Tag: Academic Advising

Year One of ‘Peer Advising Consults’ viewed as success

Students in the new Peer Advising Consultants program (PAC) have just completed their first successful year as peer advisers. According to Darrel Renier, director of Academic Advising, and Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, director of the Center for Students in Transition, who developed the program, the peer advisers assisted their fellow students by facilitating SIS demonstrations, reaching out to newly admitted students, connecting to first-year programming such as Majors Fair and FYS/GPS sections, and by answering basic advising questions. The plan is to expand the program next year to include students representing additional academic programs and to add a transfer peer adviser. The overall objective is to continue to improve retention and recruitment by bridging students to majors/minors, increasing student support and educating students about the important role campus advising plays in reducing time to degree while increasing academic success. “Academic Advising and Dr. Bartell would like to thank our P.A.C. members Allee Schramm, Morgan Jandrin, Trevor Copeland and Miranda Michaelis for a great year.”
 

Passing of Coral Lee MacKay

Former academic adviser Coral Lee MacKay, known to countless UW-Green Bay students from the 1970s and ‘80s on through her retirement in 1998, has passed away. She died Tuesday in Milwaukee at age 86. A native of Sturgeon Bay, she taught in Green Bay area high schools before joining the UWGB advising staff in fall 1971. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, and is survived by two sons and their families. Friends may call at West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S. Oneida St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service.

Focusing on support, Advising Advising moves to appointments

Registration begins April 6. To improve the student experience and navigate away from drop-in advising, academic advisers will this week begin taking appointments from undeclared students interested in sitting down to discuss their options. Students who have declared majors will be encouraged to make appointments with their faculty advisers. Darrel Renier of Academic Advising says the appointment system will provide students a high-impact experience while allowing the office — creatively and collaboratively — to manage with two open positions. Moreover, “it will focus students away from the stress of registration and toward developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills to help manage the busy time.” Primary goals include strengthening adviser/student relationships, increasing collaboration with faculty advisers and student affairs offices, and enhancing academic support. To accommodate the student volume and adviser availability, there will also be a number of online, paper and electronic resources developed to assist students. Academic Advising would like to send a special thanks to the folks in GBOSS (Green Bay’s One Stop Shop) for developing innovative ways to assist students and schedule appointments. Their willingness to take on an additional role is much appreciated.

Reminder: Sophomore Success Day

Sophomore Success Day, scheduled for 8:30-3:30 this Thursday (March 5) is a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and more. Sponsored by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. Questions- Mary Simonsen simonsem@uwgb.edu or Steven Newton newtons@uwgb.edu.

Next ‘Sophomore Success Day’ is March 5

It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career and major selections, general education requirements, registration, and all things between. Sophomore Success Day takes place Thursday, March 5, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., hosted by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. The goal is to help students continue to feel connected and help them navigate what can be a complex transition from general education to major. “Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way!” Direct questions to Mary Simonsen, simonsem@uwgb.edu, or Steven Newton, newtons@uwgb.edu.
 

Academic Advising and Phoenix GPS team up for ‘peer advising’

For what is believed to be the first time in its existence, UW-Green Bay is making use of peer advisers. The PAC people (Peer Advising Consultants) represent a collaborative effort between the Office of Academic Advising and the Phoenix GPS Program. The advisers, a group of four sophomores who completed the GPS program last year, will be available to assist students with basic registration questions, provide information about campus resources, and serve as student representatives of Academic Advising. Director Darrel Renier says that, in addition to providing a valuable advising resource for students on campus, the PAC program provides second-year students with a valuable high-impact experience, and is part of a broader effort to improve sophomore retention on campus. The PAC will be doing pre-registration sessions and assisting during drop-in hours beginning next week. A link to more information about the peer advisers can be found at www.uwgb.edu/advising/staff/.
 

Sophomore Success Day


Sophomore Success Day is Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and all things in between. The purpose of the event is to help students continue to feel connected and help them navigate what can be a complex transition from General Education to Major. Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way! Sponsored by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. Questions- Ashley Vanden Langenberg or Steven Newton.

Faculty workshop: ‘Advising for New and Unofficial Advisors’


Here’s a reminder that CATL – the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning – will be hosting a workshop Monday (April 7) from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in Cofrin Library Room 109B. The topic is student academic advising, and the workshop leader is someone well-versed in its practice. Associate Prof. Alison Gates is CATL’s new faculty consultant, a frequent FOCUS advisor, former chair of the interdisciplinary minor program in Women’s and Gender Studies and current chair of the disciplinary major and minor programs in Art. A recent survey found that up to one-third of faculty members say they do not feel comfortable answering questions from students about their own major or minor programs. Staff advisers in Student Services and designated “official” advisers in the various majors can help students, but this workshop suggests the ability to resolve simple advising questions without referring students elsewhere will benefit both students and departments. (Saving time for the student, streamlining workflow for the official adviser, and better engaging faculty members’ involvement with overall curriculum requirements.) Gates will guide participants in using their own programs’ web resources along with all-university resources to hunt down the answers to advising questions commonly asked by students of their faculty instructors. Another outcome: providing faculty with information on how to direct students to become more empowered to find the answers to certain questions themselves. Please contact Sandy Folsom with any questions, or to register.

‘GPA M.D.’ help available tomorrow… and a YouTube ‘commercial’

Know of a student who could benefit from some friendly academic advice, provided by trained academic advisers? Send ‘em our way!  That’s the word from Mary Simonsen simonsem@uwgb.edu. The GPA M.D. Day this Thursday (March 13) is designed to answer questions about:

• What GPA they will need this semester to get admitted into their desired major or certain classes next semester
• How the repeat policy works
• How to clear their holds that prevent registration
• Everything academic in between

Students who stop in at Student Services 1600 and participate between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. will have their names entered into a raffle for a terrific top prize: a first-day registration appointment.

***     ***     ***     ***     ***

The perfect Rx is ‘Consilium’: Keeping with the GPA M.D. theme of Thursday’s all-day consult-athon at Academic Advising, the clever people there have done a mock commercial promoting a sure-fire remedy for the academic blues: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rEOIftA3Co.

Academic Advising promotes ‘GPA M.D.’ event

It’s a day for students to drop-in without appointment, get questions answered about major entrance requirements, see if they’re on track to graduate, learn the GPA’s they’ll will need this semester to get admitted into their desired major next semester, and all other things academic. Know a student who could benefit? Send them to GPA M.D., available all day Thursday (March 13) in Student Services 1600 (Academic Advising). No appointments are necessary; they can stop in anytime 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and an adviser appropriate to their major and situation will assist them. Questions? You can contact Mary Simonsen simonsem@uwgb.edu ext: 2738.