The Advising Center is being replaced with a Division of Undergraduate Studies. It will be staffed by a manager (Nita Guzman), two professional advisers (Steve Brown & Lynda Provette) and an office manager (Lorraine Taylor). The DUS will serve DUS students, non-degree students, some of the students who are planning to transition to one of the colleges at University Park and the students who are planning to transition to one of the other campuses. Nita Guzman will maintain an advising load, serve as the College Contact Person, provide oversight for the general operation of DUS and have primary responsibility for the programs associated with advising, such as the Peer Advising program and Orientation (formerly FTCAP). Lynda Provette will advise many of the students who are planning to transition, most notably, to Liberal Arts. Steve Brown will work with students who are in need of academic direction, such as those identified as DUS and those in non-degree status. DUS will also continue to serve as a general information center for advising.
In addition, there will be one adviser assigned to each division. This adviser will advise the pre-majors in that division, assist the faculty and the division head as needed in terms of advising and will also advise some of the students who are planning to transition to one of the colleges at University Park that are closely related to that division (for example the adviser for Social Sciences would advise students transitioning to Smeal). The adviser for Arts & Humanities is Matt Chellel; for Science and Engineering is Julia Otulek; and for Social Sciences is Lynn Lazor.
Faculty who have been serving as College Contact and Referral Representatives will continue as such. In addition, faculty who have been advising students who are in the midst of transitioning to a University Park College will continue to advise those particular students. The above is for new assignments. It would not be in a student's best interest to move them to a new adviser for a year or less. Hence this is not going to be totally seamless and we're all going to have to be a bit flexible.