Brett Bruner, Ed.D., serves as the director of transition & student conduct at Fort Hays State University. In this role, he provides oversight for new student orientation, transition initiatives, parent and family programs, transfer student engagement, the second year experience, civic learning & democratic engagement, sexual assault & relationship violence prevention, and student conduct. The ACCESS to Success - Student Success Plan (ACCESS Plan) at Fort Hays State University has been in existence since Fall 2012 in response to a Kansas state mandate that requires every student who is admitted as an exception to the minimum admissions standards prescribed by the state to adopt an individual plan for success. The ACCESS Plan has been successful in supporting and engaging all new, incoming, first-year students in a creative and cost-effective way.
He has worked in student leadership development and new student orientation programs for the past 10 years and is actively involved in NASPA, serving as the Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Knowledge Community Co-Chair, and NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education. He has presented on the role of cultivating leadership development in new students at the 2016 NODA Region IV Conference.
Brett holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Baker University, an M.S. in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a B.S.B. in business administration from Emporia State University.
Karen McCullough serves as the director of career services at Fort Hays State University. Prior to this role, she served as the assistant director of international student services in which she coordinated the orientation and first year experience programs for international students including a traditional orientation program and an extended orientation course for new international undergraduate and graduate students. She also advised F-1 and J-1 students and scholars, coordinated acculturation programming for international students, and managed semester- and year-long study abroad exchange programs. She has presented on orientation and first year experience programs for international students at NAFSA: Association of International Educators and NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education regional and national conferences. She holds an M.S. in Higher Education Administration and a B.B.A. in Business Administration, both from Fort Hays State University.
Carol Solko-Olliff serves as the director of international student services at Fort Hays State University. In her role, she oversees international admissions, programming, F-1 & J-1 immigration and visiting scholar advising, student exchange, and international student orientation. She has been in the field of international education for over 25 years. She has served as the Kansas State Representative for Region II of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has presented on a variety of topics related to international student services at regional conferences of NASPA, Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO), and NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. She holds an M.S. and B.S. both in Health & Human Performance from Fort Hays State University.
Kaylie Towles is a first-year master’s graduate student in the student affairs administration in higher education program at Texas A&M University and serves as the graduate assistant for LAUNCH learning communities. In this role, she provides support for learning communities through supervision of peer mentors, event planning, and teaching. While completing her B.S. in organizational leadership at Fort Hays State University, Kaylie served as the first student director for Tiger Impact international student orientation, in which she coordinated social transition programs for the week-long international student orientation program and recruited, selected, trained, and supervised a team of five domestic students serving as international welcome leaders.