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College of Arts and Sciences

Student Advising

O'Reilly Hall

The College of Arts and Sciences advising team consists of over 180 faculty members and professional staff who provide support to students throughout their academic careers at the University of Dayton. From speaking with students about academic interests, major or minor exploration, class schedules, study habits and more, an advisor serves as a point person to assist students in completing university and degree requirements from a student’s first semester through their final semester at the University of Dayton. During course registration, an advisor serves as the point of contact for a student’s course registration planning and registration site access. For many students, their advisor may be an instructor for one, or many, of their college courses. For others, their advisor may be an expert in the area of study that a student is hoping to pursue. For all, their academic advisor is a resource for students to ensure they are fulfilling all degree requirements and coursework necessary to meet academic and professional goals.

Adviser Spotlight

Title: Coordinator of Academic Advising and Departmental Initiatives
Which student population do you advise?

I advise the Communication majors

What are your responsibilities as an adviser?

We have approximately 500 CMM students in the department. I regularly meet with them to talk about curriculum, internship and study abroad opportunities, experiential learning and vocation. I am also the ASI 150 coordinator in our department. I attend recruitment events, frequently meet with prospective students and families and promote our minors and certificates across campus. Additionally, I help the department with the curriculum and creating new opportunities for students.

How long have you been an adviser?

I have been a full-time adviser and in this position for nine years.

What are your goals as an adviser?

My goals as an adviser are to develop a relationship with each student and help them achieve happiness and success (whatever that looks like for them).  

What do you enjoy most about advising students?

My biggest joy is watching students grow during their four years at UD. I love getting to know them and learning about their passions and dreams, watching them discover who they really are as a person. I tell students that, for four years, I'm like their mom, their COM mom. I genuinely care about their lives. I cheer for them when they succeed and console them when they fail. I look forward to coming to work every day and talking with the students. My job is to guide them and help them find their pathway in life, their true calling. But, honestly, they are the ones who give me purpose in life. They are my true calling!


Matt Lopper
Title: Associate Professor
Which student population do you advise?

I advise undergraduate students in the Discovering Science program, as well as undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry (BCM), chemistry (CHM), medicinal-pharmaceutical chemistry (MCM), pre-medicine (MED), pre-dentistry (DEN) and graduate students working toward a M.S. in chemistry.

What are your responsibilities as an adviser?

As an academic adviser, I provide information, guidance and encouragement to my student advisees. My responsibilities include making sure that my advisees are aware of academic policies and procedures that will help them get things done here at the University of Dayton, making sure that my advisees are selecting appropriate courses each semester and making good academic decisions to help keep them on track for a timely completion of their degree program, making sure that my advisees are aware of all of the resources that are available to them to help them flourish in their chosen academic program and making sure that my advisees are aware of the steps that they should be taking outside of the classroom to position themselves to be competitive for whatever their post-UD plans happen to be (graduate school, medical school, employment, etc.).

How long have you been an adviser?

I began advising students in January of 2008.

What are your goals as an adviser?

I aim to provide students with the most accurate information that I can, help them track down the resources that they need, offer suggestions and guidance that will help steer them down productive paths and serve as a source of optimism and encouragement to help them gain the confidence that they need to realize their goals.

What do you enjoy most about advising students?

I enjoy being helpful, and I enjoy having the opportunity to get to know our students better. I also find it to be tremendously satisfying to work with students year after year while they throw everything that they have at their goals and then get to see them succeed. It's a rewarding experience to be able to share with them a little portion of their victory laps and to know that I contributed in some way, even if my role was just to smooth over a few of the bumps along their path.


Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.* Monday through Friday
O'Reilly Hall

Call 937-229-2611 or come to O'Reilly Hall to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.

*Excludes all University holidays

CONTACT

College of Arts and Sciences

O'Reilly Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0800
937-229-2611