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GC Launches Advising Center

Lesley Sieger-Walls, Pam Potts and Georgann Kurtz-ShawThis fall, students and faculty will benefit from a new resource on campus: the Advising Center. 

Located on the second floor of the Ruby E. Dare Library near the Student Success Center, GC’s Advising Center aims to enrich the academic advising experience for undergraduate students.  In line with GC’s mission, the center is dedicated to empowering students to develop Christ-centered educational plans and achieve degree completion.  

Dr. Lesley Sieger-Walls (pictured first), associate professor of English, serves as advising coordinator for the new center that is staffed by full-time academic advisor Pam Potts (pictured second).

“The Advising Center benefits a great deal from Pam’s organization and her knowledge of degree requirements for GC students,” says Sieger-Walls. “As an academic advisor, Pam serves as a very important advocate for students as they select majors and complete their degrees.”

Georgann Kurtz-Shaw (pictured third), head librarian in public services and a COR 101 instructor, also works in the GC Advising Center as an academic advisor.  She will assist students that have top-priority questions or wish to have quick access to certain advising materials.

The Advising Center is committed to supporting the college’s rich culture of strengths-based, faculty advising of the whole person. Along with serving students, the center acts as a bridge between faculty advisors and the Records Office. Plans for the first year involve coordinating with second-year faculty as they move into their new roles as advisors. The center will also utilize the strengths of more experienced faculty to increase accessible, accurate advising across campus. 

“It is exciting that the center can draw from the expertise of quality advisors to mentor other faculty and assist our students,” says Sieger-Walls.

The Center will also coordinate with Student Success, the Center for Career & Calling, and other departments to maintain effective academic advising across campus. 

This story was published on August 25, 2014

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