Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Leslee Basse

An Outstanding Islander

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GO for It!
Leslee Basse says she wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for the GO Center at her high school. That’s why the Title V program manager, who now oversees around 20 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board GO Centers across the Coastal Bend and the Mobile GO Center, is remarkably committed to her work at the Island University. Unveiled in April, the University’s Mobile GO Center will travel to rural Coastal Bend schools and community events to promote college awareness and readiness among students, parents and the community. Basse acquired her knowledge about college preparation through the Flour Bluff High School’s GO Center, including how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. The first-generation college student went on to graduate summa cum laude in December 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University, and demonstrated leadership skills as president of both the Criminal Justice Association and Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society). Now, Basse is pursuing her master’s degree in psychology, and is thankful to have earned a debt-free education. The most rewarding career experience for Basse was having a role in helping students succeed in college and watching them graduate. Currently, she is working on several grants and has been a key player with Dr. Gerardo Moreno for making decisions to improve the Glasscock Student Success Center. Basse, who also oversees the current Title V project funded through the College Cost Reduction Access Act, establishes and implements retention programs on campus that promote Hispanic student success. She is also responsible for the University’s AmeriCorps program and is the GO Center representative at Financial Aid nights, college fairs and SAT/ACT workshops. In addition, Basse is fulfilling her practicum at the University Counseling Center through Dr. Matthew Baysden.

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