My name is Michael Deen, your Dean of Students, and I am a first-generation college graduate. My mother, who picked cotton, raised turkeys, and cleaned houses, had a 5th grade education, and my father, who had a 10th grade education, went into the Navy as a career. Neither of my parents had any idea what college meant but they knew they wanted me to go and do better financially. I had five siblings who either went into the military or got married. I have a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration.
I remember feeling lost at times in college and couldn’t ask my parents because they didn’t know the answers either. I got involved on campus in several organizations and that helped me maneuver through the first few years; members of those organizations became mentors, advisors, and guides until I realized there were plenty of staff and faculty that had the answers to my questions. If you have questions or are unsure of what to do next, please ask a staff or faculty member. Start with your Area Coordinator or mentor, and they will guide you from there. Never be afraid to ask questions; we are paid to help you be successful.