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AASC Staff

Advising and Academic Support Center Staff

Advising and Academic Support Center staff grouped together outside.


Director

Tomas Baiza

Contact: tomasbaiza@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-3676
Duties: Direct overall AASC operations and coordinate the AASC’s collaboration with other Boise State advising and enrollment units.

Tomas joined AASC in 2013 with professional experience in admissions, human resources, and residential learning development. His teaching experience includes coursework and teaching in history, career exploration, and graduate research methodology. Tomas received his Bachelor of Arts at San Jose State University, Masters degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and his doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.

Associate Director

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Duties: Oversees Academic Support services including tutoring and academic success workshops and courses.

 

Assistant Director

Portrait of Neil Baumgartner.Neil Baumgartner

Contact: neilbaumgartner@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-2714

Neil joined AASC as the Assistant Director in May 2017 with experience in various higher education settings including academic advising, diversity and inclusion, and intercollegiate athletics. He earned both a Master of Arts in Administrative Science and Bachelor of Arts in History from Saginaw Valley State University.


Administrative Staff

Portrait of Veronica Cuppy. Veronica Cuppy

Administrative Assistant II
Contact: veronicacuppy@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4049
Duties:  Administrative support for AASC staff, Learning Assistant and Tutoring programs, front desk support and operations management, customer service, data collection, purchasing, budget management, and travel/expense.

Veronica came to AASC in February 2016 after working in the Intensive English Program at Boise State. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from California State Polytechnic University and has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. Veronica has traveled extensively through Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She also has an affinity for dogs and owns and manages her own dog walking and pet sitting company.

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Administrative Assistant II
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Duties: Administrative support for AASC staff, Learning Assistant and Tutoring programs, front desk support, customer service, and data collection.

 

Portrait of Tim Squires.Tim Squires

Advising Systems Coordinator
Contact:
 tsquires@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-3528
Duties:  Manage implementation of university-wide student success initiatives, advising process documentation and standardization, University Advising Network Financial management, data acquisition, and dissemination.

Tim started in AASC in 2002  (before we were AASC!) as a student employee and has advanced to his current position.  He is a proud Boise State alum having earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Health Information Management in 2010.


Academic Advising Staff

Karina Smith PortraitKarina Smith

Academic Development and Recovery Coordinator
Contact: karinasmith@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-3505
Duties: Coordinates the Academic Development and Recovery program, which focuses on supporting students in academic distress, including providing academic advising to students who are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated following academic dismissal.

Karina joined the AASC team in 2013 with 10 years of higher education experience focused on student affairs and student leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in International Education from Northcentral University, her Master of Science in Communication from Portland State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. In her free time, she enjoys photography, cooking, and supporting the latest local restaurant.

Portrait of Paula Mandeville.

Paula Mandeville

Major Exploration and Student Transition Coordinator
Contact: paulamandeville@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-2963
Duties: Provide academic advising to students who are exploring new majors and coordinate programming and events to aid with student program selection.

Paula comes to Boise State with 17 years of higher education experience in the areas of career counseling and academic advising. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Master of Counseling degree from Idaho State University.

Portrait of Alizabeth Gaddie.

Alizabeth Gaddie

First-Year Experience Advising Coordinator
Contact: alizabethgaddie@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-1719
Duties: Alizabeth meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, and academic skill building. She also coordinates with campus partners to create a shared first-year experience for all Boise State students.

Alizabeth earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is excited about her role, as she holds a sincere passion for fostering students’ skills in not only academic but holistic success. Additionally, Alizabeth enjoys movies, spending time with family and friends and dancing!

Portrait of Tiara Thompson.Tiara Thompson

Academic Advisor
Contact: tiarathompson@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-1717
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Tiara meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, and academic skill building. She focuses on first-year, UF 100, and Honors students.

Prior to being hired as a professional advisor, Tiara worked as a peer advisor for two years in AASC. Tiara earned a dual degree in English Literature and Theatre Arts Performance from Boise State, where she was selected to be the commencement speaker for her class. In addition to her passion for higher education, Tiara is an actor who performs both locally and regionally. She has taught for the UF 100 course, Social Change, and plans to pursue a Master’s program this upcoming fall.

