Advisement Staff

Kelly  Aragon Neuschwanger

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Humanities 259

Kelly Aragon Neuschwanger

Advising Philosophy

Advising is working closely with students, getting to know them individually, listening to their personal needs, and being part of their academic journey.  I am here to work as a team member with students to navigate UNM’s system, find the best major for them, and reach their full potential.

A&S Advising liaison for the Office of Career Services

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • English Studies
  • English-Philosophy (major only)
  • Philosophy

Guinevere  Beard

Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC, Building 85, Suite 135

Guinevere Beard

Advising Philosophy

An academic advisor should strive to equip students with the information and resources they need to make the best decision for their unique situation in order to maximize their college experience. I believe the role of the advisor is critical and that each student comes to me as a unique individual with a variety of needs. I strive to be a person who will uplift, motivate, encourage, and celebrate students, while holding them accountable and providing a new perspective for them to consider. In order for any exchange to be productive, I also must ensure that the environment is open, inclusive, and inviting for students so they feel comfortable sharing information with me.

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Oceana  Black Elk

Administrative Assistant III

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Bldg 85, Suite 135

Oceana Black Elk

Advising Philosophy

School is never out for the pro!  I enjoy helping others find and utilize the tools they need for success by using trusted systems and procedures that I find to be consistent and true.  As the Admin Assistant, I make sure that our department is running smoothly and efficiently by making sure everyone has what they need: whether that be by ordering office supplies, or running reports to recognize issues and trends to improve processes for students.  I believe that patience and understanding are critical strengths, as well as being detail oriented.  I always try to stay positive, and am a true believer that your attitude has an incredibly large impact on those around you.

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Tyler  Clayshulte

Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Castetter Hall Rm. 63, Basement Level

Tyler Clayshulte

Advising Philosophy

As an academic advisor, I find that the most important aspect is to serve as a mentor to students. College is a stressful time and I want to provide all of the necessary resources and information to ensure that students are successful in their studies. I want nothing more than to see students exceed their own expectations and set goals for their futures. My office is always a safe space for students to express their concerns and my goal is to make sure they leave feeling better than when they came in.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biology

Amanda  Cook

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  SMLC, Building 14 RM 169

Amanda Cook

Advising Philosophy

I believe in a holistic, student-centered approach to advisement. Advising is a conversation and no two conversations are the same. Successful advisement focuses on students and their individual needs as well as teaching students to advocate for themselves. I advise, you decide!

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biochemistry (major only)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Ryan  Edgington

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Logan Hall Bldg 34, Rm. 105E

Ryan Edgington

Advising Philosophy

Every student is an asset to our global community. My objective is to act as a primary facilitator, among the many in the student’s learning community, who seeks to promote the educational, career, and life outcomes of each Lobo. I am here to advocate for your success.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Psychology

Advising Philosophy

Advisement is a partnership between student and advisor. We work together, collaborate, and communicate towards common goals that help students thrive and succeed.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Economics
  • Political Science

Stephanie  Hands

Director

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Building 85, Suite 135

Stephanie Hands

Advising Philosophy

Advisors are teachers – they teach students how to navigate successfully through the university system. Advisors are navigators – they give guidance that enhances students’ educational journey and personal development. Advisors are translators – they articulate for the student the language of higher education.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Family Studies

Maria Nicole  Held

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Castetter Hall Rm. 62, Basement Level

Maria Nicole Held

Advising Philosophy

Knowledge is power. Education has made an immensely positive impact on my life. I’d love to meet with you to talk about how it can and will change your life for the better. I am passionate about helping Biology students to explore career options and reach their personal goals. My advising interests include guiding LGBTQIA-identifying students and advocating for International Students and Women in STEM.

A&S Advising liaison for Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biology

Nita  Kelly

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Check in for appts in Social Sciences 1103

Nita Kelly

Advising Philosophy

I have a student centered advising philosophy. I want to be your ally at UNM! I use a number of different advising strategies when working with students including intrusive advising, developmental advising, and prescriptive advising. I enjoy working with students one-on-one and in group advising sessions here at UNM. I believe advising is a chance to ask questions, think critically about school and life goals, connect students to resources, and share opportunities. I’m a lifelong learner, and I’m always learning from my students.

 A&S Advising liaison for American Indian Student Services

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Criminology
  • Sociology

Cameron  Langner

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Building 85, Suite 135

Cameron Langner

Advising Philosophy

Exploring the World requires a critical lens--school will help you create that lens so that you can truly see the world.

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Azure  Leyba

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Logan Hall Bldg 34, Rm. 105D

Azure Leyba

Advising Philosophy

I aim on implementing a learning as advising approach as well as a proactive approach for my students. I understand that transition is a big part of life, and that everyone is going through one at any given time, so I will be purposeful and structured with students, connecting with them prior to problems developing in their academics.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Psychology

Victoria  Lobato

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  CJ Bldg 115 Room 129

Victoria Lobato

Advising Philosophy

I firmly believe you can do whatever you set your mind to but it's not just going to fall into your lap, you have to be an active participant.

