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Undergraduate Advising Center announces 2018-2019 Peer Advisor Team

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

LAWRENCE — The Undergraduate Advising Center has announced the names of 13 University of Kansas students chosen as members of the 2018-2019 Peer Advisor Team.

In this role, the Peer Advisors will work throughout the summer and academic year to assist new students as they experience a variety of transitions, including acclimation to academic life, major selection and overall academic success at KU. KU has had Peer Advisors since 1998.

Among their Peer Advisor Team duties, the students will assist staff, students, parents and guests with the advising and enrollment process, act as a resource for incoming students, and help prepare materials and other help as needed for the success of summer Orientation activities. During the 2018-2019 academic year, they will assist undergraduate students with current semester issues and enrollment, provide program support and outreach for the UAC, work closely with UAC professional staff for a true professional experience in academic advising, staff the front desk and provide other assistance as necessary to the success of the UAC.

In addition to strong knowledge of their own and other academic areas and demonstrated leadership and communication skills, Peer Advisors will have completed more than 100 hours of training to help prepare them to work with incoming students, parents and KU staff.

Peer advisors are listed below:

  • Alycia Cardamone, junior in psychology and sociology, Junction City
  • Joshua Clark, junior in sports management, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Hanna Fontes, sophomore in sociology and American studies, Valley Center
  • Christopher Gomes, sophomore in biology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Grace Gomez, senior in strategic communications, Topeka
  • Benji Hawkins, junior in mathematics, Overland Park
  • Julie Jorgensen, sophomore in strategic communications, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Alex Lee, sophomore in graphic design, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and Korea
  • Trent Phelps, junior in secondary education and history, LaCygne
  • Mónica Carvajal Regidor, senior in music therapy, San José, Costa Rica
  • Bella Rodriguez, sophomore in psychology and applied behavioral science, Dodge City
  • Hayden Simmons, junior in linguistics, Spring Hill
  • Ria Singh, junior in biology and pre-med, Chandigarh, India.

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