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UGA counseling students place first and second in national competition

Athens, Ga. – Two University of Georgia counseling students placed first and second in the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors’ First-Year Case Study Challenge.

Brian Golden and Julie Bryant, first-year master’s students in the College of Education’s college student affairs administration program, competed in the challenge at the AFA’s annual meeting held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

Golden and his assigned partner, University of Kansas student Lauren Misiewicz, placed first in the competition, while Bryant and her partner, Florida State University student Stephen Dominy, received second place.

The challenge is one of several programs offered at the annual meeting specifically targeted to assist with graduate students’ professional development. It uses a case study designed to introduce first-year students to the issues that challenge fraternity and sorority advising professionals.

The challenge includes training for participants on how to approach case study competitions as well as presentation tips. Teams of two present their solutions to the scenario. The three teams judged to have the best solutions were recognized at the AFA/AFA Foundation Recognition Luncheon during the annual meeting.

Golden received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Virginia Tech in 2010. After graduation, he plans to pursue a position as an assistant director of Greek life.

Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a concentration in organizational communication from James Madison University in 2010.She also plans to work in the student affairs field in Greek life after her graduation.

For more information about the UGA College of Education’s college student affairs administration program, see