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Meet the Staff


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

photo of Suzanne Parker SWOSU Retention Graduate Assistant

Suzanne, 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!


Hey, I’m Braden! I recently graduated from SWOSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. I’m currently working towards a Master in Business Administration. I play football for the bulldogs and am entering my final season as a fifth-year senior. I am also very active in FCA and FBC Weatherford.

As the retention graduate assistant for Athletics, I am here to help student-athletes succeed in the classroom, while balancing their busy schedules. Feel free to stop by anytime to talk about school, life, sports, skiing, and anything in between. I look forward to meeting with you!

Braden, Retention Graduate Assistant for Athletics


Hello, I’m Gabriel! I am from Colorado Springs, CO, and I recently graduated from SWOSU with a bachelor’s in Business Management. I am currently working toward obtaining my master's in Business Administration. I played baseball at SWOSU for two years, and prior to that, in Kansas at Cloud County Community College.

Like many other college students, I have faced adversity in my life, and I am ready to help you in whatever way I can. I was never alone when I needed help, and you don't have to be either! Whether it’s finding a tutor, learning study skills, or just wanting somebody to talk to, I am here for you. I hope to meet you very soon!

Gabriel, 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

Abel Abama student worker at SWOSU

"Hello, I’m Abel! This is my second year working in the Office of Retention Management, but it is my fifth year here at SWOSU. If you need to schedule a meeting or an enrollment appointment with Dr. 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

Abby student worker at SWOSU

"Hi, I’m Abby! This is my first year working in the Office of Retention Management and I am a junior health sciences major here at SWOSU! I am here to help if you need to schedule a meeting, make an enrollment appointment, or if you have any questions!"

Abby, Student Worker

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