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Andrew Forest

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Andrew Forest

Your Name:  Andrew Forest

College Major: Sociology and Criminal Justice

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Job Title: Senior Admissions Recruiter - Coordinator of Community Partnerships

Direct Phone: 903-886-5076

Email: Andrew.Forest@tamuc.edu

Territory: High schools in Dallas (Pinkston, Sunset, Adamson, Roosevelt, Madison, Samuell, South Oak Cliff, Kimball, Molina, Lincoln, Cart, Wilmer Hutchins, Seagoville, Spruce, and Townview), Garland, Mesquite & Richardson, Irving, Grand Prairie, Desoto, Sunnyvale I.S.D.

Where are you from: I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I was a product of the Dallas Independent School District throughout all 12 years of my schooling. I graduated from Townview Magnet Center in 2007, and then went on to pursue my Bachelors of Science in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University - Commerce. I received that degree in 2011 and in 2014, I received my Master's in Higher Ed. Administration.

Where did you go to College? What did you Study and why that Major: I am a proud alumni of Texas A&M University - Commerce, where I studied Sociology & Criminal Justice. Throughout high school and my first 2 years of college, I aspired to become a defense attorney, but after involvement with a recruitment & retention program during each of my last 3 years of college, my career path shifted towards an interest in higher education.

What is your favorite part of Campus: My favorite part of the campus would be the Sam Rayburn Student Center. It is a great place on campus for students to congregate and interact socially and academically as well.

What is your favorite A&M-Commerce Tradition: My favorite A&M-Commerce tradition would have to be the Pride Walk that occurs during Lion Camp. I like it because it gives the incoming new students a moment in the spotlight, along with making them feel welcome here at the university overall.

Kourtney Dickerson

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Kourtney Dickerson

Your Name: Kourtney Dickerson

College Major: Bachelor's of Science in Political Science

Hometown: Quinlan, TX

Job Title: Admissions Recruiter

Direct Phone: 903-886-5112

Email: Kourtney.Dickerson@tamuc.edu

Territory: North East Texas Counties including: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Titus, Wood, and Upshur. Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Eastfield College and Paris Junior College.

Where did you go to College? What did you Study and why that Major? I attended Texas A&M-Commerce and received my undergraduate degree Political Science. I have always had an interest in government and how the country functions, it was always something that came natural for me.  I love understanding and learning how the process works and what our representatives are doing for us. 

What is your favorite part of Campus: Most definitely the Morris Recreation Center! As a student, you have free access to this facility, and I encourage everyone to take advantage. They offer a wide variety of free fitness classes, including cycling, Zumba, TRX, Pilates, and my personal favorite- yoga classes!

I also love the way faculty and staff at this University go above and beyond to help the student. As an undergraduate at Texas A&M-Commerce, I was comforted by the fact that if I had an issue, I was never afraid to ask someone for help. I am very lucky to be part of such a student-oriented staff! 

What are some of your favorite things about Commerce: I love attending the sporting events on campus and getting involved in campus activities. Texas A&M- Commerce may be located in a small town, but you would never know it based on how active campus is. There is always something to do, and something to cater to almost everyone’s interests!

What advice would you give to prospective students as they prepare to attend college: Questions, questions, questions! If you don’t know, ask someone!   Don’t ever be afraid to try something new, and get yourself involved in campus organizations. College is a great time to build lifelong friendships, as well as getting a jumpstart on your future career. Take advantage of the networking opportunities provided by professional organizations on campus. Remember, it isn’t always what you know, but who you know that may help you in your career! Most importantly, don’t lose focus on the original reason you are attending college- your education.

Dali Hatanville

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Dali HatanvilleYour Name:  Dali Hatanville

College Major: Agricultural Communications

Graduate Degree: Counseling & Student Affairs

Hometown: Garden City, Kansas

Job Title: Senior Admissions Recruiter-Coordinator of Communications

Direct Phone: 903-468-8697

Email: Dali.Hatanville@tamuc.edu

Where are you from: My hometown of Garden City, Kansas has a population of 28,500 people in southwest Kansas. A town built around farming and ranching with a very diverse community. Growing up the oldest of three girls in my family, going to college wasn't ever an option; I was going no matter what. My parents always wanted better for us than what they had.

