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What once was known as New Student and Spartan Family Programs has a new name: New Student Transitions and First Year Experience.

The department moved under Enrollment Management last semester, and with the move came the name change.

The department works to:

  • enhance student’s first year student success and retention
  • provide resources and services that will enhance the college transition experience and communication efficiencies, and will provide the necessary supports for families of our student required for improving student satisfaction, academic success and retention.

In the past months, there have been some staff changes, as well.

Shakima Clency is now senior associate director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience.

Brian Ford is now associate director, supervising the day-to-day SOAR planning and operations.

Austin McKim is a new coordinator of the Your First Year program. McKim will spearhead Rawkin’ Welcome Week, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, SPEARS, and all YFY programming.

Elizabeth Stewart is a new coordinator for Spartan Family Programs. She is responsible for the parent and family SOAR program, as well as Family Weekend and communication with our current and future Spartan Family members.

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, the department’s director, reports to Dr. Bryan Terry, vice chancellor for enrollment management.

See the staff listing here. Have questions? Email Sousa-Peoples at k_sousap@uncg.edu.

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