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Sharon joined University College as the Associate Dean in 2002. She was born and raised on a small family farm in the green mountains of Vermont. Her educational experiences include a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine, a M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. From her life experiences and education emerged a broad skill set for various career paths. Before identifying her niche in higher education, she was a career counselor, high school teacher, and librarian at the U.S. Embassy in Germany. She has lived in Vermont, Maine, Utah, Arizona, the United Kingdom, and Germany. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the western mountains as well as cooking and traveling. She is proud of her 15 years of service to students in higher education as a practitioner-scholar.
Jency has been an advisor in University College for over 17 years and prior to that was the departmental advisor for the Medical Laboratory Science program. He also taught business and math courses, primarily at community colleges, for nearly 15 years. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Dayton as well as a Certificate in Higher Ed Leadership from the University of Utah. Jency enjoys running, biking, and other outdoor activities. He has completed over 40 marathons, as well as the Wasatch 100 trail run and the LOTAJA 200 mile bike race.
Martina has been an advisor in University College for 18 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Career and College Counseling from San Francisco State University. Before settling in Utah, she worked in a variety of advising positions in higher education in California. She is committed to helping students identify their strengths and interests and design an academic program that utilizes the many opportunities at the University of Utah. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys walking in nature, skiing with her family, reading and traveling.
Becki joined the staff in January 2011 as the Director of Student Technology Initiatives which was a new position for University College. This position was a perfect fit with her advising experience and education. She completed a BS in Public Relations from Utah State University, and, in 2012, she completed a Masters of Education in Instructional Design & Technology from Western Governor’s University. While an undergraduate student, she knew she wanted to work in higher education as a university representative while helping students transition. After graduation, she fell into advising and hasn’t left. Advising matched what she was looking for and has been a very rewarding career. In addition to working at the University of Utah, Becki advised undecided & academically at-risk students at Utah State University and Salt Lake Community College for eight years. She recommends students use the three A’s to be successful in college: 1) Attend class, 2) Ask Questions, 3) Advocate for yourself.
Natalie joined University College in August 2010 and in addition to advising, she coordinates activities focused on prospective students (both freshman and transfer). She received her BA and MA in Foreign Language and Literature (Spanish) from the University of Nevada, Reno and then because she loved her college experience so much decided that she would continue and is currently working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy here at the University of Utah. She finds advising so rewarding because she is able to help students adjust to the experience of college life and learn about the great opportunities that are available to them. In her free time she likes to travel, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends.
Heather has been advising students in University College since 1998. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. degree in Human Development and a M. Ed degree in School Counseling. Heather enjoys advising students and helping them reach their academic goals. She loves animals, traveling, reading, the arts, and spending time with friends and family.
Ariana is from South Ogden, Utah and is currently a Sophomore at the University. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree of science in Psychology. Her interests in Psychology have lead her to work/participate in a Psychology research lab under Professor Sheila Crowel, and TA for Dr. Sanbonmatsu's social psychology course. After earning her degree, she plans to apply for medical school to earn an M.D degree in hopes of becoming a Psychiatrist. Ariana loves getting involved in school, she participated in many extra curricular activities throughout high school including: being a cheerleader, peerleader, a member of the school drill/dance team, and served as the Senior Class President for her graduating class. She plans to study abroad in Europe, and do humantitarian work in Honduras over the Summer of 2013.
Ariana loves spending her extra time volunteering, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. She has a big heart for all animals, is bilingual (speaks Spanish and English) and has a passion for Halloween!
Steve was born many years ago when lefthanders like himself were still ridiculed for the use of the "awkward appendage." The Nation was just starting to recover from the oil embargo of the early 1970's. The urban to rural migration was in full swing only to be halted shortly thereafter by the farm crisis of the 1980's. Steve learned at an early age to cook pizza, burritos, nachos, and Pop Tarts. These staples of life have fueled his efforts as he progressed to where he is today. Steve now directs the University College Advising Major Exploration Center. As part of this endeavor to assist students in choosing a major students can attend the Major Exploration EXPO which is held annually each September. Students can also work closely with Steve on choosing a major by taking the course UC 1050: Major Exploration. Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Sociology from Utah State University. Seeing as though blood runs both red and blue depending on its level of oxygenation (Aggie blue, not that blue from the south) the University of Utah was a perfect fit. Steve also loves his wife and son, his chickens, and cycling. He rides road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes. Steve has raced his bike at the 2001 Collegiate National Championships, LOTOJA, Tour de Park City, Mt. Evans, and many others. Steve's advice: "Eat your greens, don't do drugs, get 8 hours of sleep, ride your bike, and go to class."
