TxGAP Chapter Overview and Update

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.

Chapter Highlights for TxGAP
Presented by:  Dana Mordecai, President since 2014.

 
I am currently the Assistant Director of Recruitment, Marketing, Communications and Special Events for the Toulouse Graduate School at the University of North Texas.  I have been involved with TxGAP since 2012 since almost it’s beginning with just a few people from across the great state of Texas that desired the opportunity to bring together the many different opportunities for GEM professionals. 
 
In the past we have held webinars, hosted informal mixers after graduate fairs, and created a members only forum with a comprehensive website.  Our most significant annual event is our summer conference.  We have grown from only 65 attendees at our first conference hosted on the UNT Dallas campus. 
 
The 2015 4th Annual TxGAP Summer Institute was held June 11-12 in Ft. Worth.  The host hotel was the Hilton Ft. Worth, infamous for being the last place John F. Kennedy stayed before that fateful day in nearby Dallas. 
 
With over 100 attendees from 38 different institutions, this year’s Summer Institute was the largest in our short history.  The meeting continues to expand in number, and we hope to continue that growth over the coming years.
 
Andrea Yen, UT Arlington, served as this year’s conference committee chair.
 
A first-timer’s session opened the Summer Institute on Thursday evening followed by an opening reception.  The reception was held at Reata Restaurant and was very well attended.  The reception was sponsored by Synergis Education.
 
Other sponsors for the Summer Institute included:   MN – Consumer Media   Network;  Grad Trek; JetSpring
 
Friday was kicked off with keynote speaker Brenda Harms of Harms Consulting.  Her talk, “Recruitment:  Leading the Way with Student Care,” drew great interest from those in attendance.
 
There were 12 concurrent sessions on Friday, covering topics like recruiting, marketing, student services, and more.  Feedback was good from all those going to these sessions.
 
Elections were held for two positions that were open on the TxGAP board:  vice-president and treasurer.  Alounda Joseph from UNT Dallas was elected to vice-president, and Philip Guerrero was elected to the treasurer position.
 
Officers for this year were:
President
Dana Mordecai
The University of North Texas
 
Vice-President
Brandon Lemley
Abilene Christian University
 
Secretary
Stephanie Ozuna
University of Texas-Pan American
 
Treasurer
Alounda Joseph
The University of North Texas at Dallas
 
Communications Director
Melissa Ford
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
 
Professional Development Chair
Matthew Painter
Texas State University
 
Membership Director 
Janeen Wood
Texas A&M University