Academic Advising Council
AAC Monthly Meetings
The Academic Advising Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm. All UNO staff and faculty are welcome to attend.
January 21st from 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Location: https://unomaha.zoom.us/j/91093472991
February 18th 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Location: https://unomaha.zoom.us/j/92728526674
March 18th 1:30 P.M - 3:00 P.M. Location: https://unomaha.zoom.us/j/92215904596
April 15th from 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Location: https://unomaha.zoom.us/j/98790256885
Executive Council Bios
Jonathan Acosta, President
Jonathan is the Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the Academic and Career Development Center. He advises students in Exploratory Studies and helps with major exploration. His professional interests include student retention, advisor training and development, and underrepresented students. He is a UNO alum and has a passion for serving college students.
Katie Hansen, Vice President
Katie is an Academic Advisor in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. She advises students in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Katie earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her professional interests include assessment, student retention and professional development in advising.
Kerry Fina, Secretary
Kerry is an Academic Advisor with the Division of Continuing Studies where he advises adult and contemporary learners in the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies program. He also advises pathway students on their way to other programs offered at UNO. Kerry earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Doane. His interests include student success, advisor development, and equity and inclusion.
Megan Carroll, Communication Specialist
Megan is an Academic Advisor in the College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media. Within CFAM she advises for the School of Communication which means she advises Communication Studies and Journalism majors. She works with all students within these majors. Her professional interests include student retention and student success, specifically in regards to first generation students, underrepresented students, & first-time freshmen.
Alana White, Professional Development Committee Chair
Alana is the Assistant Director of Advising in the College of Arts & Sciences. She advises primarily new/current freshman students and new transfer students in all Arts & Sciences majors and pre-professional areas, such as pre-health and pre-law. She also works with junior and senior level students in completing senior/graduation checks. Her professional interests include advisor training and development, student retention and persistence, and major/career exploration.
Chris Scott, Assessment Committee Chair
Chris is currently the Lead Advisor in the Biology department at UNO. He primarily advises students in the BA and BS Biology degree programs. His main professional interests include assessment, student success, and advisor development. Chris is also the staff advisor for the UNO D&D club.
Keely Odell, Recognition and Social Committee Chair
Keely is an Academic Advisor in the Division of Continuing Studies. She advises adult and contemporary learners in the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies and students on the path to other programs at UNO. Her interests include professional development for advisors, coordinated management of meaning in advising, and relationship building. Keely earned her undergraduate degree at Wayne State College and her master's degree at UNO.