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Advising and Academic Support Center Staff

Advising and Academic Support Center staff grouped together outside.


Director

Portrait of Tomas Baiza.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 the 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

Portrait of Jillana Finnegan.Jillana Finnegan

Contact: jillanafinnegan@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-1718
Duties: Oversees Academic Support services including tutoring and academic success workshops and courses.

Jillana has served as the Associate Director since July 2013, and prior to that worked in the Boise State Service-Learning Program. She has a passion for utilizing peers, active learning, and research-based study strategies to help students reach their academic potential. Jillana is a proud graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy.

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@boiserstate.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 the 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 the AASC in 2002  (before we were the 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

Portrait of Karina Smith.Karina Smith

Academic Development and Recovery Coordinator
Contact: karinasmith@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-3505
Duties: Collaborate with colleges and departments to improve advising processes and increase student success. Areas of focus include College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Extended Studies, University Housing, and UNIV courses.

Karina comes to Boise State with experience in higher education and student affairs. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in International Education from Northcentral University. She received her Master of Science in Communication from Portland State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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

Alizabeth joins AASC with a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Alizabeth 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, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Tiara joined the AASC staff in May 2015 as a professional advisor after working for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She was a peer advisor in the AASC for 2 years prior to graduation. Tiara earned a dual degree in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Boise State University and was selected as the 2013 commencement speaker.

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Academic Advisor
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Duties: Meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

 

 

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Duties: Meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

 

 

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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.

Portrait of Megan Lindbeck.

Megan Lindbeck

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

Megan moved to Idaho in September 2015 from her hometown in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!  She received her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she advised undeclared students. She is loving getting to know Boise State University, connecting with its students, and exploring all that Boise has to offer!


Academic Support Staff

Portrait of Matt Schmasow.Matt Schmasow

Academic Support Coordinator
Contactmattschmasow@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-2042
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.

Matt joined the AASC in an interim position in October 2012 as a graduate student and adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at Boise State. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from Boise State University in 2009 and a master’s in Biology in 2015.

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.

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 the 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.