Nicolas Diaz, AASCNico Diaz

Academic Development and Recovery Advisor
Contact: nicolasdiaz@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4398
Duties: Meets with students to provide developmentally appropriate academic advising with an emphasis on students who are in academic distress, are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated after dismissal.

Nico attended Boise State where he received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish and a Master of Public Administration. Nico has worked on the Boise State campus for a number of years, including in Veteran Services where he processed military benefits and in the Educational Access Center where he coordinated an outreach program to interact with students with disabilities. He is an avid runner, enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, and is a sucker for dogs.

Chelsee Rohmiller, AASC, faculty/staffChelsee Rohmiller

Academic Development and Recovery Advisor
Contact: chelseerohmiller@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4399
Duties: Meets with students to provide developmentally appropriate academic advising with an emphasis on students who are in academic distress, are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated after dismissal.

Chelsee earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s in Student Affairs from Iowa State University. She served as a hall director at North Dakota State University working mainly with upperclassmen. Chelsee loves all things pop culture, especially television shows & documentaries. She enjoys doing grandma-like hobbies, such as baking, cross-stitching, reading, and crafting, and she listens to too many podcasts.

Portrait of Lauren Rice.Lauren Rice

Academic Advisor
Contact: laurenrice@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4397
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Lauren meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Lauren is a proud Bronco and Boise native. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Boise State and is thrilled to be part of the AASC team. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping, restaurant patios with friends, and running the Boise foothills.

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Megan Lindbeck

Academic Advisor
Contact: meganlindbeck@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4396
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Megan meets with undecided students to assist with major exploration, skill building, and schedule creation.

Megan moved to Idaho in September 2015 from her hometown in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!  She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she advised undeclared students. She spends her free time traveling, going to movies, and finding new things to love about Boise and Idaho!


Academic Support Staff

Portrait of Matt Schmasow.Matt Schmasow

Interim Associate Director
Contactmattschmasow@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-2042
Duties: Oversees Academic Support services, including tutoring programs, academic success workshops, and academic coaching in addition to serving as the co-chair for ACAD courses.

Matt joined the Advising and Academic Support Center as an Academic Support Coordinator in October 2013 and oversaw the training, supervision, and assessment of AASC’s tutoring services, including the Learning Assistant Program. Matt earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology degrees from Boise State. Outside of his work supporting student success on campus, he enjoys fly fishing and volunteer teaching entomology workshops at local learning centers and fly shops.

Portrait of Kate Steven.Kate Steven

Academic Support Coordinator
Contact: KateSteven@boisestate.edu, 208-426-2706
Duties: Coordinates the training, supervision, and assessment of the AASC’s tutoring programs including the Learning Assistant program and drop-in tutoring services across campus.

In academic success, Kate has excelled at coaching college students through academic and career path challenges by providing a supportive environment for each person to find the best solution that fits. Kate is committed to social justice and helping others navigate intersectional identities, as well as understanding how identity impacts the pursuit of higher education. Kate has particular interests in media literacy, gender performance and queerness in general. In their spare time, Kate teaches and performs circus art including aerial fitness, pole art, and flying trapeze.

Carissa Wilcox PortraitCarissa Wilcox

Educational Specialist
Contact: carissawilcox@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-2145
Duties: Serves as Faculty Liaison for ACAD 101 concurrent enrollment program in addition to providing academic coaching, teaching ACAD 101, and supporting ACAD instructors.

Carissa joined AASC in the summer of 2017 as Educational Specialist. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication as well as a graduate certificate in college teaching from Boise State. Carissa is also an adjunct faculty member for the Boise State Department of Communication.

Portrait of Pam Craig

Pamela Craig

Graduate Assistant
Contactpamcraig@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4049
Duties: Assists with Academic Support services including coaching, academic success workshops, and courses.

Pamela joined AASC as a Learning Assistant in 2013 and discovered a passion for fostering student success at Boise State. She graduated from Boise State in 2014 with a triple major in English Literature, English Writing, and History. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration.

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"Ms. Rice was very helpful and answered all of the questions I went into the appointment ready to ask. She even answered questions I did not even know I had. She helped me feel less anxious about where I currently am at in my education as well as offered a class that I did not know BSU offered, but that I am now extremely interested in. She was very friendly and would recommend her to any of my friends needing academic advisement."

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