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Advising Day

Advising Day marks the beginning of the official Advising and Registration period. No classes are held on this day so that academic departments and their faculty advisors can assist students in planning for next semester's classes and provide the Alt PIN required for registration. Many departments have students schedule appointments to meet one on one with their primary advisor on that day or during that week. Some departments hold group advising sessions, while others host informal social gatherings. There are even a few departments that have a mandatory attendance policy for Advising Day activities.

Departmental instructions and events for Advising Day will be posted below.
Check your Catamount email for Advising Day information from your department or advisor.

Preparing for an advising meeting

  • Your "primary" advisor is the only advisor who is authorized to give you an Alt PIN for registration.
  • Go to the How To Instructions page to find the name and contact information for your primary advisor.
  • Run and review your Degree Audit/Evaluation ( How To Instructions ) prior to your advising session. This report shows what coursework and other requirements must still be met in order to complete your degree and graduate. Some major departments require that students bring a copy of this report with them to the advising session.
  • Use an 8-Semester Plan Worksheet to assist you in planning when to take particular courses.
  • Use a Schedule Adjustment Grid to help lay out your weekly class schedule.

Major changes prior to Advising Day

  • If you plan on changing your major, do so well before Advising Day or you may not be able to get your Alt PIN in time to register by your Registration Day.
  • Go to the How To Instructions page to learn how to declare or change your major.

HONORS STUDENTS:

Honors students with declared majors should meet with their faculty advisors for Summer/Fall 2022 registration advising and to retrieve their Alt PINs.

Undeclared Honors students should meet with their Honors advisor for Summer/Fall 2022 registration advising and to retrieve their Alt PINs.

Honors Advisors April Tallant, Colin Townsend and Emily Sharpe will be available for virtual appointments and virtual drop-ins. You can check their availability and/or make an appointment with them in Navigate.

NON-HONORS UNDECLARED STUDENTS: Will need to schedule an appointment with their Professional Advisor within the Advising Center prior to their registration date. Emails will be sent to students’ catamount email account with more information.

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE LEAD MINOR PROGRAM:

Advising for the LEAD Minor is handled by Dr. Yancey Gulley.

On Advising Day, he will be available in McKee G22c 10:30am-4:30pm. He can also be reached by email ahead of time or after that day at nygulley@wcu.edu.

Zoom sessions are available on Advising Day (and other days). To set up a Zoom session, email Dr. Gulley directly.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828.227.3383.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at 828.227.7268.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Art & Design at 828.227.7210.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Art & Design at 828.227.7210.

Seniors: See contact from Melissa Snyder

Questions or concerns? Contact Melissa Snyder at mmsnyder@wcu.edu or 828.227.3505

* For more details and instructions, call the Biology Department.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828.227.3383.

  • Career Paths In Chemistry by Charles Marth, In AP 207 at 12:00.
  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Chemistry Advising/Information Session, in AP 322 from 3:00-4:00.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Chemistry & Physics at 828.227.7260.

  • There will be in-person Group Advising Sessions from 9:30am to 12pm in Apodaca 207 A/B
    • 9:30am - Internships & Portfolio Requirements for Graduation
    • 10am - Summer & Fall Overview Session
    • 11am - Additional advising if needed for Transfer Students and other general questions
  • Individual Advising Appointments - Students will be responsible for making individual appointments with their assigned Advisors throughout the day.
  • For Advising Day, they should have done an audit, have a general idea of the classes they want to take, have a target semester for their internship, and the semester they plan to graduate

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Communication at 828.227.7482.

CSD majors are required to attend the group advising session as follows:

February 22, 2022

  • UNDERGRADUATES - 10:30 AM HHS 204**
  • GRADUATES – 9:30 AM HHS 204

**All undergraduates should have looked at their degree audit and should have a proposed list of courses they wish to take. ALT-PINs will not be given to students without this information.

For course sequence lists please visit the website at: http://commdis.wcu.edu

****Students graduating in May do not need to attend advising sessions!!****

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828.227.3383.

We are doing Math Jeopardy on Advising Day at noon in room ST 448. Food will be provided at 11:30 on the Apadoca Terrace.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 828.227.7245.

  • Group advising in-person in Belk 263
  • From 900 am to 100 pm
  • Students are to share with their advisor a OneDrive folder that contains updated flowchart and degree audit (in PDF)

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Construction Management at 828.227.2201 or email at cm@wcu.edu

Students must bring a printed copy of your current detail degree audit, obtainable through myWCU, and a tentative schedule. Additional individual advisement appointments will not be made during the remainder of this week (except to follow up on Advisement Day sessions) and PINs will not be released to students who miss their session.

