Freshmen AdvisingCollege of Science and Technology
Ms. Nonita Valverde
Office: Southeastern Hall, Room 131
Hours: by appointment
Nonita Valverde has been assigned as an advisor in the College of Science and Technology, specifically targeting students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas and her Master’s in Scientific Nutrition from Texas A & M University. Her thesis work involved identifying the best model of digestive health in animals (rats, pigs and baboons) for the ultimate goal of improving human digestive health. Nonita is a Registered Dietitian and has counseled patients in hospitals and clinics. Her work history includes working with the elderly as a food service director in a retirement center, and as an instructor of Nutrition in university settings. Nonita’s passion lies in teaching. In addition to college teaching, she substituted in grades K-12. Nonita considers science one of the most challenging and exciting areas in higher education and clearly communicates that to her advisees.
Office: Southeastern Hall, Room 235
Hours: by appointment
Mindy Notriano previously taught a freshman success course and advised Undecided majors in a private college in Louisiana. Her experience has helped her understand the unique academic concerns faced by the incoming freshmen population and the importance of their making timely decisions. Mindy has expressed her enthusiasm over the opportunity to join the Southeastern family. Mindy has a Master degree in Guidance and Counseling an is currently pursuing a professional license for counseling in Louisiana.
Office: Southeastern Hall, Room 108
Hours: by appointment
Mike Nettles has an appreciation and understanding of students who transfer and experience credit loss, and also understands the cultural challenges students face with geographical changes. Mike earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southeastern, majoring in History. His thesis and subsequent writing have addressed modern Louisiana reform politics. Mike's Southeastern experiences were positive and fostered a desire to be an integral part of its operations. He taught as a graduate student, and was later employed as an instructor of American History. In addition to experience in teaching and advising, Mike gained experience in the corporate world as an employee of a high-tech credit card management company, and brings an understanding of credit card use and personal financial management to his advising expertise.
First Year Freshmen
• One three-pronged, two pocket folder for your Academic Advising Portfolio
• University Catalog and Planner
• List of questions or concerns you may have
Academic Advising is your LIFE-LINE to the University as it is designed to assist you in transitioning
successfully from high school to college.
During your first two semesters here 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.
Objectives through Academic Advising:
• Develop a relationship with your assigned Academic Advisor through face-to-face meetings
• Navigate the LEONet system successfully (registration, holds, transcripts, calendars, GPA calculator)
• Identify and access campus resources (counseling, disability services, tutoring, supplemental instruction)
• Select appropriate courses based on your major and concentration
• Identify roadblocks and plan strategies to overcome them (time management, poor study skills, stress, balancing work and school)
• Get connected to the University (culture, sports, clubs, KSLU Radio, study groups, peer mentoring)
As your Academic Advisor I will:
• Listen carefully to questions and concerns
• Provide information, resources, and referrals as needed
• Maintain confidentiality
• Help formulate and realize academic and career goals
• Provide guidance through the career exploration process
• Approve course selection
• Meet with you throughout the semester as needed
As a successful College Freshman you will need to:
• 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, Portfolio, questions)
• Record all university transactions, academic progress, and goals; keep in Portfolio with advising forms, etc.
• Play an active role in planning for your success and take responsibility for your education
• Advising appointments MUST be scheduled for each of your 1st two regular semesters (Fall and Spring).
• Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are preferred. If you do not have an appointment, you may have to wait.
• Cell phones need to be turned off during advising sessions.