Tailored, One-on-One Academic Advising

Our collective responsibility to prepare students for challenging roles in the health care professions makes academic advising a focus and strength in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

First-Year Guidance and Support

Our Office of Student Services provides academic advising and guidance through the first-year transition to college life. All first-year students are encouraged to meet regularly with their academic advisors and take a one-credit class together called NH 50: Applications to Health that includes opportunities to interact with faculty, explore UVM services, and develop habits that support academic success.

Every CNHS student is matched with a peer mentor - a "Link" - who serves as an academic insider and instant friend, cultivating a growth mindset and encouraging resilience with shared personal experiences and caring referrals to on-campus resources. Collectively, “Links” mentors make 700-1000 personal points of contact with first-year students in the fall semester.

Advising Beyond the First Year

Upper-level students are assigned to a faculty advisor for continued guidance and mentorship through the culmination of their degree program.

  • Meet the Student Services Team

    Erica Caloiero, M.Ed., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

    Erica directs student supports and services for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and teaches a first-year seminar that introduces issues related to the health sciences and facilitates the transition to college life. She joined UVM in 2007.

     

    Tammy Bender, B.A., Student Services Specialist

    Tammy assists with the graduate application process and coordinates student services. She joined UVM in 2016 following a career in data management.

     

    Kristen Cella, B.S., Admissions Specialist

    Kristen advises first-year students and manages graduate admissions and transfer application processes for all College of Nursing and Health Sciences programs. She joined UVM in 2014 following a career in the hospitality industry.

     

    Janet Franz, M.S., M.S., Communications Specialist

    Janet communicates about academic events, faculty, research, student life and activities of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and teaches group fitness and wellness classes in the greater community. She joined UVM in 2017.

     

    Kari Hodge, M.A., Student Services Specialist

    Kari advises first-year students and coordinates the Links peer mentoring program. She joined UVM in 20017 as a laboratory technician.

     

    Vanessa D. Santos Eugenio, M.Ed., Student Services Specialist

    Vanessa advises students and coordinates the first-year advising program. She graduated from UVM and previously worked in Burlington-area schools and the UVM Career Center.

     

    Sara White, M.F.A., Communications and Student Services Specialist

    Sara manages communications and outreach for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and advises first-year students. She joined UVM in 2012 following a career as a freelance writer and reporter.

     

Contact Us

CNHS Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
cnhs@uvm.edu or (802) 656-3858
Taking notes in the research lab
Make an Appointment

The CNHS advising team provides professional academic advising five days a week and hosts information sessions on:

  • Course selection

  • Study abroad and research opportunities

  • Graduate school planning