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, Director
Victor Felts is 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 travelling to tropical locations, college and professional football, hiking and spending time with his family and pets.
Ty Jesinoski, Coordinator for Programs and Special Events
Ty Jesinoski is in his first year as the Coordinator for Programs and Special Events at Austin Peay State University. He completed his M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Prior to that, Ty attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he completed his B.S. studying Kinesiology and Sport Management. Ty's student affairs background includes student activities, athletics (academic advising and administration), residence life, and student unions. A Minnesota native, Ty enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, country music, and is a huge fan of football, basketball, and baseball.
Josh Gianitsis, Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations
Josh serves as the Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations. He received his M.S. in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he served as the Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs. Previously, Josh received B.A.’s in Psychology and Criminology from the University of South Florida. Before joining the team in the Office of Student Life and Engagement, Josh focused his student affairs efforts on sport clubs, student organizations, outdoor education, leadership development, and assessment. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, the movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Karina Taufi, Hispanic Cultural Center Coordinator
Karina Taufi moved to Clarksville in July 2014. She received her M.Ed from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.S from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Chicago native and a first-generation college student here in the U.S. Prior to being the Hispanic Cultural Center Coordinator, Karina worked in Undergraduate Admissions and Advising at several institutions. She truly enjoys working with students and loves the positive energy that being on a college campus brings. When she is not working Karina enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and running.
Martha Harper, Adult and Nontraditional Student Center Coordinator
Martha Harper came to Clarksville January of 2013 to open the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center at Austin Peay. She began her second career in higher education, while attending school at Virginia Commonwealth University as a nontraditional student. Previously she was a small business owner collaborating with local and nationally renowned photographers to develop film and prints for museum and corporate display. As the digital age revolutionized photography, Martha went for something completely different and studied History, Religious Studies and Counselor Education. She holds both a B.A. and M.Ed. from VCU and spent her time there advocating for off-campus students. Martha is proud to be here at Austin Peay in her first post masters position and supporting the lifestyle and engagement of students who have had a few turns on their road to education.
Jonell Nicholson, Administrative Assistant II
Jonell Nicholson is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Life and Engagement. She is an Alumna of Austin Peay with a Bachelors of Science in History and a minor in Religious Studies. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and serves as one of the editors for Phi Alpha Theta Journal – Theta Delta. Also she is a member of the Austin Peay State University Women’s Club and Vice President of the Greek Alumni Chapter at Austin Peay State University. In her spare time she loves being a grandmother and playing with her chocolate lab Bentley.