Spring has sprung and your peer advisor is excited to work with you again this semester!

NEW: REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE: Learn more about the two important events your peer advisor and faculty advisor are planning to help you get REGISTRATION READY!

Find your PAs Spring office hour and virtual meeting link in the table below.

View this graphic for information on what your PA can do for you!


What is an Academic Peer Advisor?

The Role of 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) 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:

  • Navigating college-level academic expectations and demands 
  • Effectively communicating with professors
  • Navigating the ins and outs of registration
  • Short- and long-term academic planning including exploring and/or planning a major/minor
  • Encouraging incoming students to be their own best advocates 
  • Connecting students to academic support services (i.e. The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching for subject tutors, college-level writing support, etc.)
  • Helping new students deal with periods of academic difficulty
  • Registering for classes- The host PeopleSoft Sessions to teach new students how to use the registration software AND schedule meetings with your faculty advisor (Registration Preparation Meetings-RPMs) to provide one-on-one attention to help you get registration ready! 

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.

Meet the 2020-21 Academic Peer Advisor Team

The table below includes the name of the academic peer advisor and first-year faculty advisor they are assisting this year. You can also use this table to find the date and time of your PA's virtual OFFICE HOUR, the link to their virtual Advising Appointment, and a few fun facts about them in their personal biography

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 indicated 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 for navigating the registration process, and someone to reach out to if you need additional academic coaching or information about important campus resources

STILL UNSURE ABOUT HOW YOUR PA CAN HELP YOU?  ASK THEM! 

This infographic offers additional ideas on what your PA can do for you

Table with details about our 2020-2021 Academic Peer advisors:

PEER ADVISOR NAME/FACULTY ADVISORS

SPRING VIRTUAL Office Hours: 

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Peer Advisor Coordinator 2020-21

Name: Declan Peloso  

[BLP & Economics/German, Senior]

Email: dpeloso@pugetsound.edu

 

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Virtual Office Hours:  

Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.

 

Transfer Peer Advisor 2020-21

Name: Quentin Hubbard

[Biology/Neuro & Bioethics, Senior]

Email: qhubbard@pugetsound.edu  

 

Click here to read my biography!

 

Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays 2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays 4-5 p.m.

 

 

Name: Jake Brady

[BLP & Economics, Senior]

Email: jbrady@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Imbrigotta, Krause

 

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Tuesdays 10-11 a.m.

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

Name: Ashley Brauning

[MCB/Neuro & Math, Senior]

Email: abrauning@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Saucedo, Sosa, Johnson

 

 

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Virtual Office Hours: 

Mondays 1-2 p.m.

Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.

 

Name: Hannah Bushing

[Undeclared, Junior]

Email: hbushing@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Goldstein, Kigar, Kupinse

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays 3-4 p.m.

Fridays 12-1 p.m.

Name: Lauren Finnigan

[BLP & JPN, Senior]

Email: lfinnigan@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: DeHart, Ludden, Paradise

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays 2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.

Name: Matt Garcia

[Math/Chemistry, Junior]

Email: mgarcia@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Chambers, Melchior

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays 5-6 p.m.

Fridays 12-1 p.m.

 

Name: Maggie Hatt

[Economics/Math & French, Junior]

Email: mhatt@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Kelley, Tracy Hale, Monaco

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Tuesdays 8-9 a.m.

Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.

Name: Sydnee Kokobun

[Psychology, Junior]

Email: skokobun@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Colbert-White, Reintz

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

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

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

Name: Henry Loran

[P&G & AFAM, Senior]

Email: hloran@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Fields, Lanctot, Weinberger

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Tuesdays 10-11 a.m.

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

Passcode: loranADV

Name: Neomi Ngo

[Communication & Business BA/Chinese, Junior]

Email: nngo@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Dove, Li, Wolf

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays 2-3 p.m.

Name: Tina Nguyen

[Chemistry, Junior]

Email: thnguyen@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Hanson, Worland, Neshyba

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

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

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

 

Name: Samantha Reed

[Exercise Science, Senior]

Email: skreed@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Lewin, Tomlin, Wilbur, Tollefson

 

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Virtual Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.

Fridays 2-3 p.m.

 Name: Lia Van Steeter

[IPE/Spanish, Senior]

Email: lvansteeter@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Dillman, Lago-Grana, Protasi, Peine

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

Tuesdays 2-3 p.m.

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

 

 

 Name: Annamarie Wright

[Music Education/Education, Senior]

Email: aewright@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Brown, Hutchinson, Woods

 

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 Virtual Office Hours:

Mondays 1-2 p.m.

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

Name: Erik Zdechlik

[BLP & Economics, Senior]

Email: ezdechlik@pugetsound.edu

Advisors: Hoyos Galvis, Jackson, Kotsis, Warning

 

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Virtual Office Hours:

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

Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.