Spring 2020 Newsletter

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TACUSPA President's Message

Hola, amigos y colegas de TACUSPA.

Hello, TACUSPA friends and colleagues,

Espero que usted, sus seres queridos y colegas estén bien. En este tiempo sé que para algunos de ustedes el agotamiento físico y mental es muy real.

I hope that you, your loved ones, and colleagues are doing well. I say that knowing that for some of you the exhaustion, physically and mentally, is very real.

Estamos siendo afrontados de maneras que no esperábamos este semestre. Estamos re-examinando cómo integramos nuestra vida hogareña y profesional. Todos tenemos nuevos "compañeros de trabajo" en nuestras “nuevas oficinas” y eso en sí mismo puede ser difícil a veces. Quiero tomar un poco de tiempo para agradecerles por todo esto y más

We are being challenged in ways that we did not expect this semester. We are re-examining what integrating our home and professional lives looks like. We all have new “co-workers” in our “new offices” and that in itself can be challenging at times. I just want to take the time to say thank you for doing all of this and more.

Mientras trabajan para apoyar a sus estudiantes en momentos de transición y crisis, espero que tomen el tiempo para cuidarse personalmente. Involucrarse en este trabajo, particularmente en estos momentos, no es fácil y puede ser demasiado fácil olvidarse de lo que necesitamos en estos momentos para sentirnos apoyados y vistos. No olvidemos que tenemos un deber con nosotros mismos, además de y en apoyo del trabajo, que les brindamos a nuestros estudiantes y colegas.

As you work to support students in moments of transition and crisis, I hope that you are pausing to take care of you. Engaging in this work right now is not easy and it can become all too easy to forget about what we need in these times to feel supported and seen.  Let us not forget that we have a duty to ourselves in addition to, and in support of the work, we engage our students and colleagues in.

Espero que sepan que son importante. El trabajo que están haciendo importa. Se ve diferente a lo planeado, pero el valor y el impacto no cambia. Lo vemos y apreciamos todo lo que continúan haciendo, ya que todos nos adaptamos día a día a los nuevos cambios.

I hope that you know that you matter. The work that you are doing matters. It looks differently than planned, but the value and impact does not change. We see you and appreciate all that you are continuing to do as we all adjust day to day to new updates and changes.

Espero que usted, sus seres queridos y colegas continúen apoyándose mutuamente, ya que todos terminamos nuestro semestre un poco diferente de lo planeado. También espero ver cómo celebramos a nuestros estudiantes que perseveran y finalizaran sus requisitos de grado esta primavera.

I hope that you, your loved ones, and colleagues continue to support each other as we all end our semester a bit differently than planned. I also look forward to seeing how we all celebrate all of our students who persevere and finish their degree requirements this spring.

Seguimos preparándonos para nuestra conferencia en Austin, Texas, este octubre y continuaremos manteniéndolos al tanto a través de nuestro sitio web a medida que avance el año.

Please know that we continue to prepare for our conference in Austin, Texas this October. We will continue to update you via our website as the year progresses.


Iliana B. Meléndez

TACUSPA Memberships

Renew your TACUSPA membership today! Our Individual and Intuitional membership cycle runs January 1 – December 31st.
Benefits of membership include reduced conference registration fees, a variety of volunteer opportunities, webinars on current and relevant topics, access to online job postings, and networking opportunities with colleagues from across the state in a wide range of professional responsibilities.

Webinars and Podcasts

Useful Career Skills for Student Affairs Professionals

Iliana Melendez, Associate Dean of Students, University of Houston - Clear Lake

Taylor Kemp, Student Development Specialist II, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Watch the Recorded Webinar

Hidden Tricks and Tips on Changing Functional Areas within Student Affairs

Taylor Kemp, Student Development Specialist II, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Joshua Neaves, Director of Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Tyler

Listen to the Recorded Podcast

Research and Scholarship

TACUSPA is committed to supporting and advancing scholarship in the field of student affairs and in higher education. We want to hear about your involvement in the classroom and how you have contributed to the advancement of scholarship and research.

If you have any questions or comments about research and scholarship initiatives of TACUSPA, please contact Dr. Teresa Simpson at teresa.simpson@lamar.edu.

Please complete the Research and Scholarship Survey

Board of Directors Elections

Elections for the 2020 TACUSPA Board of Directors are scheduled to begin April 27, 2020.
Instructions for voting will be sent to the email on file for active members. Learn more about the candidates.

 President-Elect Director
of Marketing
 Director of Education and
Professional Development
 Director of
Corey J. Benson Lacey Folsom Patrick Dowling Brandon Lee
Heather Snow Taylor Kemp Shanna U. Moody Stephanie Y. Martinez

Board of Directors - Meeting Minutes

We encourage you to learn more about the work of the Board of Directors by reviewing our meeting minutes.

Quarterly Report - Second Quarter


(approved on 10/21/19)







2019 Membership Dues

2020 Membership Dues

Miscelleanous Income

Checking Interest Income

Fall Conference 2019-San Marcos $67,065.00

Foundation 2019-2020

BIA Interest Income

CDs Interest Income


President $8,000.00 $11,320.00

President-Elect $0.00 $0.00

Past President $0.00 $0.00

Administration $600.00 $600.00

Membership $425.00 $106.80

Marketing $520.00 $0.00

Education $0.00 $0.00

Assessment $0.00 $0.00

Research $2,850.00 $300.00

Secretary $50.00 $0.00

Treasurer $5,500.00 $1,684.99

Technology $4,000.00 $979.89

Board Reserve $1,000.00 $1,000.00

Fall Conference 2019-San Marcos $0.00 $57,796.68

Fall Conference 2020- Austin $0.00 $20,000.00

Foundation 2019-2020 $8,840.00 $610.23


as of 3/2/2020 $229,848.45

Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators

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