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Meet Our Advising Team

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DIANA BAKER
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in: 
College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Nursing; Interdisciplinary Studies (LIST), Professional Studies, Communication Studies, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Basic Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Basic Engineering
 
Phone: (931) 372-3373
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Go to class, you might learn something new.  Engage in activities, you might make some lifelong friends. Pay attention to deadlines, you won’t have the anxiety that goes with procrastinating.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
My favorite hobby is kayaking to waterfalls.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
I practice a lot of holistic methods like deep breathing, meditation and yoga. These help to ground myself in stressful situations. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I stop and remind myself to take a deep breath.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
I enjoy the beauty of the campus. Many people on campus are friendly and helpful. Everyone has the same goal of doing what’s in the student’s best interest. 

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TENIKA BURGESS
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in: Fine Arts (Music, Art, Music Ed, and Art Ed), Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Multidisciplinary Studies, Special Education, Secondary Education, Exercise Science, Physical Education & Wellness, Psychology
 
Phone: (931) 372-6336
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Allow yourself to make mistakes but LEARN from them so that NO experience is wasted because discovering what you DO NOT want to do most likely will lead you to what you DO WANT.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Theatre including storytelling, applied theater, and creating.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Time outdoors with family.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
The people and the beautiful campus close to nature and bigger cities.

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Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in: Agriculture, Human Ecology, College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Undecided, Civil and Environmental Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Chemical Engineering 
 
Phone: (931) 372-6798
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Details coming soon!
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Details coming soon!
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
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What do you like most about Tech?
Details coming soon!

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DANYELLE HAWKINS
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
All students in:
Computer Science & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Computer Science, Manufacturing Engineering Technology & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Mechanical Engineering
 
Phone: (931) 372-6281
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Set goals. I believe each student needs a few short- and long-term goals to work toward. Once you know your schedule, get organized, make a plan, and start working on completing your goals.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
My family and I enjoy kayaking when we can find time. We visit different rivers in middle Tennessee. My husband and son fish from their kayaks. My daughter and I just float and take in the beauty of the day.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
I find I am most at peace when I am outside. After a day at work, I love to sit on the back patio and listen to nature. I also spend time curating my flowers and garden.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
I love how Tech's buildings, greenspaces, and people create an educational ambience that surpasses all other Universities.
 

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KASSI THOMAS
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised:
Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, English, Foreign Languages, History, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology, Political Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Science
 
Phone: (931) 372-6841
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
‘This too shall pass’ – the good AND the bad! Enjoy the present by getting involved in your community, and don’t get overwhelmed by the day to day.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Does rote memorization of the entirety of iMDB for the purposes of being a future “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” Champion count as a hobby?
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Comedy podcasts – laughter can be the best medicine.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
I love how student-centered the campus is. As a student, I always felt supported, listened to, and respected. As a staff member, I’m here to do the same for you!

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KAYLA WILSON
Advisor
 
First-Year Programs Advised: Accounting, Basic Business, Business & Information Technology, Business Management, Economics, International Business & Cultures, Finance, Marketing
 
All students in: 
Electrical and Computer Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
Phone: (931) 372-3834
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Stay flexible and be okay with not having your entire future figured out right now. Use this opportunity to explore everything you’re interested in and remember that you have an awesome team of advisors here who would love to assist you in getting things more figured out! 
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Tubing
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Journaling. Getting my thoughts out of my head onto paper gives me clarity and helps me to see that my problems are smaller than I thought. 
 
What do you like most about Tech?
I spent some of the best years of my life as a student here. 

 

Meet Our Directors

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CHRIS KOHL
Assistant Director
 
Programs Advised:
All students in: Agriculture, Human Ecology, College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Undecided, Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Students; Transient Students
 
Phone: (931) 372-6850
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
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What advice would you give to a new student?
Step out of your comfort zone and try new things.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
Anything dealing with Walt Disney World.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Going for a walk in the fresh air. 
 
What do you like most about Tech?
How personal everyone is.

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SIMONE MCKELVEY
Director
 
All students in: Civil and Environmental Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering & College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Interest Chemical Engineering 
 
Phone: (931) 372-6176
Office Location: Volpe Library 180
More about me...
 
What advice would you give to a new student?
Ask for help when you need it.
 
Name one hobby that you have...
I like to bake desserts and to make soap.
 
What is one stress buster that you use?
Listening to audiobooks. It's a nice escape.
 
What do you like most about Tech?
Tech and Cookeville have been a place for new opportunities for me.