The Office of Student Experience at Paul Quinn College is committed to providing events that will spark your intellectual curiosity via a film premier or guest speakers, engage you socially with students with similar interests by participating in various campus activities or events, or by joining clubs and organizations that will challenge your thinking and activities that enhance the things you learn in the classroom.
Student life is a vital extension of the classroom experience, and it is a critical component of the education and maturation process of students. At Paul Quinn College, the traditional role of Student Affairs is fulfilled by the Office of Student Experience and offers an array of living-learning activities to engage students, foster self-discipline, improve time management skills, study skills, and organizational skills with the overall goal of graduating Quinnites ready to impact their communities and their respective careers.
Students are provided opportunities to develop interpersonal skills, to increase their understanding of different cultures, civic engagement, social responsibility, professional development, and to learn self-discipline in organizing their time for study, work, and social activities. You will know from your first encounter that every member of the Quinnite Nation is here to support you and ensure that you receive the best educational experience as well as the best campus life experience.
The mission of The Office of Student Experience is to cultivate:
The Office of Student Experience is responsible for all student organizations, coordinates student activities, and provides programs that lead to the students’ mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. Student activities include cultural, social, and intramural events that fit into the overall objective of the College to develop well-rounded individuals. Meetings and every scheduled event held by a student organization must be approved at least 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) in advance. The office staff will also assist in planning and scheduling events.
All registration and approval procedures for student organizations and student activities are centralized through this office, as well as the registration process for student organizations and approval of student event calendars. The office also serves as a resource for officers, sponsors, and members in planning, scheduling, and promoting events. In addition to maintaining a directory of all recognized student organizations, the office is also responsible for publishing items of particular interest to students and student organizations.
The study of the Bible and spiritual principles are essential for growth and development. Bible study is a tool that helps to deepen the spiritual life of students. Ministers from the Dallas area teach Bible study each week to members of the Quinnite Nation.
As a part of the spiritual life of the campus, students are expected to attend weekly College Assembly/Chapel as a requirement for graduation. Attendance records are maintained by The Office of Student Experience. See the College Catalog for the specific expectations to complete the graduation requirement.
Student organizations serve a vital role in helping students become productive citizens in a democratic society by providing experience in decision-making and problem solving. Approved student organizations are a key component of the College, providing an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills, and maintain a sense of care and concern within the community. All student organizations and activities are expected to have educational values complementary to those derived from the pursuit of formal credit courses.
If students desire to create an organization to supplement those that already exist, they must adhere to the following process:
Initial Meeting: The Office of Student Experience staff members will discuss any outstanding questions and explain the chartering process. The Office of Student Experience will respond to the proposal within thirty (30) business days, indicating whether the organization is clear to proceed with the chartering process.
New Student Organization Packet: Once approval to continue the chartering process is obtained, complete the New Student Organization Packet. Students MUST fully complete the New Student Organization Packet to receive approval for probationary student organization status. The Office of Student Experience has paper and electronic copies of the packet. Once the students successfully complete the packet; it will be reviewed by the Dean of Students for approval to move to probationary status.
Probationary status: Student Organizations must demonstrate that they will be viable once the original members graduate. Therefore, new student organizations must complete a year on probationary status. No institutional funding will be available to them during this period. During probationary status, the organization must hold four (4) events each semester, track attendance with a sign-in sheet and satisfaction survey, and do a minimum of eight (8) community service projects, four (4) on-campus and four (4) off-campus, each semester. Each project must last at least one hour and have at least 80% of the organization’s members participate. The organization must submit their calendar of events according to the student organization planning cycle, and maintain a binder that tracks their progress according to the guidelines set forth by The Office of Student Experience.
Evaluation year: After successfully completing a year of probationary status, a new student organization will be up for review for full student organization status. During this second year, student organizations will be expected to increase their membership and continue to meet the criteria required during their probationary period. Based upon the organization’s performance during their probationary period, and their continuing success during the evaluation year, the Dean of Students will determine if the organization will be granted full student organization status. Student organization chartering guidelines are reviewed at the start of each semester during the student organization leadership retreat and will be reviewed with new student organizations who decide to apply in the middle of a semester.
