Academic Advising Coordinating Council Subcommittees

2021-2022

Advising Workshop

Purpose: The Advisor Workshop Committee meets several times per semester to consider content and logistics for the spring and fall Advisor Workshops.  We determine dates, times, locations, meal options, guest speakers, activities, give-aways, etc. that will be most convenient, useful, and appealing to the UGA advising community.  

Time Commitment: Year long - begins prior to fall semester and ends prior to summer of the following year.

  • Chair: needed
  • Kathryn Pollett
  • Ashley Vasile
  • Martha DeHart
  • Patricia La Madrid
  • Alyssa Yunhouse
  • Katherine Field 
  • Cindy Schulman
  • Jason Booth 
  • Litashia Carter

Other Information: This committee has to be very proactive at the beginning of each semester, because things like room reservations for 150+  people; requests for money, and coordination of guest speakers, announcements, and activities; and other logistics must be secured in advance. 

Advisor Award

Purpose: To examine the existing structure of the advisor awards and propose any needed updates and changes.

Time Commitment: Committee meets from early fall to early spring (probably 2-3 meetings).

  • Chair: Julia Butler-Mayes
  • Ashley Vasile 
  • Jessica Couch 
  • Alyssa Yuhouse 
  • Melissa Garber
  • Ali Gerlach 
  • Litashia Carter

 

Other Information: Note that this committee is separate from the selection committee, which is comprised of previous award winners and SGA reps.  This committee is focused on the advisor awards process, not who wins the award.

Advising Student-Athletes

Purpose:  To organize and present the annual or bi-annual T&D Course, communicate news and updates to the advising community, and whatever else might be developed for the enhancement of the advising community and student-athletes.

Time Commitment:  Monthly Meetings

  • Chair: Josh Cooke and Dixie Zamagias
  • Brennen Salmon 
  • Lauren Flowers
  • Teresa McClure 
  • Debra Hargrave 
  • Ali Gerlach 
  • Jill Hopkins 

Certificates

Purpose: The Academic Advising Certificate Committee oversees the general and advanced certificate in academic advising. This includes: recruiting instructors for certificate courses, access the certificate program and courses, and overseeing the capstone proposal process for the Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising.

Time Commitment: Year long.

  • Chair: Litashia Carter
  • Ashley Vasile
  • Matt Head
  • Carlie Cooper 
  • Emily Robinson

Communication

Purpose: The mission of the Communications Committee is to streamline communication across Advising departments within the University of Georgia by providing forums for disseminating information and suggesting changes to improve communication when appropriate.

Time Commitment: August – May (academic year)

  • Chair: Whitney Jones
  • Ali Gerlach
  • Alyssa Yuhouse
  • Ashley Vasile
  • Jessica Couch
  • Joshua Wildes
  • Julia Butler-Mayes
  • Kathryn Pollett
  • Kelsey Witherington
  • Marshall Parrent
  • Matthew Head
  • Rebecca Jeffers
  • Teresa McClure

Advisor Networking

Purpose: This committee is charged with scheduling and advertising a variety of opportunities for advisors to meet, network, and socialize with other advisors throughout the year.

Time Commitment: Academic year

  • Chair: Lauren Flowers
  • Yadira Castillo
  • Teresa McClure           
  • Debra Hargrave          
  • Martha DeHart
  • Carlie Cooper 
  • Rebecca Jeffers
  • Caroline Bloodworth
  • Jaime Caperton    
  • Michele Johnson 
  • Jason Booth   
  • Crystal Cooper
  • Morgan Mahaffey 
  • Beth Kozinsky         

Lunch and Learn 

Purpose:This committee meets to discuss topics relevant to staff development, information on new and current programs, and other matters pertinent to the advising community at UGA, and is charged with developing and presenting Lunch and Learn sessions through the year.

Time Commitment:  This is a year-round committee which meets on a regular basis in fall and spring to discuss topics and designate assigned roles for the upcoming semesters. 

  • ChairKathy Bolt
  • Elizabeth Fuller
  • Kate Daley-Bailey
  • Jessica Couch
  • Kathleen Anderson

Mentoring Advising Professionals

Purpose: The purpose of the Mentoring Advising Professionals (MAP) committee is to plan and manage the program, which includes organizing the Orientations, events, applications, website & email.

Time Commitment: This had been a continuous program with a yearly program cycle -members may join at any time.

  • Chair(s): Laurie Zielinski and Elizabeth Fuller
  • Yadira Castillo
  • Ashley Vasile
  • Laurie Zielinski 
  • Martha DeHart
  • Matt Head 
  • Emily Robinson
  • Julia Butler-Mayes
  • Doug Stinnett
  • Litashia Carter

Orientation

Purpose:  The AACC Orientation Committee provides a forum for members and campus partners to collaborate with the Office of Admissions in the planning of orientation academic advisement and unit participation in the new student orientation process.  

 

Time Commitment: Year round

Retention 

Purpose: The retention committee seeks to support the retention, progression and graduation of UGA undergraduate students who face academic challenges.  This cross-unit group works to develop advisor training opportunities and helps support the broader strategic goals of the university’s retention efforts. 

Time Commitment: We anticipate the committee beginning with meetings this fall and going at very least through fall of 2022, but likely longer.

  • Chairs: Jenny Patrick and Laurie Zielinski
  • Keith Allen
  • Maggie Blanton
  • Danielle Bostick
  • Julia Butler-Mayes
  • Whitney Burton
  • Nancy Ferguson
  • Katherine Field
  • Melissa Garber
  • Annemarie Hitchcock
  • Naomi Norman
  • Bobby Pelts
  • Carrie Smith
  • Chelsea Wesnofske
  • Ashley Vasile
  • Yadira Castillo
  • Martha DeHart
  • Patricia La Madrid
  • Alyssa Yuhouse
  • Shane Pruitt
  • Michele Johnson
  • Litashia Carter
  • Matt Jordan
  • Crystal Cooper
  • Mary Forma

Other Information: We’ll be working specifically on two main areas of focus this year:

  • Establishing training to support advisors as we shift to Connect and Complete
  • Collecting information, ideas, concerns, and planning for how advisors will work with the Connect and Complete Degree Completion Teams

Training

Purpose: The purpose of the Online Training Committee is to develop modules to be used in training new advisors across the university with basic advising knowledge applicable across all schools and colleges.

Time Commitment: The committee will meet regularly (once a month or so) until module completion. Following that, we will meet a couple times a year to review the modules and take into consideration if anything needs changing.

  • Chair: Mike Merva
  • Aimee DOWD 
  • Antonina Ignatiuc
  • Crystal Cooper
  • Dale Jacobs 
  • Danielle  Bostick 
  • Gregory Kline 
  • Julia Butler-Mayes 
  • Kathleen Anderson 
  • Laurie Zielinski 
  • Litashia  Carter
  • Jennifer Patrick 
  • Melissa GARBER 
  • Misha Boyd
  • Steven Honea 
  • Zeeshan Bakht