Academic Advising and Registration

About

The faculty and staff of Millsaps College believe that sound advising of students regarding their academic program is an integral part of our educational mission. While it is ultimately the responsibility of each student to fulfill all of the requirements necessary to the completion of their chosen major or minor, we believe that it is our responsibility to make available appropriate assistance in course selection, choice of major or minor subjects, and selecting any collateral preparation needed to enhance a student's professional and personal potentials.

Academic advisors are mentors to their students, helping them to understand the value of academic planning not only as a means of fulfilling degree requirements, but also in the context of setting personal, professional, and intellectual goals and bringing them to fruition. Academic planning is a natural part of the liberal arts education, empowering and enabling students to take responsibility for shaping their own lives.

What is an academic advisor?

Academic advisors are mentors to their students, helping them to understand the value of academic planning not only as a means of fulfilling degree requirements, but also in the context of setting personal, professional, and intellectual goals and bringing them to fruition. Academic planning is a natural part of the liberal arts education, empowering and enabling students to take responsibility for shaping their own lives.

What should incoming students know about academic advising?

Incoming students will meet with a summer academic advisor during on-campus registration day. Before this meeting it would be helpful for students to review all of the information provided in the academic advising section of the Millsaps web, so that they may have a general idea of what courses are available and relevant to their academic interests. 

When students arrive on campus in the fall, a new general academic advisor will be assigned. If entering as a freshman, the academic advisor will be a professor in one of the courses the student is taking. If entering as a transfer student, the advisor will be Kathie Adams, Assistant Registar. Typically, this advisor will remain the student's assigned advisor until a major is declared. Upon declaration of a major, the student will be assigned an advisor in that department.

When does academic advising happen?

Academic advising is not limited to a specific time. Whenever you have questions about your academic progress, career plans, or course selection, make an appointment with your academic advisor to talk about them. 

However, there are two specific times during the year when you must make an appointment with your advisor: the preregistration periods during spring and fall, when you choose your courses for the following semester.  Preregistration for spring classes usually takes place in mid-November, and preregistration for fall courses and summer classes usually takes place in mid-April.

How can I change my advisor?

If you want to change your advisor from the one assigned when you enrolled, you may do so by asking another faculty member to be your advisor. If they agree, pick up a "Change of advisor" form from the records office, fill it out completely, and ask your new advisor to sign it. Once you have turned it in to the records office, your academic advising file will be transferred to your new advisor.

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Preparing for Registration

As you look through the course schedule on Major Access to see what will be offered, think about the following:

  • Consider the degree you want to pursue, and what courses will be required. Requirements for each major are listed under the appropriate department in the College Catalog.

  • Watch for an email from the Academic Advising office regarding course registration. All students should be registered by August 2017.  Student must meet with their Summer Academic Advisor before registering. 

    • There are three ways to meet with a Summer Academic Advisor and registered during the summer:

      1. Attend Challenge, Senior football camp, or Major Adventure to meet your Summer Academic Advisor and register
      2. A scheduled visit with a Summer Academic Advisor on campus, or
      3. A scheduled phone advising session with a Summer Academic Advisor.

Note: If you are planning to take classes in summer school, discuss them with your Summer Academic Advisor during the summer advising session.

For more information on the registration process, please email Dr. Kathryn Hahn, Interm Director of Academic Advising, or call 601.974.1381.

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Responsibilities of Students

  • Make timely appointments with your advisor and keep them.

  • Read and use the information in the College CatalogMajor Access, the student handbook Major Facts, the course schedule, and communications from the Office of Records.

  • Prepare for pre-registration meetings by studying published descriptions of requirements, course options, and class schedules.

  • Work with your advisor to define your academic plan and future goals.

  • Use other services on campus such as counseling or the Career Center as needed or when recommended by your advisor.

  • Track your own progress in class and toward your academic goals.

  • Ask your advisor questions about majors, campus services, and professors.

  • Decide upon and declare a major course of study as early as possible. At the end of your sophomore year at Millsaps, you will officially declare your chosen academic major. Each department on campus has a small "party" known as Major Declaration Day to welcome the new students to the major.

