Senior Academic Advisor
Office: Student Union Annex 1110
Office: Southeastern Hall 131
Phone: 985-549-3038 or 985-549-3981
Nonita Valverde has been assigned as an advisor in the College of Science and Technology, specifically for 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.
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 lifeline 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.
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)
Listen carefully to questions and concerns
Provide information, resources, and referrals as needed
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
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.