How long have you been working in Higher Education or in a college environment: I have been working in Higher Education for about 6 years. First as a student worker in the Office of Alumni Relations at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for two and half years. During my time there I worked with alumni of the university, getting them involved on campus and networking with current students as well as new alumni. We hosted event events for both alumni and current students. After graduation I was offered a full time position. I have worked at A&M Commerce for 2 years as an Admission Recruiter. I loved working with students to help realize their dreams of going to college and pursuing their education.

What is your favorite part of Campus: Check out the Planetarium!!! Our Planetarium is fun for every one of all ages. The planetarium’s 87 reclined seats immerse the audience in a space environment filling their visions and appearing to take them beyond the confines of the Earth.

What are some of your favorite things to do in East Texas/Commerce area: Canton Trade Days!!! It’s a must if you live in East Texas. There’s something for everyone!!!

What do you like the most about recruiting students: The highlight of my job is getting to work with students on a daily basis. I love being able to talk to students about their dreams and goals and how they can achieve them!

Mayra Serna

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Mayra Serna

Your Name: Mayra Serna

College Major: Paralegal Studies and Spanish

Hometown: Rockwall, TX

Job Title: Admissions Recruiter

Direct Phone: 903-886-5288

Email: Mayra.Serna@tamuc.edu

Territory: All high schools in The Valley, El Paso/Midland, all High Schools in Denton and Collin County. Grayson Community College and North Central Texas Community College

Where are you from:  I grew up in Garland and Rockwall, Texas. I graduated from a Rockwall ISD high school.

Where did you go to College? What did you Study and why that Major:  I went to college at Texas A&M University-Commerce for my undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies and Spanish. I choose those majors because I had a passion for learning about different laws and the Spanish language and culture.

What are some of your favorite things about Commerce: My favorite thing about Texas A&M University- Commerce is the close, tight-knit community offered at the campus. The class sizes are just right and permit to build a close relationship with professors and classmates.

What is your favorite A&M - Commerce Tradition: My favorite A&M-Commerce tradition is the pride walk during lion camp and welcoming all new incoming students to our campus.

Tiffany Clark

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Tiffany Clark

Name: Tiffany Clark

College Major: B.S. in Sociology w/ a Minor in Counseling

Graduate Degree: M.S. in Management w/ a Higher Ed. emphasis
Home Town: Dallas, TX

Job Title: Admissions Recruiter

Direct Phone: 903-468-3077

Email: tiffany.clark@tamuc.edu

Territory: All high schools in Kaufman, Gregg, Henderson, and Harrison Counties

Where did you go to college? What did you study and why?

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University- Commerce on August 14, 2010 and am currently working on my Master’s degree in Management with a higher education emphasis online at National American University. Understanding how a person’s environment may affect the way in which one moves through life, not only intrigues me, but helps me be more effective in doing what I love – helping  students realize and use their potential to be successful.

What is your favorite part of Commerce?

I would say hands down, the Residence Halls and the Rayburn Student Center. They both provide an environment that fosters positive student connections and relationships.

What are some of your favorite things about Commerce?

I love that it’s a small town with a close-knit community. I think it largely contributes to the student-centered culture of the University. Everyone knows everyone and the staff/ faculty members go above and beyond to ensure the overall success of students.

What advice would you give perspective students as they prepare to attend college?

Focus, Focus, Focus! Don’t procrastinate. In order to be successful, you need to be able to effectively balance your academic, social, and personal life; so start working on your time management skills now. Use the resources that are available to you (there are a lot of them) and ask questions. Lastly, have fun and enjoy the journey! Your college experience is going to be 50% what you learn in the classroom and 50% what you learn about yourself in the process. Create the experience you want to have by getting involved and networking on campus. You don’t want to leave with your degree and not have any great memories and lessons to take with you.

Peggy Borchardy

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Peggy Borchardt

Your Name: Peggy Borchardt

College Major:Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Leisure Studies

Graduate Major: Master of Education

Hometown: Cedar Creek Lake, Texas

Job Title: Admissions Recruiter

Direct Phone: 903-468-3206

Email: Peggy.Borchardt@tamuc.edu

Territory: All high schools south of Dallas County to Austin, Texas including Midlothian, Red Oak, Waxahachie, Joshua, Rio Vista, Cleburne, Venus, Hillsboro, Itasca, Ennis, Ferris, Alvalon, Italy, Maypearl, Palmer, Burleson, and Alvarado.  Also ISDs in Central Texas/Waco including Bosque, McLennan, Limestone, Bell, Milam, Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Hamilton, and Coryell.  And community college transfer students from TSTC Waco and McLennan College.

