division of student affairs
Associate Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs
Senior, Computer Science
Being involved with the Student Government Association has allowed me to have a tangible impact on Auburn’s campus. Through my elected position as SGA vice president and my involvement in LeaderShape, I have bettered my leadership skills and proven that I’m willing to take part in activities that aren’t motivated by self-interest. Over the past year, I’ve worked on an initiative to create a more structured, student-friendly final exam period. To that end, I helped write and administer a survey and draft a proposal I presented to senior university administrators.
Companies want to hire graduates who can articulate a vision and are willing to work toward a goal that benefits the greater good. Additionally, the experience I’ve gained through leading my peers and advocating for issues brought forth by students easily translates to skills required in today’s job market. Programs in the Division of Student Affairs offer us students hands-on opportunities to test and apply skills we’ve learned in the classroom in a truly practical way. From journalism to computer science, these programs provide you with occasions to use your particular skill set — no matter your major!
2014-15 SGA executive officers (pictured left to right) Taylor Akers, chief of staff; Colson Smith, executive vice president of programs; Logan Powell, student body president; Olabode Anise, student body vice president; and Richmond Gunter, treasurer
Members of the Auburn University Parents’ Association Board of Directors and Division of Student Affairs Parent Development Board
As parents of an Auburn student, we want our daughter Rachel to involve herself in every facet of campus life available to her. Our support of Division of Student Affairs programs will provide all students with these same opportunities. Student Affairs offers a platform for all students to pursue their specific interests through various organizations — regardless of their major or course of study. It is the one campus division that is focused totally on the student experience. We choose to support Student Affairs because we believe it is important for every student to have access to the “complete” college experience. As donors, we have the ability to specify how our donation is used. Our support can ensure the continued success of existing programs or create new initiatives and learning opportunities that enhance students’ college experiences.