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Joe Varamo
Advising Specialist
519-884-8111 x 28210
John Arnou
Assessment Specialist
519-884-8111 x 28241
Jessica Huston
Student Affairs Administrative Assistant
519-884-8111 x 28254
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Your Support
Interpreter of degree requirements and University regulations. Online resource navigator. Goals and career plan consultant. Personal development coach. Referral agent for Waterloo services. You’ll find that your academic advisor wears many hats and can play more than one valuable role in your academic success!
Academic Advising
Academic advising can help, support, and challenge you so that you can optimize your learning and success. Advisors are a good resource to connect with to discuss:
  • course selection and course enrolment
  • your specific degree and major requirements
  • academic regulations
  • any issues you might encounter that will have an impact on your studies
 
Students in the Faculty of Arts have a separate advisor for each academic plan (program, major, minor) they are completing. For example, if you’re an Arts and Business student who is majoring in Honours Legal Studies with a Psychology minor, you’ll have 3 different advisors:
  • one for your program (e.g. Honours Arts )
  • one for your major plan (e.g. Legal Studies)
  • one for your minor plan (e.g. Psychology) 
 
You can find out who your advisors are by looking at the list of St. Jerome’s University advisors.
 
Program
Advisor
Contacts
Arts and Business Co-op and Regular
Years 1, 2, 3, and 4
Joe Varamo
519-884-8111, x28210
joe.varamo@uwaterloo.ca
SH 1017
Honours Arts
Year 1
Joe Varamo
519-884-8111, x28210
joe.varamo@uwaterloo.ca
SH 1017
General Arts, Liberal Studies,
Years 2, 3, and 4
Joe Varamo
519-884-8111, x28210
joe.varamo@uwaterloo.ca
SH 1017
Catholic Studies
Cristina Vanin
519-884-8111, x28266
cdvanin@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2030
English
Chad Wriglesworth
519-884-8111, x28283
cwriglesworth@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2209
French
Kerry Lappin-Fortin
519-884-8111, x28278
klappinfortin@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2213
History
Ryan Touhey
519-884-8111, x28218
ryan.touhey@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2022
Human Sciences
Kieran Bonner
519-884-8111, x28242
kieran.bonner@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2005
Italian
Kerry Lappin-Fortin
519-884-8111, x28278
klappinf@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2213
Legal Studies
Joe Varamo
519-884-8111, x28210
joe.varamo@uwaterloo.ca
SH 1017
Medieval Studies
Steven Bednarski
519-884-8111, x28276
stevenb@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2018
Philosophy
Nick Zunic
519-884-8111, x28229
nzunic@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2003
Psychology
Maureen Drysdale
519-884-8111, x28288
mdrysdal@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2034
Religious Studies
Kerry Lappin-Fortin
519-884-8111, x28278
klappinf@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2213
Sexuality, Marriage, & Families Studies
John Arnou
519-884-8111, x28241
jarnou@uwaterloo.ca
SH 1014A
Sociology
Kieran Bonner
519-884-8111, x28242
kieran.bonner@uwaterloo.ca
SH 2005

 

Student Success Coaching
Student Success Coaching begins with your questions and continues with an engaging, solutions- and strengths-focused conversation between you and an advisor or PAL. This dialogue explores your strong points; areas where you could improve; and opportunities for resolution, growth, and development. Our team in Student Success is your partner in achieving your goals.
 
Common themes of success coaching sessions:
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Balance & wellness
  • Goal setting
  • Exploration of strengths
  • Campus service referrals
 
Did You Know?
Our PALs (Peer Academic Leaders) provide peer success coaching from our Student Success Office reception area. Keep an eye out for them in the Student Success Office and learn more about what the PALs do by checking out their blog
Explore Additional Waterloo Resources
Remember -- as a St. Jerome’s University student, you're also a University of Waterloo student, with access to all main-campus facilities and services. Not sure how to find what you need? Just ask us!
 
Knowing the ropes is halfway to success. We can help you learn them!
Meet your PALs
Alternatively, you can meet with a Peer Academic Leader (PAL)!

PALs are current students who are available to offer support and provide general information about programs, assist with course selection, declaring majors/minors, provide direction in the area of academic resources and personal support services, and inform students of policies and procedures. 

You can connect with a PAL via email at sjupals@uwaterloo.ca or by phone at (519) 884-8111 Ext. 28208
They are also availible Monday- Friday at the PAL Office in Sweeney Hall (SH) Rm. 1012.

You can also access their resources through their Community Facebook Page