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2016-2017 SPA Executive Board

We are so pleased to announce the newly elected SPA Executive Board. Please give us a hand in congratulating your newest President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Thank you to all of our Executive Board candidates for showing your interest in making an impact on our organization. We are fully confident that our newest Executive Board will bring fresh energy and new ideas to help our peers make connections and grow professionally. 


President: Grace Sullivan

Vice President: Ivy Sibley

Treasurer: Jasmin Chung

Secretary: Lindsey Boggess



Spuddy Reveal – Fall 2016

Welcome First-Years! Today, our incoming first-year HESA students were paired off with a “Spuddy” (a SPA Buddy)! Spuddies consist of second-year SPA Members that wish to serve as a mentor to one lucky first-year student. They will be a source of guidance throughout HESA and will serve as an especially important person of reference during this transition into graduate school.

First-year students and second-year students are paired based on a matching process. This year, the big reveal entailed first-year students untangling a piece of yarn marked with their name until they reached the end of their string. Once untangled, they would find a piece of paper with their Spuddy’s name on it. Second-year students were waiting for the big reveal and were prepared with signs to welcome their newest Spuddy.

Spuddy Reveal is a long-held tradition in SPA and we hope to continue this in the future. Our next Spuddy Reveal will be held in Spring 2017 for our newest HESA admits. See below for pictures of this event!



GARP 2016

Thank you to everyone that helped make GARP 2016 such a success! We had over 70 students join us on campus to learn more about the University of South Carolina’s Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. For three days, students had the opportunity to explore our institution, network with current students and faculty, and interview for their potential graduate assistantships with offices across campus. We hope that you all enjoyed yourselves and we can’t wait to see you again!

See below for some of our favorite pictures from GARP: