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Alumni Success Stories

The following testimonials represent the diverse learning experiences, academic achievements, and post-graduation successes of the alumni of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies.

If you're an alumnus/a of our department, we'd like to hear from you! Contact our department chair to share your academic, professional, or personal success story.

Cherise James

Cherise JamesM.S. College Student Affairs | Class of 2009

Cherise James, M.S., is currently the Associate Director of Orientation and Lower Division Programming at Wake Forest University in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Cherise was an NSU Distinguished Alum and has returned to campus as a guest speaker to generously share her experience with our current students. She believes in mentoring those students coming up behind her and credits the CSA program and her Graduate Assistantship with preparing her for her career. While at NSU she was the Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Affairs. This experience helped her in her work with diversity and inclusion at Wake Forest.

Jake Shilts

Jake ShiltsM.S. College Student Affairs | Class of 2009

Jake Shilts, M.S. is the Campus Director of Advisement and Career Services at Miami-Dade College.

While he was a CSA student, Jake was a Graduate Assistant. Upon graduation he was hired as a Practicum Coordinator at NSU. He later went to Miami Dade College and is now in the Campus Director’s position. Jake credits his master’s program and his assistantship in helping him to become a successful student affairs professional.

Donielle Cyprian

Donielle CyprianM.S. College Student Affairs | Class of 2013

Donielle Cyprian, M.S., is the Director of Student Engagement at Bethune-Cookman University. Bethune-Cookman University, a member of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), is located in Daytona Beach with an enrollment of about 3,600 students.

According to Cyprian, “My time at NSU has been the best. I was nervous at first in pursuing a degree online and the feeling of being alienated, but my experience was just the opposite; the classes were inviting and engaging and faculty and staff were so supportive. The time I spent at NSU has been a joy and after graduating I feel that the education that I have gained has made me the best Student Affairs Professional. I couldn’t have asked for a better program to help me to the next level in my career.”

Hannah Barr

Hannah BarrM.S. College Student Affairs | Class of 2012

Hannah Barr, M.S., is the Assistant Engagement Director at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While a CSA student at SHSS, Hannah was the Graduate Assistant for Student Development in the Office of Special Projects in Student Affairs. She credits her graduate assistantship as a main contributing factor to her success. “Without question, my graduate assistantship has gifted me with an even greater understanding of the importance and vitality of the student affairs field.” She also noted the exposure she had to conflict resolution as part of her CSA program as another benefit. The addition of conflict resolution in the CSA program has “….granted me a new set of skills.”

Whitney Brown

Whitney BrownM.S. College Student Affairs | Class of 2010

Whitney Brown, M.S., is currently the Associate Director of Campus Life at Augustana College Sioux Falls, ND. Brown graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree from the College Student Affairs (CSA).

While at NSU, Whitney served as a Graduate Assistant in Residence Life and in the Office of Career Development. She credits her experience as a GA in Student Affairs and her coursework for preparing her for her position at Augustana College.

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