Where did you go to College? What did you Study and why that Major: I attended North Texas State University as an undergraduate student and changed my major six times – English, Journalism, Advertising, Psychology, Pre-Vet, Recreation & Leisure Studies!  Luckily, I had a great Resident Assistant and Faculty Advisor who made sure that I picked the right core courses and major courses, so all but 3 credit hours applied to my Bachelor of Science degree!

What are some of your favorite things about Commerce: Where do I start – it’s the entire package – the food, the friendships, the NCAA Division II sports and all that comes with that, the swimming pool and the climbing wall, the outdoor adventure program, the Starbucks, and all of the resources, clubs, and student organizations available to students to enjoy.  Plus, I love the school colors – Blue & Gold!

What is your favorite A&M - Commerce Tradition: The Legacy.  Alumni always take the time to stop by and say “Hello!” to the admissions recruiters when we are at outreach and recruitment events.  They delight us with their stories about their college days and their professors.  The best take away is their good memories of “Old ET” and how these college kids are now teachers, artists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, vets, business owners, musicians, scientists, coaches, accountants, social workers, actors, writers, computer professionals,  farmers and ranchers, superintendents, managers, paralegals, first responders, astronomers, and community leaders.  It’s a Great Day to be a Lion!

John Naizer

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John Naizer

Your Name: John G. Naizer

College Major: Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science w/ a Minor in Chemistry

Hometown: Commerce, TX

Job Title: Admissions Recruiter

Direct Phone: 903-468-3026

Email: John.Naizer@tamuc.edu

Territory: All high schools in Tarrant County, Tarrant County College District and West Texas

Where are you from? I grew up where the blackland prairies meet the piney woods in Commerce, Texas where I attended Commerce High School. I have been participating in events on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce since I was 2 years including football games, concerts, and prestigious speakers as well as visiting my father who is a professor here.

What are some of your favorite things about Commerce: From your first day on campus the Faculty welcomes you with open arms. With the small class sizes you are able to get to know your professors on a more personal level and have the opportunity, as early as your freshman year, to participate in undergraduate research and present at professional conferences. I also enjoy the International Study Abroad opportunities where anyone can have a chance to study in a foreign country for class credits.

Where did you go to College? What did you Study and why that Major? I attended Texas A&M University-Commerce for Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Minor in Chemistry as a part of the Honors College. From a young age I was always fascinated in wildlife and conservation efforts, and by studying Environmental Science I fell in love with Chemistry side of my studies. With the assistance of the Chemistry Department I was able to participate in undergraduate research in the remediation of environmental pollutants.

What is your favorite A&M - Commerce Tradition? I love attending the Global Cultural Festival. International Students representing their home country dress in their native clothing and prepare their native foods for you to try.

Edwena Henderson

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Edwena Henderson

Your Name: Edwena M. Henderson

College Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Job Title: Senior Admissions Recruiter – Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment and Partnerships

Direct Phone: 903-468-8755

Email: edwena.henderson@tamuc.edu

Territory: Eastfield, North Lake College, Brookhaven College, Richland College, Mountain View College, Kilgore College, Tyler Junior College, Texas College, and all community colleges outside of DFW and Houston areas.

Where are you from:  I grew up in Dallas, Texas in the Oak Cliff ar4ea and attended the same grade school in Dallas Independent School District, graduating from the School of Education and Social Services at the Yvonne A Ywell Townview Magnet Center.  

Where did you go to College? What did you Study and why that Major:  I attended Texas A&M University Commerce for my undergraduate degree in Mathematics education. I choose that major because I wanted to teach and I wanted to teach in a needed field either Math or Science. Within my senior year of college and student teaching I became passionate more on the idea of college and being the first in my family to graduate and decided to take another route and completed a pure Mathematics degree and went into Higher Education Administration. In 2010, I completed a Masters in Management and in 2013 I completed Masters in Business Administration with a concentration on Healthcare Administration both from the University of Phoenix, allowing me to be very diverse in higher education in different fields of study.

What are some of your favorite things about Commerce: My favorite thing about Commerce is the Commerce Community that makes up a great supportive family for the University and our students to feel home away from home while they’re at school. The learning experience in small class sizes also allows students to develop great relationships with your professors and assist with opportunity after college. I also enjoyed the student life and campus activities because there is always something for everyone to get involved in.

What is your favorite A&M - Commerce Tradition: My Favorite A&M University -Commerce tradition is Blue and Gold Wednesday and continuous Lucky Lion Pride every day!