The College of Arts and Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA) office is the primary undergraduate advising office for students majoring in the College of Arts and Humanities.
The CAHSA advising team comprises seven academic advisors, namely Jessica Dorfman, Stephanie LiVigni, and Gerardo Otero Soto at the Academic Advisor III level; Gianna Cifredo and Elizabeth Tammaro at the Academic Advisor II level; and Nyree Brown and Angelica Wilson at the Academic Advisor I level. Each advisor guides their respective cohort of CAH students, ensuring timely graduation and overall success at the university.
Over the past year, the CAHSA team worked closely with students to ensure progression through their academic programs and continuous enrollment at the university.
Over the past year, the CAHSA team worked closely with students to ensure progression through their academic programs and continuous enrollment at the university. The first-year retention rate for CAH’s 2021-2022 SFFT FTIC cohort was 93.6%, just above the university-wide first-year retention rate of 93%. In addition to ongoing student support, the CAHSA advising team participated in 40 in-person student orientation sessions for new FTIC and transfer admits for the 2022-2023 academic year. These orientation sessions provide students with insights into the college, department/school and strategies for achieving success at UCF. During these sessions, students meet with the CAHSA advising team to register for courses for their first semesters at UCF.
Two CAHSA employees were honored at the 2023 Founders’ Day Ceremony in April. The Founders’ Day ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff for their outstanding research, mentoring, teaching, advising, professional services and librarianship. Among the honorees were Jessica Dorfman, recognized for five years of service, and Kendra Gilbertson, recognized for 10 years of service. Additionally, Maryline Rosario retired from UCF in March after 28 years of service. Maryline served as the office manager in CAHSA for many years and will certainly be missed. Lastly, Elizabeth Tammaro was nominated for the Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor Award for 2022, an accolade presented by the Advising Leadership Council advising awards.
— Kendra Gilbertson, director