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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.


    Juan I. Florencia, M.A., Student Services Specialist

    Juan advises students and coordinates the Links peer mentoring program. He joins UVM with thirteen years of undergraduate advising experience.


    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.


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

    Vanessa advises students and coordinates the first-year advising program. She is a UVM graduate and was a teacher in Burlington-area schools. She started working at UVM in the Career Center in 2011 and joined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2014.


    Lauren Schechter Singh, M.S.A., Graduate Recruitment Specialist

    Lauren manages graduate program recruitment for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is a UVM graduate and pursued a career in marketing. Lauren joined UVM in 2019.


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

    Sara supports 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.


    Kathy Williams, M.S., Student Services Specialist

    Kathy advises first-year students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She joined UVM in 2019 with many years of higher education advisement and college teaching experience.

Contact Us

CNHS Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday or (802) 656-3858
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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