Advising Updates

Doug Pellatz
Doug Pellatz

Hello Physics Majors,

Today is the first day of classes of the second half of the Spring 2018 and the first day of class registration for the Summer 2018 semester. Today is also the first day that you can see the schedule of classes for the Fall 2018 semester and begin adding classes to your shopping cart for the fall. There are only two weeks of classes remaining before Spring Break, so now is the time to be thinking about classes for the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters. If you haven’t looked at your degree audit or given any thought to future classes, please do so as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with me or to visit me for a walk-in meeting to discuss your future semester classes.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we believe in the motto (unofficially) of Academics + Experience = Opportunities! The Academics part is relatively easy: take the right classes for your degree requirements, do the best that you can in those classes, and pick your elective classes wisely. The Experience part is usually much harder. There are five main areas where you can gain experience: internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. If you haven’t put any thought into how to gain experience, there is no time like the present to start. This email usually contains opportunities for most if not all five areas. If you don’t see anything that interests you, try researching opportunities with University Career Services, Education Abroad, the Center for Civic Engagement, or Student Involvement. If you are still having trouble finding something interesting, talk to an advisor, a career coach, a faculty mentor, or even your friends and classmates. Almost all opportunities are earned, so get to work!

Advising Hours Update
During Priority Registration (Monday, March 26 thru Wednesday, April 11), all of the advisors in the Advising Center including myself will be taking walk-in meetings from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm every day. These walk-in meetings will be on a first come, first served basis, and advisors will be taking lunches between 11 am and 1 pm to minimize the number of advisors away during the lunch hour. Prior to March 26 and after April 11, my advising hours will remain and return to normal (Appointments from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily; Walk-ins from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays and 1 pm to 4 pm on Fridays). My availability will likely be more limited during Spring Break, but the Advising Center will be open.

Jorgensen Walk-ins. There will be walk-ins in 211 Jorgensen Hall (the computer lab next to the SPS room) on Mondays from 10 am to 12 noon. These walk-in sessions specifically for Physics majors will continue until Spring Break (so today, March 5 and Monday, March 12). If I don’t have any attendees, these walk-in sessions will be discontinued after Spring Break and during Priority Registration. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email (