First-Year Advising

Office of First-Year Advising

Location:Gillmor Student Center
Hours:8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. weekdays or by appointment
Email:FYA@tiffin.edu

Mission Statement and Goals

The mission of the academic advising program at Tiffin University is to provide student-centered, developmental advising to prepare traditional college-age students and adult learners for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service.

What Does First-Year Advising Look Like at TU?

Every first-year undergraduate student has an assigned First-Year Advisor (FYA) based on the student’s extracurricular association (athletics, arts, club sport, commuter, etc.) and serves as their main point of contact for all questions, concerns, and support programs. FYAs act as an advocate and mentor for each student by promoting student motivation and holistic campus engagement to help guide students toward graduation. All first-year students meet with their First-Year Advisor during their first year on campus to explore their short-term and long-term goals and develop an action plan to meet those goals. During an advising meeting, students will be matched with stupport services (tutoring, Peer Assisted Learning sessions, financial literacy workshops, career preparation coaching, etc.) needed to facilitate the attainment of their established educational and professional goals. FYAs also serve as a resource to upper-class students, providing pertinent information throughout the semester, including advising and registration dates and Faculty Advisor contact information.

First-Year Advisors can assist their advisees with the following:

  • A main point of contact for every student to resolve questions and concerns
  • Drop-in advising year round and appointments during advising weeks
  • Planning to pursue academic and professional goals
  • Assistance in developing a plan for graduation (4-year plan)
  • Information about events and organizations on campus and in the community
  • Change/add a major or minor
  • Drop/add a class
  • Assistance with online course registration
  • Guidance with major and career exploration
  • Communication about upcoming deadlines and important information

Meet the First-Year Advisors

Jamie Marinis

Jamie Marinis
Director of Student Success & First-Year Experience
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Volleyball & Wrestling

Phone: 419.448.3357
Email: MarinisJL@tiffin.edu
Office: Gillmor Student Center

Chelsea Bass

Chelsea Bass
Assistant Director of Student Success
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Baseball, Soccer, Softball, & Commuters

Phone: 419.448.3304
Email: BassCE@tiffin.edu
Office: Gillmor Student Center

Melissa Waire

Melissa Waire
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Cheer/Stunt, Cross-Country/Track & Field, Equestrian, & Campus Residents

Phone: 419.448.3398
Email: WaireMK@tiffin.edu
Office: Gillmor Student Center

Cooper Conrad

Cooper Conrad
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Club Sports, eSports, Golf, Football, Swim & Dive, Tennis, & Campus Residents

Phone: 419.448.3389
Email: ConradC@tiffin.edu
Office: Gillmor Student Center

Emily Scrimshaw

Emily Ohman Scrimshaw
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Arts/Music, Basketball, Lacrosse, & Commuters

Phone: 419.448.3019
Email: ScrimshawE@tiffin.edu
Office: Gillmor Student Center

Nicholas Reinhard

Professor Nicholas Reinhard
Professor of Sociology & Coordinator of Peer Mentors
First-Year Advisor

Campus Residents

Phone: 419.448.3022
Email: ReinhardNJ@tiffin.edu
Office: Main Classroom Building