Advising Services—Academic Advisers
Chip Bailey joined CCAS in June 2010. Chip is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Nazareth College of Rochester and holds a Bachelor of Music degree form Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He has had a diverse career in higher education serving Adjunct Instructor in Voice for the Music Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology and as Adjunct Lecturer in Arts management for the Department of Dance at the SUNY College at Brockport. Chip is an Academic adviser whose primary responsibilities include health professions advising, assisting with Orientation, the Citation for Achievement in College Leadership, a member of the Independent Studies/Internships team, and coordinator of the College Prizes program.
Hillary Brower started as an academic adviser in January 2012 in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center after working in the Office of the University Registrar from 2009-2011. She serves as the adviser for the Business program as well as the program in Archaeology, Technology & Historical Structures, and Digital Media Studies, while assisting with the REBS Program and several certificates. Hillary received her B.S. in Business Administration and BA in Sociology from Houghton College and she is currently working on her MBA through the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Karen Forsythe joined the CCAS staff in November 2011 after working the previous year as an academic adviser in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center. Karen now serves as the Take Five Program administrator and is a member of the Orientation Team. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Rochester and graduated as a Take Five Scholar in 2006. Following graduation, she volunteered teaching English in Chile and later worked for the Institute of International Education both in New York City and Chicago. Karen has recently begun exploring coursework through the Warner School of Education in pursuit of a Master's degree.
Stephanie Gosson joined CCAS in the fall of 2010 as a graduate assistant. In January 2012 she was promoted to the front staff and then to academic advisor in August 2012. Stephanie is a member of the Orientation Team, helps to facilitate the Peer Advising Program, and provides general advisement to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Sociology from Nazareth College and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs from the Warner School of Education.
Sean Hanna joined CCAS in May 2005. He is the Dean of Sophomores and the Associate Director of Advising Services. Sean spent 6 years in the River Campus Financial Aid Office before coming over to CCAS. He earned a BA in Education from Colgate University in 1998 and an MS in Higher Education Administration in 2003 from the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development here on campus. He is continuing his education, seeking a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School, which he hopes to complete in 2013.
Kelly Johnson started in September of 2009 after working for the Office of the University Registrar from 2008-2009 as well as the Simon School Registrar's Office from 2007-2008. Kelly is an academic counselor specializing in engineering and computer science. She runs the GEAR (Graduate Engineering at Rochester) program, the Industry Practicum Co-Op Program, and assists with the Peer Advising program. She also coordinates the Hajim School undergraduate prizes. Kelly received her BA degree in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia and is currently in the Masters in School Counseling program at the Warner School.
Molly Jolliff joined CCAS in December 2010 as an International Student Counselor. This new position has been created to assist international students with a variety of issues ranging from academic to adjustment. She acts as a liaison to Student Activities, the International Roundtable, the International Services Office and Rochester International Council, www.rifc.org. Molly transitioned from her previous role as an International Student adviser in the International Services Office where she worked since 2004. She has an M.S. in International Studies from St. John Fisher College and a BA in International Studies from Cortland State University.
Marcy Kraus joined our staff in 1999. Marcy began her career in higher education as an academic adviser at the University of New Hampshire and Washington University. She spent seven years in the University of Rochester's Admissions Office before returning to academic advising. Marcy holds a B.S. in Psychology from Viterbo University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She is the director of the College Center for Advising Services and the Dean of Freshmen.
Kate McKenna joined CCAS as an Academic Adviser in February 2005 and brings a diverse background in counseling and academic advising to UR. Kate earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Nazareth College and has worked in academic advising at Palm Beach Community College in south Florida. Kate finished her Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration at the Warner School in May of 2009 and is currently Assistant Director, Coordinator of Transfer Student Advising and Office Manager since April 2010.
Liz Monte joined CCAS in the Fall of 2010 after seven years in the Department of Athletics and Recreation as the lacrosse coach. As an academic adviser, Liz reviews Independent Study and Internship proposals, monitors the Basic Science Sequence and assists with the Prizes Program in addition to general advising for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Maryland.