 

Find your scheduled session below by locating your designated advisor.

Advisor Location Times
Dr. Mason Belk 408 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Hansen Belk 323 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Sefiha Belk 409 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Kopak Belk 365 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Harris Belk 404 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Briggs Belk 304 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Singer Belk 304 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Youstin Belk 408 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Vaske Belk 305 10:30 - 12:30
Ms. Skiscim Belk 323 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Caravelis Belk 409 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Crowley Advising Session Via Zoom Instructions and time will be emailed by Dr. Crowley
Prof. Morgan Advising Session Via Zoom Instructions and time will be emailed by Prof. Morgan
Dr. Brown Advising Session Via Zoom Instructions and time will be emailed by Dr. Brown

 

**Note: With over 800 majors in departmental programs and virtually all classes filling to capacity, it is critical that you attend your advising session and enroll for your classes at the earliest date available to you. Section availability is strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a class that is high priority to you is filled, you should register on the waitlist.

 

If a student has NOT recieved the "Advisement Day flyer" for Spring 2022, call the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at 828.227.2172.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828.227.2775.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828.227.2775. 

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 828.227.7108.

Students must bring a printed copy of your current detail degree audit, obtainable through myWCU and a tentative schedule. Additional individual advisement appointments will not be made during the remainder of this week (except to follow up on Advisement Day sessions) and PINs will not be released to students who miss their session.

Find your scheduled session below by locating your designated advisor.

Advisor Location Times
Dr. Mason Belk 408 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Hansen Belk 323 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Sefiha Belk 409 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Kopak Belk 365 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Harris Belk 404 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Briggs Belk 304 8:00 - 10:00
Dr. Singer Belk 304 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Youstin Belk 408 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Vaske Belk 305 10:30 - 12:30
Ms. Skiscim Belk 323 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Caravelis Belk 409 10:30 - 12:30
Dr. Crowley Advising Session Via Zoom Instructions and time will be emailed by Dr. Crowley
Prof. Morgan Advising Session Via Zoom Instructions and time will be emailed by Prof. Morgan
Dr. Brown Advising Session Via Zoom Instructions and time will be emailed by Dr. Brown

 

                                                                                                                                                    

**Note: With over 800 majors in departmental programs and virtually all classes filling to capacity, it is critical that you attend your advising session and enroll for your classes at the earliest date available to you. Section availability is strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a class that is high priority to you is filled, you should register on the waitlist.

If a student has NOT recieved the "Advisement Day flyer" for Spring 2022, call the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at 828.227.2172.

Advisors will contact students with instructions on scheduling a required meeting.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kimberlee Yontz at 828-227-3516, Julie Conway at 828-227-2917, or Jackson Déziel at 828-227-3532.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828.227.2775.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828.227.2775.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of English at 828.227.7264.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of English at 828.227.7264.

LEAD Minor Advising will take pleace in McKee G22C 10:00am-4:00pm on Advising Day.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Management and Hospitality & Tourism at 828.227.7412.

Schedule a 1-on-1 advising appointment with your faculty advisor. Please bring a copy of your degree audit and draft schedule for Fall 2022 with you to your advising appointment. Look for an e-mail coming from your advisor with more details. 

 

All declared ENVH majors are also required to attend a meeting of all majors on Advising Day from 1:30-3:00pm in HHS 204. 

 

Questions or concerns? Contact Dr. Brian Byrd (bdbyrd@wcu.edu) 

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources at 828.227.7367.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Stage & Screen at 828.227.7491.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828.227.3383.

February 22nd:

*ALL FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: 9-10:00 am in AP 201 (the auditorium in the Apodaca Science Building)

NOTE:
These meetings are mandatory – you must attend!
You are a freshman if you have <30 total credit hours including those attempted this semester
You are a sophomore if you have earned 30-59 total credit hours including those attempted this semester

These are group advising sessions for all freshmen and sophomores. During these meetings, we will provide you with detailed information regarding which classes you should be registering for during the Spring 2022 semester. We will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have during this time. You will be provided your alt pin for registration during this meeting. Please arrive on time.

ALL PRE-FS STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED to attend a mandatory meeting in AP 201 (the auditorium in the Apodaca Science Building) from 10:00 – 11:00 am. During this meeting, we will discuss the FS application process.

