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.
Diana Forte, Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations
Diana Forte holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Communication from Austin Peay State University. In 2017, Diana moved to Clarksville from Phoenix, Arizona and began working in Student Affairs at Austin Peay. During her first 3 years at APSU, Diana worked with student publications, parent and family communication and fraternity and sorority affairs. Diana joined the Student Life and Engagement team in January 2021. Her previous higher education experience also includes student advising, financial aid and admissions. In her free time, Diana enjoys playing with her dogs, spending time outdoors and traveling.
Yanaraliz Barnes, Latino Community Resource Center Coordinator
Yanaraliz Barnes joined the SLE team in August 2019 as the Coordinator of the Latino Community Resource 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.
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.