THE UNIVERSITY ADVISING SERVICES TEAM

Joe Murray (More about Joe) 
Assistant Dean, University Advising Services
EMAIL:  murrayj@fau.edu

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!

MAJOR FOUND!

Mr. Murray,

It has come to my attention that there is a contest of sorts affiliated with your mysterious past. I have done the research and discovered that you once matriculated at Purdue University and obtained both and bachelors of science in engineering and a master’s of science in human resource management.

Matthew Elfenbein

Prize

ACADEMIC ADVISORS

Liz Kennedy (More about Liz) 
Associate Director, First Year Programs
EMAIL: ekennedy@fau.edu

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.


Kirk Hammond, Associate Director (More about Kirk) 
IFP/AA Completion Specialist/Technology
EMAIL: khammond@fau.edu

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 Associate 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.


Angel Nevin, M.Ed. (More about Angel) 
Assistant Director, Get Wise
EMAIL:  anevin@fau.edu   

Angel is a proud owl! She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She enjoyed her time at FAU so much she is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from FAU. Angel’s specialty is in academic support services and programs. She teaches in a freshman learning community every year and enjoys watching students adjust to and excel in college. Personally, Angel loves to cook for her friends and family. She has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. She enjoys spending time with her family and is even happier if that time is at the beach!


Mary Downing Patterson  (More about Mary Downing)
Assistant Director, University Honors Program
 
EMAIL:  mpatterson@fau.edu

Mary Downing is th Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and also 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.


Jasmine Briggs, M.Ed. (More about Jasmine) 
Assistant Director, Educate Tomorrow at FAU Program

Jasmine is the Assistant Director of the Educate Tomorrow at FAU Program. Before joining UAS, she worked in several areas of higher education, including Leadership & Student Involvement, Residence Life, First Year Programs, and Student Activities Council. Jasmine is passionate about working with students to help them succeed, and she is excited to be a part of the OWL family. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Radford University and her Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Old Dominion University. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and relaxing by the beach.


Natasha is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and earned her Masters of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. Some of her previous experiences include Career Development and Housing and Residential Life. She also interned with University Advising Services. During her graduate studies, she discovered her passion for helping students obtain their educational goals. During her free time, Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exercising.


Andrea Morlini (More about Andrea)
Coordinator, Academic Programs
EMAIL: amorlini@fau.edu

Andrea is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education with a School Counseling focus. Prior to joining UAS, Andrea worked in the areas of multicultural student services and undergraduate academic advising at both the state college and state university level. Andrea grew up in the Boca Raton area and is excited to return to South Florida and be a part of the UAS team at FAU! In her spare time, Andrea enjoys traveling, reading a good book, shopping, watching sports, and spending time at the beach.


Justin Balser (More about Justin)
Coordinator, Academic Programs
EMAIL: balserj@fau.edu

Justin is a coordinator of academic programs with university advising services. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned his bachelors in international business and a minor of Spanish in 2012. He continued to earn his Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2016. Prior to joining UAS, Justin worked with an academic department as an administrative assistant and gained experience in many facets of higher education including advising. He is an Ohio native who is a big fan of Ohio State football and Cleveland sports. In his spare you can find Justin enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine by a pool, the beach, or with his family and friends.


Ashley LeWinter (More about Ashley)
Coordinator, Academic Programs
EMAIL: alewinter@fau.edu

Ashley is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Television Production and earned her Masters of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. Some of her previous experiences include Orientation, New Student Programs, Admissions, Career Development, Housing and Residential Life, and Alumni Services. Ashley grew up in Boca Raton and she is very excited to be back in South Florida to help students succeed at FAU. During her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her goldendoodle “Teddy”. Ashley also loves to travel, exercise, watch Broadway shows, and explore new exciting places!


Morgyn is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, she attended the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Wanting a change of scenery and a new adventure, Morgyn applied to the Florida Atlantic University’s Master of Higher Education Leadership program where she completed her Master’s degree in 2016. She has been with FAU ever since! Outside of higher education Morgyn enjoys reading, running, UK basketball, University of Michigan football, and exploring the different and exciting opportunities South Florida has to offer.


Stephanie is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Stephanie attended Florida International University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She then earned her Master of Science in Education from the University of Miami with concentrations in Student Life and Development and Enrollment Management. Stephanie has a wide range of experiences working in higher education ranging from admissions, registration, multicultural student affairs, career services, orientation, and academic advising. She is passionate about working with first and second year students and serving as a resource for these students in order to help them to be successful during their time at FAU and beyond. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, writing, serving in the community, and spending time with family and friends.


Tracyann is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with the University Advising Services. She attended the University of Technology, Jamaica where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. Later after moving to New York City she completed a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. While completing her undergraduate degree she became active in student government and college administration. This interest led to her being awarded a graduate assistantship that sparked the beginning of her career in student services. She went on to attend the Graduate Center, City University of New York where she completed a Master of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in International Studies. Prior to joining UAS, Tracyann worked in the areas of honors and undergraduate academic advising at various state and local tertiary institutions. She has also worked as an instructor throughout the K-16 continuum. Tracyann was born in Jamaica and has lived and worked in various states across the US. She is especially excited to be in South Florida which has been a long desire of hers! Tracyann is an avid foodie. She loves trying different cuisines. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling, binge watching her favorite shows and reading.


