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Have questions about your degree transfer, or need assistance selecting classes? Kirkwood's staff of academic advisors are available to help you understand your program requirements and prepare you for a successful career upon graduation.

 

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Our doors are always open! Stop by during office hours to chat with one of our advisors for any questions you have about advising, admissions, financial aid, and more. 

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Academic Advisors

Eric Frese
Title: Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-5586
Email: eric.frese@kirkwood.edu
Office: 138D Johnson Hall
Steve Mudd
Title: Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5097
Email: steve.mudd@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Education: A.A.; Kirkwood Community College
B.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Masters in Higher Education; Iowa State University
Bio: Steve has been with Kirkwood since 1998. He has been an academic advisor since May 2001. In the Advising & Transfer Center, Steve assists students in determining educational goals. Steve also teaches Boxing and Self Defense through Kirkwood's Continuing Education Department.
Darin Pint
Title: Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-7129
Email: darin.pint@kirkwood.edu
Office: 101B Johnson Hall
Education: B.A.; Coe College
Bio: Darin graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in Fairbank, Iowa, in 1991 and went to Coe College from 1991 – 1995, where he received a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Physical Education. In the Advising & Transfer Center, he works with new and returning arts and science students helping them reach their academic goals, whether it be graduating from Kirkwood, transferring on to a four-year institution, or just taking a few classes for personal enrichment.
Todd Rima
Title: Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-7693
Email: todd.rima@kirkwood.edu
Office: 138D Johnson Hall
Education: B.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Bio: Todd joined the Kirkwood advising staff in October of 2012 after spending eleven years in student services at North Iowa Area Community College. He assists students in working towards meeting their academic goals.
Greg Stokes
Title: Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-4824
Email: greg.stokes@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Education: B.A.; University of Iowa
Master's in Organizational Leadership; St. Ambrose University
Bio: Although Greg has been a part of the Kirkwood family since 1998, he joined Kirkwood's Advising team in 2011. Greg obtained his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Iowa in 1987 and his Master's in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University in 2011. Greg is originally from Hamilton, Ohio, but played basketball for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in the mid-80's. After college, Greg played professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings, as well as several years abroad in Italy, Spain, and Australia. Greg's primary focus now is to help new and returning Kirkwood students with all of their academic goals and aspirations

Coordinator Team

Shelley Milks
Title: Orientation Coordinator/Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-4906
Email: shelley.milks@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Education: B.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Bio: She started at Kirkwood as a department coordinator in the Business and Information Technology Department in 2005. Shelley joined the Dean of Students Office as Kirkwood’s orientation coordinator in 2013. In addition to orientation, she advises liberal arts students.
Laura Riley
Title: Coordinator
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5096
Email: laura.riley@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Education: A.A.; Illinois Valley Community College
B.A.; Upper Iowa University
Masters in Higher Education; Iowa State University
Bio: Laura works with Liberal Arts students as they work toward a transfer to a four-year college or university.

Student Assistance Team

Tiffany Starks
Title: Student Assistance/Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-1034
Email: tiffany.starks@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Education: A.A.; Kirkwood Community College
B.A.; Mount Mercy University
Bio: Tiffany has been working at Kirkwood since 2005. She completed her A.A. from Kirkwood in 2005, and her B.A. in Social Work from Mount Mercy University in 2007. She serves as an academic advisor, working with students in the Liberal Arts program who want to transfer to a four-year school, and students completing their Liberal Arts degree online. She also works with the Student Assistance team, helping students connect with resources and support services so they can continue working toward their academic goals.
Brenda Schafer
Title: Student Assistance/Academic Advisor
Phone: 319-398-4934
Email: brenda.schafer@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Education: A.A.; Southeastern Community College
B.A.; Western Illinois University
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy; Mount Mercy University
Bio: Brenda has been working at Kirkwood since 2010. She completed her A.A. from Southeastern Community College in 1998, her B.A. in Sociology from Western Illinois University in 2000, and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University in 2016. She serves as an academic advisor, working with students in the Liberal Arts program who want to transfer to a four-year school. She also works with the Student Assistance team, helping students connect with resources and support services so they can continue working towards their academic goals.

 


Advising and Transfer Center
2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
319-398-5540
att@kirkwood.edu