Academic Advisement | College of Agricultural Sciences | SIU

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Academic Advisement

The advisement system at the College of Agricultural Sciences is a unique and student-oriented system. The system has proven effective in enhancing student retention and fostering positive faculty-student relationships throughout a student's educational experience.

Admitted students should contact the College of Agricultural Sciences Student Services Office at 618-453-3080, or stop by the Agriculture Building Room 117, to schedule an Advisement Appointment with, Kathy Elson, Karra Herron, Patricia Burns or Jasmine Winters (see list below for each advisor’s specialty areas).  Your Academic Advisor will discuss your educational goals and help you select classes towards your major of interest. Our goal is to keep students on the right track to obtaining a degree in a timely manner!


Kathy Elson, Academic Advisor
Crop, Soil and Environmental Management
Agricultural Systems and Education

Karra Herron, Academic Advisor
Animal Science

Patricia Burns, Academic Advisor
Agribusiness Economics
Hospitality Tourism Administration

Jasmine Winters, Academic Advisor
Human Nutrition and Dietetics


Students may also meet with a Coordinating Counselor and/or Faculty Mentor to assist the student throughout their educational endeavors at the College of Agricultural Sciences. From summer internship options, to research opportunities and career advice, many students find this faculty-student relationship invaluable.  Graduating students often call on their Faculty Mentors for job recommendations and professional advice.