

Mona Ghosheh, Counseling and Mental Health Center, has completed two major hurdles toward becoming a licensed psychologist. She has passed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the Jurisprudence exam.

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis, Counseling and Mental Health Center, successfully passed the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Initial Certification Examination in Psychiatry. She is now an ABPN diplomate in psychiatry and a board certified psychiatrist.

Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Dean of Students, was selected as chair of the Office of the Dean of Students Program Review Committee for the University of Houston.

Adriana Alicea Rodriguez, Office of the Dean of Students, will be awarded the Mena-Valdez Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award by the NASPA-Latino Knowledge Community organization at the annual conference in March.

Gale Stuart, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, will present at the 14th annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference on “Transformative Learning in a Campus Residence Hall Museum – Credibility for ‘No Credit’ Learning.”

The Kin’s Market staff, Housing and Food Service, set a single day sales record on Dec. 2.

Training for True Colors facilitators

Training for True Colors facilitators

Congratulations to our 21 Division staff members who have been certified as Certified True Colors® Personal Success Facilitators. The group successfully completed training in early December. As part of the Division’s Strategic Plan, these facilitators will lead True Colors® Personal Success Seminars for all Division benefits eligible staff this semester. This fun and interactive program will help our staff explore their own and others’ distinctive personality strengths and stressors. The goal is to learn how to respect and appreciate the ways people view their environment and better understand relationship building, effective communication and team effort. Here’s a list of our Certified True Colors® Personal Success Facilitators:

Adrienne MacKenzie Texas Parents
Alex Kappus New Student Services
Brooke Bulow Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Dylan Smith University Unions
Edna Domínguez Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Elaine Cosme-Petersen Housing and Food Service
Elisa Ramos Office of the Dean of Students
Esmer Bedia New Student Services
Frances Nguyen University Health Services
Ilana Goren Office of the Dean of Students
Jaden Felix Office of the Dean of Students
Jennifer Zamora University Unions
Katy Redd Counseling and Mental Health Center
KJ Harris New Student Services
LT Robinson Housing and Food Service
Marian Trattner Counseling and Mental Health Center
Marilyn Russell Office of the Dean of Students
Mary Beth Mercatoris Office of the Dean of Students
Nicole Olmeda Recreational Sports
Smita Ruzicka Office of the Dean of Students
Soncia Reagins-Lilly Office of the Dean of Students