Regional Military Graduate Advising Team Announced

Feb. 4, 2019

Military graduate advisors 
Academic advisors for the newly created regional military graduate advising team are (left to right) Citlali Cosic, Mark Shannon, Nicole Mathews, Molly Himel, Brandi Pruitt and Jessica Welch.

In a partnership with the Division of Military Campuses and Online Learning and the Office of Academic Advising, we are pleased to announce that Citlali Cosic, Molly Himel, Nicole Mathews, Mark Shannon, and Jessica Welch have been selected as academic advisors for the newly created regional military graduate advising team. They join Brandi Pruitt, who was selected to pilot this role in May 2018.

The creation of this advising team reorganizes existing functions to create greater efficiencies and consistency through the development of regionalized functional experts. Partnering with Office of Academic Advising in St. Louis provides much-needed support to the extended military campuses. This shifts the bulk of advising to these new roles, which in turn allows both divisions to enhance students first approach by improving system-wide academic advising and bolstering local operations.

Meet the team

  • Citlali Cosic, who represents the Southwest region, served as a team appointment academic advisor with the St. Louis Graduate Advising Team for the last 10 years.
  • Molly Himel, who represents the Southeast region, is a military spouse and has served as both a team appointment academic advisor and Interim assistant director of the Shaw Air Force Base campus for the last two and a half years.
  • Nicole Mathews, who represents the National Capitol region, has been serving as the team appointment academic advisor for the Bolling Air Force Base and Fort Belvoir campuses for two and a half years.
  • Brandi Pruitt was selected as the Midwest regional advisor in Spring 2018 as part of the Military Centralization Advising Pilot. She is located at McConnell Air Force Base, where she served as an assistant and then representative for over 20 years.
  • Mark Shannon, who represents the West region, served as a team appointment academic advisor for the Little Rock Metro and Air Force Base campuses for over six years in addition to his role as adjunct ITM faculty for four years.
  • Jessica Welch, who is split between the regions and St. Louis, joined the St. Louis Graduate Advising team as a team appointment Academic Advisor in St. Louis in August 2018.

“This process started in Fall 2017 when we brought together military and online leadership to set the strategic direction for the newly unified division," said Michelle Loyet, associate dean for Military Campuses and Online Learning. “This process started in Fall 2017 when we brought together military and online leadership to set the strategic direction for the newly unified division. After three days of intensive work, the team identified academic advising as the first target. The advising pilot began in 2018 with a single advisor serving the Midwest region. Based on the success of the pilot, we proceeded by converting team appointments across the system into five full time advising roles, serving the regions both locally and virtually.”

“I am thrilled with the strength of this new group of advisors," said Kyle McCool, director of Graduate Advising. "Collectively they bring a combined 40 years of experience to their roles. Their dedication toward students and to the advising profession will continue to benefit the Webster University community.” 

Pruitt shared the following about this new approach, “Advising is such an important aspect to our students and has always been my favorite part of working for Webster. By focusing efforts into that one area, we are able to be more effective for a larger group of students across many campuses. I am so happy that this pilot was successful and that we were able to expand centralized advising services across the U.S.”

The military graduate advising team will begin their full-time roles throughout February 2019.

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