Meet the Staff of
University Advising Services


Joe Murray  

I would like to welcome all the first year students to FAU and all the upper class students back and for the warm welcome to campus you have extended to me. I am also brand new to FAU this September and am learning about the campus and resources.

I join you from Cincinnati Ohio and Miami University (of Ohio). I have 23 years of advising and retention experience working with students of all majors and backgrounds. First and foremost, I am a student advocate. In an effort to DISCOVER the campus and you, the students, I am living in a first year residence hall, Heritage Park Towers for this year.

Students often struggle with choosing a major when attending college. While the decision is important, it is not nearly as limiting as many students believe. Students fall into the trap of believing the myth that a major = a career in certain areas. For the majority of majors and careers, that = sign is not the case. In an effort to get to know you and to have an opportunity to talk with you about your DREAMS for your future and how best to DESIGN a path to reach it, I am extending a challenge. Stop by and introduce yourself and if you can guess my undergraduate degree and major, I will give the first student to get it correct a $50 gift card to the FAU bookstore. Good luck!

Joe Murray
Director, University Advising Services

Liz   Liz was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and came to FAU via northern New York.  She has 21 years of experience in higher education and six years of experience in community mental health.  She holds two master degrees:  Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of  Pennsylvania and Counseling Psychology from Slippery Rock University.  In her spare time, Liz enjoys photography, traveling, and cooking.  Liz the coordinator of the SLS 1503-Learning Strategies & Human Development class.
Liz Kennedy
Associate Director, First Year Programs

Hyacinth   Assistant Director of The University Honors Program: The Honors Program at the Boca Raton Campus, she has over forty-five years of experience in the higher education system.  1967-1996, she served as the Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Social Science at FAU.  She joined the Freshman Academic Advising Services team in 1996 (FAAS) now known as University Advising Services (UAS) and became the Assistant Director of University Honors Program in 1998.   She received her degree from Westminster College in London, England.   Hyacinth is also the liaison to the College of Nursing.  Hyacinth enjoys spending time with her family husband and son Bryan.  In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring, reading, gardening and traveling.   
Hyacinth Wideman
Assistant Director, University Honors Program               

Photo Not Available   Kirk started working part-time for Freshman Academic Advising Services (now known as University Advising Services) in 1989 while pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Master's Degree in Business Administration at FAU.  Kirk is currently an Assistant Director of    Foundation & Associate Completion Specialist & Technology  for University Advising Services.  He is commonly known as the "office computer guru" for any software and hardware issues.  His hobbies include traveling, computers, web designing, and involvement within the community through local non-profit organizations, and especially spending time with his wife and family of four daughters and one son. Kirk is the liaison to the Schmidt College of Science. 
Kirk Hammond
Assistant Director, Foundation & Associate Completion Specialist & Technology  

Merideth Dee   Merideth is Associate Director of  Students in Transition and Data Analysis and works as the liaison to the College of Design and Social Inquiry.  Merideth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University and  worked for Freshman Academic Advising Services (now known as University Advising Services) as a graduate advisor in 2006 while pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology at FAU before becoming a full time staff member in 2007. Merideth graduated with her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership: Adult Community Education from FAU in 2011, and you may recognize her as "the voice" from the Registration Tutorial.  
Merideth I. Dee, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Students in Transition and Data Analysis   

Madison   Madison is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and serves as the liaison for the College of Engineering. Before joining the UAS team, she worked in the Office of International Programs while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication and her Master of Education in Multicultural Education. She also holds a certificate in Women Studies. Madison loves helping students achieve a rewarding and exciting academic career. In her spare time, Madison enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning about different cultures, traveling and being involved in the arts.   
Madison McShane
Coordinator, Academic Programs  

Mary Downing   Mary Downing is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and works with retention and academic intervention programs and liaison to the  Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Before joining the University Advising Services team,  she worked in higher education serving students in a variety of areas, such as:  student accounts, student jobs, residence life and housing, and was an Adjunct Instructor.  Mary Downing earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Belhaven University and received her Master of Arts in Higher Education from Geneva College. In her free time, Mary Downing enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and finding great local places to eat. 
Mary Downing Forester  
Coordinator, Academic Programs    

Chris   Christian is a Coordinator of Academic Support Services and serves as the liaison to the College of Business, Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence, and Veterans Affairs.  Christian received his Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University. Prior to joining UAS, he worked as a Graduate Assistant with Student-Athlete Academic Services at Florida State University while earning his Master of Science in Higher Education.  In his spare time, you can find Christian keeping active as he enjoys playing a variety of sports. 
Christian Decle 
Coordinator, Academic Programs

Deborah      Deborah is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and serves as the liaison for the  College of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Florida State University (Go Noles!) and completed her Masters of Science in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Some of her previous experiences working in higher education include Institutional Advancement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Career Development. Outside of the office, you can find her enjoying a sunny day at the beach, reading nonfiction, or spending time with family and friends.
Deborah Ackerman 
Coordinator, Academic Programs 

Molly   Molly is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and is new to the FAU team. She joins us all the way from Cincinnati, OH. Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Dayton.
Molly has experience working in a variety of areas in higher education. Outside of academic advising she has experience in student activities, residence life, career services, orientation, marketing, admission, teaching, and more. Molly is excited to bring her experiences and knowledge to the FAU community.
Molly really enjoys helping students navigate college and choose majors. She would love for you to come and visit her in University Advising! In her spare time, Molly enjoys scrapbooking, baking, travelling to new places (and travelling back home to visit family and friends), boating, and being outdoors.  
Molly Robinson 
Coordinator, Academic Programs  

 Jordan   Jordan is an Intern for University Advising Services. She is currently a Graduate student in the College of Education working towards a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Leadership. She also serves as a Graduate Assistant for New Student and Owl Family Programs working with Orientation and Welcome Leaders. Jordan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media Studies here at FAU and holds a certificate in Ethnic Studies. Jordan enjoys reading, learning and taking advantage of new opportunities and experiences!
Jordan Knittel
UAS Intern
 Justin   Justin is an Intern for the University Advising Services. He also serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Dean of Students Office. Justin earned his Bachelor of Education in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He expects to complete his Master’s program in the fall of 2014. He will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership. In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also takes part in traveling, outdoor activities and playing the piano.
Justin Carter
UAS Intern

Natasha   Natasha is an Intern for University Advising Services. She is currently working towards a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Leadership. She also serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Development Center working with the employer relations team. Natasha earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. Natasha enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family during her spare time. 
Natasha Baptiste
UAS Intern

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