New additions arrive in CASNR's Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center
Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource is in the process of revamping the staff of its Student Success Center, a group of professionals in the Dean's Office charged with recruiting and retaining the best students for the college. In addition, plans are underway to increase efficiency of the group's services, following a thorough review led by Cindy Akers, CASNR's Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs.
Among the staff changes are:
Academic Specialist for Student Retention StephanieLegako (New). A licensed marriage and family therapist, she received her bachelor's in psychology from Texas Tech and master's degree in human development and family science from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Tech, she served as a therapist at Blomquist Hale Employee Assistance in Logan, Utah; and lead therapist at Capstone Counseling in Logan, Utah.
College Recruiter Brandyl Brooks (New). Prior to taking her new position, she worked as a freelance writer for the National Reined Cow Horse Association in Fort Worth, and an associate editor with Quarter Horse News in Fort Worth. Brooks received her bachelor's degree and is completing her master's degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech.
Coordinator of Diversity Everardo Macias (New). The Dallas native will recruit high school students and transfer students for CASNR through a targeted effort, as well as develop and coordinate information and printed literature emphasizing the college's diversity, its programs, centers and facilities. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology/criminology and Spanish from Texas Tech.
Coordinator for College Relations Janie Lopez (2014). Prior to joining CASNR, Lopez served as an administrative assistant in Tech's Office of the Provost, and before that she worked as a senior business assistant in Tech's College of Education. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech.
Program Manager of Undergraduate Studies Savannah Chambers (2014). Responsible for undergraduate programs, degree plans, transfer credits, commencement, awarding of undergraduate degrees, advising, and assisting the associate dean for academic programs. She received her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech.
Coordinator of Scholarships Cindy McCullough (2012). Prior to taking her position, McCullough served as Coordinator of College Relations in the Student Success Center. Earlier, she worked in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences and Tech's Office of the Provost.
The Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center is named for long-time member of the Department of Plant and Soil Science's emeritus faculty Bill Bennett. Bennett, who served as CASNR's interim dean during the late 1970s, spearheaded the creation of the college's Agri-Techsans programs.
Bennett joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1968, and taught a variety of courses in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. In 1984, he became the college's director of development, raising the college's endowment to nearly $10 million at the time of his retirement in 1997. Today, CASNR's endowment is more than $54.8 million.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Cindy Akers, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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