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Meet the Staff

Wendy“We are excited that you chose Southwestern to advance your education! We offer a variety of services designed to help students achieve their academic goals including a one-hour College Success course, one-on-one academic coaching sessions with a graduate assistant, and an Early Alert each semester for students falling behind in one or more classes. If you have questions about your academic standing or the university policies associated with satisfactory academic progress, please do not hesitate to contact our office at retention@swosu.edu or stop by Stafford 253. We look forward to ensuring that all of your questions are answered.”

-Dr. Wendy Yoder, Retention Coordinator

-Sarah, Retention Graduate Assistant

"Hello, I'm Sarah! I received a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science from OSU (Go Pokes!) and I am currently getting my master's degree here at SWOSU in Parks and Recreation Management. My dream is to work at a camp or recreational facility for kids with medical, mental and physical disabilities.

As a GA in the Office of Retention Management, I not only teach some sections of the College Success course, but I am also available for one-on-one mentor meetings. If you need advice on how to manage your time better, form good study habits, strike a healthy school-work-social life balance, or just need a listening ear and friendly face, I'm here to help!

Feel free to stop by any time to ask me any questions you have about succeeding in school or if you just want to see a cute picture of my golden retriever, Ranger."

photo of Suzanne Parker SWOSU Retention Graduate Assistant

Hi, I'm Suzanne! I have been a proud SWOSU Bulldog since 2016 and there is nowhere else I would rather be! I earned my B.S. in Psychology and I am currently pursuing my M.Ed. in School Counseling. I truly have a heart for education and I am so excited to have a job that allows me to assist in teaching sections of College Success and work closely with SWOSU students!

College can easily become overwhelming and frustrating, but we can always choose how to respond to that adversity. Don't hesitate to ask for help! If you find yourself looking for a place on campus where you can plug-in, needing help setting goals for yourself, or struggling to juggle all of your responsibilities and obligations, come see me! I will be more than happy to break out my candy dish and my listening ears. Even if you aren't sure what exactly it is that you need, stop on by and we will figure it out together!

-Suzanne, Retention Graduate Assistant

photo of Holly, student worker

Hello, I'm Holly! I have worked at the front desk in the Office of Retention Management for almost a year and I've loved every minute of it. You can schedule meetings, schedule enrollment appointments, or come ask me a question and I'd love to help you out. Yay school and GO DAWGS!"

-Holly, Student Worker

photo of Sagely McAdoo

Hi, I'm Sagely! I work at the front desk in the Office of Retention Management and it rocks! Our team can help set you up for a great 4 (or more) years at SWOSU by making your education manageable and fun. I love meeting new people so stop in for any questions or a quick hello! #GODAWGS

-Sagely, Student Worker

Abel Abama student worker at SWOSU

"Hello, I’m Abel! This is my first year working in the Office of Retention Management, but it is my fourth year here at SWOSU. If you need to schedule a meeting or an enrollment appointment with Mrs. Yoder or one of our GA’s, then I’m your guy! Feel free to stop by and ask any questions, or just say hi when you are in Stafford."

-Abel, Student Worker

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