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

 

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Mary Worthington, Academic Advisor

AAOT, City College of San Francisco
B.A., Holy Names University, Oakland, CA
B.S., University of Arizona, Tucson

Thoughts on Advising 

"What is enjoyable to me about advising students is the opportunity to share in the excitement of discovery of themselves, their values, potential, and their goals. The process involves joint listening, discussions, asking questions, and problem-solving where I act as a supportive participant but ultimately empowering students to become self-confident in their choices and ability to identify and achieve their educational and personal life goals."

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541-440-7835

 

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

 

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

 

Whitney Pitalo

Whitney Pitalo, Student-Athlete Advisor

B.A., University of Southern California
MBA, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Thoughts on Advising 

"As a former student-athlete, I love helping our student-athletes balance their academic and athletic pursuits to achieve their educational and career goals. It’s an honor to witness each student-athlete unique interests and goals and be able to assist them in their journey. I also enjoy working with other academic advising offices to help our student-athletes transition with ease. I believe college athletics should be a rewarding experience, where students learn life skills and develop the confidence to thrive in their communities.”

Whitney Pitalo
541-440-4686

 

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