  • Be familiar with policies pertaining to your academic major as presented in the Catalog.

  • Inform your advisor of situations that cause you to deviate from my curricular plan.

  • Seek out faculty and staff who can assist you with academic and career planning when needed.

  • Read your email and check your post office box on a regular basis so as not to miss important information.

  • Constantly evaluate your interests, strengths, and weaknesses, and adjust your plans accordingly.

  • Be an engaged student while at the College.

  • Make decisions based on accurate, verifiable information and take responsibility for your decisions. The ultimate responsibility for meeting academic requirements of the College belongs to you, the student.

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About Academic Advisors

Incoming fall term freshmen are assigned a “First Year Summer Advisor” that helps them register for courses their first semester at Millsaps. The First Year Summer Advisor either meets with the incoming freshman on campus or speaks with them over the phone to discuss the term’s course offering and student schedule. The registration takes place online with help from the advisor. In addition to the First Year Summer Advisor, incoming freshmen also have another advisor they may reach out to: the Director of Academic Advising, Dr. Melissa Lea. She can be reached at leama@millsaps.edu.

Once the freshmen arrive on campus, they are assigned a “General Advisor.” The General Advisor remains their advisor until the student declares their major. Once a student declares their major, they are assigned a “Major Advisor” which remains their advisor throughout the rest of their enrollment at Millsaps College (unless the student changes their major).

Transfer students are assigned a "General Advisor" which is the Assistant Registrar, Mrs. Kathie Adams. Mrs. Adams assists transfer students in registering online for their first semester of classes. Non-degree students are also assisted by Mrs. Adams.

For new and continuing graduate-level students, students are advised by Mrs. Naomi Freeman, Director of Administration for the Graduate School.

In addition to the advisors listed above, the student may have other advisors monitoring their academic progress. This can include:

  • Minor Advisor
  • Additional Major Advisor
  • Concentration Advisor
  • Department Chair
  • Divisional Dean
  • Certifying Official

For any questions about academic advising, contact Dr. Lea. To update your advisor in Major Access, contact the Office of Records at records@millsaps.edu or 601-974-1120.

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Responsibilities of Advisors

  • Develop a working relationship with your students through trust, listening, and communication.

  • Assist students in defining their academic and future goals.

  • Help students develop a schedule that serves their needs and interests.

  • Encourage your students to identify and commit to a major program of study

  • Provide accurate information about degrees, majors, departments, and pre-professional programs.

  • When necessary, refer students to the counselor, chaplain, or other services for personal concerns outside the realm of academics and career preparation.

  • Refer students to other academic and career support services and activities on campus as needed.

  • Review course changes and other academic transactions requiring an advisor's signature and recommend appropriate action as required.

  • Monitor the student's progress in classes and toward goals.

  • Help students to investigate possible links between their academic work and future plans.

  • Allow students to make decisions and thus have ownership of the choice.

  • Keep accurate and complete records of all students advised.

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Academic Support Services

Dr. Melissa Lea, Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Student Support 
Phone:  601.974.1755
Email: leama@millsaps.edu 
Location: 383 SHH

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Services

Mr. Patrick Cooper 
Phone: 601.974.1228
Email:  coopeap@millsaps.edu 
Location: Campbell Student Center 308

Counseling and Wellness Services

Counseling Services 
Phone:  601.974.1206
Email Ms. Martha Lee for appointment: leemm@millsaps.edu 
Location: Campbell Student Center, 3rd Floor

Wellness Center

Carol Lowe, College Nurse 
Phone:  601.974.1207
Email:  lowecl@millsaps.edu 
Location: Campbell Student Center, 1st floor

Academic Advising and Registration

Academic Advising
Dr. Melissa Lea, Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Student Support
Phone:  601.974.1755
Email:  leama@millsaps.edu
Location:  Sullivan-Harrell Hall 383

Transfer Advising
Ms. Kathie Adams, Transfer Advisor 
Phone:  601.974.1124
Email:  adamska2@millsaps.edu 
Location:  Academic Complex 142

Registrar
Ms. Elizabeth Giddens, Registrar 
Phone:  601.974.1123
Email:  giddeeo@millsaps.edu 
Location:  Academic Complex 142