Steve’s Advising Philosophy: My role as an advisor is to master knowledge so that I can analyze information and ask probing questions. In doing so, I hope to help others to know, grow, and change for the betterment of self and humanity. I am committed to helping students achieve their goals by helping them explore their options and design a degree that is unique to their interests, abilities, and values. Students ultimately have the responsibility for their education. My responsibility is to teach so that students can make decisions that are well informed.
Marilyn has been an Academic Advisor at the U for over 25 years, and during this time has advised a wide variety of students. She currently specializes in international student advising, non-traditional student advising, and also assists with prelaw advising. She is originally from Ohio and has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University. She enjoys working with students and helping them to achieve their academic and career goals. Some of her favorite things are travelling in the U.S. and internationally, hiking in the Wasatch mountains and Southern Utah, skiing, bird watching, photography, theatre, movies, and dinners and laughter with good friends.
Kira has over three years experience teaching, advising, and counseling students. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 2005. During her time on campus she worked with the Housing and Residential Education, University Tutoring Services, the CLEAR Program: Center for Engineering Leadership and the Utah Daily Chronicle. Since graduating from the University of Utah, Kira obtained a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana, where she was also an instructor. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of women’s health non-profit organizations across the country. Kira brings a vast skill-set and knowledge of student services and advocacy work to her advising to keep quality student experiences as the focus of what the College of Fine Arts and the University College does best. Kira also sits on the board of directors for the National Women’s Health Network. In her free time, she frequently sets aside time to draw or paint and can often be found with a camera in hand.
Mayumi is an advisor in the Preprofessional Advising office. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Utah. She is from Japan but has lived in Utah since 2004. She has two dogs and enjoys baking and traveling.
Latu is originally from New Zealand. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication with emphases in Argumentation and Decision-making, as well as Public Communication. She is currently in the process of completing her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Latu brings 7 years of experience in Academic Advising and enjoys working with students from all walks of life! From her own experience as a student, she believes that academic advisors have had a profound impact in her pursuit ofhigher education. Latu hopes to pass along that same encouragement and support to other students as they experience their own unique journey at the University of Utah. Latu's advise for all college students: "ASK, ASK, ASK...never be afraid to ask questions because the more information you gather, the more you learn and understand, the better your decisions will be." When Latu is not advising students (or studying), she spends time with her husband, Muli and their 4 children, Ailine, Maile, Nisi and Noah. She loves travelling with her family to the South Pacific, attending beach barbeques, eating fish’n’chips, and considers herself a huge fan of the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ Rugby team.
Originally from Montana, Lena received her BS and MS in Psychological Science from Montana State University. She has served most recently as a general academic advisor at Montana State University in the Academic Advising Center and specialized in pre-medicine advising. She has coordinated an introductory psychology course, supervised graduate teaching assistants, and taught the first-year seminar for incoming students. Lena has also served as an academic counselor for TRiO – Student Support Services and coordinated a student retention initiative for the Office of the Provost. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue working with students in higher education and is excited to collaborate with and assist students as they navigate the University of Utah. In her free time, Lena likes to be outdoors doing activities like running, hiking, and camping. She enjoys traveling, learning, and trying new things.
Jennifer has been working in University College since August 2008. Jennifer is fluent in Spanish. She is pursuing a degree in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Emergency Medical Services and a Minor in Anthropology. Her main interest is global health and has been involved in the Global Health Scholars program for three years and has traveled to Ghana, Africa and Swara, Nepal through the Global Health Scholars program. She hopes to continue onto a masters degree in Public Health. Jennifer is passionate about working within developing countries in order to help alleviate poverty and illness. Learning about different cultures is another interest of hers.
Vickie has been an academic advisor at University College and at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah, as well as advising and student service experience at other institutions since 2000. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She enjoys providing instruction for UC curriculum, as well as directing the education and development of academic advisors in areas across the University of Utah campus.
