Academic Peer Advisors

Peer advisors wrapping up a great year with Academic Advising

Our current PA team is wrapping up an incredible year of work, gathering tips for new PAs, and bidding farewell to their advisees. The overall vibe in our office is a mixture of celebration and sadness; happy to see advisees complete their first year at Puget Sound but sad to see them go.

2017-2018 Peer Advisors Bid Farewell

What is an Academic Peer Advisor?

Academic Peer Advisors (PAs) devote their energies to improving the academic lives of first-year and incoming students. Each PA has a unique caseload of about 50 advisees. Though PAs have a particular responsibility for their own caseload, they are also open to offering any student their academic assistance. Specific services offered by PAs include:

  • Helping students meet college-level academic expectations and demands.  
  • Introducing students to academic support services at Puget Sound (i.e. The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching).
  • Assisting with short- and long-term academic planning.
  • Reaching out to students in academic difficulty.
  • Helping Academic Advisors guide incoming students toward academic success.

To provide these services, 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 students, supportive of Academic Advisors, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of students in the first year of their Puget Sound careers. Finally, PAs are trained paraprofessional employees of the University, and therefore protect the confidentiality of student records and develop strong working relationships with faculty, staff, and other students.

Peer Advisor working with first-year student

Learn more about our current PA Team:

Click on the links below to read your Peer Advisor's biography and their "Welcome Letter" to you. The table below also lists the names of the first-year advisors that each PA is assisting this year. Scroll down to also see your PAs official OFFICE HOURS (office in Howarth 114 E) and any times when you can meet with them in their favorite campus cafe.

Your Peer Advisor will reach out to you at least once a month, offering assistance with ideas on how to be academically successful at Puget Sound, suggestions for how to access campus resources, course planning and registration, as well as reminders about important academic dates, events on campus, and suggestions about how to enjoy Tacoma to the fullest.

Your Peer Advisors are 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. Results from our recent survey indicate that first-year students consider their PAs to be authentic, caring, and informed peers. They view their PA as highly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of university policies and procedures, a great resource when selecting courses and exploring possible majors, helpful during registration, and someone to reach out to if they needed additional academic coaching or information about important campus resources. Peer Advisors are said to be welcoming and supportive and are always a friendly face in the crowd.

To start 2018 off on the right foot, be good to your PA! If they reach out to you get back to them, show up to your appointments, say hello when you see them around campus, and just know they are there to offer you support when you need it.

Lily O'Connor

Peer Advisor Coordinator

Cesare Bigolin

Transfer Student Peer Advisor




Office: Howarth 114E

Cafe: Diversions or Oppenheimer

Ava Price
Faculty Advisors: Brown, Hong, Hutchinson, Lago Grana

Office: Mon. 10-11 a.m. & Thur. 10-11 a.m.

Cafe: TBD

Bridger Dunn
Faculty Advisors: Nunn, Richards, Wiese

Office: Mon. 12-1 p.m.

Cafe:  TBD

Emma Elder
Faculty Advisors: Burgard, Elliott, Harpring, Neshyba

Office: Wed. 2-3 p.m.

Cafe: Tues. 2-3 p.m. (Oppenheimer)

Grace Friedman
Faculty Advisors: Beyer, Christoph, Perry

Office: Thur. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Cafe: Thur.10-30-11:30 a.m. (Diversions)

Grant Garcia

Faculty Advisors: Dillman, Struna, Honors/Humanities


Office: Thurs. 2-3 p.m.

Cafe: Tues 2-3 p.m. (Oppenheimer)

Haley Newman
Faculty Advisors: Hooper, Leuchtenberger, Simms, Velez-Quinones

Office: Wed. 10-11 a.m.

Cafe: Thur. 2-3 p.m. (Diversions)

Hannah Monsour
Faculty Advisors: Anderson-Connolly, Benveniste, Smith

Office: Mon. 1-2 p.m.

Cafe: Wed. 3-4 p.m. (Oppenheimer)

Kate Baca
Faculty Advisors: DeMarias, Hodum, Madlung

Office: Mon. 2-3 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs. 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Oppenheimer)

Kayla Hipp
Faculty Advisors: Lear, Stackman, Stockdale

Office: Mon. 3-4 p.m.

Cafe: TBD

Mark Officer
Faculty Advisors: Dove, Liao, Protasi

Office: Tues. 3-4 p.m.

Cafe: Thur. 11-noon (Oppenheimer)

Mitchell Carlson
Faculty Advisors: Barry, Jacobson, Kelley

Office: Tues. 3-4 p.m.

Cafe: Thur. 2-3 (Oppenheimer)

Rachel Gillespie
Faculty Advisors: Mifflin, Milam, Tomlin, Wilbur

Office: Tues. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cafe: Mon. 9-10 a.m. (Oppenheimer)

Sage Pintler
Faculty Advisors: Clark, Paradise, Rouse

Office: Thur. 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cafe: TBD

Sarah Griffin
Faculty Advisors:
Marcavage, Pickard, Weinberger    


*Office: Mon. 9-10 a.m.

*Starting Mar. 5, 2018

Cafe: Mon 6-8 p.m. (Diversions)