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Academic Support (in the Fox Center for Academic Opportunity) provides students with the tools and strategies to become more successful at St. Lawrence. The coordinators work one-on-one with students on academic planning, time management, study skills, reading and note-taking strategies, test preparation, and long-term course and project planning. Whether a student is on academic notice, needs help with using their time effectively, or is looking to refine their study techniques, the coordinators are here to work with you. We are also happy to work with you on long-term planning and general academic strategizing.

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Dr. Serge Onyper, Associate Dean of Advising for Academic Programs (Fox Hall 101, sonyper@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5121), works with students on: 

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  • Academic policies and procedures
  • Academic planning, strategizing, and problem-solving
  • Major/minor planning and advisor selection
  • Multi-field major planning
  • Review of graduation requirements
  • Pre-Law advising
  • Academic Petition guidance
  • External fellowship applications
  • Connecting students with appropriate campus resources





Brittany Ashley, Academic Advising Administrative Assistant (Valentine Hall 209, bashley@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5994) works with students on:

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  • Form guidance for Major/Minor/Advisor declarations.
  • Form guidance for Academic Petitions.
  • Guidance on how to utilize Starfish.
  • General questions about how Academic Advising can help.
  • Helping students get connected to appropriate resources.






Colleen Coakley (Fox Hall 103, ccoakley@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5604, schedule an appointment here: Starfish; meetings available in person, outside (weather permitting), and virtual (Zoom)) works with students on: 

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  • Time management and organization
  • Syllabus mapping
  • Study strategies
  • Reading and note-taking skills
  • Balancing school work and life
  • Goal setting
  • Short and long-term project planning
  • Plans for academic recovery

Colleen is a Canton native and former SLU student-athlete; she enjoys talking with students about some of the unique aspects of being a North Country student and student-athlete. 


Matt McCluskey (Fox Hall 107, mmccluskey@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5678, schedule an appointment here: Starfish Scheduling) works with students on: 

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  • Pursuing engaged learning opportunities
  • Active reading and note-taking 
  • Discerning academic and personal paths
  • Assisting with academic planning and major declaration
  • Balancing athletics and academics
  • Building momentum through the sophomore year 
  • Fostering student connections around campus
  • Planning for academic recovery and development
  • Developing peer tutoring and mentoring skills
  • Exploring ways students can use their time well

Tina Tao (Fox Hall 104, ktao@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5134, schedule a meeting here: Starfish Scheduling) works with students on: 

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  • Academic/semester course planning
  • Time management, prioritization, and organization
  • Metacognition (thinking about your own thinking)
  • Developing learning and study strategies
  • Active reading and note-taking skills
  • Balancing school work and life
  • Goal setting
  • Short and long-term project planning

Tina is a first-gen college graduate and is a faculty/staff mentor for the First-Gen Initiative. She's eager to talk with fellow first-gen college students, to address concerns or answer questions about navigating college, as well as offer general advice.