Senior Academic Advisor
Office: Student Union Annex, Room 1105
Deborah Lowry, assigned as an academic advisor to the students in the College of Business, brings talent to her position from working in the private sector as an Accountant and as an instructor. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Education from Lamar University, and landed her first job in accounting. She completed a Master's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Houston, and worked for several years as an Office Manager and Controller for a local business. Deborah transitioned into teaching and advising full-time after having the opportunity to teach an entry level accounting course at a private university. There she gained insight into the value of advising and its connection to student success. In addition to working with young people in the university setting, Deborah worked as a volunteer with a local youth organization for several years.
Kandace FormaggioInterim Academic Advisor
Office: Student Union Annex, Room 1107
Folder for your Academic Advising Portfolio
University Catalog and your personal planner
List of questions or concerns you may have
List of possible classes you want to take (when meeting for course selection)
Academic Advising is a key element in helping make the transition from high school to college.
During your first two semesters at Southeastern, we will work together to explore career and academic opportunities, identify and attain realistic goals, and develop decision-making skills leading to personal growth and independence.
Develop a relationship with your assigned Academic Advisor through face-to-face meetings
Identify roadblocks and plan strategies to overcome them (time management, poor study skills, stress, balancing work and school)
Navigate the LEONet system and website successfully (registration, holds, transcripts, calendars, GPA calculator)
Identify and utilize campus resources (counseling, disability services, tutoring, supplemental instruction)
Select appropriate courses based on curriculum requirements
Get connected to the University (culture, sports, organizations, KSLU Radio, study groups, peer mentoring)
Listen carefully to questions and concerns
Provide information, resources, and referrals as needed
Help you create a plan to achieve your academic and career goals
Provide guidance through the career exploration process
Approve course selection and remove advising holds
Plan to meet with you during the semester as needed
CHECK WEBMAIL DAILY (Southeastern account); this is the primary means of communication on campus
Meet with your CSE Advisor to: (1) complete an academic map, (2) complete an at-risk assessment and follow through on prescribed actions as needed, (3) explore career possibilities as appropriate, and (4)complete course selection and registration for the following semester.
Show up for appointments on time and be prepared (bring Catalog, Advising Portfolio, Questions, List of courses)
Record all university transactions, academic progress, and goals; keep in Portfolio with advising forms, etc.
Explore career opportunities and get to know your professors
Advising appointments MUST be scheduled for each of your 1st two regular semesters (Fall and Spring)
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed (just know you may not be seen right away)
Cell phones need to be turned off during advising sessions