Mission Statement

“The mission of the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) is to provide quality programs, services, and leadership opportunities that enrich students’ academic endeavors and enhance the campus environment. Students and staff collaborate to develop programs and services which encourage student’s personal growth, to promote civic responsibility, to embrace differences, and to connect students to the campus and the community.”

Leadership

Director

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Michael Preston

michael.preston@ucf.edu

Dr. Michael Preston serves as the Director of the Office of Student Involvement. In addition to his duties as director, he also advises the SGA executive branch, coordinates office assessment, and serves on a number of university committees. A student affairs professional for over 15 years, Dr. Preston has worked with programming boards, campus leadership programs, freshman transition programs, and student governments. Dr. Preston is a graduate of East Carolina University, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Texas A&M – Commerce.

Associate Directors

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Chantel Carter - Outreach and Inclusion

chantel.carter@ucf.edu

A knight at heart, Chantel Carter received her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from UCF. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee. As the Associate Director for the Office of Student Involvement, Chantel oversees SOS (Student Outreach Services) which is comprised of UCF Regional Campuses, College of Rosen Hospitality Management, College of Medicine Student Council and Graduate Student programming. She also coordinates non-traditional student outreach and support through NTK (Non-Traditional Knights) Project. Chantel has experience in event planning, marketing, diversity/inclusion education, training as well as student and staff development. She has conducted workshops and presentations on various topics. Chantel has been working for UCF since 2002.

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Shane Juntunen - Service & Programming

Shane.Juntunen@ucf.edu

Shane Juntunen has been working in the Office of Student Involvement at UCF since 2003. Prior to working at UCF, he worked in Student Activities at Stetson University and The George Washington University. Shane hails from Fargo, North Dakota where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Dakota State University and then moved to the east coast to obtain his master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology and College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. As the Associate Director for the Office of Student Involvement, Shane currently advises Knight-Thon and SGA Election Commission and supports programming, community service and student organizations.

Assistant Directors

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Matt Betz - Assistant Director

Matthew.Betz@ucf.edu

Matt Betz, Assistant Director, has been with UCF since Fall 2010 and advises the Student Government Association Senate, oversees registration, training and leadership development for student organizations, and coordinates SAFE Form administration. Matt received both his bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Master of Education degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. Matt has previous student affairs experience working in Greek Life, Housing & Residence Education, Orientation & New Student Programs, and Student Organization Leadership Development.

Coordinators

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Tava Bingham - RSOs

Tava.Bingham@ucf.edu

Tava Bingham is a Coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement and advises SGA Judicial Branch, UCF Late Knights, and Knights of the Roundtable (KoRT), coordinates registration, training and leadership development for student organizations. Tava received a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from UCF. She has previous experience in Student Leadership Development, Service Learning, Student Conduct and Academic Advising.

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Haley Winston - Programming

Haley.Winston@ucf.edu

Haley Winston, Coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement, advises the efforts of the Volunteer UCF (VUCF) Board of Directors and Homecoming. Haley received both her bachelor’s degree in Art History and master’s degree in Educational & Counseling Psychology with a focus in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. She has had experience working with service learning, civic engagement, fraternity and sorority affairs, and first generation college student retention.

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Kensington A. Shields-Dutton - SOS: Regional Campuses

Kensington.Shields-Dutton@ucf.edu

Kensington A. Shields-Dutton, has been with UCF since Spring 2006 and is a Coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement and advises the Regional Campuses for Student Outreach Services (SOS), and assist in coordinating the Who’s Who scholarship. Kensington received his Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature with a Minor in Communications from The Florida State University, and MBA from The University of Phoenix. He has previous experience in UCF Student Financial Assistance, working with First Generation College Students, Student Organizations, and Orientation

Office Staff

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Sandi Briggs - SGA Office Manager

Sandra.Briggs@ucf.edu

Sandra (Sandi) Briggs is the office manager for the Student Government Office and assists the SGA President with meeting requests, coordinating schedules and producing reports. Sandi also acts as point of contact to provide students, faculty and staff information regarding the Student Government Association and processes student employment documents.

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Ted Greenberg - Administrative Assistant

Ted.Greenberg@ucf.edu

Ted Greenberg, Administrative Assistant to the Director, is a native of Miami, Florida and a non-traditional student. His higher education journey was side-tracked for years, but in 2007, Ted graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing minor. In May of 2012, UCF awarded him a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—on the same day his son graduated from FSU Law School. Ted has taught freshman English courses and was the 2012-2013 director of the Maitland Poets and Writers. He remains actively involved in the Central Florida writing community.

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Bonnieblue Rodriguez - Senate Secretary

Graduate Assistants

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Courtney Buzan - KoRT

Courtney.Buzan@ucf.edu

Courtney Buzan is the graduate assistant for Registered Student Organizations, co-advises Knights of the RoundTable (KoRT) and assists with RSOs. Courtney received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Meteorology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, and is a second year master’s student in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program at UCF.

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Sean Dougherty - SOS & Knightcast

Sean.Dougherty@ucf.edu

Sean is the graduate assistant for Student Outreach Services and Knightcast. Sean received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and is currently a second year master's student in the Social Work Program.

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Jonathon Morris - Campus Activities Board

Jonathon.Morris@ucf.edu

Jonathon is the graduate assistant for the Campus Activities Board. Jonathon is currently in his first year of his master’s program in Higher Education Student Personnel. He is a proud alumni of the University of Akron, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Education degree. Jonathon has experience working with two programming organizations at Akron, a Brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and working in Residence Life.

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Amy Pagano - Communications

Amy.Pagano@ucf.edu

Amy is the graduate assistant for Communications and helps advise OSI's Design Group and oversees OSI tabling & speaking engagements. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management at James Madison University and is currently a first year master's student in Higher Education and Policy Studies at UCF. Amy has experience with non-profits, event planning, and public relations.

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Kara Parsons - Community Service

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Jarrad Plante - Community Service

Jarrad.Plante@ucf.edu

Jarrad Plante is the Community Service Graduate Assistant for Volunteer UCF. Jarrad is currently in his second year as a full-time student in the Educational Leadership EdD program. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Sociology and Public Policy respectively. He is honored to be advising the dedicated student leaders who serve on the VUCF Board!

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Amanda Puttrich - SOS

Amanda.Puttrich@ucf.edu

Amanda is the graduate assistant for Student Outreach Services. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and is currently a first year master's student in the Social Work Program.

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Alex Torres-Hernández - UCFHC & Late Knights

Alex.Torres-Hernandez@ucf.edu

Alex is the graduate assistant for Late Knights, and Homecoming. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Alex obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Criminology and Law Enforcement, from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Alex is in his first year of his master’s program in Public Administration.