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2011-12 Recruiting Activities

Background:

The 2011-2012 Texas A&M College of Architecture & Greater University Diversity Recruiting program was a collaboration supported by, Dr. Leslie Feigenbaum, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, TAMU College of Architecture, and Joe Pettibon II, Associate Vice President for Academic Services, TAMU Provost’s Office. In this initial year, the goal of the program was to:

  • Advertise & market the array of TAMU undergraduate & graduate programs to African-American students and parents, especially those within the College of Architecture
  • Initiate relationships with schools, colleges, and programs that serve African-American students in order to develop a recruitment pipeline of potential students
  • Increase African-American student participation in the College of Architecture’s CampARCH program

The program was implemented and executed by Edward L. Tarlton, doctoral student in Urban & Regional Science, within the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department, of the College of Architecture, member of the College of Architecture’s Diversity Council, and Regional Director for the Texas A&M Black Former Student Network, Bryan/College Station.

Outcomes at a glance:

a. 2012 CampARCH participants & programs of interest:

1. Amber Randall, Houston, TX                     Architecture

2. John Durena, Miami, FL                            Architecture

3. Jorge Olvera, Jr., Bryan, TX                       Architecture

4. Omar Bailey, North Plainfield, NJ                Architecture

5. Allison Levi, Kyle, TX                                Construction Management

6. Grady A. Roberts, Atlanta, GA                    Construction Management

7. Zain Roberts, Des Moines, IO                    Construction Management

8. Cory Patton, Charlotte, NC                         Vizualization

9. Jalon Nave, Cypress, TX                            Vizualization

10. Ibn Bailey, North Plainfield, NJ                  Vizualization

(Sponsorships were secured by Edward L. Tarlton from HELP Consulting, Inc. sponsors, for all students participating in CampARCH from out of state totaling $3,500.00)

 

b. Relationships were developed with, but are not limited to the following organizations:

-Harlem Children’s Zone

-Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa League

-Ft. Worth, TX, Greater Richmond, VA, & Central Florida Boys & Girls Club

-Bryan, TX ISD Gear-UP Program

-Student African-American Brotherhood

-An array of high schools, colleges and universities

 

List of 2011-12 Recruitment Trips and Outcomes

1. Place & Date: Atlanta, GA & Washington, DC – 10/19-11/6/2011

Event 1: "The Compact for Faculty Diversity's Institute on Teaching and Mentoring", Atlanta, GA. The Doctoral Scholars Program hosted the 18th Annual Compact for Faculty Diversity’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. The Institute is the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country, with more than 1,000 participants.

Dozens of Institute sessions and workshops help scholars build the skills necessary to succeed in graduate study and become faculty members at colleges and universities. The conference also provides scholars and their faculty mentors with opportunities to share knowledge about research and academia, to meet other scholars and faculty from across the country, and to link to a larger community of scholars and faculty in various academic fields.

Outcome: This program was an excellent professional development opportunity that provided vital information on the issues and concerns affecting African-American doctoral students, especially as it relates to campus and department climate, funding and professional support. The event was also attended by Dr. Butler-Purry, from the TAMU Office of Graduate Studies, and approximately 15 other TAMU Black doctoral students. 


Event 2: Speaking engagements at Atlanta, GA area high schools & Kappa League program

  • Frederick Douglass High “Engineering Program”, Atlanta, GA
  • Pebble Brook High, Mableton, GA
  • Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton spoke to students & parents at these schools and organizations about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally,  the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department.

 

Event 3: Participation in Aspire Solutions Groups Fall Education Forum entitled, “Positioning Your Student for College: The application process, funding and expectations after admission!”

The event focused on the fact that the prospect of planning and attending college is both exciting and stressful.  This forum, designed for parents and students, was intended to make the process more manageable.  Panelists addressed issues ranging from the application process to navigating the scholarship arena to building your resume through community service to managing your personal finances to the role of parents and expectations after admissions.

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton spoke to students & parents about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally,  the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department.

Relationships were developed with fellow panelist Jessica Johnson, founder of Scholarship Academy, Inc., during this conference, which led to Ed being identified to participate in the “66th United Negro College Fund National Leadership Conference.”

 

Event 4: "How Housing Matters Conference". The conference focused on access to secure and affordable housing impacts on children’s education, employment opportunities, physical and mental health, and long-term neighborhood development.

The innovative day-long conference presented inter-disciplinary new research and case studies from across the U.S. that informed both policymakers and practitioners. The program built on the MacArthur Foundation’s five-year, $25 million dollar How Housing Matters initiative, as well as on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s strategic initiative exploring housing as a platform for education, health, and economic opportunity.

The How Housing Matters conference is a project of the National Building Museum in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Office of Policy Development & Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Outcome: I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Alina Ball, an excellent candidate to speak this year during our “Year of Diversity” series. Ms. Ball is a clinical teaching fellow with the Harrison Institute for Housing and Community Development.