A&S Advising liaison for the Women's Resource Center

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication

Manny  Lopez

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Anthropology, Rm. 243F, El Centro de la Raza (Tuesday walk-ins)

Manny Lopez

Advising Philosophy

I believe the purpose of advising is to effectively guide students through the degree of their choice by establishing trusting, professional, academic, and advising/mentoring relationships. An advisor should also help students by promoting the development of analytical and synthetical skills to leverage and utilize resources, and prepare students for future graduate programs or career by implementing academic, professional, and personal goal-accomplishing strategies.

A&S Advising liaison for El Centro de la Raza

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Anthropology
  • History

Chris  Lynch

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Social Sciences Building 78, Room 1092

Chris Lynch

Advising Philosophy

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." --Andre Gide

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Criminology
  • Sociology

Karen  Majors

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC 141

Karen Majors

Advising Philosophy

Advising is collaboration where students are given the knowledge and resources they need to order to become active participants their own success.

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Brenna  McJimsey

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Castetter Hall Rm 64, Basement Level

Brenna McJimsey

Advising Philosophy

I believe advising is creating a safe and accepting collaborative environment in which you can find accurate, timely information and resources that will help to meet your educational goals.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biology

Kate  Merrill

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Ortega Hall, Bldg 79, room 235

Kate Merrill

Advising Philosophy

Advising is a conversation: listening, offering perspective, guidance, assistance, expertise and helping individuals make their way through the system.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Classical Studies
  • Comp Lit and Cultural Studies
  • East Asian Studies (major only)
  • French
  • German
  • Languages
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Catherine  Montoya

Student Success Specialist, Sr.

Email/s

Location:  3077 Mesa Vista Hall (3rd Floor)

Catherine Montoya

Advising Philosophy

I believe in supporting Native college students in reaching academic success and in completing their higher education degrees.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Native American Studies

Cory  Muñoz

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  CJ Bldg 115 Room 129

Cory Muñoz

Advising Philosophy

I believe advising is about collaboration. Through grown trust, effective guidance and knowledgeable communication, each student who walks through my door will know I am on their team. The partnership between student and advisor is pivotal to making the UNM experience worthwhile for students. I strive to enhance that experience through each session as an advisor. Working toward graduation can be difficult at times, which is why I don’t take the responsibility of supporting students lightly.

Pre-Law Advisor and A&S Advising liaison for UNM Law School

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication

Farah  Nousheen

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Humanities 415A and Latin American Iberian Institute

Farah Nousheen

Advising Philosophy

I practice a holistic, student-centered, learning-centered, interdisciplinary, social justice approach to advising. I am genuinely interested in the success of all my students, including prospective students and alumni. I see "success" defined differently for each student and that definition can change as life is experienced and knowledge is gained.

A&S Advising liaison for African American Student Services

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies (minor)
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Peace Studies (minor)
  • Religious Studies
  • Sustainability Studies (minor)
  • Women Studies

Keelan  O'Riley

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  SMLC, Building 14 RM 179

Keelan O'Riley

Advising Philosophy

My advisement philosophy centers on layered, accountable collaboration to help students develop and strengthen their central drive to succeed. This is a dynamic process, and everyone will start this path from a different place. You can do it; we can help.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biochemistry (major only)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Sarah  Peceny

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Bldg 85, Suite 135

Sarah Peceny

Advising Philosophy

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know – so, all you have to do is ask! Lack of support and understanding, whether it be institutional, academic, technological, financial, emotional, etc., is often one of the greatest roadblocks to succeeding in higher education. I see it as my job to help guide you, the student, in understanding institutional information and requirements and share information on available resources, which can help you make educated decisions and navigate your own experience here at UNM!

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Accelerated Online Programs (AOPs)

Jennifer  Serrano

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Logan Hall Bldg 34, Rm. 105C

Jennifer Serrano

Advising Philosophy

A successful advising session and ideal advising relationship incorporates the following: conversation, collaboration, and above all, trust. This academic journey is yours. My hope is to be your guide, your cheerleader, your soundboard, and advocate.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Psychology

Maggie  Sumruld

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Northrop Hall Room 147A

Maggie Sumruld

Advising Philosophy

I may have the map, but you are the driver. Working together, we will get you where you want to go!

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Physics
  • Physics and Astrophysics (major only)

Jacobie  Webb

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Building 85, Suite 135; and SHS Building 183

Jacobie Webb

Advising Philosophy

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it" - Mariam Wright Edelman

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Linguistics
  • Signed Language Interpreting (major only)
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences

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Advisement Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Appointments and walk-ins vary with advisor - see LoboAchieve for details.

Walk-ins:

Tuesdays 1:15-4:30 pm (Fall and Spring only)

and

Fridays 8:15-11:45 am and 1:15-4:30 pm  (Fall/Spring/Summer)