Student Activities Staff

M. Brandon Cooper

Director of Student Activities

Brandon Cooper, Director for the Department of Student Activities is originally from Huntsville, Texas. He obtained his bachelors degree in Journalism/Public Relations with minors in Mass Communication and French from Sam Houston State University in 2005. Brandon oversees the planning and implementation of several University Special Events. He is also a member of the SHSU Homecoming Committee, the Battle of the Piney Woods Committee, the University Special Events Committee and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Initiative. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. Brandon received his Master's degree in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from SHSU in May of 2011.

Brandon Cooper

Rachel Valle

Assistant Director of Student Activities 

Rachel Valle, Assistant Director of Student Activities, oversees Multicultural Student Services and the SHSU Program Council. She attended the University of Saint Thomas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Rachel received her master’s degree in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University in 2011 and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. She enjoys learning about history and politics.

Brian McColpin

Assistant Director of Student Activities

Brian McColpin serves as the Assistant Director for the Department of Student Activities. Prior to arriving at Sam Houston State University, McColpin was the Program Coordinator for Iowa Western Community College. McColpin is was a staff member for Universal Cheerleader's Association (UCA). He is a native of Wichita, Kansas and earned an associate’s degree from Coffeyville Community College. He transferred to Morehead State University and received a bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies in 2005. He is married to Melissa McColpin and they have one daughter.

Brian McColpin

Steven Begnaud

Program Coordinator for Special Events

Steven Begnaud, Program Coordinator, is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2011 from SHSU. He currently oversees Bearkat Alley and Sammypalooza, as well as serves on the New Student Convocation Committee. Outside of work Steven enjoys watching football, playing with his dogs, and traveling. He plans to get his MBA from SHSU in the near future.

Jordan Chang

Multicultural Student Services Coordinator

Jordan Chang is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2012 from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. While in his undergraduate studies, Jordan's campus involvement in areas such as New Student Orientation, Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement, and Greek Life made him more interested in Higher Education and specifically, Student Affairs. He earned his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership: Higher Education in December 2014 from FAU and is now a PROUD Bearkat!

Sarah Garcia

Spirit Programs Coach

Sarah Garcia is a SHSU alumni where she was a member of the Orange Pride Dance team before taking over as coach in 2009. She has a Bachelors degree in Health Education. After Coaching at Sam Houston for 4 years bringing home 4 National Championship Titles, Sarah relocated to her home town in Killeen, TX. Sarah is very excited to be back at SHSU and taking on more responsibility as the Spirit Programs Coach where she will work with all Spirit Teams including: the Orange Pride Dance Team, Coed Cheer, All-Girl Cheer, and the Mascot Sammy the Bearkat!! Sarah is married to the love of her life, Joey Garcia and they are expecting their first child in November.




Kelly Patterson

Program Coordinator for Special Events

Kelly Patterson, Program Coordinator for the Department of Student Activities, is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She earned a bachelors degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University.  Prior to arriving at Sam Houston State University, Kelly was a middle and high school educator.  She is thrilled to join the Student Activities Department and plans to obtain a masters degree in the future.  Kelly is married to Zack Patterson, also a staff member at SHSU. Eat Em Up Kats!

Patterson, Kelly

Barbara Miller

Administrative Coordinator I

Barbara Miller, administrative coordinator for the Department of Student Activities is originally from Oklahoma.  She obtained her Associate Degree at Northern Oklahoma College.  Previously she was an administrative assistant at the VPSS office, a bookkeeper in Texas, and she was also a manager for an aerial sprayer in Oklahoma for 18 years.   She enjoys working with the students and staff.  Barbara is married to John H. Miller Jr., a math teacher. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandkids with one on the way.  They also have 2 puppies Romo and Roxy.

Barbara Miller

Casey Davis

Administrative Assistant III

Casey Davis, Administrative Assistant III for the Department of Student Activities, is originally from Huntsville, Texas. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Lone Star College. She previously worked at the Texas Workforce Commission where she held the position of Financial Aid Specialist. Casey is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration and plans to obtain her master's degree in the future.


Brian McColpin