STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Kevin (KP) Prince

NAME:

Dr. Kevin “KP” J. Prince

POSITION/TITLE:

Coordinator, Alcohol & Other Drug Education Program

HOMETOWN:

Houston, Texas

DEGREE (S) AND SCHOOL(S) ATTENDED:

BS in Psychology, Prairie View A&M University;

Ed.M., Counseling Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey;

Ed.S., Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University;

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Georgia at Athens

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE:

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, Chemical Dependency, Relapse Prevention; Board Certified African Centered/Black Psychology Diplomate; Multiculturalism Competency, Equity & Inclusion

TIME AT UT:

Nearly 2 years

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN:

After moving from Atlanta, GA, it was a transition to Austin and the community here.  I came to Austin initially to share in the culture and community that makes Austin unique.  Although Austin is very different from Atlanta, I have learned to appreciate all that it has to offer.  One of the key aspects of the city includes the Longhorn community.  It is an opportunity to connect across to several aspects of the community in the city and on campus.  Access is a very important issue for our community.  I hope the access that I have will allow more opportunities to grow professionally and personally. It was also an opportunity to develop a comprehensive drug and alcohol program at a major university to save lives and support students abusing and dependent on alcohol and other drugs.  I wanted to make the greatest impact possible on a university community in Austin.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST THIS SEMESTER/YEAR:

Implementing new programs and reaching out to various communities within the Longhorn community

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION:

My mother, my kids, Karimah and Esteban

WHAT PROFESSION, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEMPT:

I wonder if marketing, sports psychology, or entertainment would be interesting areas of work for me.

A LOCAL GEM THAT BFSA MEMBERS SHOULD NOT BE WITHOUT:

Casa Columbia’s on E. 7th Street is a wonderful restaurant.  Check it out if you have time to relax, enjoy good food, and share with others the East Side feeling.  Also, if you are looking for a culturally enriching, multicultural experience with a great atmosphere while working out and making friends, join a Capoeira group in Austin.  The following is a group I’ve work with in the past: http://www.capoeiraevolucao.com/

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN, AND WHY?

Some may be surprised to learn that I am an avid and dedicated Prince connoisseur. Since about 1983 before the Purple Rain revolution, I became a big fan.  Never started or joined a Purple Rain, Love4OneAnother, or prince.org fan club.  However, I did purchase music at 1-800-NEW-FUNK and own at least all of the legally released Prince albums along with a few bootlegs from back in the day.  I have vinyl, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs of music, movies, and concerts along with a download list of most songs on my IPod.  My favorite playlist is the best Prince slow jams from 1979 through today.  I can sing in not-so-quite perfect falsetto most of the music from the first 15 albums, but not so much the last five albums.  I’m a work in progress. There were some blue months as a Prince fan when my mother confiscated all of my Prince music after the nude cover of LoveSexy came out and she immaculately recalled the words to Darling Nikki on the same day.  There were three months where I did not hear any Prince music except on the radio.  It did not last long, but for a teenager at the time, it lasted long enough.  Why Prince?  Better alternative to Michael Jackson who I enjoyed but did not like as much after the Off the Wall album.  Hip Hop is beautiful and will always love, but the Minneapolis sound was my first love.  Plus, the girls at the time thought it was cute.  Can’t beat a pair of tight parachute pants, a few break dancing moves, and a Jheri curl in the mid to late 1980s. Yeah, it’s the Hot Tub Time Machine!

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3 Responses

  1. Great to see PVU grads doing great things! I am a true Prince fan!!

  2. Way to go..impressive

  3. Dr KP J Prince was an amazing employee at the University Health Services. His advanced education and experiences allow him to offer so much to our UT students and the University . He also served on the UHS Diversity Committe. He had such a great repore with his coworkers and those he served and always had awesome and futuristic thoughts and great ideas to contribute to get information out and to enhance and betterment of things for our students and staff. KP will sincerely be missed and we wish him well in his bright future. Soar with the eagals KP!!! God bless you and his best to you always!!!

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