Vickie is interested in local art and its value in the community, art activism, and how creative expression can enhance our lives. She can often be seen at Gallery Stroll, the monthly Salt Lake City art-walk. Vickie is also interested in issues of sustainability, both on and off campus. Vickie enjoys summer hiking and camping in the glorious Wasatch and Uintah mountains. Vickie is a bit of a gourmand and likes to visit to the local farmer's market. When feeling brave, she tries her hand at experimental cuisine.
Shelley has been involved with student and academic affairs since her freshman year at Humboldt State University on the Northern California coast. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Geography and minoring in both Communication and Leadership Studies, and eventually landed at the University of Utah to earn her M.Ed in Educational Leadership & Policy. Not being a native Utahan, she enjoys exploring the state to find out what it has to offer. As of now, some of her favorites: Red Iguana, Brewvies, X96’s Radio from Hell, Sapa, Downtown SLC Farmer’s Market, the Legacy Parkway trail, Bear Lake, and yummy local microbrews.
John has been an academic advisor since 2001, when he was a graduate student in history at the University of Washington. In 2003, he started working in University College. John received his BA in history from Brigham Young University and his MA in history from the University of Utah. At work, he can be found encouraging students in their quest for admission to a variety of professional schools. Away from campus, he can be found exploring a nearby canyon or listening to strange new music with his family.
Erin is originally from Moab, Utah and is in her sophomore year at the University of Utah. She is currently Undeclared and considering majors in the fields of Sociology, Communication, or Education. She is very involved in the Honors College. She participated in the Honors Live Learn Community in 2011-2012, and is currently a member of the RHA Honors Council, Honors Student Advisory Committee and the RHA Sustainability Board. She also serves as a Co-Director of Freshman Service Corps through the Bennion Center.
Erin enjoys listening to music, being crafty, photography, traveling, and making new friends. She is very excited to work with University College to help students feel less lost and confused and know that they're not alone! :)
Terese has enjoyed working with students in academic advising and orientation at the University of Utah for over 15 years. As Assistant Director of the Transfer Center, she is committed to helping transfer students become successful members of the University of Utah community. Terese is an alumna of the U of U, receiving a BA in English and MA in Linguistics. She is married with two children and enjoys the arts, outdoor activities, travel and gardening.
Sarah joined University College in 2009 and has enjoyed her time advising students here at the U. Sarah directs the Peer Advising Program and oversees the Curriculum for courses taught through University College. Sarah loves working with all different types of student but she really empathizes with undecided student since she herself struggled to choose a major. After switching from business information systems to interior design to liberal arts she finally acknowledged her passion for literature and earned a BA in English and Literary Studies from Utah State University in 2005. After feeling very deprived of the intellectual stimulation that one can only achieve while engaged in scholarly pursuits she returned to Utah State University and completed an MS in Literature and Writing in 2008. Sarah has taught academic writing and literature courses at USU, SLCC, and Westminster College before settling here at the U. Outside of her work with students she enjoys writing creative non-fiction, reading poetry, traveling, appreciating the arts, cooking and baking, and spending time with family.
Kelsey joined the University College team in August 2012. She is also a student at the University of Utah pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Kelsey has had experience working with students of all ages from elementary school to college. She was a Peer Advisor for the LEAP program at the University of Utah during the 2011-2012 school year and she has volunteered in several elementary schools. She also worked as a summer camp counselor over children ages 10-13. She is excited to work at University College so she can help students at the University have a wonderful college experience!
Kelsey was born and raised in Utah. She was married in October 2011 to the love of her life. She has always had a passion for music and theatre. When she is not at school or work, she loves to do Zumba, scrapbook, listen to music-, and (most of all) spend time with her husband!
Amy joined University College as an advisor in 1998, eleven years after earning her BS degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. It has been a lot of fun for her to return to her alma mater and work with the current generation of students. Between her stints at the University of Utah, Amy lived in Phoenix, Arizona where she earned a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University. Since 1999 one of Amy's specialties has been Prelaw advising-helping U of U students and alumni gain admission to law school. Amy loves the outdoors, particularly the area around Moab, Utah where she grew up. She also loves good books, good music and good company.
