Meet Your Academic Adviser

All Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) students have an academic adviser.  To learn who your adviser is, go to "My Student Center" in My Akron. If you do not find your adviser's name below, please contact us at 330-972-7880.  Our advisers are:

Louise Kazmier      

Phone: 330-972-8624
Location:  Arts and Sciences building, Rm 118

Ms. Kazmier earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Miami University.  She is also a graduate of The University of Arizona where she earned a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance.  Her previous work experience includes the Educational Talent Search Program at The University of Akron and Penn State University. In addition, she has worked as a high school and middle school guidance counselor, gifted coordinator, career education consultant and elementary art teacher in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Arizona, and Ohio.

Ms. Kazmier’s favorite part about working at The University of Akron is the quality of the students and the beautiful campus.   She’s a Master Gardener and loves working in her yard. Her advice to you as a BCAS student is to go to class and make the most of your college years by becoming involved in activities that you are passionate about!

Sophie Kus

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Phone: 330-972-7834
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Dr. Kus earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University. She is also a graduate of John Carroll University where she earned a Master of Arts in Human Services and a Doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership from The University of Akron. She is certified as a National Board Certified Counselor and has recently earned certification in Spirituality and Counseling. She has worked as an academic advisor at the University of Akron, director of advising and assistant dean at John Carroll University and program counselor at Hiram College. She has taught Freshman Seminar courses, Introductory Psychology, and professional development classes in Education at Ursuline College and John Carroll University.

Dr. Kus is pleased to return to the University of Akron in her role as academic advisor in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. She enjoys teaching, coaching, and counseling students toward degree completion.  It is a privilege to work with undergraduates at The University of Akron as they discover their abilities, interests and career paths and navigate through academia. Her advice to you as a Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences student is to “know thyself.” Discover and reflect on your program of study and set achievable goals for yourself. Persist and preserve as a learner. Learn for your mistakes. Learn who you are and focus on your life’s calling. Your talents and contributions are welcomed in higher education. 

Joe Minocchi

Phone: 330-972-5865
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Mr. Minocchi earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Kent State University, the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and is currently completing the Doctor of Musical Arts at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.  His previous work experience includes Adjunct Professor at Malone University and Kent State University, Lecturer at Northwestern University, and Band Director at Canton Central Catholic High School.  In addition, he has worked as an Assistant Director and Admission Counselor at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Mr. Minocchi’s favorite part about working at The University of Akron is the multitude of cultural opportunities the University provides for its students.  His advice to you is to take advantage of this unique time in your life, a time which affords you the opportunity to attend concerts and recitals, visual arts exhibits, dance and theatre performances, and lectures, all within The University of Akron community.  

Brittany Thomas

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Phone: 330-972-5196
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Ms. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Youngstown State University (Bitonte College of Health and Human Services). She also earned a Master of Science in Education from Youngstown State University where she focused on Higher Education.  Her previous work experience includes Student Service Representative and Academic Adviser at Eastern Gateway Community College. She was also a Graduate Intern in the Office of Academic Advising in Beeghly College of Education at Youngstown State University, HPAC Specialist/AmeriCorps member at NEOMED, and she worked with the Upward Bound program at Youngstown State University.

Ms. Thomas's favorite part about working at The University of Akron is meeting and working with new students. Her advice to you as a BCAS student is to become familiar with and utilize your resources.

Katie Timperio

Phone: 330-972-5959
Location:  Folk Hall, Rm 103C

Ms. Timperio is the Manager of Student Affairs at the Myers School of Art. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentration in Painting and Drawing and a double minor in Printmaking and Art History from the Myers School of Art in 2004. Following her desire to serve the community, she completed her Master of Arts in Education degree with concentration in Community Counseling. She has held an active Professional Counselor (PC) license since 2008 and has worked in outpatient community mental health with both adults and children.

Katie Timperio provides thoughtful academic advising to all art and design students in matters pertaining to: registration, retention, graduation, career preparation and achieving overall academic and professional success.

She is charming and enthusiastic, winning over all visitors during recruitment events. Katie performs an exemplary job in her pink and yellow striped office. The only thing she is more passionate about than the Myers School of Art students are her two Chihuahuas, Lily and Lola. She spends time drawing, tailoring vintage clothing and perfecting her vegetarian and gluten-free cooking.

Tailyn Walborn

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Phone: 330-972-7496
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Ms. Walborn earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Mount Union College, a Masters of Arts in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and a Masters of Science in Education, concentrating on Higher Education Administration, from The University of Akron. 

Her previous work experience includes working as the Director of Career Services at a career college in Cleveland, the Graduate Assistant in the Career Center right here at Akron, and working with the College of STEM Professional Practices at Youngstown State University, and the Center for Cross Cultural Engagement at Malone University.  She has also spent time instructing Career Readiness courses.

Ms. Walborn’s favorite part about working at The University of Akron is the feeling of community.  She enjoys attending events and visiting new places around Akron that her colleagues and students recommend.  She also loves seeing a student turn their career goals into reality!  Her advice to BCAS students is to utilize all of the services The University has to offer, and get involved with as much as possible!  Not only is this going to help you with your career, it is also going to be one of the most rewarding times of your life!