The People

Current Students


Second Year Cohort

Cohort 2017

The 2017 cohort is composed of ten individuals from five different states including Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Kansas, and Colorado.  These individuals studied eight exclusive majors and represent eight distinct undergraduate institutions.  Six members of this cohort continued their education immediately following the completion of their undergraduate careers while the remaining four delved into the workforce before enrolling in Baylor University’s Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program.

Each member of this cohort brings distinctive experiences to the program from virtually every area on campus.  Areas of undergraduate involvement include: intramural sports, residence life, Greek Life, student government, campus recreation, orientation, and university-sponsored leadership programs.  Additionally, many were involved in several academic and professional organizations as well as studied abroad.

While these individuals all maintain their own unique stories, each member of this cohort shares an important commonality: someone on their respective undergraduate campuses invested in them.  A higher education administrator believed in each of these individuals to have a positive impact on tomorrow’s college students, and the members of this 2017 cohort strive to live up to this calling.  Meet our first-year students below.

Baker, Billy
BILLY BAKER
Apprenticeship: Spiritual Life
Undergraduate Institution: East Texas Baptist University
Undergraduate Major: Mathematics Secondary Education
 

Graham, Yolande
YOLANDE GRAHAM
Apprenticeship: Campus Living & Learning - Academic Initiatives
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Undergraduate Major: Communications, Public Relations


Joire, Kym
KYMBERLY JOIRE
Apprenticeship: Campus Living & Learning - Academic Initiatives
Undergraduate Institution: Southwestern University
Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies


Lowe, Alyssa
ALYSSA LOWE
Apprenticeship: Student Activities - Student Organizations
Undergraduate Institution: Tarlteton State University
Undergraduate Major: Psychology


Madsen, Sarah
SARAH MADSEN
Apprenticeship: Wellness
Undergraduate Institution: Pepperdine University
Undergraduate Major: International Studies


Molnar, Kayla
KAYLA MOLNAR
Apprenticeship: Fine Arts Living-Learning Center 
Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University
Undergraduate Major: Church Recreational and Leisure Studies


Ross, Jesse
JESSE ROSS
Apprenticeship: New Student Programs
Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University, Commerce
Undergraduate Major: History


Shields, Sydney
SYDNEY SHIELDS
Apprenticeship: Academy for Leader Development
Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University
Undergraduate Major: Sociology


Valdiva, Sierra
SIERRA VALDIVIA
Apprenticeship: Multicultural Affairs
Undergraduate Institution: Washburn University
Undergraduate Major: Sociology