advising center staff.jpgA new Office of Academic Advising has been established at Mayville State University. The Advising Center serves all students seeking assistance and acts as a frontline student services office. The main focus is on new on-campus students, transfer students, readmits, and continuing students.

In October of 2018, Teri Wright was named the Director of Academic Advising. She has oversight of the new Academic Advising Center. In the months that followed, Megan Vig was selected to serve as Academic Advisor/Career Services Coordinator. Remington Werner and Susan Cordahl have joined the advising team as Academic Advisors.

The advising staff members have been participating in an intensive training schedule for the last month. They are studying the academic catalog, analyzing transcripts, and reviewing support services areas. They are ready to meet with students regarding questions whenever needed.

In addition, Megan Vig is ready to help students who are seeking assistance with their resumes or seeking jobs. Megan can also assist with a variety of other Career Services activities.

“We are excited about the establishment of the Mayville State Advising Center and the opportunity to offer enhanced high quality services to our students,” said Dr. Andrew Pflipsen, Vice President for Student Affairs. “This new approach to comprehensive advising and student support services at Mayville State will have a positive impact.”

The Advising Center is temporarily located in room 26 of Old Main. Room 101 on the first floor of Old Main is currently being renovated and well serve as the permanent location of the Advising Center.

Establishment of the Advising Center comes as a result of Mayville State University being awarded a U.S. Department of Education has awarded the university a $2,249,009 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant. The grant will be distributed over five years and was available as of Oct. 1, 2018. The purpose of the SIP program is to help institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

Funded by the grant, Mayville State will be establishing a system of faculty support for improving pedagogical practices for teaching students who are underprepared and with diverse needs. Data collection, management, and reporting will be centralized, to become an integral and systematic function of the institution across divisions and departments for systematic planning. The third grant-funded activity is to establish a cohesive advising and student success model that coincides with academics, student life, and student supports, which includes the establishment of the Office of Academic Advising.

Photo caption: Mayville State’s Office of Academic Advising staff members are (back, l-r) Teri Wright and Megan Vig. In the front are Remington Werner and Susan Cordahl.