The Student Personnel Association is a student organization for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who are interested in studying and/or working in student affairs. It offers professional development, networking, academic, and social opportunities for its members and people affiliated with the Higher Education and Policy Studies (HEPS) program.

Benefits and Programs

SPA plans a variety of programs throughout the year to connect you with your fellow HEPSters as well as the higher education and student affairs community at UCF and beyond. SPA is an important part of the HEPS experience at UCF.

Professional Development: Take advantage of a multitude of professional development opportunities throughout the year which include mock interviews, resume workshops, student affairs professional panels, job search preparation, and conference attendance just to name a few!

Networking: Connect with professionals in departments on and off campus, including departments looking to hire for internships and practicums through socials and other professional development opportunities.

Socials: Socials provide the opportunity to meet your peers and other professionals inside and outside the university. Check out our social media pages for the latest socials!

PALS: First year grad students are paired with second year grad or doctoral students to mentor throughout their first year, and to create an opportunity for relationship building and support.

Conference Funding: A huge opportunity afforded to SPA members is funding to attend the national NASPA conference for very little cost out of pocket. SPA also coordinates trips to the NASPA State Drive-In conference each year.

Comps Study Sessions: HEPS students take a comprehensive exam during the second year of the masters program in order to obtain their degree. SPA study sessions to help prepare members for this important examination.

Opportunity to Run for Executive Board Positions: Elections are held towards the end of the fall semester. Students to run for positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Professional Development Chair, Marketing Chair, and Social Chair.

Graduation: Every spring, SPA holds a graduation celebration and SPA members are awarded with graduation cords and special recognition. Family and friends are welcome!

 

Dues

$40 per year
$25 per semester
Ways to Pay:

  • Cash
  • Check (made out to “SPA”)
  • Venmo (contact eric.smith@ucf.edu if you are interested in paying with Venmo)

Executive Board

Vanessa Franco
President
vanessa.franco@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Special Events Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Involvement
Professional Interests:
To work in areas in which students can be engaged on campus and enhance their leadership qualities through Student Activities, Leadership and Community Engagement, and Fraternity and Sorority Life

Sarah Brunke
Vice President
sarah.brunke@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Communications Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Involvement
Professional Interests:
To work with first year students in some capacity, specifically interested in working with first generation and minority students.

Stephanie Marte
Secretary
stephanie.marte@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Graduate Residence Coordinator - Greek Park, Department of Housing and Residence Life
Professional Interests:
Work in Fraternity & Sorority Life as a Greek Advisor to help organizations better themselves and continue the amazing work that was started by their organization founders. I want to be able to change the view on Greek life for the better

Eric Smith
Treasurer
eric.smith@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Graduate Assistant for Programming, Office of Student Involvement
Professional Interests:
Work in student activities working up to the director level and eventually get my Ph.D and move into administration.

Tyler Schwaegler
Marketing Chair
tyler.schwaegler@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Graduate Residence Coordinator - Neptune Community, Department of Housing and Residence Life
Professional Interests:
Work in Housing and Residence Life specifically with social justice and diversity initiatives

Ra'Von Cooper
Social Chair
ravon.cooper@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Orientation & Pegasus Parent Program, Office of First Year Experience
Professional Interests:
Be an advisor or mentor to students and student leaders.

Megan Buntin
Professional Development Chair
megan.buntin@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Involvement Resource Development Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Involvement
Professional Interests:
Work with international higher education. My hope is to get another graduate degree in international relations and work at universities abroad or work at the national level here.

Laura Valle
Community Connections Chair
laura.valle@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Graduate Residence Coordinator - Nike Community, Department of Housing and Residence Life
Professional Interests:
Future career goals are to be a Director of Housing and then ultimately move into a Dean of Students role.

Albert Claro
Undergraduate Liaison
albert.claro@ucf.edu

Graduate Assistantship:
Graduate Residence Coordinator - Lake Claire Community, Department of Housing and Residence Life
Professional Interests:
Future goals are to acquire a JD and achieve the role of a Title IX Coordinator.