This webpage will give you more details about the Academic Peer Advisor Program, including who your peer advisor is, how to contact them, and where to find them.

What is an Academic Peer Advisor?                    

Academic peer advisors work under the direction of The Office of Academic Advising to assist faculty advisors in their efforts to help incoming students (first-year and transfer students) successfully transition to the academic rigor of college life. These junior or senior Loggers are highly organized paraprofessionals who actively support a unique caseload of advisees (approximately 50 advisees per PA) on important issues such as: 

  • Registering for classes
  • Navigating college-level academic expectations and demands 
  • Effectively communicating with professors
  • Navigating the ins and outs of registration
  • Assisting with short- and long-term academic planning including exploring and/or planning a major/minor
  • Encouraging incoming students to be their own best advocates 
  • Connecting to academic support services (i.e. The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching for subject tutors, college-level writing support, etc.)
  • Dealing with periods of academic difficulty

First-year students, faculty advisors, and other constituents across campus attest to how peer advisors are respected and highly successful student employees who help foster academic success at Puget Sound. 

To provide these services, our peer advisors are knowledgeable about and experienced with academic policies and regulations, dependable in the performance of their specific duties, proactive in reaching out to their advisees, supportive of academic advisors, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of their advisees. They are trained paraprofessional employees of the university who are committed to protecting the confidentiality of each student while developing strong working relationships with them, their faculty advisors, and university staff.

PAs at play

Meet your 2018-2019 Academic Peer Advisors:

The table below includes the name of your academic peer advisor and the faculty members [first-year advisor] they are assisting this year. You can also use this page to find your PA's official OFFICE HOURS (office located in Howarth Hall 114 E; inside the Office of Academic Advising), as well as a list of any times you can find them in their favorite campus café. See the table below for details on your PA's office hours and the links to read their personal biographies and welcome letters.

Your peer advisor is an endless resource for you here at Puget Sound. They love to help, and as upper-class students, they really know the secret to academic success. A recent survey of first-year students and faculty advisors indicate that PAs are seen as authentic, caring, and informed peers, highly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of university policies and procedures, a great resource when selecting courses and exploring possible majors, invaluable during registration, and someone to reach out to if you need additional academic coaching or information about important campus resources

 

 Peer Advisor Coordinator

Name: Kate Baca 

[Biology/Bioethics, Senior]

Email: kbaca@pugetsound.edu

Office Hour - Howarth 114E

Thursdays 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Click here to read my biography!

 

 Transfer Student Peer Advisor

Name: Cesare Bigolin

[History, Senior]

Email: cbigolin@pugetsound.edu

Office Hour - Howarth 114E

Mondays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Click here to read my biography!

Click here to read my welcome letter!

 

 

 PEER ADVISOR NAME/FACULTY ADVISORS

FALL 2018 HOURS

Office: Howarth Hall 114E

Cafe: Diversions (Divs) or Oppenheimer (Opp)

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Name: Ellis Collison

[Computer Science and Economics/Math, Junior]

Email: ecollison@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Chui, A. Smith, Thatcher

Click to read my biography!

Click to read my welcome letter!

Howarth 114E: 

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Divs): 

Mondays 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Name: Abby Crowell

[BLP and P&G, Senior]

Email: acrowell@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Ferrari, Li, Rodgers

Click to read my biography!

Click to read my welcome letter!

Howarth 114E: 

Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Divs): 

Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

Name: Jackie Dierdorff

[BLP/SOAN, Senior]

Email: jdierdorff@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Freeman, Krause, Wolf

Click to read my biography!

Click to read my welcome letter!

Howarth 114E: 

Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Mondays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Name: Amanda Foster

[Natural Science- Geology/History, Junior]

Email: afoster@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Bodine, Fox-Dobbs, Spivey

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Click to read my welcome letter!

Howarth 114E: 

Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Thursdays 3:30-4:00 p.m.

 

Name: Sofia Gotch

[Music and English, Senior]

Email: sgotch@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Brown, Hutchinson, Williams

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Click to read my welcome letter!

Howarth 114E: 

Thursdays 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Tuesdays 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

 

Name: Nia Henderson

[Psychology/Neuroscience and AFAM, Junior]

Email: nhenderson@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Mahato, Smithers, Villicana

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Howarth 114E: 

Thursdays 1:00.-2:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Divs): 

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.

 

Name: Connor King

[Economics, Senior]

Email: ceking@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Ludden, Monaco, Rajbandhari

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Howarth 114E: 

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Divs): 

Mondays 1:00-2:00 p.m.

 

Name: Veronica Lewis

[Exercise Science/Neuroscience, Junior]

Email: vlewis@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Hoyos, Lago-Grana, Tomlin, Wilbur

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Howarth 114E: 

Wednesdays 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Fridays 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

 

Name: Jordan O'Hanlon

[IPE/Business and Global Development, Senior]

Email: johanlon@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Barkin, Harpring, Tiehen

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Howarth 114E: 

Mondays 11:00-12:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Divs): 

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

 

 

Name: Elise Quiggins

[History/Music, EPDM, and Education, Junior]

Email: equiggins@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Gomez, Orlin, K. Smith

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Click to read my welcome letter!

Howarth 114E: 

Mondays 10:00-11:00 a.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Fridays 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

 

Name: Delaney Rudy

[Biology/ Asian Studies, Senior]

Email: drudy@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Gunderson, Tullis, Woods 

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Howarth 114E: 

Wednesdays 4:00 -5:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Name: Kate Segar

[MCB/SOAN, Senior]

Email: ksegar@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: G. Johnson, K. Johnson, Scharrer

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Howarth 114E: 

Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Opp):

Mondays 9:00-10:00 a.m.

 

Name: Jordan Taylor

[P&G/Business, Junior]

Email: jalfredtaylor@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Duthley, Hooper, O'Neil

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Howarth 114E: 

Mondays 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Divs): 

Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Name: Brynn Witter

[Biochemistry and Math/Honors, Senior]

Email: bwitter@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Grinstead, Hale, Melchoir, Neshyba

Click to read my biography!

Click to read my welcome letter!

 

Howarth 114E: 

Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

Cafe (Opp): 

Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.