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Academic Advising

University Advisors Network

The UAN provides resources for all USC faculty and professional staff academic advisors serving Carolina undergraduate students. The UAN is the Provost-appointed coordinating council for academic advisors at USC. Each college and/or advising unit has a representative in the UAN who serves as a liaison to enhance campus-wide advising effectiveness. 

University Advisors' Network

Please note, UAN Meetings are open to all academic advisors; however, every academic advising unit is asked to delegate one member responsible for attending meetings, disseminating information, and monitoring the listserv.

Conditions of Membership Include:

  • One-year appointment by college or department. One member per advising unit. Often the same member is renewed each year.
  • Attend all meetings or send representative in your place.
  • Review minutes for accuracy. Approval at meetings.
  • Suggest topics for discussion (via online form, in-person, email).
  • In coordination with chairs, keep topics for discussion on-going until resolution.
  • Speak on behalf of your college or department for topics such as training, policy implementation, revised practice.
  • Update UAN on changes in your college. (i.e. new advising models, new procedures, new hires, etc.).
  • Sub-committees and specialty topics.
  • Utilize UAN resources via website.
  • Possible voting (by members only) on recommended practice (new or revised).
  • Approve your college’s information for campus-wide dissemination.
  • Relay information back to your advising department.
  • Advocacy for advising.

UAN Meeting Schedule

The University Advisors Network meets monthly. Please see the UAN meeting schedule below for time and location. 

  Date Time Location
Fall 2024 September 11, 2024 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301)
Teams Link
  October 16, 2024 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301)
Teams Link
  December 11, 2024 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301)
Teams Link
Spring 2025 January 15, 2025 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301) or
Teams Link
  February 19, 2025 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301) or
Teams Link
  March 12, 2025 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301) or
Team Links
  May 7, 2025 9:30-11am
University Advising Center
(Close-Hipp, Room 301) or
Teams Link


UAN Meeting Minutes and Handouts

May 2024 [minutes]: Updates from UAN Technology Subcommittee [Handout], Results of Tech Surveys/Registration and Overall Utilization, DegreeWorks Plans [Handout], Linguistics Program Highlight [Handout], Curriculum Ticketing System, Immunization Holds Updates, Reminders of Student Web Resources, Ticketing System [Handout], Advisor Recognition [Handout], NACADA Opportunities [Handout]

March 2024 [minutes]: GARNET Update and Certificate Promotion [Handout], Virtual Registration Room, Curricular Analytics for Advisors [Handout]; 

Undergraduate Certificates Digital Displays for Downloading: 

Interdisciplinary Certificate (horizontal)

Interdisciplinary Certificate (vertical)

Earn a Certificate this Summer (horizontal)

Earn a Certificate the Summer (vertical)

February 2024 [minutes]: Career Center Updates [Handout], Department of Veteran and Military Affairs [Handout], Banner 9 Follow Up [Handout]

January 2024 [minutes]: Student Success Center Overview [Handout], Self Service Carolina Demo, Certificates, Exploratory Advising and Academic Coaching [Handout]

December 2023 [minutes]: FAFSA Update [Handout], Basic Needs Coordination [Handout], MBA Direct-From-Undergrad Program [Handout], Student Disability Resource Center Update

October 2023 [minutes]: Education Abroad [Handout], SC Washington Semester Program [Handout], Athletics Advising [Handout]

September 2023 [minutes]: Orientation and Advising Recap [Handout], Early Transfer Academic Advising [Handout], Office of Student Advocacy [Handout], CPoS Updates [Handout], Appointment Modality Guidance [Handout]

May 2023 [minutes]: Orientation Reminders [Handout], Orientation Advising and Registration Advisor Cheat Sheet [Handout], CPoS and Advising Considerations [Handout], CPoS Updates from Financial Aid & Registrar [Handout], Student FAQS & August Exceptions Management Training, Advisor Recognition & Level Four Certification [Handout]

March 2023 [minutes]: Financial Aid Update [Handout], Title IX [Handout], Advising Unit Highlights

February 2023 [minutes]: Academic Advising Updates/Highlights/Successes, Overview of the Resiliency Project [Handout], Overview of Student Health & Wellbeing & Immunization Holds [Handout]

January 2023 [minutes]: Career Center Updates [Handout], Advisor Training & Development Opportunities, Certificates & Digital Studies Certificate Program [Handout]

December 2022 [minutes]: Admissions Update [Handout], Orientation Reminders [Handout], UAN Tech Subcommittee Updates [Handout], DEI Website and Mission Statement [Handout]

October 2022 [minutes]: National Fellowships [Handout], Entrepreneurship Minor [Handout], Hardship Withdrawal [Handout]

September 2022 [minutes]: Orientation Debrief [Handout], Education Abroad Advising Processes [Handout], DEIA in Advising [Handout]

