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Academic Success & Advising Center

About Us


What do we do?

Our staff is dedicated to helping students successfully achieve their goals.  We help students succeed at CU Denver by providing academic advising and programming for students who haven't declared or decided their major yet.  We take a developmental approach to advising and expect the student and advisor to share the responsibility for advising.

What is a Developmental Approach?

Our advisors practice a developmental model of advising.  This means we:

  • 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 with course selection
  • 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

The primary purpose of the Academic Success and Advising Center at CU Denver 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. 

    Our Staff

    We have a director and professional advisors dedicated to helping students succeed.


    ​​Nimol Hen,
    Director​
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    What inspires you? I am inspired by deliberate acts of kindness.

    If you could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? This is the best time in life to explore what you don’t know and challenge what you think you know, so lean in, ask questions, dig deep, and have fun.

    What was your undergraduate major?
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    What is your favorite quote? 
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou​

    ​Angela VanDijk, Assistant Director9114-2-AVanDijk-3.jpg

    What inspires you? People who attempt the extra-ordinary even at the risk of failure.

    If you 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 always go before, between or after classes to think, study, read and prepare for the work ahead.

    What was your undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

    What is your 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

     

    ​John Patsey,
    Academic Advisor
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    What inspires you? I am inspired by big mountains, nature, wide open skies and being out there in it. By Beethoven, great works of literature, and rousing speeches that call to our better angels.  I am inspired all the time, by all of it, by everyone. I cannot be alive and not be constantly in awe and inspired. ​

    If you 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 your undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in History

    What is your 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, so throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. "
    - Mark Twain
    ​Regina Rodriguez, Academic Advisor
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    What inspires you? When I witness an ordinary person doing something extraordinary for another person.

    If you 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 your undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Minor in Chicano Studies

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

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    ​Sean Marshall,
    Academic Advisor
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    What inspires you? Dreaming of palm trees in Hawaii

    If you could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? Do your best to maintain relationships with friends beyond the classroom. These new friends may be a friend for life.

    What was your undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sociology

    What is your favorite quote?  “ All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together " -Jack Kerouac

    ​Terri Winston,
    Project Specialist
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    What inspires you? Wandering around New York City people-watching.  

    If you could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? Step out of your comfort zone and be brave.

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

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


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