Penalty: Any student(s) that attempts to initiate or begin an organization designating an affiliation with Paul Quinn without the consent of a designee of Paul Quinn will be subject to disciplinary action.
ΑΦΑ Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., founded December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The Iota Kappa Chapter was chartered December 4, 1972, on the campus of Paul Quinn.
Motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All
ΚΑΨ Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., founded January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The Lambda Lambda chapter was chartered on December 11, 1982, at Paul Quinn.
Motto: Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor
ΩΨΦ Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., founded November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Zeta Eta Chapter was chartered at Paul Quinn on April 5, 1975.
Motto: Friendship is Essential to the Soul
ΦΒΣ Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., founded January 9, 1914, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D. C. Paul Quinn’s Gamma Kappa Chapter was chartered on May 9, 1951.
Motto: Culture for Service and Service for Humanity
ΔΑΏ Delta Alpha Omega Fraternity Inc., founded on August 18, 2001, at The University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, Texas. The Beta Chapter was chartered at Paul Quinn on August 18, 2003.
Motto: The harder you work in the beginning the more fruitful you will be in the end.
All Paul Quinn students must meet the following criteria to be considered for
membership in a Greek Letter Organization:
Members of Greek-letter organizations at Paul Quinn become ineligible under the following circumstances:
Penalty for Ineligibility
Ineligible students CANNOT wear organization paraphernalia, colors, display hand signs or calls, take photos, post messages or information via email, social media, attend campus approved events and meetings, organization events and meetings or anything that would be extended to eligible members.
All campus queens’ expenses are the responsibility of the queen and the organization that elected her. This includes all coronation and parade expenses.
ΑΚΑ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., founded January 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D. C. Theta Theta Chapter was chartered December 1, 1973, at Paul Quinn.
Motto: By Culture and By Merit
ΔΣΘ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated founded January 13, 1913, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D. C. The Lambda Nu Chapter of Paul Quinn was chartered on April 27, 1974.
Motto: Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom
ΖΦΒ Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D. C. Paul Quinn’s Tau Beta Chapter was chartered on March 8, 1951.
Motto: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization
ΣΓΡ Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded November 12, 1922, on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Gamma Iota chapter at Paul Quinn was chartered on December 14, 1963.
Motto: Greater Service, Greater Progress
ΔΑΣ Delta Alpha Sigma Multicultural Sorority, Inc., founded March 10, 2004, on the campus of The University of Texas Arlington. The Gamma chapter of Paul Quinn was chartered on March 25, 2015.
Motto: Beautiful by birth, Delta Alpha Sigma by choice
Student organizations must have all events including regularly scheduled meetings approved at least 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) in advance and recorded on the calendar. This must be done by completing the Event Toolkit and submitting it to The Office of Student Experience at least 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) before the event date. If an event requires assistance from the Dallas Police Department or other outside agencies, approval should be requested at least 15 business days in advance. Student organizations are expected to secure an approval signature from their organization’s sponsor, AND The Office of Student Experience before submitting the Toolkit to Facilities. If the required approvals are not obtained the requested date will not be scheduled and requested facilities must be released for other users.
Organizations should comply with the following process:
Organizations and their officers are responsible for the conduct of their activities and their guests. This means that the institution will hold an organization and its guests accountable for any disruptive acts. Any problems should be reported immediately to the advisor/sponsor, campus security, or appropriate The Office of Student Experience personnel.
Organizations are responsible for the following:
Organizations will be fined a minimum of $250 for failure to clean the facility. Repair or replacement costs for damages, lost or stolen equipment, or damage or abuse of facilities will be billed to the organization. Repeat offenses or failure to pay assessed charges will result in suspension of the organization and could result in the issuance of Code of Conduct violations.
