Advising

I was a first-generation, Pell-grant financial aid University student. I had to figure out this alien world of academia on my own. Thankfully, I had help from informal advisors like Dr. Bertie Boyce and Dr. Lorraine Berkett who helped me to navigate while I was studying at UVM.

My advising philosophy is this: with the expectations and sometimes confusing requirements we have of students and their programs, it is essential that we treat them as adults while affording them the time and attention they deserve. I take my responsibility as a UVM professor seriously, and consider it my job and honor to help guide students through their academic careers. I may not always have the answers, but I’ll help any student who asks to find one.

My official advising responsibilities are for students in the Food Systems (primary) and Agroecology (secondary) B.S. programs. Students who wish to have me as your advisor should first email me. If we appear to be a good fit, you’ll need to email pss@uvm.edu if an Agroecology student, or Alie.Sarhanis@uvm.edu if a Food Systems student.

However, I’m happy to chat with students from any program. I am especially interested in helping first-generation students from all backgrounds to succeed while at UVM.

You can schedule an advising appointment with me during my normal office hours. For Spring 2022 my Student Office Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:30 AM, Wednesday 8:30-10:00 am, or by appointment. If you need to check-in another time, just shoot me an email. I’m happy to meet in my office (Jeffords 210) or on MS Teams.

UVM College of Agriculture & Life Science Student Services
CALS Advising Forms
Center for Academic Success
Trio Student Support Services (Supporting 1st generation, lower income, and students with disabilities)
Center for Health & Well Being (includes counseling services)