 

2. Place & Date: Gaithersburg, MD – Miami, FL – Atlanta, GA 12/19-1/8/2011

Event: Speaking engagements at area high schools, Boy Scouts and churches

  • Wootton High “Coalition of African-American Students” Program, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Fair Oaks Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
  • Boy Scouts of America, Richmond, VA
  • Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Miami Lakes, FL
  • Emmaus Program Parents, Miami Lake, FL
  • Fredrick Douglas High, Atlanta, GA
  • Pebblebrook High School, Mableton, GA

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton spoke to students & parents about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally,  the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department.

In Richmond, VA, I also had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Patrice A. Pruden, a representative from the Henrico County School System who wants to work with Mr. Tarlton to put together a larger program during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

3. Place & Date: Disney Orlando, FL – 2/1-5/2012

 Event: “66th United Negro College Fund National Leadership Conference”

 Outcome: Edward was invited and served on a panel entitled "Graduate School: Your Career Coach". Additionally, Mr. Tarlton participated in the UNCF College Fair where the undergraduate and graduate programs at Texas A&M, specifically the College of Architecture’s programs were highlighted. Participants included local Central Florida high school and college students from 38 UNCF institutions. Mr. Tarlton was approached by the event coordinators to participate again in 2013.

Relationships with administrators and faculty from UNCF and other colleges and universities were developed that may serve as future feeder schools for students of diversity at Texas A&M.

 

4. Place & Date: Indianapolis, IN – 3/29-4/1/2012

Event: “Student African American Brotherhood” (SAAB), 2012 National Conference. SAAB increases the number of African American and Latino men who attend and graduate from college by creating a positive peer community based on a spirit of caring. 

Outcome: Edward Tarlton facilitated a session and presented to students about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!”  The Texas A&M College of Architecture’s CampARCH program opportunity was presented and 2 SAAB students were given scholarships to participate in 2012 CampARCH program. Relationships were developed for future recruitment efforts. Dr. Bledsoe, SAAB founder, requested that Mr. Tarlton participate again next year.

Also, contact was made with fellow Aggie, Dr. Bennie Lambert, Vice President of Student Services for Lone Star College in Houston Texas, the keynote speaker for one of the SAAB conference luncheons.


5. Place & Date: Gaithersburg, MD, Richmond, Woodbridge & Alexandria, VA – 3/7-13/2012

Event: Speaking engagements at area high schools & Kappa League programs

  • Wootton High, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Highland Springs High, Richmond, VA
  • Alexandria-Fairfax, VA Alumni
  • Woodbridge, VA Alumni

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton spoke to students & parents about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally,  the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department.

 

6. Place & Date: University of Oklahoma – 4/19-21/2012

Event: “African-American Males in College: Examining Academics, Exploring Aspirations, and Envisioning Athletics”

Outcome: This professional development conference focused on issues concerning the recruitment and retention of African-American males in higher education, along with addressing campus climate concerns. Relationships were established with top scholars in the areas of higher education and administration, and urban education. In fact, I was approached by Dr. Bonner to be a participant in future conferences to speak about my experiences related to recruiting African-American students.

Additionally, I met with Dr. Thomas M. Woodfin, ASLA, PhD, former director of the undergraduate Landscape Architecture program at Texas A&M, regarding me revisiting in the fall to recruit OU College of Architecture students from the array of their undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

7. Place & Date: Dallas, TX 3/2-4/2012

Event: "Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Conference". The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) collaborated once again with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to provide this unique conference opportunity. TABPHE and THECB invited college and university personnel to participate in a professional development gathering to improving the educational system, higher education recruitment and retention programs, and closing the educational gaps specifically within the State of Texas.

The TABPHE-THECB Joint State Conference is specifically designed to address the educational and professional needs of Blacks in higher education. This prestigious affair will attract attention across the state by bringing together representatives from academia, state government, corporations, private industry and non-profit organizations. The TABPHE-THECB Joint State Conference is your opportunity to serve and play a significant role in a movement to SET THE STAGE in Texas higher education!

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton was asked by Dr. Robert C.K. Harper, Ass. VP of Student Services at Jarvis Christian College, in Hawkins, TX, (a relationship fostered at the 66th UNCF Conference in Orlando, FL) to participate in a presentation and panel discussion entitled "Millennial's: Are We Helping Students or Holding Their Hands?" Saturday, 11-12:15. He was identified to participate because of his work with the recruitment of African-American students here at Texas A&M University, the states flagship Research I university. Edward's participation was instrumental in shedding light into the issues related to not only recruitment, but especially retention and climate issues related to Black students at a predominantly white institution.

