Graduate Ambassador: Joellen Dettra

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Student Affairs Administration

Joellen Dettra is a current graduate student in the Department of Student Affairs Administration at Arkansas Tech University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business also from ATU, where she was an Agriculture Ambassador as well as President of the Agriculture Club during the 2018-19 school year. Currently, she works as the Records Management Analyst for the Student Support Services TRiO Program at ATU.

Joellen’s research interests include first generation students feeling a sense of belonging on college campuses. She conducted research on this topic to present at the Student Persistence & First-Generation Student Conference at ATU. 

Joellen chose ATU for both her undergraduate and graduate studies because of the home-like feeling ATU offered as well as its close proximity to her hometown of Bryant, Arkansas. She also enjoys the surrounding hiking spots which allows her to continue to explore the Natural State while pursuing her studies.