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FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY

 
Advising Day

What is Advising Day?

Advising Day is the beginning of the official Advising and Registration period each semester.  While you can meet with your advisor at any point during the Advising and Registration period to plan for next semester's classes, you are strongly encouraged to attend the activities your academic department may have scheduled during Advising Day.  Some academic departments hold group advising sessions with individual questions and issues addressed afterward while others host informal social gatherings allowing advisors the opportunity to better connect with their advisees. 

How do I find out who my advisor is?

Log into MyCat and choose the "Personal Services" tab followed by the "Student" tab.  On the "Student" menu, choose "Student Records" followed by "View Student Status."  If you are prompted to select a term, select the current term. Your primary advisor should be displayed.

Now that I know who my advisor is, how would I contact him/her?

From the Contact WCU page, there is a link to the WCU faculty and staff directory.  You will need to look up your advisor's contact information in it.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare?

You should review your Degree Audit/Evaluation (instructions here) available in your MyCat account prior to any advising sessions.  By reviewing your Degree Audit/Evaluation before you go to an advising session, you will be better prepared to discuss what courses you need to take to finish your degree program and graduate on time. 

You should also review the questions about Advising Day. By being prepared for your advising session, you can spend more time talking with your advisor about other opportunities available within your major such as internships, independent studies, research opportunities, service learning and study abroad.  All of these opportunities can enhance your education and broaden your experience at WCU but it is up to you to talk with your advisor about ways you can combine your interests inside and outside of the classroom!

What if I haven't declared my major?

Don't worry!  You have until you have earned 45 hours to declare and the staff of the Advising Center, Honors College, or Student Support Services can help.  Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor early so you'll have plenty of time to consider your options before your registration day.

What is my department doing?

Each department does something a little different on Advising Day.  Find your major below to see what activities they have planned for Advising Day.

Are there other activities on Advising Day?

Yes, a calendar of events by major is available below. 

The calendar is currently being developed as events and activities are planned. Updates will be posted through Advising Day, so check back often if you don't see activities posted for your department.

 

ADVISING DAY EVENTS

A-F  |  G-N  |  P-Z


ADVISING CENTER AND UNDECLARED STUDENTS

ADVISING DAY ~ Tuesday, October 28th

The Advising Center will be open for appointments and walk-ins from 8:00 - 5:00. Please contact your advisor for more information.

All undeclared students should meet with their assigned advisor in the Advising Center, Student Support Services, or the Honors College well before their assigned registration date.  Advisors in those offices will be meeting with students daily from Advising Day through the web registration period via appointments scheduled in GradesFirst.  You do not have to meet with your advisor on Advising Day but are welcome to if an appointment is available.

ACCOUNTING
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ANTHROPOLOGY
Lunch-time coffee  meeting in McKee 110.
ART
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ART EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ATHLETIC TRAINING
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
BIOLOGY
9:00-10:00 Freshmen meet as a group with your advisor as below

Dr. Greg Adkison           ST 210
Dr. Indi Bose                ST 125
Dr. Kefyn Catley            ST 215
Dr. Beverly Collins          ST 253
Dr. Jeremy Hyman         NS 102
Dr. Tom Martin             NS 1
Dr. Kathy Mathews        ST 254
Dr. Jessica Moore          NS 123
Dr. Sean O'Connell         NS 125
Dr. Joe Pechmann          NS 108
Dr. Mack Powell            NS 118
Dr. Sabine Rundle          NS 308
Dr. Anjana Sharma         ST 219

10:00-10:30 Sophomores meet as a group with Dr. Tom Martin in NS 1

10:30-11:00 Juniors & Seniors meet as a group with Dr. Jeremy Hyman in NS 1

6:00-8:00 PM --> Social Event:  Natural History Quiz by Drs. Barbara Ballentine, Jeremy Hyman, & Joe Bill Mathews
This event will take place in NS 1 and free pizza, prizes, and drinks will be available.

BIOLOGY EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION and LAW
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
CHEMISTRY
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
COMMUNICATION

MANDATORY meeting for communication majors, 10:00 am in BAC 130

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES and DISORDERS

CSD majors are required to attend the group advising session as follows (unless you are graduating in May):
UNDERGRADUATES – 11:00 AM HHS 209**
GRADUATES – 12 noon HHS 204
**All undergraduates should have looked at their degree audit and should have a proposed list of courses they wish to take. ALT-PINs will not be given to students without this information.

