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Meet the Staff

Meet the coaches

Rochelle Latimer

Student Success Coach

Nadia Hall

Student Success Coach

student success coach Cathy Kennemer

Dr. Cathy Kennemer

Student Success Coach

student success coach Shelley Faust

Shelley Faust

Coordinator of Student Success Data and Assistant to the Dean of Students

Ray Timson

Student Success Coach

Jack Parsley

Student Success Coach

Rochelle Latimer

Student Success Coach

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism/Communications from Langston University, MHR-Master of Human Relations-Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and am currently working on my Master of Education in Social Studies.

I discovered later in life that I have a strong desire to help others. I worked as an academic advisor which allowed me to help students but moving into the role of a student success coach has enabled me to work beyond the academic issues and help students in a broader capacity. I have had some unique experiences in my life, and I have come to see those experiences not as hardships but as training so that I can help students overcome various obstacles.

My family dealt with some very serious emotional and financial issues while I was attending college. I was not sure how to ask for help or that I even needed help, I felt like I had to deal with all my issues independently because I believed was being an adult. I was sitting in the financial aid office preparing to submit an appeal for financial aid because it was my second time on academic probation, when the administrative assistant, pulled me to the side and asked if she could talk to me briefly. It was within this conversation that she offered me some advice and gave me information about resources on campus that could help me, however, the most important message she provided to me was that it was ok to need help. By accessing the available resources and support, I was able to learn how to positively cope with the challenges I faced, and it resulted in the successful completion of my degree.

Nadia Hall

Student Success Coach

I graduated from the University of Tulsa with both my bachelors in Elementary Education and my Masters in School Counseling.  I am currently in the 4th year of my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

My why for being a Student Success Coach is that I believe that every student can be successful!

When I transferred to The University of Tulsa in the spring semester, I remember feeling lost and alone.  I struggled to make friends. This was a difficult place for me because up until then, I always had an abundance of friends. About two weeks after classes started, an RA in Lottie Jane introduced me to her friend circle. Eventually, I became a part of this friend group and the rest of my time at TU is something I will cherish for a lifetime!  It was the kindness of an RA that helped me find my space here at TU and I’m proud to have the opportunity to pay that kindness forward by helping other students make the TU community their own!

Dr. Cathy Kennemer

Student Success Coach

I am a native of Derma, Mississippi. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising, and my Master’s of Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University. I then earned a Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences: Apparel Merchandising from Oklahoma State University. Prior to working as a Student Success Coach at TU, I worked as both a professional Academic Advisor and a tenured Associate Professor of Business at two Tulsa-area 4-year universities.

I believe that all students attend college with different experiences and expectations and deserve to have a professional “in their corner” to help each student grow and develop.

As a sophomore at Mississippi State, I applied for a scholarship that required a recommendation from a faculty member outside of my major. I remember asking my Business Communication professor because I sat on the front row of a large auditorium class and earned a solid A in her course. Going to her office to ask for the recommendation I felt very confident that she would write a glowing recommendation because I always attended class and was such a good student. I remember her kindly saying to me, “I’m sorry, I recognize you from the front row and know that you made an A in my class; but I don’t know you. I don’t know enough about you to write a scholarship recommendation.” My pride was hurt temporarily, but I quickly understood her message. From that semester forward I made a point to get to know each of my professors and allow them to know me as a student. Because I took a different approach I found the most wonderful mentor who encouraged and helped me apply for both of my graduate programs.

Shelley Faust

Coordinator of Student Success Data and Assistant to the Dean of Students

I graduated from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. After working in that field for two years, my husband and I moved to Tulsa and started our family. I was a stay-at-home mom for 22 years before coming to work for TU.

I strongly believe that EVERY student has the potential to be successful. It might take some self-reflection, learning positive self-talk, or obtaining the right resources to accomplish goals. I believe in every student and firmly believe that they can do great things.

My first year away from home gave me much freedom. And with that newfound freedom, I made several poor choices resulting in academic probation. I was ashamed, embarrassed, and disappointed in myself. It didn’t help that I was in a major that my parents insisted. When I returned to college I stumbled upon a class that excited and challenged me. I changed my major and found a mentor. I met with professors, joined a study group, and ended my college experience on the President’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.

Ray Timson

Student Success Coach

I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s in ESL & Linguistics from Oklahoma State University. I have worked at Oklahoma State University and at The University of Tulsa in Housing, International Student Services, and Academic Support Services.  

 

The best part of my job as a Student Success Coach is getting to know students and supporting them on their journey. I enjoy helping students in all aspects of their university experience, as one area usually affects another. Whatever is on your mind, you are always welcome to share. There will always be a cup of tea or coffee waiting for you in my office.  

 

I came from a small town with limited diversity, so when I reached the university, I was excited to learn about other cultures and lifestyles. However, I was also inexperienced. I remember meeting some international students who did not speak English. I found this fascinating. I wanted to know all about their lives and cultures, as well as share mine with them. Experiences like this have encouraged me to see more of the world through studying and living abroad. Having the opportunity during college to meet people from all over the world has widened my view and benefited my life.  

Jack Parsley

Student Success Coach

I graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Journalism and New Media with a minor in Philosophy in 2017. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an M.Ed in Adult and Higher Education in 2020. Before coming to TU, I worked in New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Programming, and Community Outreach.

 

I’ve always been drawn to roles where I can help people. The transition to college is such a unique and exciting time in a student’s life, and I love being able to walk with them on this journey and offer support wherever I can. There were several faculty and staff members I worked with during my academic career that I know I would not have graduated without their help. I treasure the opportunity to support students in some of the same ways.

 

During the first year at Baylor, I did a poor job getting involved and making meaningful connections on campus. I came to college with a group of friends from high school, and I spent too much time trying to fit in with the new group that my friends had formed instead of finding my own path. I applied to be an orientation leader on a whim and got the position. Being an orientation leader helped me build the kind of relationships I had been missing. I found out that my place on campus was helping other students go through the transition to college and helping them to avoid the mistakes that I made. I spent my last three years of college working with new student programs, which led me to a career in higher education.