Meet the Staff

Advisement Staff head shots in Student Center for Parks 14-0245 Regina Bryant

Regina Bryant
Customer Service Specialist

Education:
BS, Visual Communication, Westwood College

Working at Georgia State has given me the opportunity to work with some great people who are passionate about seeing students succeed. In the Office of Undergraduate Studies, I am able to assist students in their transition to Georgia State. As the Customer Service Specialist, I get to engage with the different population of students we serve in our office.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email:rvbryant@gsu.edu
Office Location: Suite 224, Sparks Hall

 

Joan Collier
Retention Specialist and Faculty Liaison

Education:
M.Ed., College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia
BBA, Managerial Sciences, Georgia State University

As the Retention Specialist and Faculty Liaison in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, I am the professional responsible for the Freshman Learning Community Peer Mentor Program and Atlanta-Based Learning program. Additionally, I work with special programs such as Success Academy and the Panther Excellence Program.
I enjoy working with college students because I believe in the power and liberty that being an educated person provides. Learning is a process. Sometimes that process requires the assistance of others who have the experience to assist students in reaching their goals. College students are an amazing group to work with because they are growing into who they are as a person by shaping, redefining, and affirming their beliefs and values and identifying the change they want to make in the world.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: jcollier8@gsu.edu
Office Location: Suite 224, Sparks Hall

 

20140122CPR_Enrollment Services Portraits_001_o5Eric J. Cuevas
Assistant Director, Academic Outreach

Education:
M.S., Sports Management, Georgia Southern University
BS, Physical Education, Florida International University

Student Success is at the heart of Georgia State University and all the efforts in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Students at this university have the grand opportunity of impacting our society and changing their lives through education. It is my responsibility to promote success beyond the First Year Experience with special attention given to sophomore and transfer students. Along with the expert staff within the Office of Undergraduate, I invite all students to leverage our resources and programming to support your in-class learning, on-campus engagement, and pursuit of your chosen degree. Go Panthers!

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: ecuevas@gsu.edu
Office Location: Suite 224, Sparks Hall

 

20140122CPR_Enrollment Services Portraits_003_o5Dylan Hart-Medina
Coordinator for Latino Outreach and Support

Education:
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky
BA, Spanish, Wichita State University

As a Coordinator for Latino Outreach and Support, my responsibilities are multifaceted. I am able to engage with students for the promotion of academic success and professional development while fostering leadership growth. I also cultivate partnerships with community agencies and organizations to enhance the impact of students beyond the campus. Overall, I seek to provide an environment that promotes holistic development, growth, and success.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: dhartmedina@gsu.edu
Office Location: 75 Piedmont (Citizen Trust Bank Building), Suite 368

 

Nikolas HuotNikolas Huot
Assistant Director, First-Year Programs

Education:
ABD, English Studies, Georgia State University
MA, English Studies, Université de Montréal

Working in the Office of Undergraduate Studies allows me to help a large number of students successfully  transition to a college environment and make the most of their time at Georgia State. Because of the efforts of everyone involved in Undergraduate Studies, students are more likely to persist in their studies and graduate in a timely manner. My main responsibilities involve data reporting, assessment of retention programs, as well as coordinating First-Year Programs. Every fall, I also teach a few sections of GSU 1010 as part of the Freshman Learning Communities.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: nhuot1@gsu.edu
Office Location: Suite 224, Sparks Hall

 

Elizabeth JimenezElizabeth Jimenez
Retention Coordinator

Education:
M.Ed., College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia
BA, English Literature, Florida State University

One of the most exciting things about being at Georgia State University is being able to work with students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. As a Retention Coordinator with the Office of Latino Student Services and Outreach, I enjoy supporting and assisting students in their transition to Georgia State. Additionally, I assist our office in providing different programs for students to enhance their college success.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: ejimenez@gsu.edu
Office Location: 75 Piedmont (Citizen Trust Bank Building), Suite 368

Jolayna Palm
Retention Coordinator

Education:
MA, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Eastern Michigan University
BBE, Business Management, Marketing & Technology, Eastern Michigan University

Working at Georgia State University has provided me with an opportunity to do what I truly enjoy, which is helping students succeed. As the Coordinator of the Academic Coaching Program, I promote student success by establishing partnerships with various campus departments, facilitating academic workshops, connecting students with resources, as well as providing them with guidance and support to help them progress at Georgia State University. My role at Georgia State University, also gives me the opportunity to support first-year students by instructing GSU 1010 courses and assisting with Success Academy and the Panther Excellence Program.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: jpalm@gsu.edu
Office Location: Suite 224, Sparks Hall

 

marlena parkerMarlena Parker
Coordinator of Scholarship Outreach

Education:
M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Georgia Southern University
BS, Human Resource Policy & Development, Georgia State University

I love the process of helping students organize their interests and seeing the puzzle pieces finally fit together when they realize what their passion is. The diversity of students that I am able to work with brings new challenges and exciting conversations every day.  I am extremely proud to be a part of what we do here to provide intellectually stimulating programs blended with a real commitment to student success.  Serving as the Coordinator of Scholarship Outreach at Georgia State University affords me the opportunity to incorporate creativity and personal interests at work.  I am responsible for coordinating the university wide open application scholarship process, providing scholarship outreach and overseeing the Scholarship Resource Center.  I am excited about continuing to enhance positive recognition of the scholarship program and empowering students to discover proactive solutions for the challenges they face in funding their education.  I welcome you to visit our office, website or attend a scholarship workshop if you need any assistance.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: mrparker@gsu.edu
Office Location:
Suite 251, Sparks Hall
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Kate VanDerSchaaf
Administrative Specialist for Retention Programs

Education:
M.Ed., Higher Education Management, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Sociology, Elon University

As the Administrative Specialist for Retention Programs in the Office of Undergraduate Studies I coordinate the iCARE/Early Alert Program that seeks to provide support to students who have demonstrated characteristics that hinder academic performance and scholastic success within the first six weeks of the semester.  I also am responsible for scheduling GSU 1010 and Perspective courses, which are interdisciplinary courses that are designed to provide students with a better understanding of the contemporary world.  I also oversee the First-Year Book program and teach a section of GSU 1010 during the Fall Semester.

Phone: 404/413-2052
Email: kvanderschaaf@gsu.edu
Office Location: Suite 224, Sparks Hall