Skip to main content
Sign In

Center for Undergraduate Exploration and Advising

The Center for Undergraduate Exploration & Advising (CUE&A) Success Advising Team is dedicated to helping students successfully achieve their goals.  We help students succeed at CU Denver by providing academic advising and programming for College of Arts and Media first-year students, Pre-architecture students, and those who are still exploring majors. 

What is Success Advising?

Success Advisors are:
  • Are interested in you and your story
  • Believe you possess the strengths and talents to be successful in college
  • Help you learn to make effective decisions
  • Assist you in setting and attaining academic & career goals
  • Recognize you have a life outside of school
  • Explain and clarify university rules and requirements
  • Help you choose a major and an academic pathway that aligns with your interests and skills
  • Make referrals to other services when needed

Our Goal

It is our goal to help you select a major and to provide accurate and current information to assist you in getting into the degree program of your choice. 

Our Mission

Our primary purpose is to assist students, through a system of shared responsibility between student and advisor, in the development of meaningful educational plans that will be compatible with career aspirations and contribute to the process of preparing for a life of change, challenge, and individual fulfillment. 

    The Success Advising Team

    John Patsey, Success Advisor
    John Patsey.jpg

    What inspires me? I am inspired all of the time, by all of it, and by everyone. I cannot be alive and not be constantly in awe. ​

    If I could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? Travel somewhere far away with a good friend and tattered journal and write about it.
    What was my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in History

    What is my favorite quote? "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails." Mark Twain​​
    Regina Rodriguez, Success Advisor
    Regina Rodriguez.jpg 
    What inspires me? When I witness an ordinary person doing something extraordinary for another person.

    If I could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? Choose a pathway that comes naturally to you.

    What was my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Minor in Chicano Studies

    What is my favorite quote?  The essence of a man can not be described in one word.

    Rebecca Rothkopf, Project Specialist
    becca headshot.jpg
    What inspires me?
    Hiking and spending time out in nature.

    If you could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? Don't be afraid to branch out and try something new; like a club or an event on campus. You never know who you will meet, what connections you'll make or what new hobbies and interests you may find.

    Whatt was my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a minor in English.

    What is my favorite quote? "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." ~ Winston Churchill 

    Angie VanDijk, Director
    withMilo (3).PNG    
         What inspires me? People who attempt the extra-ordinary even at the risk of failure.

    If I could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? 
    Spend a little time exploring campus until you find “your spot” – a spot where you can go before, between or after classes to think, study, read and prepare for the work ahead.

    What was my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

    What is my favorite quote?  “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” ~ Nelson Mandela

    Terri Winston, Success Advisor
    Terri Winston.jpg 
    What inspires me? I am inspired when I wander around New York City people-watching. 

    If I could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? Get out of your comfort zone - explore other fields of study and get in involved in extra curricular activities. You never know what you will discover about yourself.

    What was my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Economics

    What is my favorite quote?  “Little hinges swing big doors.” ~ W. Clement Stone







    © The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate. All rights reserved.

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. All trademarks are registered property of the University. Used by permission only.