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Advisors and Advising

Meet the Staff & Advisors in the Office of Student Services for KSU College of Nursing

Curtis Good: Assistant Dean of Operations and Student Services
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7911 Jay Hays: Academic Advisor
Graduate Advisor
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7911
Katie Bowen: Academic Advisor
Advisor for Nursing sequence
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7911 Melissa Fenn: Academic Advisor
Advisor for Nursing Sequence
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7911
Brenda Culler: Academic Advisor
Advisor for RN to BSN program
Office of Student Services
340 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7950 Katie Peterson: Academic Advisor
Advisor for Pre-Nursing
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7911
Kim Schaefer: Academic Advisor
Advisor for Accelerated Nursing Program
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For an appointment: 330-672-7911 Ruth Pittman: Administrative Secretary
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For graduation/convocation information or scheduling advising appointments call 330-672-7911
Angela Lang: Senior Secretary
Office of Student Services
216 Henderson Hall
For graduation/convocation information or scheduling advising appointments, call 330-672-7911

The Office of Student Services for the College of Nursing is the advising office for all baccalaureate nursing students (associate degree students should speak with their regional campus coordinator).  All students are assigned an advisor in the Office of Student Services.  You can locate your advisor's name on FlashLine under "Student Tools & Courses."

Advisor Responsibilities

The primary role of academic advisors is to guide students in the development of meaningful educational plans and appropriate career choices that are compatible with their life goals. As part of the advising process, these interactions may also promote students' intellectual growth, ability to communicate effectively and ability to work independently and collaboratively, as well as assist students with realistic self-appraisal, clarification of values and achievement of personal goals. Academic advisors provide information about current and changing curricular requirements and about career opportunities and resources. They monitor student progress in meeting program requirements and help students develop the ability to assess their own academic progress. In addition, advisors provide a number of related services, including interpretation of policies and procedures; assistance in registration processing; assessment of transfer credit; support for students who are at risk; and referral, as appropriate, to campus resources that address academic or personal issues.

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for understanding and following academic and program requirements and expectations as well as university policies, procedures and deadlines. While advising is a shared responsibility between students and advisors, students should be proactive by contacting the appropriate advisor regularly, by being prepared for each advising session and by participating in the academic planning process. Students are expected to follow through with the agreed upon academic plan and notify their advisor if changes or alterations occur. They should utilize Graduation Planning System (GPS - for catalog years 2010 and beyond) or Kent Academic Progress System (KAPS - for catalog years prior to 2010) reports and program requirement sheets to monitor progress toward degree completion. GPS and KAPS reports can be accessed in FlashLine.


Student advising is a key component of the academic mission of Kent State University. It is important for all students at all points in the educational process. Advising helps students clarify their life/career goals, reach their maximum educational potential and achieve academic success through interactions with faculty, professional advisors and administrative personnel. It promotes academic success by addressing student needs that are related to learning, personal development and career aspirations; recognizes and responds to diverse individual needs and differences among students; and helps students plan and implement academic programs of study in a manner that will ensure timely progress toward graduation.
–KSU Statement on Advising
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