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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Student Academic Life

What are the main functions of Student Academic Life?

Student Academic Life in the College of Arts and Sciences provides advising and support for CAS students and oversees the academic policies and procedures that support the mission of the College. Student Academic Life also provides support for faculty and staff in their roles as advisors and instructors.

Why might a faculty or staff member contact Student Academic Life?

  • I am concerned about one of my advisees. Who should I speak with?
  • How can I substitute a course for a student’s graduation requirements?
  • What is the procedure when I suspect a student of academic misconduct?
  • How can my department play a role in Open Houses?
  • How do our graduates do when they apply to medical or law school?
  • Can you help the department start a peer education program?
  • What does this student need to graduate?
  • How does FERPA apply to our work as advisors?
  • How can we provide more career counseling for our graduates?
  • What can we do to create more of a sense of community within our major?

How is Student Academic Life organized?

Student Academic Life consists of three units:

CAS Academic Advising

  • Provides advising for CAS students who are undecided about a major
  • Supports advising in academic departments
  • Maintains CAS academic policies and procedures (i.e., dual degree, directed study)
  • Works directly with students in academic difficulty
  • Oversees Academic Standards and Academic Conduct Code
  • Collects all information related to undergraduates in the College
  • Maintains forms, advising notes and other related materials
  • Monitors academic progress
  • Certifies students for graduation

Pre-Professional Advising Office

  • Provides advising for students interested in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine and other Pre-Health professions
  • Provides advising for students planning to attend law school

The Office of Student Programs and Leadership

  • Develops programs and activities (i.e., First Year Experience program) that build community within the college and academic departments
  • Provides programming for first year students to aid in the transition to BU
  • Oversees peer education/involvement programs in the college
  • Assists with the promotion of the College through Open Houses and assists with the coordination of commencement
  • Student Academic Life

    100 Bay State Road, 4th Floor(617) 353-2400

    Steve Jarvi, Associate Dean for Student Academic Life

    (617) 353-2400

    Academic Advising

    Kerry Buglio, Assistant Dean for Advising & Academic Services
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator of CAS Undergraduates
    kbuglio@bu.edu

    Courtney Martin, Director of Academic Advising
    clmartin@bu.edu

    Mary Beth Raycraft-Guzman, Assistant Director of Language Instruction
    mbrg@bu.edu

    Sandy White, Academic Advisor

    Christopher McMullen, Academic Advisor

    Sarah Niles, Academic Advisor

    Daniel Tyburski, Academic Advisor

    Tess Varney, Academic Services Administrator

    Taryn Andrea, Academic Advisor

    Caitlin Berlo, Academic Advisor

    Kelsey Sullivan, Program Coordinator

    Kirsten Kuhn, Program Coordinator

    Pre-health Advising

    Glen Zamansky, Assistant Dean for Pre-medical Studies, Director of Pre-health Programs
    gzamansk@bu.edu

    Michelle Sherman, Assistant Director of Pre-health Programs

    Sean Sevey, Pre-medical Academic Advisor

    Kimberly Nguyen, Pre-medical Academic Advisor

    Bo Kim, Staff Coordinator

    Pre-law Advising

    Edward Stern, Assistant Dean of Pre-law Advising
    stern@bu.edu

    Rita Callahan Ralston, Pre-law Academic Advisor
    rcallaha@bu.edu

    Bo Kim, Staff Coordinator

    Student Programs & Leadership

    Stacy Ulrich, Director of Student Programs
    srulrich@bu.edu

    Matt Lengen, Program Manager
    mlengen@bu.edu

    Kate Salvador, Program Coordinator