SAgradSAproTwFB-01-01Two years ago, we featured a large panel of (then) graduate students in Student Affairs master’s programs on an episode called Current #SAGrads: Their Future in Student Affairs. We’ve invited them back to appear on Student Affairs Live and share what their first year was like as new professionals in student affairs. What challenges did they face? What do they wish they would have known in grad school? What is their outlook on student affairs now that they are in the profession full time?

On this episode, Student Affairs Live host Heather Shea Gasser connects with five returning guests who have all finished their first year working in Student Affairs to learn more about their transition from #SAGrad to #SApro. Joining Heather are Andrea De Leon from St. John’s University, Matt Fenstermaker from Oregon State University, Jarvis McCowin from SUNY Broome, Gabby Porcaro from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Jasmine Scott from The Ohio State University.

Please tune in to this free webcast live at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by visiting or return to this page at any time to watch the episode archive. No advance registration is required.

Please submit any questions for the panelists via email to or to @heathergasser in advance of the episode or ask questions live on the backchannel by tweeting to the Twitter hashtag #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Andrea De Leon

Andrea De Leon is a Residence Director at St. John’s University. She received a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in 2015. Andrea enjoys working at a mission driven institution, supporting a diverse student population, and conversing with students about values-based decision making. In her free time, she enjoys all that New York City has to offer! Connect with her on Twitter at @andimariedotcom


Matt Fenstermaker

Matt Fenstermaker currently serves as the Early Engagement Director at the Oregon State University Alumni Association where he oversees student programs. Prior to beginning his life in Oregon, he earned his M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University (IU) and B.A. in Arts Education from The Ohio State University. Connect with him on Twitter @mattfen12.


Jarvis McCowin

Jarvis McCowin (pronouns: he, him, his) is a southern-born, small-town raised, social justice educator, student affairs practitioner, and dedicated member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Jarvis is currently a residence director at SUNY Broome – a medium-sized, 2-year, public community college in a suburban setting. Jarvis is committed to assisting students living on the margins and works to build bridges across difference, while promoting civility, respect, lovingkindness, solidarity movements, and community building, and healing, on college campuses. Connect with Jarvis on Twitter @jarvismccowin.


Gabby Porcaro

Gabby Porcaro serves as the Student Affairs Case Manager for UNC Asheville. In this role, Gabby acts as a resource responding to student needs as related to their personal, social and academic concerns as members of the UNC Asheville community. Gabby also works with the Dean of Students to manage student crisis cases that are received from various departments on campus, particularly cases that are reported to CARE and Crisis Team. Gabby strives to ensure that all student advocacy and crisis management efforts at UNC Asheville respect the human dignity of each individual in the community. Gabby also serves as the coordinator for the University’s Bystander Intervention program and as a facilitator for the Safe Zone program. Gabby received her bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and her master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech. Gabby began her career in Higher Education working in the Student Success Center at Virginia Tech while completing her master’s. Connect with her on Twitter at @Gabby_Porcaro


Jasmine Scott

Jasmine Scott is the Coordinator for the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service at The Ohio State University. She holds a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida. Areas of interest include social identity exploration in leadership education, the eradication of sexual violence on college campuses (and the world), and college completion for historically oppressed student populations. Connect with her on Twitter as @jasminemscott