Meet your Academic Advisors

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Michael Olson, Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
B.S., Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts on Advising

“I really enjoy my job as an Academic Advisor. I get to see students grow during their time at UCC. My role is to support each student in as many ways as I can. I want students to see their potential as both a person and student. My hope is that the students will see how each one of them is unique and that they have the ability to persevere and succeed in college!”

Michael Olson
541-440-7767


 

Dan Ruch

Dan Ruch, Enrollment and Transfer Advisor

B.A., Theater, University of Northern Colorado
M.F.A., Theater, University of Missouri, Kansas City
M.Ed., Education, Northern Arizona University

Thoughts on Advising 

“What excites me about advising at UCC is the moment when I can connect someone to just the right resource at just the right time. As students work their way through classes, there will be many pitfalls and obstacles put in their way. My job is to reconnect them with their own power to persevere and believe in their ability to surmount those difficulties. By fiercely pursuing their goals and dreams students will leave UCC with greater respect for their abilities and themselves.”

Dan Ruch
541-440-7696


 

Amanda Shirley

Amanda Shirley, Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College

Thoughts on Advising

"I feel honored to walk with students on their educational journey while at UCC, from admissions to graduation, being available to help develop a plan, be a sounding board as challenges arise, guide through various processes and celebrating achievements. My hope is during their time at UCC students will see their potential in achieving their goals and leave prepared for the next steps in their journey."

Amanda Shirley
541-440-4643


 

Dustin Cosby

Dustin Cosby, Academic Advisor

B.S., Human Communication, Southern Oregon University
M.B.A., Organizational Psychology and Development, American Intercontinental University

Thoughts on Advising 

“It is my goal as an advisor to help students achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals. Sometimes this means creating a class schedule that works around the other aspects of their life. At other times it means helping students figure out what they are passionate about. I love being able to help students navigate this chapter of their life, before they move on to the next one.”

Dustin Cosby
541-440-4677


MEET OUR PARTNER ADVISORS


Destiny Hunt

Destiny Hunt, Director, TRIO Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP)

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
B.A., History, University of Oregon
M.Ed., Adult and Higher Education, Oregon State University

Thoughts on Advising 

"I firmly believe that anyone that wants an education should be able to get access to it, and I am grateful that I get to help students do that. From picking out classes to exploring career paths and universities, I love helping students realize their dreams."

Destiny Hunt
541-440-7746


 

Jennifer Driskill

Jennifer Driskill, Advising Specialist, TRIO Transfer Opportunity Program

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
B.S., Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts on Advising 

"I love that my journey has taken me full circle and brought me back to where it all began. I love the interaction and relationships that I am building with students. I love watching our students grow personally and academically. I look forward to guiding students through their own journey while empowering them by reminding them how resilient, strong and capable they are. Each student is unique and my goal is to treat each one with empathy, sensitivity and awareness."

Jennifer Driskill
541-440-7766


 

Bryanna Mandes Paradice

Bryanna Mandes Paradice, Advising Specialist, TRIO Transfer Opportunity Program

B.A., Art History, University of South Florida

Thoughts on Advising 

“Being a first-generation college graduate myself, I can empathize with the obstacles our students face. Taking action to further your education takes determination, perseverance, and a good attitude. I take great pride in being someone that students can reach out to for help as they navigate their higher education journeys. I know that I am making a direct impact on students who will be educated professionals, enriching the population in Douglas County. I believe that college is a time of self-discovery, not only in learning what your academic interests are but also in what you are made of as a person. Seeing students achieve that self-discovery through education is truly inspiring, and I feel that it is such an honor to be a part of that process.”

Bryanna Mandes Paradice
541-440-7730


 

Les Rogers

Les Rogers, Accessibility Services Coordinator

AA Liberal Studies Columbia College
B.A., Economics, California State University Stanislaus
Master of Public Administration, California State University Stanislaus
Oregon and California Teaching Licenses in Social Sciences

Thoughts on Advising 

"I have been advising at UCC since I started working in the TRIO SSS Transfer Opportunity Program on campus.  I love working with students to help solidify their academic and professional goals.  I believe in connecting students with opportunities to volunteer, perform informational interviews, and even job shadow.  My experience helping students transfer and realize their academic goals over the past 7 years have been some of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life.  One of my favorite parts of advising is helping students apply for and be awarded scholarships.  Helping students craft their lived experiences into successful scholarship applications that result in them being able to complete their education and goals is so rewarding.”

Les Rogers
541-440-7655

 

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