Lisa Norwood serves as the Assistant Dean in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, taking her back in some sense to her roots. In 1986 she earned a BS degree in Geomechanics from the Hajim School, and worked in the "outside world" for a few years. As an undergraduate, she was one of two Coordinators of our Orientation Programs, and when we hired her in Academic Support she eventually assumed the position of Director of Orientation. In 1995, Lisa completed a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at the Warner School, and shortly thereafter began working with undergraduates in the Hajim School.
Eleanor H. Oi joined the CCAS staff in May 2008. She serves as Associate Director of Academic Support and Director of Orientation. She is currently the Kaffmann Entrepreneurial Year program administrator and also serves as an Academic adviser to students in the School of Arts & Sciences. She received a BA in Music from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA. After briefly working for Strong Hospital in the Activities Therapy Department she went back to earn her MBA in Arts Administration and Leadership Studies at Binghamton University. She has worked her entire career in Residence Life at Binghamton, the University of Rochester and most recently at RIT. Eleanor grew up in Rochester, NY and spent many long hours on campus during her younger days.
Belinda Redden joined the CCAS advising staff in January 2000. Belinda earned an A.B. from Dartmouth and an MA from Middlebury, both in French Language and Literature. Belinda is no stranger to the world of higher education, having spent most of her adult life in academe not only as a graduate student, but also as a French instructor, research assistant, library assistant, and special programs coordinator at institutions such as Princeton, Bryn Mawr, and Ohio University prior to coming to UR in 1999. Her previous roles in academia have afforded her a unique perspective on undergraduates. She brings this perspective to her duties in CCAS as an Assistant Director, and serves as Director of Fellowships.
Joseph Rodgers (J.B.) joined CCAS in September 2009 after previously serving as an administrator in the Registrar's Office for 7 years. Having previously served as the Take Five Program Administrator, J.B. is now currently one of the Health Professions advisers as well as the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Tutoring Program. He earned a BA in Film and Media Studies from the University of Rochester in 2002 and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School of Education in 2009. He is currently in the PhD program for Higher Education Policy at the Warner School.
Jennifer Sherwood joined the College Center for Advising Services team in 2004 as an academic counselor; she now works as part of the new undergraduate Multidisciplinary Studies Center and her responsibilities include working with students interested in public health-related programs. Jennifer graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History, and has recently begun to explore her interests in counseling through the Warner School of Education.
Juliet Sullivan advises the students in the Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical Program. After graduating from Boston University, Juliet studied English literature at the University of Rochester, and wrote her dissertation on etiquette in medieval English literature. She has taught courses in medieval literature, Shakespeare, children's literature, and writing at the River Campus and Eastman School of Music. She joined CCAS in January of 2008.
Nikki Terry joined the staff in July 2007 and serves as an Academic Counselor to engineering students in the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Her other responsibilities include serving as the Hajim Dean’s Office liaison to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for engineering pre-college outreach & recruitment efforts, providing budgetary & programmatic support to engineering student professional societies, and promoting student engagement in programs that foster a communal spirit within the Hajim School (e.g., National Engineers Week activities). Nikki earned her BA in Health & Society at the University of Rochester. Soon thereafter, she began working as an Admissions adviser at SUNY College at Brockport, where she earned a B.S. in Political Science. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the Warner School.
Catherine Schmied Towsley joined the CCAS staff in February 2011. She serves as Director of Health Professions Advising/Assistant Director of Academic Support and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Catherine works with students interested in Health Professions (including medicine), with anything from developing academic and career plans to applying to health professions graduate schools. She began her career as a School Counselor in Nashville Tennessee and then spent four years in the Career Center at University of Rochester before joining CCAS. She is the adviser for the Rochester Early Medical Scholars program. She received her B.S. from Cornell University, M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from Vanderbilt University, M.A. in English from Belmont University and is completing a Doctorate in Counselor Education at the Warner School.