Skip to main content
Sign In
 

Academic Success & Advising Center


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
    Nimol Hen.jpgWhat inspires me? I am inspired by deliberate acts of kindness.

    If I 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 my undergraduate major?
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    What is my 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 Director
    9114-2-AVanDijk-3.jpg
    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 always 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

    John Patsey, 
    Academic 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, 
    Academic 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.

    Sean Marshall, 
    Academic Advisor
    Sean Marshall.jpgWhat inspires me? Dreaming of palm trees in Hawaii

    If I 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 my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sociology

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



    Terri Winston, 
    Academic 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




    Amy Huff,
    Project Specialist 
    CU Career Center 2017-010.jpg
    What inspires me? The ocean, wide open spaces, YOUR story, and watching people grow through their normal life experiences.

    If I could provide a new college student only one piece of advice, what would it be? ​It is okay. It is okay to be not sure of what to do, to be in the process of discovering who you are, and to simply explore yourself and the world around you. 

    What was my undergraduate major? Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing

    What is my favorite quote? "The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. ...A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words." - Rachel Naomi Remen


    © 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.