Support the Dr. Sue Saunders Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) Professional Development Award Fund

The Dr. Sue Saunders Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) Professional Development Award fund was established to honor the commitment and dedication of Dr. Saunders to the development of graduate students in the HESA program at UConn. This fund will support a student who participates in professional development activities (e.g. conferences, courses, webinars, publications, research activities, etc.).

This 2015 – 2016 academic year will be the final year at UConn for Dr. Sue Saunders, who currently serves as Extension Professor and Director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration Program. Sue shares considerable gratitude for having the privilege of serving as a student affairs administrator and faculty member for 43 years. Her career includes service as a program coordinator and faculty member in the College Student Affairs Administration Program at the University of Georgia. In addition to teaching and research positions, Dr. Saunders has served as the Dean of Student Affairs (CSAO) at Lycoming College (PA), as Dean of Students and as Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees at Longwood University (VA), and in other administrative positions in Virginia, Georgia, and West Virginia. Her Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel services is from the University of Georgia. She is the author of more than 45 publications, including Supervising New Professionals in Student Affairs (2003) and Learning through Supervised Practice in Student Affairs (2014), both written with colleagues from Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia. She also served as the chair of the 2008 ACPA National Convention. Her scholarly and professional contributions have been recognized through her selection for ACPA Annuit Coeptis award, ACPA Leadership Foundation Diamond Honoree program, and ACPA Senior Scholars.

The focus of the UConn HESA program is to develop reflective practitioners in student affairs. The courses and experiences are diverse and reflect the best of contemporary student affairs practice. The core of the HESA program is a 44-credit hour curriculum featuring classes taught by student affairs practitioners as well as full-time faculty scholars. Each year, HESA admits a cohort of approximately 18-20 students into the program. All full-time students are placed in graduate assistantships to provide the professional and practical experience that allows students to apply theory to practice.

  • Donation

Supported by 28 Donations:

  • Tia  R.
    Tia R. '17
    I Gave $25
    HESA Class of 2017 Gift
  • Tyler B.
    I Gave $25
    Class of 2017 Gift
  • Jonathan  G.
    I Gave $25
    Class of 2017 Gift
  • Alyssa P.
    Class of 2017 Gift from HESA cohort :) Thanks for starting our journey with us and helping us along through our first year.
  • David D.
  • David D.
  • David D.
  • Brett F.
    Brett F. '12
  • David D.
  • David D.
    Thank you Sue Saunders for your dedication to the student affairs and higher ed professional. HESA Class of 2006 -DD
  • Victoria F.
    I Gave $50
  • Jessica S.
  • Victoria F.
    Congratulations, Sue! I am so grateful for your support and mentorship; you have been an extraordinary teacher and cheerleader for me. Thank you!
  • Michelle S.
    HESA Class of 2016 gift
  • Laura B.
    Thanks for being a such wonderful colleague, Sue. You will be missed!
  • Christine W.
    Congratulations, Sue! Thank you for your many years of service, and your countless contributions to our profession.
  • Stefanie L.
    Congratulations and best wishes, Sue!
  • Monica R.
    Congratulations, Sue! Thank you for your tremendous dedication to the future of higher education.
  • Silhouette
    With gratitude from your colleagues in EDLR for your many years of service and leadership.
  • Donna K.
  • Mike M.
    Mike M. '11
    Thank you Sue, you helped this hog on ice find the shore of professional practice! Enjoy your well earned retirement!
  • Ravi P.
    Ravi P. '09
    Congratulations, Sue! You taught me so much--I'll be forever thankful.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua B. '07
    Thanks for all that you've given to our profession! You've shaped the lives and careers of so many people along your wishes!
  • Pier Q.
    Pier Q. '11
    Thank you for your many years of dedicated service Dr. Saunders!
  • Jennifer B.
    Congratulations Sue! You will be missed!
  • Cathy D.
    Congratulations and Best Wishes Sue!
  • Stacey M.
    Thanks Sue for being a great mentor and friend during my time in HESA and while at UConn! Enjoy Williamsburg:)
  • Heather M.
    Best wishes, Sue!