Recognizing the important role that student life plays in supporting the co-curricular mission of Austin Peay and the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Life and Engagement strives to connect academic and out-of-class experiences through programming and leadership development that establishes a diverse, interactive, and responsive learning community. The Office of Student Life and Engagement prepares students to be citizen leaders with an understanding of the global community and a commitment to service.
Victor Felts, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life and Engagement
Victor Felts is the Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Student Life and Engagement at Austin Peay State University. He came to APSU in 2010 after serving as an Assistant Dean at LSU and Emory University; primarily working with fraternities and sororities. He has also worked at MTSU and Samford University. A Nashville native, he is a proud alumni of Austin Peay State University with a B.S. degree in Education and the University of South Carolina with a M.Ed. degree in Higher Educations- Student Personnel Services. He has been involved in many professional activities and leadership roles including Executive Director of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) and Vice President of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA). He enjoys traveling to tropical locations, college and professional football, hiking and spending time with his family and pets.
Jawaun Rogers, Coordinator for Programs and Special Events
Jawaun Rogers currently serves as the Coordinator for Programs and Special Events at Austin Peay State University. Jawaun joined the staff June 2017 after serving two years overseeing Fraternity and Sorority Life, Programming and Student Organizations at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Jawaun completed his M.A. in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Student Affairs from the University of Louisville. Prior to that, Jawaun attended our very own APSU where he completed his B.S. in History. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity. Jawaun’s student affairs background includes Student Activities, Programming, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Leadership & Service and Diversity & Multiculturalism and Orientation/New Student transition. Jawaun enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and is an avid traveler.
Kelly Carpenter , Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations
Kelly Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Kelly’s Student Life experience includes 9 academic years as the Coordinator for Student Activities at Westmoreland County Community College in Greensburg, PA. Her experience included advising the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, leadership society, and serving on various campus committees. She took a three-year detour from Student Affairs while living in Charlottesville, VA where she managed a Community Center for Independent Senior Citizens. Moving to Clarksville provided the opportunity to return to higher education where she is passionate about serving and advising students. Kelly joined the SLE staff in January 2017. She is a volunteer for her sorority and currently working on a graduate degree. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, sketching, and traveling with her husband.
Yanaraliz Barnes, Hispanic Cultural Center Coordinator
Yanaraliz Barnes joined the SLE team in August 2019 as the Coordinator of the Hispanic Cultural Center. She graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Through her involvement during her undergraduate career and the mentorship she received, Yanaraliz developed a passion for student affairs. As a result, Yanaraliz obtained a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Yanaraliz' interests include spending time with her family, playing with her two dogs, and traveling.
Ashley Kautz, Adult, Nontraditional, and Transfer Student Center Coordinator
Ashley Kautz transferred to APSU where she received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She started her career in Enrollment Management where she worked as an Admissions Counselor to recruit students and help minimize enrollment barriers. While working at APSU she completed her Master’s Degree in Higher Education: Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi. As a transfer student and former enrollment specialist Ashley is eager to help students become connected to resources available on campus and increase student success through campus involvement. In her free time Ashley loves to travel, swim, rock climb, and do anything else that involves the outdoors.
Harriet Collins, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Coordinator
Although born and raised in England, Harriet crossed the pond in 2012 to attend the College of Charleston. She graduated from CofC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with concentrations in Sociology and Criminology. During her undergraduate experience, Harriet joined Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity and became heavily involved with fraternity and sorority life. Post-graduation, Harriet served as a leadership consultant for Delta Gamma and gained experience traveling throughout the country meeting sorority women and falling in love with student affairs. Harriet obtained her Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, before joining the SLE team in August 2019 as the Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs. Harriet enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, and kitten as well as making trips back to England whenever she can!
Natalie Ross Baggett, Administrative Assistant II
Natalie Ross Baggett graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Accounting. After honing her administrative skills in the healthcare field for 12 years, she decided to make a change. She began working for APSU part-time in 2012 in the Financial Aid Department, before moving to Student Life & Engagement in 2017. A Clarksville native, Natalie is a proud 3rd generation Governor, as her parents and grandmother are APSU alumni as well. She looks forward to her daughter attending APSU in the fall.