About Us

The Student Life Office serves and educates students and the university community by creating a supportive environment that provides opportunities for personal, social, and intellectual development. A four-part approach to Student Life, which involves providing services, programming, and leadership experiences, and spirit activities affords students the opportunity to enhance their academic experience and achieve their full potential.

  Patrick Cardenas, Interim Director of Student Life

As the interim director of Student Life, Cardenas leads his team to support student organization success, provides strategic direction in the coordination of our large events and office operations, leads the coordination of all departmental assessments, and serves as the point of contact and departmental lead in the absence of the director. He also advises the Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association.

Cardenas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology, and a master’s degree in behavioral science-industrial/organizational psychology. He also obtained a master’s degree in higher education administration from Sam Houston State University.




  Dillon Nash, Coordinator of Student Life for Organizations & Activities

Nash joined the Student Life team in August 2018. As the coordinator of Student Life for Organizations & Activities, he provides support, advisement and training to all registered UHCL student organizations, coordinates Student Life programming efforts, and manages the Get Involved platform and Student Life website. He is also the direct adviser for the Hawk Spirit & Traditions Council, the Mascot Program, and Hawks 4 Community.

Nash obtained his bachelor’s degree in mass communication-strategic communications in 2016 before obtaining a Master of Art in higher education-student affairs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2018.

Dillon Nash


  Megan Bearden, Program Assistant

Bearden has worked in the Student Life Office at UHCL since October 2010. Before becoming the program assistant in October 2018, she served the Student Life Office as a student assistant and staff assistant. Bearden obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 2010 and a Master of Arts degree in industrial/ organizational psychology in 2012.

In her role as the program assistant, Bearden handles all the business-related functions for the Student Life Office, is responsible for all training aspects for student associates, and is the advisor to the EMPOWER student organization.

  Becky Totty, Senior Secretary
Totty joined the Student Life team in November 2018. As the senior secretary, she provides support to all of the staff as well as any customer who comes into the office, supports the front desk student staff, and works closely with vendors who visit the campus. Prior to joining the UHCL family, Totty attended the Art Institute of Dallas for interior design and Wade College of Business for merchandising and design.
  • Student Life

    Phone: 281-283-2560
    Fax: 281-283-2566
    Email: studentlife@uhcl.edu

    SSCB 1204
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 198
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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