Richelle grew up in Midvale, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Classics, and later a MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy. Richelle held various positions at the University of Utah before joining University College in 2009. In her spare time, Richelle indulges her passion for comparative mythology, dabbles in various needle arts, and in the summer enjoys the outdoors.
Jennifer joined University College in 2012 and has enjoyed her time advising students here at the U. She recently earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Weber State University. Jennifer enjoys working with all different types of students but she really emphasizes the undecided, first year student. She herself had an amazing undergraduate experience and wants to assist students in designing an undergraduate experience that is as unique as they are. Jennifer attended Dixie State College, where she earned her associates degree before transferring to Weber State University. She took advantage of many extracurricular activities including community engagement, student government, and undergraduate research. Jennifer also enjoys yoga, swimming, photography, reading, and hiking in the beautiful Utah mountains.
Jeff joined University College in January 2012. He has been tinkering with computers and related technology since he was a young child. His first computer was an Apple IIc, and although he got dysentery several times while trying to get to Oregon, he somehow survived into adulthood. When he was a teenager, the joy he got working with computers and technology turned into a full-blown passion. This might have something to do with his dial-up modem and computer crashing. He could only stare as his computer was blue-screened to death, and 28.8 kilobits of online social life were lost every second. Rather than give up, Jeff started tearing computers apart, until he had the components to make a new computer and get back into the game. Since that fateful day, Jeff has been hooked on all things tech.
David has been with University College since March 1996. He supports the administrative and advising staff (and the University Academic Advising Committee) by monitoring budget resources, as well as generally helping to keep things running smoothly (which ranges from ensuring that everyone gets paid, to keeping enough colored paper in the supply closet). He also fills in at the front desk and occasionally assists students with specific inquiries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French (plus a Secretarial Certificate) from the University of Utah, and attended the University of Washington for one year. He also holds the Certified Administrative Professional rating conferred by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Among the things he likes best are animals, french fries, languages, Vancouver Island, collecting stamps, and being with friends.
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Born and raised in Utah, Lindsey graduated from the University of Utah in 2011 with a BS in Mass Communication and a minor in Theatre Studies. While attending the U, she interned at the U of U Sustainability Research Center in addition to interning for the 2010 Governor Campaign. Following graduation, she interned in Washington DC for the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. She hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and ultimately become a counselor. She enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre (loves musicals!), singing, eating sushi, and spending time with her family.
Tammy joined University College as the Data Analyst on Friday the 13th of January, 2012. She loves working in this environment, especially to rub shoulders and work with such great people at the University of Utah. Tammy is a Hoosier, hailing from Indiana originally but has lived in Utah for the last 23 years. She worked previously as a computer teacher in the Davis School District and in the computer field for many years. She enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones, creating new things, learning, exercising, meeting new people, and chocolate. She has 4 great kids and a german shepherd named Scooby.
Sheryl McCallister is the Executive Secretary for the PreProfessional Advising Office. She graduated from the U in 1988 with bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and English and her secondary teaching certificate. She taught high school, until one day she realized that she was fast depleting her two sizes too small lifetime supply of patience on all the nonsense high school teachers have to put up with outside their classroom and fled education for the much less misanthropy-causing world of corporate administrative assisting. In 2009, she returned home to the U and found herself working in the PPA Office, where she has found that her very small store of patience is rarely tried. She thinks she will stay awhile.
Julia joined the University College staff in August 2012. She is a junior working towards a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies. She is a Pre-Law student hoping to be attending a law school in fall of 2014. She has enjoyed working with students and faculty from all around campus in her positions as a Resident Advisor, Orientation Leader, and member of the MUSS Board.
Julia was born and raised in Utah and graduated from Juan Diego Catholic High School. She has adored her time at the University of Utah and loves sharing that passion with other students. Julia is often seen at University of Utah athletic events cheering on her Utes. She loves baking, photography, spending time with family and friends, good books, travel and most of all her dog, Rosie.
Katie graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English and minor in Spanish. While a student at the U, she was news editor of the Daily Utah Chronicle and an intern with University Health Care Office of Public Affairs. She was also in the Honors College and went to London with the English Department. She joined University College in September 2012. She enjoys studying theology and going to art museums when she can.
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