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

Chelsea Bass

bassce@tiffin.edu
419-448-3304

First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Assistant Director of Student Success

Degrees & Certificates
  • M.B.A., in Human Resources, Tiffin University
  • B.S.B.A., in Management, Bowling Green State University

Chelsea Bass

Baseball, Soccer, Softball & Commuters

Office: Gillmor Student Center

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

Jamie Marinis

MarinisJL@tiffin.edu
419-448-3357

Assistant Professor of English

Director of Student Success & First‐Year Experience / First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach for Volleyball & Wrestling

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.Ed., Kent State University
  • B.S., Kent State University

Jamie Marinis

Jamie Marinis joined the Tiffin University family in 2005 and is currently completing her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate certificate from Bowling Green State University. In her dual role as instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and coordinator of International Student Programs, Jamie interacts with international students both in and out of the classroom. She coordinates cultural events across campus including the annual International Flag Ceremony and International Dinner, which often draw hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members to campus in celebration of our globally diverse student body.

She earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and her B.S. in Community Health Education from Kent State University where she was a varsity cheerleader. Jamie spent her first nine years at Tiffin University working in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs before moving to academics. She also previously served as the Head Cheerleading Coach at Tiffin University for eight years.

Born in Oregon, Ohio, Jamie currently resides in Tiffin with her husband and two children.

Office: Gillmor Student Center

Jamie Marinis
Director of Student Success & First‐Year Experience / First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach for Volleyball & Wrestling
Jamie Marinis
Director of Student Success & First‐Year Experience / First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach for Volleyball & Wrestling
Assistant Professor of English
Emily Ohman Scrimshaw
Emily Ohman Scrimshaw

Emily Ohman Scrimshaw

ScrimshawE@tiffin.edu
419.448.3019

First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Degrees & Certificates
  • M.S. in Psychology, Tiffin University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Emily Ohman Scrimshaw

Arts/Music, Basketball, Lacrosse & Commuters

Office: Gillmor Student Center

Emily Ohman Scrimshaw
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach
Emily Ohman Scrimshaw
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach
Krista Swanagan
Krista Swanagan

Krista Swanagan

swanagank@tiffin.edu
419-448-3282

Assistant Director of Academic Outreach & Programming

First Year Advisor

Degrees & Certificates
None Provided

Krista Swanagan

Krista Swanagan
First Year Advisor
Krista Swanagan
First Year Advisor
Assistant Director of Academic Outreach & Programming
Melissa Waire
Melissa Waire

Melissa Waire

wairemk@tiffin.edu
419-448-3398

First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach

Degrees & Certificates
None Provided

Melissa Waire

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

Office: Gillmor Student Center

Melissa Waire
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach
Melissa Waire
First-Year Advisor & Academic Coach