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Academic Advising and Learning Center

Academic Advisors of the Academic Advising and Learning Center

AALC

 

 

 

Karen Sullivan-Vance

 

Karen Sullivan-Vance

 

Position: Director, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I completed my undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Puget Sound and my Masters in Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. I currently am pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University.

 

My research areas focus on foster youth, motivation, resiliency, advising and first-generation students. I present on these topics both nationally and internationally. I have been awarded the Gail Rola Memorial Award for Leadership with Passion and Integrity and also received the 2010 Outstanding Academic Advising Administrator award from NACADA The Global Community of Advising. Currently I am the Director of the Academic Advising and Learning Center at Western Oregon University. I am particularly drawn to first generation students and their transition into and through college as I was a first generation student myself.

 

 

 

Tamie Saffell

 

Tamie Saffell

 

Position: Associate Director, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I received my B.S. in Elementary Education from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt Pleasant, Iowa. I graduated with my M.A. in Student Development in Post-secondary Education from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Most of my research focused on the exploratory student and the process of choosing a major. In my current position at Western, I am able to combine my love of teaching by working with students entering the COE and my love of career exploration by working with exploratory students and teaching a Career Decision-making course. I began working at WOU in January 2006 as an academic advisor. In August 2008 I moved into the newly created Assistant Directors position. Currently I am the Associate Director of the Academic Advising and Learning Center.

 

 

 

Osvaldo Avila

 

Osvaldo Avila

 

Position: Bilingual Academic Advisor, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Portland State University with a B.S. in Liberal Studies and a Chicano/Latino Studies minor. I am currently enrolled in the Postsecondary Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Masters program at PSU with an emphasis on Student Services.

 

My experience working with students began at Chemeketa Community College where I worked in the Office of Student Life, first as a Student Ambassador, then as a College Recruiter for the College Assistance Migrant Program. I began working for WOU as a Spanish Bilingual Academic Advisor in February of 2009 and utterly enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

Alexander Kunkle

 

Alexander Kunkle

 

Position: Academic Advisor, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I graduated from Western Oregon University receiving a Double B.S. Degree in Speech Communication and in Social Science with a minor in Humanities. I currently am pursuing my M.S. degree in Information Technology from Western Oregon University.

 

My experience in higher education began at WOU in the Academic Advising and Learning Center in April 2007 when I began working as a student, in the role of a Peer Advisor. Following graduation in December 2009 I was brought back into the Academic Advising and Learning Center as an Academic Advisor.

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Compton

 

Kimberly Compton

 

Position: Academic Advisor, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I graduated in 2006 from Western Oregon University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Heath Education with a minor in Biology. My future plans are to receive a Master's degree in higher education/student services.

 

My experience with higher education started when I was a student at Western. I was involved with many student leadership opportunities, which led me in the direction of wanting to work in student services. I worked as an Admission Counselor for the Office of Admissions at WOU for six years before joining the Academic Advising and Learning Center in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse Poole

 

Jesse Poole

 

Position: Student Success Specialist, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I completed my Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Homeland Security and Community Preparedness in 2010 from Western Oregon University, followed by my Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2011 from WOU. Currently, I am pursuing a second Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Information Technology.

 

My experience in higher education began in 2008 as a Veterans' Representative situated in the Office of the Registrar at WOU. During my time in the Registrar's Office, I occupied a multitude of positions that included Office Manager, Graduation Evaluator, and VA Certifying Official. In September of 2012, I joined the Academic Advising and Learning Center team as part of a campus-wide initiative to increase student success and provide scholars with the maximum amount of academic support and guidance possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Jinglin Guo

 

Jinglin Guo

 

Position: International Learning Specialist, Academic Advising and Learning Center

 

Education: I received my Master Degree in Management and Information Systems from Western Oregon University in 2010.

 

I began working with international students in the summer of 2009 as a student assistant at Western Oregon University in the Office of International Students & Scholars Affairs. I began working as an International Learning Specialist in Academic Advising and Learning Center in the summer of 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Palmer

 

Tina Palmer

 

Position: Administrative Program Specialist

 

Education: I attended Western Oregon University (as Oregon College of Education) for 4 terms then went on to receive a Certificate of Medical Receptionist from a Salem based institution and worked in the medical field for several years in Corvallis, Oregon. I currently do ongoing professional development in office management and computer software.

 

My experience in higher education began when working as a temporary employee during registration for Western Oregon University in 1986. I started working part time in the Business Office in 1989, went to full time employment there three years later then moved to the Division of Extended Programs located in Terry House in 1996. In 2005 the Study Abroad Office was separated from the Division of Extended Programs and moved to its present home in the APSC building. In 2007 my job was divided into two half time positions, one remaining in the Study Abroad office, the other half time being split between the Academic Advising and Learning Center and the Associate Provost's office, which is my current position.

 

 

 

 

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Contact

Academic Advising and Learning Center 503-838-8428 | or e-mail: advising@wou.edu
Location: APSC 401

The Academic Advising and Learning Center engages students in identifying and pursuing their educational, career, and life goals through personalized learning experiences. The AALC serves and supports students in developing collaborative relationships that foster student success.

—Mission Statement for the Academic Advising and Learning Center

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