College of Business
Interim Senior Academic Advisor:
Office: Southeastern Hall, Room 106
Hours: Monday - Friday8:00 - 4:00 by appointment
Phone: 985/549-3249 or 985/549-3981
Deborah Lowry, assigned as an academic advisor to the students in the College of Business, brings talent to her position from working in the private sector as an Accountant and as an instructor. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Education from Lamar University, and landed her first job in accounting. She completed a Master’s of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Houston, and worked for several years as an Office Manager and Controller for a local business. Deborah transitioned into teaching and advising full-time after having the opportunity to teach an entry level accounting course at a private university. There she gained insight into the value of advising and its connection to student success. In addition to working with young people in the university setting, Deborah worked as a volunteer with a local youth organization for several years.
Office: Southeastern Hall, Room 108
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m. 4p.m. by appointment
Phone: 985/549-3786 or 985/549-3981
Mike Nettles, an academic advisor assigned to helping students in the College of Business. Mike transferred from Diablo Valley College in Northern California to Southeastern. He has an appreciation and understanding of students who transfer and experience credit loss, and also understands the cultural challenges students face with geographical changes. Mike earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern, majoring in History. His thesis and subsequent writing have addressed modern Louisiana reform politics. Mike’s Southeastern experiences were positive and fostered a desire to be an integral part of its operations. He taught as a graduate student, and was later employed as an instructor of American History. In addition to experience in teaching and advising, Mike gained experience in the corporate world as an employee of a high-tech credit card management company, and brings an understanding of credit card use and personal financial management to his advising expertise.
First Year Freshmen
• Folder for your Academic Advising Portfolio
• University Catalog and your personal planner
• List of questions or concerns you may have
• List of possible classes you want to take (when meeting for course selection)
Academic Advising is a key element in helping make the transition from high school to college.
During your first two semesters at Southeastern, we will work together to explore career and academic opportunities, identify and attain realistic goals, and develop decision-making skills leading to personal growth and independence.
Objectives through Academic Advising:
• Develop a relationship with your assigned Academic Advisor through face-to-face meetings
• Identify roadblocks and plan strategies to overcome them (time management, poor study skills, stress, balancing work and school)
• Navigate the LEONet system and website successfully (registration, holds, transcripts, calendars, GPA calculator)
• Identify and utilize campus resources (counseling, disability services, tutoring, supplemental instruction)
• Select appropriate courses based on curriculum requirements
• Get connected to the University (culture, sports, organizations, KSLU Radio, study groups, peer mentoring)
As your Academic Advisor I will:
• Listen carefully to questions and concerns
• Provide information, resources, and referrals as needed
• Maintain confidentiality
• Help you create a plan to achieve your academic and career goals
• Provide guidance through the career exploration process
• Approve course selection and remove advising holds
• Plan to meet with you during the semester as needed
As a successful College Freshman you will need to:
• CHECK WEBMAIL DAILY (Southeastern account); this is the primary means of communication on campus
• Meet with your CSE Advisor to: (1) complete an academic map, (2) complete an at-risk assessment and follow through on prescribed actions as needed, (3) explore career possibilities as appropriate, and (4)complete course selection and registration for the following semester.
• Show up for appointments on time and be prepared (bring Catalog, Advising Portfolio, Questions, List of courses)
• Record all university transactions, academic progress, and goals; keep in Portfolio with advising forms, etc.
• Explore career opportunities and get to know your professors
• Advising appointments MUST be scheduled for each of your 1st two regular semesters (Fall and Spring)
• Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed (just know you may not be seen right away)
• Cell phones need to be turned off during advising sessions