 

8. Place & Date: Atlanta & Athens, GA – 4/3-8/2012

Event 1: Undergraduate & graduate chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Week: Guide Right Educational Program

Outcome:  Mr. Tarlton spoke to students & parents about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally,  the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department. The graduate chapter event was attended by students & parents from both Clarke Central & Cedar Shoals High Schools. The undergraduate event was attended by University of Georgia students.


Event 2: Speaking engagements with University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design & planning program students, administration and faculty

Outcome: While in Athens, GA, Mr. Tarlton presented separately to two undergraduate landscape architecture classes, and to a group of graduate students, within the University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design & planning program. His focus to the students was “getting the most out of your undergraduate or graduate experience, the role of research in graduate school, and life beyond.” He also introduced the array of graduate school programs within Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, and left information.

Additionally, Mr. Tarlton had separate meetings with:

-Dean Daniel J. Nadenicek about setting up future recruiting opportunities between Texas a&M and the University of Georgia

-Gregg Coyle, BLA Program Head, and Mr. Tarlton had lunch and spoke about possible UGA/TAMU collaborations at the undergraduate level, especially as it relates to a potential student exchange program. Additionally, we spoke about a potential collaboration with our Costa Abroad programs, since both universities have a presence there, but in different locations.

-Donnie Longnecker, program coordinator for LABash 2013, asked Mr. Tarlton to be a speaker at next year’s conference that will be hosted by the students at UGA. (Edward has mentioned this to both Dr. Ndubisi and Dr. Li, concerning funding a group of TAMU LA students. It would be a fantastic opportunity to have our students participate in LABash and invite a group of UGA students to participate in “Workshop 2013” also.

What is LABash?

LAbash (landscape architecture bash) is a student run conference that serves as a platform for students from various universities to converge, exchange ideas and celebrate their passion for landscape architecture. LAbash was conceptualized in 1970 by three students from the University of Guelph looking for an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and skills with various schools around North America. Its immense success has continued to make it an annual tradition and is always highly anticipated by students and young emerging professionals during Spring Break.

 

9. Place & Date: Rutgers University, NJ & Harlem, NY – 4/26-29/2012

Event 1: Dr. Fred A. Bonner, II, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University, “Higher Education: Recruitment & Retention” Panel Discussion

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton was invited by Dr. Bonner to participate because of my work with the recruitment and retention of African-American students here at Texas A&M University. Edward's participation was instrumental in shedding light from present students perception, into the issues related to not only recruitment, but especially retention and climate issues related to Black students at a predominantly white institution. Relationships were developed with participants and other panelists that should provide opportunities for future student recruitment.

 

Event 2: New Brunswick Chapter (NBA) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa League

Outcome: I presented to NBA Kappa League students about  Mr. Tarlton spoke to students & parents about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally,  the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department. Two NBA Kappa Leaguers were presented with scholarships to participate in the 2012 CampARCH program.


Event 3: Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Saturday SAT Prep Class

Outcome: Edward spoke with students in the nationally renowned “Harlem Children’s Zone” Saturday SAT Prep Class about “College & Graduate School Preparation: Positioning you for acceptance & funding, and expectations after entrance!” Additionally, the Texas A&M College of Architecture CampARCH program opportunity was introduced and information about TAMU undergraduate and graduate programs was left with the career counseling department.

Relationships were made with HCZ administration and students from their program will participate in the CampARCH program summer 2013.

 

10. Place & Date: Houston, TX – 5/17-20/2012

Event: 2012 ADVANCE-PAID Conference

Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University partnered up and were awarded a NSF ADVANCE-PAID award that focuses on the career development and advancement of women faculty at the 14 ABET Accredited HBCU Colleges and Schools of Engineering in 2009.  The project seeks to develop a continuum of activities that will assist women faculty in their professional growth while retaining them within the academic and administrative ranks at HBCUs.

Project Investigators: Dr. Felecia M. Nave, Dr. Kendall T. Harris, Dr. Pamela Barber-Freeman, and Dr. Judy Perkins from Prairie View A&M University and Dr. Karen Butler-Purry and Dr. Chanda Elbert from Texas A&M University.

Outcome: Mr. Tarlton was invited by Dr. Nave, Associate Provost & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University (PV), Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and member of the Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty, because of conversations we had at Rutgers during my previous trip. Dr. Nave felt that this conference would be an excellent opportunity for me to network with faculty and administration from HBCUs and engineering programs to assist in my recruiting efforts at Texas A&M. In addition, she agreed to facilitate initial conversations with faculty in the PV Community Planning Program, and the TAMU LAUP Department, headed by Dr. Van Zandt, the new TAMU CHUD Coordinator and myself.  

Additionally, Edward had conversations with faculty at Tuskegee University and will be planning a recruiting trip there in the fall to recruit students from their architectural program.