Selling or soliciting on campus, including the residence halls, off-site housing, and the Student Union Building is prohibited except when special permission has been granted by The Office of Student Experience. Selling or soliciting off campus by a student organization must also be approved before it is allowed. Student organizations wishing to sell or solicit donations should get approval at least three weeks in advance by completing a fundraising form available in The Office of Student Experience.
Coach Keldrick McKinney is a native of Dallas, Texas who enters his third year as the Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at Paul Quinn College. After serving one year as Associate Head Coach under the leadership of Coach Maurice West; Coach McKinney was given the opportunity by Paul Quinn’s legendary Athletic Director James “Zip” Summers.
The program has quickly grown from 3 to now 25 student athletes under the leadership of Coach McKinney. In the second year of competing at the Red River Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, the Paul Quinn Tigers placed two athletes in the Top 10.
Coach McKinney received his bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Prairie View A&M University. After graduation he then opened a training facility where he trained hundreds of athletes. This provided the background and experience for Coach to thrive at the next level. Coach McKinney’s student-athletes not only excel on the track but also in the classroom as well. Coach McKinney’s team maintains over a 3.0 gpa.
Coach Michael Delgado has been coaching at the collegiate level since 2009. He began his coaching career at Howard Payne University, shortly after starting his time there as a collegiate soccer player. He began as a student coach and after graduating with a degree in Spanish Education, became an assistant.
In 2015, Coach Delgado moved back to Dallas to form the Men’s and Women’s Soccer program at Paul Quinn College as the assistant coach and became the head coach of the Women’s team in 2017. From 2015-2021 he was also the Men’s assistant coach.
In 2021, Coach Delgado took over the Men’s program and led the team as the #3 seed (highest in school history) to the USCAA National Championship for the 3rd year in a row, with a 3rd place finish.
Coach Delgado is a Dallas native and graduated from Mesquite Poteet High School as a district MVP & All-State. He holds his Master’s degree from Concordia University in Coaching & Athletic Administration. He resides in the campus neighborhood of Highland Hills and lives daily by his motto, #AlwaysRefuse2Lose.
Brandon Espinosa starts his fourth season as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Paul Quinn College.
Last season, Coach Espinosa and the Tigers had a historic 19 game turnaround from the previous year going from 7-25 to 26-2 (12-2 RRAC). Coach Espinosa led the 2021-2022 Tigers to the school’s first USCAA Men’s Division I National Championship and the 3rd overall national championship in school history. The Tigers also won the Red River Athletic Conference West (RRAC) regular season title for the first time since joining the conference in 1998. The Tigers finished the 2021-2022 season with the most RRAC wins and highest winning percentage in a season in program history.
The Tigers were the No. 1 seed at USCAA Nationals and had a dominant showing with 3 double digits wins. The championship game featured seven ties and ten lead changes. After trailing by four at half, 38-34, Bryant & Stratton led 67-65 with 6:33 left in the game. Henry Hampton hit a jumper a minute later to give Paul Quinn the lead to highlight a 10-0 run to seal the victory for the Tigers. Ja’Mare Redus led PQC with 18 points while Hampton finished with 17. Spencer McElway added 12, Ja’Mere Redus came off the bench and scored 11, and Steven Tynes chipped in seven points and nine assists.
While the team’s collective efforts were the deciding factor in their success, several outstanding individuals led them both on and off the court. Coach Brandon Espinosa was recognized as the USCAA National Coach of the Year. In addition, senior forward Spencer McElway was selected as a USCAA 1st Team All American, USCAA All Tournament Team and RRAC 2nd Team All Conference. Sophomore forward Trevoin Shaw was voted USCAA 1st Team All American, USCAA All Tournament Team and RRAC 1st Team All Conference. Sophomore guard Ja’mare Redus received USCAA Tournament MVP as well as USCAA 2nd Team All American Honors. Sophomore guard Torron Mingo Jr. earned the USCAA Academic All American award. Junior guard Caleb Thompson received the RRAC Champions of Character award.
