Athens, Ga. – Six graduate students in the University of Georgia’s college student affairs administration program claimed first, second and third places against 20 other student teams in a case study competition at a recent regional conference.
The sweep was the first of its kind at the Southern Association of College Students Affairs Conference. “No other graduate program in the region has ever accomplished this feat,” said Diane Cooper, a professor and coordinator of the master’s program in the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services.
Competing in teams of two, UGA freshmen Matt Garrett and Mallory Trochesset received first place, Jonathan Duke and Stephanie Howeth claimed second place, and Donna Lee Davis and Heather Yopp placed third.
Each team in the competition is given a case and a short period of time to prepare their response. The teams present their responses in front of a panel of judges made up of four senior student affairs professionals. The case study in this event was about a racial incident on a college campus. It required the students to prepare a short-term plan for working with the students and group involved in the incident and to long-term plan for a diversity initiative on campus.
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