Advising Center Staff

Advising Center Staff

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Jennifer Coogan, M.A., M.Ed.

Director and Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs

Phone: (206)220-8127

Building/Room: BANN 323 (Science Wing)


My pronouns: she/hers

My undergraduate alma mater: Marist College, NY

A concern I had moving into college:  Deciding on a major! I changed my major every semester in my first two years. This was probably more difficult on my parents who couldn’t understand how I didn’t know “what I wanted to be.” As I look back on this time with discernment, I’m excited for the opportunities I was exposed to in college, especially as a first-generation student. Each class I took introduced me to careers I never thought about before and for that I am grateful.

How I support the student experience at Seattle U: The philosophy that guides my work is “to empower students to be the best version of themselves.” At SU, I do this through two roles: as an advisor and as assistant dean for the College. I care about your experience and growth both inside and outside the classroom. I am a place for you to be heard, to be guided to resources, to understand institutional systems, and to be challenged but supported.

My top picks for enjoying Seattle: Any day trips around the PNW! Marina Beach Park in Edmonds is a great place to take in a sunset, watch the ferries come in and out, and be at the dog park, all at once! Discovery Park is an adventure every time. Golden Gardens is by far my favorite place to people watch and catch the sunset. Watch a professional game in SoDo. Please do the Underground Tour!

A fun fact about me: After college, I traveled across the country for 3 months with my freshmen roommate in green Dodge Neon.

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Alan Adamian

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: 206-296-2500

Building/Room: BANN 323 (Science Wing)

My pronouns: He/Him

My undergraduate alma mater: Seattle University 

A concern I had moving into college: Reflecting back on my freshman year of college, I found that I never had  concerns. I knew that thousands of individuals before me have walked through the same shoes, graduated, and became successful members of our society. Knowing that the path I was walking had already been paved for me, I knew that if I put one foot in front of the other, I too will succeed. And I hope to instill this thought into all students who may feel like they have lost their way.

How I support the student experience at Seattle U: As a fellow Seattle University Alumni, I understand what it's like to be a Redhawk. I firmly believe that every student has the potential to succeed in whatever they desire to pursue. I hope to position myself to better aid students with whatever their academic goals are.

My top picks for enjoying Seattle: If you have not already, please find your way to a local Katsu Burger and enjoy the most delicious burger your taste buds didn’t know they needed.

A fun fact about me: I produce music in my free time, and DJ at clubs around Seattle.

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Aisha Ali, M.Ed.

Senior Academic Advisor, Pre-health

Phone: (206)296-2243

Building/Room: BANN 323 (Science Wing)

My pronouns: she/hers

My undergraduate alma mater: University of South Carolina 

A concern I had moving into college:  Not being as bright as the other students! During my first semester, I spent a lot of time worried that other students were doing better than me because they looked like they knew what they were doing, and I didn’t want to ask questions because I didn’t want to be seen as being dumb. I recognized that I could have asked my advisor and professors for help, but I was too intimidated. In hindsight, I wasted unnecessary time stressing out and making my first year harder for myself. When I finally did see my advisor and professors, I realized they were kind and genuinely wanted to see me succeed. Once I started seeking resources on campus, then the rest of college became a lot easier.

How I support the student experience at Seattle U: My goal is to welcome, assist, and serve as a resource to each student. I sincerely enjoy getting to know students and am excited to be part of their journey.

My top picks for enjoying Seattle: I am new to the Seattle area, so please let me know if you have a recommendation. Pike Place Market is one of my favorite destinations simply because there are so many things to see and taste.

A fun fact about me: I love to try different toppings on pizza. Yes, I am pro-pineapple. 

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Jessica Allison, M.A.

Senior Academic Advisor

Building/Room: BANN 323 (Science Wing)

My pronouns: she/her

My undergraduate alma mater: University of California, Santa Barbara

A concern I had moving into college: Starting at a university with over 15,000 bikes on campus, my first concern was about riding my bike through campus during rush hour. But, once I got a bit more experience merging on 2 wheels my next concern was finding my place at a big university. Living on campus, my resident hall provided me with a smaller community. Attending campus welcome events connected me with new friends and my RA became the first staff member I could look to for guidance and direct me to additional campus resources for all my questions and concerns.

How I support the student experience at Seattle U: Welcoming students as they begin their first quarter on campus and being a resource outside of the classroom to support them as they work towards graduation and a future with infinite possibilities. I am here to help students be successful in their academics along with personal development.

My top picks for enjoying Seattle: As a new Seattleite I am in the process of discovering my favorite places (please share your recommendations with me!). I love exploring Seattle by going on urban hikes. Although the hills can be steep, at the top I am rewarded with amazing views. As a native Californian I thought In-N-Out Burger was king, but now I am convert to Dick’s Drive-In and glad there is one so close to campus.

A fun fact about me: I taught English as a Foreign Language at a college in Hangzhou,China and have traveled to over 30 countries- mainly by backpacking.

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Hallie Hominda, M.i.T.

Senior Academic Advisor

Building/Room: BANN 323 Advising Center

My pronouns: she/her

My undergraduate alma mater: University of Washington

A concern I had moving into college: I was nervous about building a community at college, and because I transferred universities my sophomore year, I got to deal with this concern twice! At both institutions, I found community in my residence halls, in extracurriculars like choir, and by taking advantage of events held on campus.

How I support the student experience at Seattle U: My goal is to be a partner to students in their educational planning, and as they navigate university life.  I’m always here to answer questions, talk through issues, celebrate wins, or be a sounding board!

My top picks for enjoying Seattle: I love making the trek to West Seattle! My suggestion is to start at Alki Beach – play volleyball, take a beach walk, or dip your toes in the Sound (if you’re feeling brave!). Next, head across the street to Spud and order the best fish and chips in the world. Make sure to order To-Go. Enjoy your meal on the beach, or if you came by car, head to the parking area just north of the Don Armeni Boat Ramp. Park and have a lovely “car picnic" while enjoying a killer view of the Seattle skyline!

 A fun fact about me: Growing up, I performed in over forty musicals! I don't perform much anymore, but I still love catching a show.

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College of Science & Engineering Advising Center

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