"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience." – R.J.Light

Academic Advising Staff

Kim Kim Dufour  

Director
 
Kim currently holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from CSU, Chico.  Her first job at Chico State was as the Director of CAVE in 1981, in 1983 she joined the Student Activities staff where she worked until 1988.  She then moved to Sacramento and began working for Sutter Hospitals Foundation until 1993 when she returned to the University as the Director of Development for the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Engineering Computer Science and Technology.  She became a member of the Advising and Orientation staff in August of 2005.  Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, two college age daughters, family and friends. Her hobbies include running and biking in Bidwell Park, traveling and skiing.

kaitlynKaitlyn Baumgartner

Public Contact Coordinator
Academic Advisor

Liaison to Liberal Studies and the College of Humanities & Fine Arts 

Born and raised in Chico, Kaitlyn graduated from Sonoma State University in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  While at Sonoma, Kaitlyn worked in Student Outreach & Recruitment, coordinating the student tour program and participated in the Summer Orientation Program. Kaitlyn recently earned her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction from CSU, Chico. Her Thesis: “What Advisors’ Need to Know: Perceptions of Underserved Populations’ Needs in Professional Allies,” examined the advising relationship through the eyes of underserved students, paraprofessional and professional academic advisors. Kaitlyn serves as the department representative on the Academic Senate, Educational Policies & Programs Committee(EPPC), Enrollment Management Operations Group, University Catalog Committee, and is the liaison to the Chico Student Success Center(CSSC).

rebeccaRebecca Berner

Orientation Coordinator
Academic Advisor

Liaison to the College of Communication & Education

Rebecca holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from CSU, Sacramento, a Master's Degree in Communication from CSU, Chico and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, After spending eight years working in radio, television and public relations in the San Luis Obispo area,  she moved to Chico and was first hired as a teaching assistant in the Communication Department. In 2001, Rebecca was hired by Student Activities Program Coordinator for the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center.  In 2006, she moved to Academic Advising Programs where she currently works as Orientation Coordinator and Academic Advisor.  Rebecca serves on the First Year Experience, Early Start, Bell Memorial Union and Wildcat Welcome Committees and is the liaison to the College of Communication and Education and University Housing.  She also regularly teaches courses in the Communication Arts and Sciences Department.  When not working or teaching, Rebecca enjoys cooking, reading, movies, swimming, and walking in Bidwell Park with friends, as well as spending time with her husband, Steve, and family.

damiDami Hammer

Academic Advisor

Liaison for Undeclared Students and the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Dami holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Services and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from CSU, Chico. Having raised four great (now grown) sons while completing her degrees, Dami brings a special perspective that helps her understand and relate to the many students she advises. She became a member of the Advising and Orientation staff in 2005 as a student intern and became a full-time Advisor in 2007. Dami genuinely loves her work and takes special satisfaction when students overcome temporary setbacks and become successful students and self-sufficient individuals. One of her primary responsibilities is helping undeclared students discover their major through outreach campaigns. Her hobbies include running, hiking, biking, and traveling. Dami’s #1 love is spending time with her family and friends.

Kelly McGregor Kelly McGregor

Academic Advisor

Liaison to the College of Business

Kelly graduated from CSU, Chico in 1999 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Career and Life Planning. While a student at Chico State, she worked as a public contact assistant and tour guide in the Office of Admissions, interned in the Career Center, and served as a student leader for the Summer Orientation Program. Kelly’s professional higher education experience includes 8 years in the Office of Admissions at Chico State before joining Academic Advising Programs in August 2012 as an Academic Advisor. Kelly’s responsibilities include general advising, serving as the Liaison to the College of Business, and updating the office website. Kelly is proud to call Chico home and enjoys spending time with her husband and raising her three kids in such a great town.

Aurora Aurora Soto

Academic Advisor

Liaison to the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Agriculture, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and the Foster Youth Committee

Aurora earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Santa Clara University in Spanish Studies. As a first generation college student, Aurora understands the importance of empowering and advocating for underrepresented students. Prior to joining Academic Advising programs in August 2011, she worked for Stanford University’s Upward Bound program and CSU, Chico’s Educational Talent Search program. She is excited to join Academic Advising Programs and be part of such a dynamic team and be able to continue working towards her passion of helping students achieve their educational goals. Aurora’s primary responsibilities include undeclared and general advising, and assisting students who are having academic difficulty.

jasonJason Stapleton

Academic Advisor

Liaison to the College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management 

Jason holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Services as well Bachelor’s Degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health and Community Services from CSU, Chico.  He became a member of Advising and Orientation in 2001, as a student intern, and was hired on as a Staff Advisor in 2004.   Jason's primary responsibilities include the maintenance of the Online Orientation, supporting students with extenuating circumstances through means of Administrative Withdrawal and Academic Forgiveness. He is also the advising liaison for NCAA athletics, and assists with updating Major Academic Plans (MAPS).  Hobbies include watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

 jamesJames Luyirika-Sewagudde jr.

National Student Exchange (NSE) Coordinator

James' primary responsibilities are in the Center for International Studies where he serves as International Student Adviser. James assumed the role of International Student Adviser in 1975. He also coordinates our campus participation in the National Student Exchange Program, a program he had the honor of establishing at Chico State in 1977. He has studied with the International Committee Institute in Portland.  He has completed two Master's Degrees from Chico State, one in Counseling Psychology and the other in Education. James is an accomplished tennis player. He was born in Uganda and came to the United States to pursue his education.  


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