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Transitional Advising Service: New resource for students

As you may know, the CALS Undergraduate Programs & Services (UP&S) Office has successfully acquired MIU funding for two Student Services Coordinators. Both positions are tied to the development of a new program called the Transitional Advising Service (TAS). Dan Barnish (formerly of Biochemistry) and Molly Reinhard (formerly of the College of Engineering) have been on board since mid-April. During this time, we have started meeting with faculty and staff from various CALS majors/campus departments, advised incoming students at both Transfer and Freshmen SOAR, and worked to develop academic year initiatives aimed at helping students explore CALS majors.

TAS is a work in progress and ultimately aims to be a resource for students, faculty, and staff, both within CALS and campus-wide. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few areas of focus, including:

  • Oversight of the new CALS undeclared classification option (ALS 000): ALS 000 is designed for incoming freshmen interested in exploring a range of CALS majors. TAS will serve as the primary academic advising home, with the goal of moving students to their major(s) within 3 semesters. TAS will work to become familiar with all CALS majors, including career opportunities within these fields.
  • Facilitation of CALS Transfer Workshops for on-campus students: Please be on the lookout for reminders and details regarding the process of transferring into CALS and the content of these workshops.
  • Development of initiatives related to exploration of CALS majors: More information coming soon via email.
  • Service as a welcoming resource for campus-wide colleagues and students: Please do not hesitate to connect students with us if they would benefit from learning more about opportunities within CALS or exploring alternative majors.

Please let us know of questions, concerns, or if you would like to discuss our roles in more depth. TAS is located in 116 Ag Hall, along with the rest of UP&S, and can be reached at 608.262.3003 or the email addresses below.

We look forward to working with you!

Molly Reinhard (mreinhard@cals.wisc.edu)
Dan Barnish (dbarnish@cals.wisc.edu)

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