John Yarabeck

Name: John Yarabeck
Title: Dean of Students
Email: jyarabeck@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 13 years
Years in Higher Education: 32 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, M.Ed.

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John grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) receiving a BS in Human Development/Family Studies and an M.Ed in College Student Personnel Administration. John has spent his entire professional life in student services and prior to coming to SHSU has worked at Concordin College (MN), Saint Bonaventure University (NY), Saint Mary's University (TX), Columbia College (MO), Christian Brothers University (TN), Thiel College (PA), Houston Baptist University (TX), and Waynesburg College (PA). In addition to overseeing The Dean of Students Staff, Dean Yarabeck chairs the Students of Concerns (SOC) Team and coordinates the Crisis Team. He also serves as the Freshmen Leaders Program (FLP) facilitator and is the Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor. John enjoys attending SHSU athletic and theater events. He is also active in the Huntsville Rotary Club, University Heights Baptist Church and serves as Vice President of the Huntsville Cruisers (classic car club).


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Name: Jerrell Sherman
Title: Associate Dean of Students for Student Conduct and Advocacy
Email: jsherman@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 7 years
Years in Higher Education: 9 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, MA

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Jerrell Sherman is a Houston, Texas native and is a proud alumnus of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. He then went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Advertising/Marketing Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. His responsibilities include but are not limited to event planning, policy writing, branding, marketing/pr campaigns, web development, advising the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Order of Omega, and providing oversight for the entire Greek Life program at SHSU.  Jerrell is also responsible for University Discipline, Student Code of Conduct, Student Judicial Programs/Hearing Officer, Student Guidelines, and Admissions Screenings.


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Name: Chelsea Smith
Title: Associate Dean of Students for Parent Relations and Special Programs
Email: chelsea.smith@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 5 years
Years in Higher Education: 9 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, M.Ed.

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Chelsea Smith is originally from Austin, Texas. She attended Texas State University-San Marcos where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Master's of Education in Student Affairs. At Texas State University she was an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and a graduate research assistant/intern in the Office of Greek Life. Chelsea currently oversees all aspects of the Parent Relations Office and Special Programs in the Dean of Students' Office. Her responsibilities include overseeing Bearkat Family Weekend, Primary Advisor for the SHSU Orange Keys Official University Student Ambassadors, Coordinating the University Memorial Service (Raven's Call), Coordinating the Faculty and Staff Recognition Program (Keys of Excellence), Co-Advisor to Student Government Association (SGA), and Administrator Advisor for the SHSU Parents' Association (SHSUPA).  Chelsea is also responsible for Absence Notifications and Office Assessment.  She is the Chair of the Free Speech Preparedness Team, and is the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Student Services where she assist with Title IX investigations and compliance.  She supervises the Parent Relations & Special Programs Coordinator and Student Assistant. 


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Name: Alli Miller
Title: Greek Life Coordinator                                                         
Email: a.miller@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 3 year
Years in Higher Education: 4 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, M.Ed.

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Alli Miller is a New Orleans native who earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Alli previously worked with incoming freshman in the First Year Initiative Office, Student Government, and Greek Life Offices while completing her Masters in Higher Education: Student Affairs Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to advising the Panhellenic Association, Multicultural Greek Council, and Order of Omega Greek honors society, event planning and marketing, and policy writing for the Greek Life community at SHSU.


                                                            
Name:  Kalyn Cavazos
Title:  Parent Relations & Special Programs Coordinator
Email:  Kalyn@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 9 years
Years in Higher Education: 6 years
Certifications, licenses, or other:  BA, MA
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Kalyn Cavazos is originally from New Braunfels, TX.  She earned her    Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.   She has a professional background in a variety of roles within the Division of Enrollment Management, Student Services, and Academic Affairs.  She serves on  several university committees and is a Life Member of the SHSU Alumni Association.  Kalyn currently coordinates the Parent Relations Office & Special Programs in the Dean of Students’ Office.  Her responsibilities include coordinating the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program, Freshman Leadership Program, Bearkat Family Weekend, and Who's Who Recognition Banquet.  She is also the Co-Advisor to Orange Keys Student Ambassadors, assist with Raven's Call Memorial Service and Keys to Excellence Award Ceremony.  Kalyn is University Advisor to the SHSU Parents' Association, advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honors Society, and is a member of the Emergency Response Team. She also supervises the Parent Relations Office student assistant and USA Today intern.


Phyllis Barrett

Name: Phyllis Barrett
Title: Administrative Coordinator
Email: pbarrett@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 25 years
Years in Higher Education: 25 years

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Phyllis has worked for the Division of Student Services for the past 25 years.  She is responsible for budget management, purchasing, travel, parking appeals coordination, and Student Government Association budgetary needs. 


Teresa Vick

Name: Teresa Vick
Title: Administrative Associate I
Email: tv@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 9 years
Years in Higher Education: 9 years

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Teresa has been employed with Sam Houston State University since September 2007. She currently works in the Dean of Students' Office in the Division of Student Services after transferring from the Registrar’s Office with Enrollment Management Division.  Teresa's responsibilities include: scheduling appointments for the Dean and Associate Dean of Students and coordination of Judicial Affairs process.  She serves on the Parking and Transportation Committee and assist with Parking Appeals.

 


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