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Office of Academic Advising

Meet the Advising Team

To contact any of the staff members of Academic Advising, please call (319) 273-3406 or email the individual staff member (address provided with each staff member's bio).

Anthony Smothers

Anthony Smothers (Academic Advisor)

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration & Marketing

Favorites: The Union is the best place on campus to see students, food and fun! I love spending time with family, UNI athletics, college football and home improvement projects. I also enjoy reading James Paterson books.

Advice to Students: Find something you enjoy doing for a balanced life of academics and personal! I recommend getting involved at UNI in your hall, a student organization, traditions program, or intramural sport.

David Marchesani

David Marchesani (Associate Director)

Undergraduate Major:  Accounting

Favorites: Attending Panther athletic events with my wife and three boys! I enjoy being outside and taking advantage of the fantastic bike trails in the Cedar Valley when not attending one of the many activities my boys are involved in.

Advice to Students: Take the time to understand and listen to who "you" are – your passion, strengths, interests and skills – to help with your decision making and connections to opportunities on campus and future career possibilities!

Heather Asmus, Academic Advisor

Heather Asmus (Academic Advisor)

Major: English, Professional Writing Minor

Favorites: The UNI Library, baking, books, movies, spending time with family, and going for a long run.

Advice to students: Your attitude is one thing YOU CAN control. If you are in a rut, change your perspective, and never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep.

Jane Fritts

Jane Fritts (Secretary)

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education

Favorites: Enjoy attending Panther athletic, music and theatre events. I also enjoy traveling, good movies and spending time with my family and friends.

Advice to Students: Take advantage of all that the University has to offer. There are so many activities going on. This is your time to explore and try new things. Just do it!

Jean Neibauer

Jean Neibauer (Director)

Undergraduate Major:  Spanish Teaching

Favorites: Favorite spot on campus is the Greenhouse. In the middle of the winter you can sit on a park bench and experience the tropics or the Mediterranean. It's a great place to take a break!

Advice to Students: Pick a major that you love – and get a minor/certificate to complement your strengths! As a student it's easy to travel, volunteer, or get paid work experiences all related to your interests.

Josh Sankey (Academic Advisor / Transfer Relations)

Undergraduate Major: Communications

Favorites: My faith and family (wife and 6 kids)! We live on acreage and spend most of our free time outdoors playing, having camp fires, and chasing our chickens, horses and peacocks around the property.

Advice to Students: Get involved on campus! Join a student organization, go to programs/events, and utilize resources like Academic Advising! Those who are involved get better grades, feel more connected and satisfied with their college experience.

Michele Peck

Michele Peck (Assistant Director / Advising Development)

Undergraduate Major: Special Education Teaching

Favorites: Favorite get-away close to campus: George Wyth State Park via the Cedar Valley bike trails. A great place to take a study break, relax and enjoy nature!

Advice to Students: Challenge yourself to make the most of your time in college....get out of your comfort zone! Try ice climbing, take part in a volunteer opportunity in the community, participate in National Student Exchange, or get to know someone from another culture or background than you. There are so many opportunities all around you, and it will never be this easy again to try something new. You'll be glad you did!