No advising appointments will be honored before advising day. Additionally, if you fail to attend your session on advising day, you WILL NOT receive your alt pin until late March. Failure to attend these mandatory advising meetings will reflect poorly on your interest in your education and entry into the Forensic Science Program.

*JUNIORS and SENIORS
In order to receive your alt pin, you should send your Forensic Science advisor your prospective schedule for Spring 2022 by Wednesday, February 16th. Your advisor will get back to you with your alt pin based on the order in which your email was received. If a follow-up meeting is required, your advisor will schedule with you via Zoom or in person.

Juniors & Seniors: Additionally, please indicate:
Your anticipated date for graduation
FORENSIC BIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY: When you plan to take FS 422 Forensic Biology
FORENSIC CHEMISTRY MAJORS ONLY: When you plan to take CHEM 465 Forensic Chemistry
BOTH Concentrations: When you plan to take CHEM 475

NOTE:
You are a junior if you have earned 60-89 total credit hours including those attempted this semester
You are a senior if you have earned >89 total credit hours including those attempted this semester

Please check your degree audit to determine the number of credit hours you have earned.”

We will hold a Geology advising meeting at 9:00-10:00 am on Advising Day in AP322.

*Mandatory for ALL Geology Majors*

 

Meeting Agenda:

  • Discussion of new degree requirement and courses
  • Q & A
  • What to take next fall?

Majors should make individual appointments with their advisors at other times during Advising Day.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources at 828.227.7367.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 227.7108.

* For more details and instructions, contact the History Department.

*For more details and instructions, contact the Hospitality & Tourism Department.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 828.227.7108.

IHS, Pre-Professional: All students in the Pre-Professional concentration are required to schedule a one-on-one meeting with their advisor. Refer to message(s) from Julie Conway or Kimberlee Yontz.

IHS, Health & Wellness: Students in the Health & Wellness concentration have the option to choose between scheduling a one-on-one meeting with their advisor for their alt-pin OR they can attend an in-person group meeting on Advising Day for their alt-pin. Refer to message(s) from Julie Conway or Kimberlee Yontz for more details and instructions.

IHS, Health Management: Students in the Health Management Concentration have the option to schedule a one-on-one meeting with their advisor for their alt-pin OR they can attend an in-person group meeting on Advising Day. Refer to message(s) from Julie Conway or Kimberlee Yontz for more details and instructions.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Art & Design at 828.227.7210.

International Studies (INST) will have a virtual meeting about advising issues and updates for all majors at 10:00 AM on Zoom.  Before or after this meeting, all INST majors will meet with their advisors individually (either in person or virtually at the discretion of the faculty member).

At the larger meetings we do not give out alternative pin numbers.  Students must meet with their individual advisors to go over their course selections and receive their pin. 

*For more details and instructions, call the International Studies Department at 828.227.3899.

 *For more details and instructions, call the School of Economics, Management and Project Management at 828.227.7412.

*For more details and instructions, call the Marketing Department at 828.227.7412.

We are doing Math Jeopardy on Advising Day at noon in room ST 448. Food will be provided at 11:30 on the Apadoca Terrace.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 828.227.7245.

We are doing Math Jeopardy on Advising Day at noon in room ST 448. Food will be provided at 11:30 on the Apadoca Terrace.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 828.227.7245.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 828.227.7108.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Music at 828.227.7242.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Music at 828.227.7242.

All incoming students within the Natural Resources Conservation & Management major are required to meet on Advising Day, February 22nd, at 8:00 am in ST 354.  This is an in person meeting.

All students must meet with their Faculty Advisors who should be reaching out via email with further instructions.  

Students must bring the following with them to their Advising Day appointments:

  • NRCM Preregistration Advising Form* 

*This form can be located on the NRCM Program Page

For more details and instructions, call the Natural Resources Conservation & Management Department at 828-227-7367.

On Advising Day February 22nd in Health and Human Science HHS room 209 meet on West Campus for the group advising session or sessions applicable to you.  These sessions are mandatory, get your alt pin for building your summer and fall 2022 schedules at the assigned advising session:

9:00-9:45 am, room 209 Undeclared, interested in nursing students with last names starting with A-L

  • After presentation and receiving alt pins you may meet one on one with faculty advisors if needed or desired, office numbers listed below

10:00-10:30 am, room 209 interested in nursing students preparing to apply for traditional BSN program start in Spring 2023 (application is due in September 2022)

  • Overview of application process with Debra Penberthy

10:30-11:15 am, room 209 interested in nursing students with last names starting with M-Z