During his first season with Paul Quinn, Espinosa led the Tigers to the most conference victories since 2012-2013. In addition, PQC had two players receive RRAC All Conference honors; Spencer McElway was 1st Team All RRAC and Mateo Escheik received 2nd Team All RRAC honors. McElway also joined the schools 1000-point club.
Espinosa also serves as the Director of EYBL and 17U Head Coach for Drive Nation which was founded by former NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal. This summer Drive Nation qualified for the 2021 Nike Peach Jam and currently has the most ESPN Top 100 ranked players in the country.
Espinosa has held coaching positions at Bossier Parish Community College, Ranger College and with the Dallas Mavericks NBA G-League affiliate, Texas Legends.
Espinosa is a native of Houston, Texas. He played collegiately for Dallas Christian College, where in 2010 they won the ACCA National Championship. Espinosa earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2011.
Paul Quinn did not compete in 2020-2021 due to Covid-19.
Camille Smith is in her first season at Paul Quinn College.
Smith was hired in early March and her most recent position was as an Assistant Coach for the WNBA Dallas Wings.
Prior to coaching, Smith played professionally for 10 seasons internationally and 12 seasons in the WNBA before retiring in 2019. Smith was drafted to the San Antonio Silver Stars in the 2007 WNBA Draft as the 17th Overall pick. Amid the start of the 2008 WNBA season, Smith was selected in the Atlanta Dream dispersal draft before being traded to the Seattle Storm where Smith played and won a championship in 2010! In 2015 Smith was traded to the Connecticut Sun, then to the Phoenix Mercury in 2017, where she finished her career.
Internationally, Smith played on multiple teams in Israel (2015 Israel League Champion) and China. She also played in Turkey, Limassol, Cyrpus, Ragusa, Sicily (2016 Cup Champion), Lebanon (2017 Arab Cup Champion), Montpelier, France, and Venice, Italy (2018 Euro Cup runner-up).
As a former student-athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Camille graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in interpersonal communications. A four-time All-ACC selection, she finished her college career with over 1,700 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists, and 250 steals. As a senior, Camille averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game along with 99 steals to help the Tar Heels reach the Final Four. Camille is ranked among the top 20 all-time scorers at UNC and was named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press following her junior year. She averaged 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds as a junior. As a sophomore, Camille averaged 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in the ACC tournament, including a 23-point game against Duke in the finals. In 2004, she was named ACC Rookie of the Year and was the only freshman selected as a finalist for Kodak All-American honor. Camille became the first Tar Heel to be named first-team All-ACC as a freshman.
In high school, Camille was named Associated Press NC Player of the Year and NC Miss Basketball (Class 3A; 2003). Camille was also awarded State Player of the Year by the Charlotte Observer and NC Gatorade Player of the Year (2002 and 2003). In 2001, Camille shared AP Player of the Year honors at Carver High School and helped her team finish with a 30-0 record and State Championship. Camille is a three-time All-State Selection and averaged 20.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game during her senior year. She holds the record of 2,168 career points during her high school career, was a McDonald’s High School All-American, and played in the 2002 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival. Camille was also named Piedmont Triad All-Conference, four years in a row, and Piedmont Triad Conference Player of the Year, three years in a row.
Camille Smith & her husband Jeremis Smith are happily married & live in the Historical Stop 6 Community.
Coach Patrick Gonzalez is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with emphasis in Criminal Justice from Texas Wesleyan University. He also has a M.Ed. in Sports Administration from Concordia University in Austin, Texas. He has coached volleyball for over thirteen years. He has coached on the high school, club, and collegiate level.
He currently coaches for 360 Volleyball Club in Arlington, Texas. Coach Gonzalez brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Paul Quinn College volleyball program. He served as the women’s assistant volleyball coach at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee for five seasons. While at Fisk University, Coach Gonzalez served as an Admissions Counselor and Director of International Student Services in the Office of Student Engagement. He has also worked at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and served as the Associate Director of Minority Outreach in the Office of Admissions. He most recently was selected into the Big XII Reach & Teach Volleyball Diversity Program.