May 2022 [minutes]: Admissions Update [Handout], Overview of Veterans' Orientation [Handout], Course Program of Study & DegreeWorks Update, Course Needs Request Process [Handout], Updates to Required Student Modules [Handout], New Math Placement Assessment (MAP) Rollout [Handout]

March 2022 [minutes]: Appreciating Academic Advisors Program [Handout], Physics 211 and 211 Lab Changes for Fall 2022 [Handout], Partnership with Midlands Tech 2+2 Agreements [Handout], Athletics Update [Handout], Practice Times [Handout], DEI in Advising Update [Handout]

February 2022 [minutes]: Cyber Intelligence Degree, Professional Writing and Communication Minor, Exploratory Advising Update [Handout]

January 2022 [minutes]: Class and Comp HR project, Techonlogy UAN Subcommittee Update [Handout], Advisor Spotlight - Janis Leaphart

November 2021 [minutes]: Sports Media Minor, Social Media Minor [Handout], CIEL & GLD [Handout], Faculty and Staff Grants [Handout], Carolina Engage Grant [Handout],  January Orientation Updates [Handout], Advising Database

October 2021 [minutes]: Undergraduate Student Ombuds Office [Handout], Winter Session/Summer Session/Summer Minors/Accelerated Study Plans [Handout], Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in Academic Advising [Handout], Fall Technology Updates [Handout]

September 2021 [minutes]: Admissions Update, Orientation Recap [Handout], Summer Advisement [Handout], New Students Changing Majors/Exploratory Advising [Handout], Transfer Pass/Fail Implications [Handout]

May 2021 [minutes]: Orientation updates [Handout], Honors summer advisement [Memo], OSP summer advisement [Memo] Advisor Awards [Handout], International Student Enrollment Requirements [Handout]

April 2021[minutes]: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [Handout], USC Graduation Processes[Handout], Course Program of Study

March 2021[minutes]: Summer 2021 Orientation [Handout], Counseling Center Services [Handout], Bookstore [Handout], Advisor Talking Points for Fall Online Class Requests [Handout], Technology Updates [Handout]

February 2021[minutes]: My USC Experience Transcript [Handout], Admissions/Increasing Under-Represented Students [Handout], Summer Minors [Handout], Spring 2021 First-Year and Transfer Probation [Handout], Reach Act 

January 2021[minutes]: Honors College Advising Update [Handout], Athletics Advising Update [Handout], Advisor Training & Professional Development, Technology Update [Handout]

December 2020[minutes]: DegreeWorks Update [Handout], Advising Technology UAN Subcommittee Update [Handout], Spring 2021 Orientation Update [Handout], Master's Entry to Practice-Nursing MEPN [Handout]

November 2020[minutes]: Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society [Handout], Admissions Update [Handout], Law School Admissions Pipeline Program [Handout], Reach Act [Handout]

September 2020[minutes]: Orientation Summer Recap & Fall 2020 Registration [Handout], Faculty Referral Process for Absent/Disengaged Students [Handout], Education Abroad Updates [Handout], Academic Peer Mentorship, Technology Update from UAN Tech Subcommittee [Handout]

October 2020 [minutes]: Hardship Withdrawal and Ombuds Update [Handout], ACM Update on Double Major & Tuition Reduction, Winter Session Update, FLPT Update on Placeholder Grades

September 2019 [minutes]: Study Abroad, Orientation Summer Recap [Handout], College Change of Major Form Discussion [Handout], Academic Common Market Updates

October 2019 [minutes]: Academic Common Market Updates, AFAM Highlight, Transfer Student Data & Retention Initiatives [Handout], EAB & Advisor Assignments Update

November 2019 [minutes]: QEP Update [Handout], Undeclared Students Advisement [Handout], UAN Subcommittee On Advising Technology [Handout]

December 2019 [minutes]: Results of 2019 Orientation Advising Survey [Handout], Freshmen Interests Groups/FIGS, Updated Protocol for Advisor Assignments [Handout], South Carolina Washington Semester Program [Handout]

January 2020 [minutes]: Gates Foundation Advising Success Network [Handout], Winter Session, Summer Session, Research, OYT Updates 

February 2020 [minutes]: Bulletin Update/Course Leaf Implementation, Study Abroad Updates [Handout], Appreciating Academic Advisors [Handout]

April 2020 [minutes]: Admissions Update [Handout], Summer Orientation [Handout], Foreign Language Placement Exam Information, Technology Updates [Handout], Summer Semester and Jump Start

May 2020 [minutes]: Considerations for New Transfer Students [presentation], Transfer Credit Articulation guide [handout], Transfer Orientation Transcript Process for Summer 2020 [handout], Instructional Methods/Course Designators [handout], Faculty Referrals during Spring 2020 Campus Closure [report]

September 2018 [minutes]: Summer 2018 Advising Recap [Handout], DegreeWorks Planner [Handout], On Your Time Summer and Winter Sessions, Undergraduate Research Registry [Handout], Changing Majors LEAN Recommendations [Handout]

