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The Academic Advising Center

Meet Our Staff

The staff and advisors of Boston College’s Academic Advis­ing Center are committed to helping you make a successful transition to college and then to a career. Here are profiles of our staff members.

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Akua Sarr
Associate Dean and Director

akua.sarr@bc.edu

An administrator who has served as an academic dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Akua oversees the work of the Academic Advising Center and is academic dean for the first-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her academic background is in African literature, although she continues to teach more broadly in the field of multicultural literature. She enjoys working with individual students, in particular to discuss their intellectual interests and long-term goals.

 

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Rory A.W. Browne
Associate Director

rory.browne.1@bc.edu

Internationally known as an authority on the history of zoos, Rory has taught and served as an academic and residential dean at Yale and at Harvard. Rory works especially closely with individual advisors and with academic departments and programs to improve the academic planning information available to students and to encourage them in the timely use of that information. He looks forward to conversations with individual students and faculty, and is also happy to engage in group conversations and meetings with students and with the academic departments.

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Elizabeth Chadwick
Associate Director

elizabeth.chadwick.1@bc.edu

Elizabeth brings 30 years of experience as teacher, administrator, and advisor to her work in the Academic Advising Center. Trained in comparative literature at Yale, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then served as dean of freshmen at Pomona College. She has also held teaching and administrative appointments at Swarthmore, Bowdoin, the University of Chicago, and Boston College. Elizabeth welcomes the opportunity to talk directly with students and consult with faculty, and works to enable accurate and helpful advising relationships.

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Stella Primpas
Assistant Director, Operations

stella.primpas.1@bc.edu

Stella works closely with Advising Center colleagues; with the academic departments and programs; and with BC's several student support programs and offices to coordinate services to students. When you have a quick question about whom to call or how to make something happen, Stella can often provide the information you need or help you find it.

Rebecca M. Schmitz

Rebecca M. Schmitz
Assistant Director, Academic Advising

rebecca.murphy.94@bc.edu

Rebecca works closely with Advising Center colleagues to support the schools, departments, and programs in their advising efforts, consulting with them about both program development and the use of technology. She also serves as a resource to students who have questions about BC's advising services and as a liaison to students in the Lynch School of Education.

Cam Cronin

Cameron Cronin
Receptionist/Staff Assistant

cameron.cronin@bc.edu

Cam is our first point of contact for students, parents, faulty, visitors, and callers to the Academic Advising C​enter (AAC) and First Year Experience Office (FYE) .  He handles a myriad of possible questions and problems and provides the best possible assistance via his knowledge of degree requirements, university regulations, and familiarity with university departments and systems. Cam graduated from Boston College in 2012 and is currently pursuing his MBA in the Wallace Carroll School of Management at BC. Outside of the office, he is a professional actor and director.​

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Ingrid Calder
Administrative Assistant

ingrid.calder.1@bc.edu

Ingrid works especially closely with Dr. Sarr, scheduling appointments and providing support when students need assistance from their academic dean in completing forms or complying with university procedures.

Kaitlin Bathrick

Kaitlin Bathrick
Graduate Assistant

bathrick@bc.edu  

Kait is in her second year in the Higher Education Master's Program within the Lynch School of Education. Kaitlin assists with all facets and functions of the office; including, programming, advising, and serving as a general resource for pre-major students and their advisors with questions related to academic programs.


Interns

 

Intern Pictures

Above (left to right): 

  • Luis Miguel Torres
  • Joelle Juarez
  • Giuliana Zaccardelli
  • Juan-Miguel Becerra  
Jeanie Victoria

Above (left to right):

  • Jeanie Lee
  • Victoria Schliep

Brian Intern
  • Brian Harris  


Ambassadors

Ambassadors photo

Student ambassadors are undergraduates who serve as co-hosts of Academic Advising Center events, welcoming faculty and other students and facilitating introductions. They also help ensure that our programs run smoothly, helping guide participants in the Traveling Seminars and raising student awareness of our many offerings and services.

Above (left to right):

  • Elise Marcotte
  • Joan Lee
  • Kayla Daniell
  • Victoria Schliep
  • Joelle Juarez
  • Jeanie Lee

Not in Picture:

  • Kendall Rusch