1:00 PM – Summer McMurry will be discussing Medicaid Billing/Documentation in HHS 204. This is open to both graduate and undergraduate students – you don't want to miss this opportunity!!!!

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities. 
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities. 
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE
All EMC freshman and sophomores (and juniors/seniors not accepted into the program) will meet as a group from 9:00 am to noon in 204 HHSB. Program faculty will meet individually with students enrolled in the program.
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities. 
ENGLISH
The English Department is hosting a BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee) advising meeting in Illusions from 9-10 a.m. on advising day.  We'll discuss the Finish in Four protocol, give our students a two year rotation, and allow the students some Q & A with the faculty.  Potential majors or any students with questions about the English major are welcome.  We'll provide donuts.
ENGLISH EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Earth Science Advising Day
Tuesday, February 25th
MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
Starting at 12:00 pm in ST 322
Advising & Career Planning
Pizza & Drinks
FINANCE
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
FORENSIC SCIENCE
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
GEOSCIENCES
Earth Science Advising Day
Tuesday, February 25th
MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
Starting at 12:00 pm in ST 322
Advising & Career Planning
Pizza & Drinks
GERMAN
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
HEALTH INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
HISTORY
Students should check their catamount email for Advising Day information from the department.
HOSPITALITY and TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
INTERIOR DESIGN
Sign up sheets are available for students to schedule an advising appointment with their faculty advisor.
GLOBAL MANAGEMENT & STRATEGY
Global Management and Strategy will be advising students in Forsyth 329 from 10:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:00 on Advising Day.  Management majors should contact their advisors for an appointment time.
MARKETING
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
MATHEMATICS
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
MOTION PICTURE and TELEVISION PRODUCTION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
MUSIC
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
MUSIC EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
NATURAL RESOURCE and CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT
Natural Resources will hold an open advising session for new majors or others who are unfamiliar with the preregistration process from 8:30 – 9:30 in ST 354.
NURSING
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
NUTRITION and DIETETICS
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
PARKS and RECREATION MANAGEMENT
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
PHILOSOPHY and RELIGION
Departmental meeting for all Philosophy and Religion majors and interested minors with pizza beginning at 11:30 followed by a short meeting at noon in ST 226.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
POLITICAL SCIENCE
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
Students interested in Pre-Professional programs should contact Emily Sharpe in the Honors College, easharpe@email.wcu.edu, to schedule an appointment.
PSYCHOLOGY
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
RECREATION THERAPY
All recreational therapy pre-majors (PREC/ not yet admitted to RTH) will have small group advising sessions with their advisor, Glenn Kastrinos.  Glenn will be sending notification of small group meeting times, which will occur in the Recreational Therapy lab (HHSB 313), based on students' hours earned.  Students should check their catamount email.

All recreational therapy majors (RTH/ admitted to the program) EXCEPT RTH students currently in the pre-internship course (RTH 395) should set an appointment with their advisor- either Peg Connolly or Jennifer Hinton- by signing up on the cork outside their offices (HHSB 302 and 304, respectively.  Peg and Jennifer will be having 1:1 advising appointments on Advising Day and will have additional times throughout the week.

All RT majors and pre-majors are also invited to join the student Recreational Therapy Association executive committee on an afternoon Advising Day hike on the trails next to the HHS building!  Interested students should meet at the HHS building in the little alcove between Peg and Jennifer's offices (HHSB 302 and 304) at 1 p.m. for hiking.  Eat lunch before you come, but bring water and snacks.  Expect to spend 1.5 hours on the Gribble Gap trail.  Feel free to bring a friend!

SOCIAL SCIENCES EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
SOCIAL WORK
Social Work will host a BSW Orientation and Advising session with pizza from noon to 1:30 pm in HHS room 349.
SOCIOLOGY
Lunch-time coffee  meeting in McKee 110.
SPANISH
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
SPANISH EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities.
SPORT MANAGEMENT
Please visit the department or contact your faculty advisor for Advising Day activities. 
 STAGE and SCREEN
Advising meeting for BFA Theatre & Musical Theatre and BA: Stage & Screen students at 9:00 in Niggli Theatre on advising day.  Note BFA: FTP students do NOT need to attend.
THEATRE
Advising meeting for BFA Theatre & Musical Theatre and BA: Stage & Screen students at 9:00 in Niggli Theatre on advising day.  Note BFA: FTP students do NOT need to attend.
 

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