International Students

Ms. Molly West, Director of International Admission
Phone: 601.974.1063
Email: molly.west@millsaps.edu

Writing Center

Liz Egan, Writing Center Coordinator 
Phone:  601.974.1308
Email:  eganee@millsaps.edu 
Location: John Stone Hall

Writing Portfolio

Dr. Anita DeRouen, Director of Writing & Teaching 
Phone:  601.974.1296
Email:  deroua@millsaps.edu 
Location: John Stone Hall

Pre-Professional Advisors

Pre-Engineering
Dr. Shadow Robinson
, Associate Professor and Chair of Physics 
Phone:  601.974.1348
Email:  robins1@millsaps.edu

Pre-Health
Dr.
 Kurt Thaw, Associate Professor 
Phone:  601.974.1380
Email: thawak@millsaps.edu

Pre-Law
Mr. Harvey Fiser
, Associate Professor of Business Law 
Phone:  601.974.1268
Email:  fiserhl@millsaps.edu

Center for Career Education

Arts and Humanities and Sciences 
Ms. Tonya Nations, Director of Career Center 
Phone:  601.974.1346
Email: nationtm@millsaps.edu 
Location: Campbell Student Center, 3rd floor

Else School Career Center

Ms. Suzi Nyberg, Career Specialist 
Phone:  601.974.1214
Email:  nyberms@millsaps.edu 
Location: Murrah Hall 116
Appointments only please! 

Tutoring Services Offered at Millsaps College

Accounting
The Accounting lab is located in Murrah Annex 122 and is staffed by graduate assistants. Contact Dr. Kim Burke (601.974.1280) for information.

Biology
The Biology honorary, Beta Beta Beta, provides a free tutoring service for students in the introductory biology classes. Students needing help are encouraged to call or e-mail individual tutors. Lab assistants in each class are also available for extra help when needed. Contact department chair Dr. Debora Mann (601.974.1415) or your biology professor.

Chemistry
Student tutoring may be arranged by contacting any chemistry professor or department chair Dr. Kristina Stensaas (601.974.1402).

Classical Studies
The Classical Studies Department will arrange student tutoring as needed. Contact department chair Dr. Holly Sypniewski (601.974.1299).

Geology
The Geology Department arranges tutors upon request. See your geology professor.

Mathematics
The Math Lab meets MW from 7 - 8:30pm and TTh 4 - 5:30pm in room SH - 368. Contact Professor Tracy Sullivan (601.974.1364) regarding the math lab. Contact Dr. Mark Lynch (601.974.1362) for the list of student tutors.

Modern Languages
Contact your Modern Language professor for information on tutoring in Spanish or French.

Music
The Music Department offers tutoring by individual professors in the department.

Physics
Student tutors are available in Sullivan Harrell 104 before 4pm; in Sullivan Harrel 368 after 6pm. A schedule is posted each semester. Contract department chair Dr. Shadow Robinson (601.974.1348) for additional information.

Psychology
Tutoring is available for the Experimental Psychology and Statistics course both semesters, every year. The student tutor holds regular hours in the department and will also schedule private tutoring as needed. Contact department chair Dr. Kurt Thaw (601.974.1380).

Religious Studies
The department of religious studies arranges tutors upon request. See your religious studies professor.

Writing Center
The Writing Center is located in John Stone Hall. It is staffed by professional staff members as well as student writing tutors.

Writing Center hours are Tuesday/Thursday 11:30am - 1pm and Monday - Thursday, 3 - 6pm and 7 - 10pm. Student writing tutors are also available for the following hours in the Library: Sunday through Thursday 7-10pm.

Peer Support:
There are many peer study groups both within particular classes/majors and within particular groups such as fraternities or athletic teams. Study with your friends - you will learn more yourself by helping someone else!

Academic Recognition at Millsaps College

Recognition for academic excellence is made each semester by the Dean's and President's Lists. Students also received departmental honors and recognition annually at the all-college Academic Awards Day ceremony. Graduation with distinction and other high academic awards and recognitions are announced at annually at Commencement.

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