  • After presentation and receiving alt pins you may meet one on one with faculty advisors if needed or desired, office numbers listed below

For accepted traditional BSN students within the different cohorts

  • All Current Cohorts room 357:  Operationalizing Study Techniques with Dr. Durbin
  • 1-2 pm 12/2023 cohort advising room 357
  • 2-3 pm 05/2023 cohort advising room 357
  • 3-4 pm 12/2022 cohort advising room 357

*Faculty office locations for one on one conversations after receiving alt pin and group advising

Hayes - HHS 338
Wells - HHS 340
Hester - HHS 344 (w/Brown)
DaCosta - HHS 346
Laney - HHS 348 (w/Reinert)
Sexton - HHS 350
(Kate Miller - HHS 336)

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Nursing at 828.227.7467.

Pre-majors: All Pre-Nutrition & Dietetics students are required to attend a meeting on Advising Day to receive their Alt-Pin. Look for an email coming from your advisor with more details.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kimberlee Yontz at 828-227-3516 or Julie Conway at 828-227-2917. 

Students Admitted to Program 2022: Students will meet with their newly assigned faculty advisor. Look for an email coming from your advisor with details and instructions.

Questions or concerns? Contact Beth Wall-Bassett at ewbassett@wcu.edu or 828-227-3528  

2021 Cohort: Students will be advised in a regularly scheduled class prior to Advising Day for course plans. Follow up with assigned advisor to receive alt-pins and for any additional questions.  

Questions or concerns? Contact Beth Wall-Bassett at ewbassett@wcu.edu or 828-227-3528

The PRM Advising Day session will be held on Zoom from 9:30am-11:00am at this link: https://wcu.zoom.us/j/4273339092 

*For more details and instructions, please contact the PRM Department.

  • When and where are students required to meet on Advising Day? 4-5 p.m. in person at the Softball Field Picnic Shelter
  • Is your meeting virtual? If so, what is the URL for the meeting? N/A
  • Will your department require specific materials or technology for your student appointments? Varies by advisor but students should be familiar with their degree audit.
    • Example: laptop, degree audit, or tentative class schedule. 
  • Do you have other related programs scheduled on Advising Day?  What, when, and where?  The advising meeting includes food: chili with and without meat and with and without beans, cornbread, and beverages.

*For more details and instructions, please contact the Philosophy Department.

Political Science (PSC) will have a general in-person meeting about advising issues and updates for all majors at 11:00 AM in the UC Multipurpose Room.  Before or after this meeting, all PSC majors will meet with their advisors individually (either in person or virtually at the discretion of the faculty member). At the larger meetings students will not recieve alternative pin numbers.  Students must meet with their individual advisors to go over their course selections and receive their pin. 

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Psychology at 828.227.7361.

Pre-majors: 1:30 p.m. in HHS 421

All Pre-Recreational Therapy students must attend a group meeting on Advising Day to receive their Alt-Pin. 

  • Questions or concerns? Contact Kimberlee Yontz at 828-227-3516 or Julie Conway at 828-227-2917. 

Fall 2021 cohort: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in HHS 421

Fall 2020 cohort: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in HHS 421

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Biology at 828.227.7244.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Chemistry & Physics at 828.227.7260.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources at 828.227.7367.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Chemistry & Physics at 828.227.7260.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of History at 828.227.7243.

All Social Work Students must attend one Advising Day Orientation.

  • When and where are students required to meet on Advising Day?  Students are required to meet with advisors (some will be online and others will be in-person meetings).
  • Is your meeting virtual? If so, what is the URL for the meeting? Students who have not attended an orientation to the BSW program meeting will also need to meet in person in HHS 349 at noon on advising day.
  • Will your department require specific materials or technology for your student appointments? Students should take degree evaluations, a tentative schedule for next semester and notes about questions to their advising meetings.
  • Do you have other related programs scheduled on Advising Day?  What, when, and where? Students who have not attended an orientation to the BSW program meeting will also need to meet in person in HHS 349 at noon on advising day.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at 828.227.7268.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of World Languages at 828.227.7241.

*For more details and instructions, call the Sport Management Department.

An Advising Day meeting for all majors will be held on November 2 at 9:00am in University Auditorium. An email and a calendar invite with additional information will be sent out to all of SAS ahead of time.

Students will schedule appointments via either an online sign up sheet or sign up on the sheet posted outside their advisors offices. Advisors will email students with this information 2 weeks prior to advising day.

Student must come prepared with their degree audit and a tentative class schedule.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Stage & Screen at 828.227.7491.

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