Rebecca Etienne (More about Rebecca)
Coordinator, Academic Programs
EMAIL: retienne2015@fau.edu

Rebecca joined the UAS team as a coordinator for Academic Programs after completing graduate school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Florida International University and a Master of Education in Higher Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She worked in a variety of departments as a graduate student at FAU such as the Career Center and the Center for Student Learning and Success. She is also a member of the higher education honor society, Chi Sigma Alpha. Rebecca loves helping students reach their fullest potential. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, writing, binge watching TV shows on Netflix and movies.


Ashley Shafer (More about Ashley)
Coordinator, Academic Programs
EMAIL: ashafer@fau.edu

Ashley is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. Ashley was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Kent State University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. In 2017, Ashley received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel, also from Kent State University. She possesses multiple experiences working within higher education, from residence life to fraternity/sorority life to academic advising. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys running, shopping, stand-up comedy, and exploring her new surroundings in South Florida!


Dalel is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services (UAS). She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, and her Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Her higher education experience includes recruitment and admissions, career services, student affairs, and advising. Before transitioning to education, Dalel practiced litigation in Florida for five years. At UAS, she advises undergraduates and serves as secondary liaison to the College of Education. In her free time, she enjoys baking and cooking.


Ra’Von is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. Ra’Von was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He is a fellow Owl as he attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In 2017, Ra’Von received his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from University of Central Florida. He has a wide range of experiences working in higher education ranging from orientation, parent programming, career services, residential life, and academic advising. In his spare time, Ra’Von enjoys longboarding, movies, TV shows, exercising, and everything involving popular culture.

ACADEMIC COACHES 

Jess E. Tuck, Ph.D. (More about Jess)
Director, ACCESS & University Advising Services
  
EMAIL:  jtuck@fau.edu   

Dr. Jess E. Tuck serves as the Director of the ACCESS Coaching Center and University Advising Services. Dr. Tuck was the Project Director of FAU's U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant from October 2010 to September 2016. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with University Advising Services and NAVITAS@FAU. Dr. Tuck's experience began at FAU in 2003 advising freshmen and sophomores with undeclared majors, providing guidance to students through developmental advising strategies. Dr. Tuck received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from FAU, where his dissertation topic was Students' preference for online versus face-to-face academic advising based on individual learning styles. He received a M.Ed. in Counselor Education, also from FAU. Dr. Tuck attended SUNY Plattsburgh and holds a B.A. in Sociology.


Abdula Newman (More about Abdula) 
Associate Director, Advising Technology & Academic Success

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor 
EMAIL:  anewman@fau.edu   

Abdula is originally from The Bahamas and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting from Florida Metropolitan University and Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, Abdula holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Abdula has been working at FAU since 2001 in academic advising and previously worked as a Coordinator of Academic Programs in the office of Freshman Academic Advising Services. While Abdula enjoys assisting students with course selections and adjusting to college life his hobbies/interests include traveling, technology, reading, theater, and music.


Jordan came to Florida Atlantic University in her third year of undergrad as a transfer student, from where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and New Media Studies. After receiving her degree, she worked in Television post-production for three years and realized that it was not her life's passion, so she returned to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership. While working towards her Master’s degree she gained experience working with New Student Orientation, Student Leadership programs, Greek Life, Student Conduct Board and Academic Advising. Helping students is where her passion truly lies, and she is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs for University Advising Services. She is excited to work with students on a daily basis, and assist them in discovering their dreams and goals while in college and beyond. Outside of higher education she enjoys traveling, yoga, cheering for the FAU Owls and the Miami Heat.


Brooke is a Florida Native who came to Florida Atlantic University in 2012 to pursue a Master of Business Administration. Prior to attending FAU, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Miami. Brooke worked in the FAU Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence while pursuing her Master’s Degree, which is where she discovered her passion for helping students reach academic success. She is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs in University Advising Services. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and doing Crossfit.


Lindsay has been at FAU since August 2013 and recently joined the UAS team. She previously worked in the Student Athlete Center for Academic Excellence as an Athletic Academic Counselor for a variety of teams. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Purdue University and her Master of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. Her Master’s program allowed her to pursue careers in which she can help students succeed in college. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to begin her work as an Academic Coach in the ACCESS program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing Crossfit, going to country concerts and spending time with her family and friends.


Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Master of Education in Counseling. For nearly a decade she worked as a Defense Contractor in support of the Department of Defense and State Department. Through her extensive volunteer work, she realized that her true passion was to help others achieve their highest potential. She went into the counseling field and ultimately discovered her love of advisement and working with students. Currently, she works as a Coordinator of Academic Programs with the ACCESS Program. In addition to her work, Monica enjoys to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and dote on her Chihuahua.


EMAIL: jtiru@fau.edu

Jessica joined the UAS team as an Academic Coach for ACCESS in November 2016. She is passionate about helping students succeed in their academics and brings with her a variety of experience working in higher education including teaching the First Year Experience course. She is excited about working with the students in the ACCESS program and applying the Appreciative Advising Model. Originally from Puerto Rico, Jessica earned her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and also a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, visiting amusement parks, and traveling with her family.


Marsha Saddler (More about Marsha)
ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
EMAIL: saddlerm@fau.edu

Marsha Saddler is an Academic Coach for ACCESS. Marsha was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She earned her first college degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. Afterwards, she sought her master's degree in Postsecondary Education & Student Affairs, and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). The opportunities for employment at various colleges and universities, including Miami University of Ohio and the University of Iowa, allowed her to gain a myriad of experience in helping students transition to Higher Education. She taught students who were pursuing the same master’s degree that she gained at UNI, and provided support to students and parents in two K-12 school systems. She is married with three children, and enjoys reading and listening to books as well as singing.



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