This spring, the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering welcomed two new advisors to help undergraduate students on their journey to academic success.
Kimberly Compton, the school’s new head advisor, will lead the undergraduate advising team in addition to working directly with students. Compton brings nearly a dozen years of professional experience from Western Oregon University. Compton says she grew into her career there, starting out as a tour guide while still an undergraduate.
Compton earned her bachelor’s degree in health education at Western and began working as an admissions counselor right after graduating in 2006. Motivated by a desire to have more meaningful, long-term interaction with students in helping them to reach their goals, she became an academic advisor in 2012, heading up the pre-nursing advising program. She earned her master’s degree in education from Western in 2016.
Lindsay Wills, academic advisor, is no stranger to Oregon State, having completed a Ph.D. in materials chemistry here in 2017. Since first coming here in 2011, Lindsay has served the university in a variety of different capacities, most recently as program coordinator for the Science Professional Pursuits Program (SP3). Having grown up between Corvallis and Albany, Wills says she hadn’t necessarily planned to stay so close to home, but she’s glad it worked out that way.
“It’s great to work on a campus that really celebrates the beauty of Oregon,” she said.
Both Compton and Wills say they’re eager to start meeting with students and to help them find their way on the path to graduation.
“I think one of the most important things to keep in mind is that we’re not here to be a roadblock to registration,” Compton said. “We encourage students to come in, even when they are not required to. We want to know how students are doing, beyond what classes they’re taking in the next term. We enjoy having those conversations.”
Students can make advising appointments online through the form linked on the CBEE Undergraduate Advising page. Walk-in advising is available daily from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.