October 2018 [minutes]: New Budget Model, Academic Common Market, Advisor Professional Development Opportunities, Appreciating Academic Advisors Program

November 2018 [minutes]: Athletics Advising, Admissions Update, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning  Updates, Orientation Updates

December 2018 [minutes]: Accelerated Bachelor's/Graduate Study Plan, Freshman Interest Groups, DegreeWorks Audit & Planner, Non-Registered Initiative & Appreciating Academic Advisors [Handout], Orientation

January 2019 [minutes]: Study Abroad, University Registrar, Advising Technology

February 2019 [minutes]: Diversity Class Overview/Enrollment Trends

March 2019 [minutes]: On Your Time Updates [Handout], My USC Experience, Beyond the Classroom Matters, & Advisor View [Handout]

April 2019 [minutes]: Banner IX May update/new views of Self-Service Carolina, Major Maps & Program of Study

May 2019 [minutes]: New Student Orientation & Summer Advisement, Counseling Center (Outreach and Referrals), UAN Year in Review



UAN Advising Technology Subcommittee Meeting Minutes and Handouts


UAN Members

Type Affiliation Name Contact
Member College of Arts & Sciences
Kathy Anastes
Academic Advisor and Administrative Assistant, Economics Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Shamauri Jenkins
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Valeria Bates
Academic Advisor, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management


Ex Officio

Undergraduate Admissions
Teresa Florentin
Senior Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions


College of Arts and Sciences
Della Bryant
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, School of Visual Art and Design


College of Arts and Sciences
Brittany Sparks,
Undergraduate Academic Advisor. School of Visual Art and Design


College of Arts and Sciences
TBD, Department of Anthropology


South Carolina Honors College
Ali Mathwig
Director of Advising, South Carolina Honors College
University Advising Center
Brian Dusel
Director of Advising Technology


Ex Officio

Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning
Lauren Epps
Assistant Director


Ex Officio

Education Abroad
Marci Heidt
Assistant Director of Education Abroad


Ex Officio

Academic Common Market
Alexandra Weaver
Compliance Specialist in the Office of Academic Programs
Member Darla Moore School of Business
Kate Weaver, 
Academic Advisor, Darla Moore School of Business
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Joe Jones
Undergraduate Director, School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Member College of Social Work
Anna May,
College of Social Work
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Dawn Hiller
Director of Students - Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences & CAS Enrollment Management, College of Arts and Sciences
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Nora Dragovic,
Director of Students - Science and Math, College of Arts and Sciences
Member Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Sarah Jusiewicz
Director of Advising, Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Edward Morris
Student Services Coordinator, Department of Political Science
Member Palmetto College
Melissa Lowe
Director of Student Support and Advising


Ex Officio

Aaron Marterer
University Registrar
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Brandi Byers,
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Ex Officio


New Student Orientation Alison Leach Hughes
Director of New Student Orientation
Member College of Pharmacy
Kristi Kinslow
Director of Pre-Professional Studies and Recruitment
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Connie Outen
Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, Department of Psychology
Member College of Arts & Sciences
Dawn Campbell,
Undergraduate Program Director, Women's and Gender Studies 
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Zhenlong Li
Geography Department
Member College of Information and Communications
Rebecca Boyd
Student Services Manager, College of Information and Communications
Member Arnold School of Public Health
Caleb Morris
Instructor and Academic Advisor, Arnold School of Public Health
Co-Chair University Advising Center
Claire Robinson
Assistant Provost, Undergraduate Advisement 
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Charles Tisdale,
Department of Sociology


Ex Officio

Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Valerie Weingart
Coordinator, Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

Ex Officio

Kaitlyn McCanna-Doty
Department of Athletics


Ex Officio

Graduation and Retention Network
Amanda Therrell
Assistant Director, Graduation and Retention Network



College of Arts and Sciences
Nancy Tolson
Assistant Director of African American Studies,  Department of African American Studies



College of Nursing
Heidi Waltz
Student Services Manager, College of Nursing



College of Education
Lauren Sanborn,
Director of Undergraduate Student Services, College of Education


Ex Officio

College of Arts and Sciences
Amanda Zeigler
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biological Sciences
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Tyler Mcnamara,
Department of History
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Xinfeng Liu,
Department of Mathematics
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Jeff Turner, 
Senior Instructor and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Philosophy
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Jeff Wilson,
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Director, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Gray Williams, 
Undergraduate Academic Advisor,
Department of Statistics
Member College of Arts and Sciences Laken Long,           Student Services Coordinator, Department of Theatre and Dance
Member School of Music
Jillian Bigony, 
Academic Advisor, School of Music
Member Opportunity Scholars Program Pinkney Epps, Opportunity Scholars Program Coordinator
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Nina Moreno, Associate Chief and Undergraduate Director,
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Member Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
Brandon Lindsey,
Senior Assistant Director for Student Services
Member College of Arts and Sciences
John Mandsager, Undergraduate Director, Religious Studies


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