We hope this page helps you get to know us better and that you will feel at ease contacting us for support at any time during your studies. The Centre for Academic Advising & Student Success includes the Academic Advisors, including 2+2 Transfer Student Advising, the Writing Centre, Learning Strategist, and Supplemental Instruction.

At the Centre for Academic Advising & Student Success, we welcome all of the questions you may have during your academic journey. We are here to support you!

Meet the Centre for Academic Advising & Student Success team!

My connection to MSVU started when I was in junior high school in rural Nova Scotia. My older sister left home to live and study at the Mount, and when it came time for me to decide what to do after graduation, I followed in her footsteps. The Mount was the supportive community I needed to make the transition from my small high school to university. While making the step to higher education wasn’t always easy, it made a significant and positive impact on my life. Through my experiences at MSVU, I discovered a desire to help others navigate the university and achieve their academic goals. I am so proud to be a part of the Mount community and I am fortunate to work with a dedicated team of academic support staff to ensure that our services and programs are meeting students’ needs. I welcome you to stop by the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success and learn about all of the ways we can support you throughout your studies!

CAASS Team Tip: Explore a wide range of courses. This can help you decide on an area of focus and you may also find interests you never knew you had!

CAASS Team Trivia: One of my favourite ways to relax is to listen to music.

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As an Academic Advisor in the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success, I am dedicated to supporting students throughout their educational journey. On a daily basis, I help students make choices that will lead to their academic success by exploring program requirements, assisting with course selection and program planning to suit their educational needs and career objectives.

I provide a confidential environment for our students to review academic progress and academic standings and help them to develop a plan to deal with academic difficulties if needed. If you have questions and aren’t sure who to ask, come visit us in the CAASS in Seton 303, it’s a great place to start!

CAASS Team Tip: Use the link “Degree Requirements” in MyMount to view your program evaluation which will show you what you need to graduate.

CAASS Team Trivia: I have a cocker spaniel named Buddy.

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I am a Mount alum and I have worked at the University for the past 10 years. As an Academic Advisor in the CAASS I meet with students virtually and in-person to discuss program requirements, assist with course selection and scheduling, help students meet their academic goals, and refer them to our many useful supports and services. I love meeting with students from diverse backgrounds and working together to help them meet their educational goals. I value authenticity and enjoy learning about each student that I meet with. My advice to all students would be to explore courses in subject areas that they may not be familiar with. An elective could end up being your favourite course or influence your future in ways you aren’t expecting— Remember that education is fun!

CAASS Team Tip: I am currently pursuing graduate studies at the Mount via online learning. If you haven’t tried an online class yet, I encourage you to give it a chance — you never know what kind of hidden gems online learning holds until you try it!

CAASS Team Trivia: I find tremendous joy when I find new trails for hiking.

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Hello! My name is Makenna Lynch, and I am the newest Academic Advisor at the Mount. I am brand new to the Mount, but not to academic advising. I completed both my Psychology and Social Work degrees at Dalhousie University and this is where I fell in love with advising. During my first degree, I started as a peer advisor working with my fellow student peers on their academic and career goals; I then did my social work placement as an academic advisor and shortly after I graduated, I started working as a professional advisor in their advising center and haven’t looked back.

I love working with students because attending university is such an exciting time in your life no matter when you start, but it can also be challenging and overwhelming. I want to be a supportive person you feel you can connect with to help you stay on track throughout your time here, navigate resources and challenges that might arise, help you develop and achieve your academic, engagement, and career-related goals, and be there to celebrate your successes with you along the way.

I’m so excited to be working at the Mount, and I look forward to meeting you!

CAASS Team Tip: If you have the time and are able to, find something you are interested in pursuing outside of the classroom on campus. It could be a cool club, society, a part-time job, etc. It’s a great way to meet other students, connect to the campus, and build your resume! Who knows, you might just discover your passion!

CAASS Team Trivia: I love to cook. If you have an amazing recipe to share, I would love to hear about it!

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As the Transfer Student Coordinator for the 2+2 Articulation Agreements, I am here to assist students who are transferring to the Mount from one of our partner institutions through an articulation agreement (2+2 program). I am here to support the many facets of your journey, from the initial application right through to advising and registering for classes! The best way to reach me is by email at Cindy.Huelin@msvu.ca.

CAASS Team Tip: Register early to avoid disappointment!

CAASS Team Trivia: If you were to see me on campus, the chances are really high that I am wearing clothes I sewed!

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Cindy Huelin

Hello Mount Community! My name is James Jollymore – I am new to Mount Saint Vincent University – having joined the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success team in May of this year. Previously, I worked as an Accessibility Consultant and Student Success Specialist at George Brown College (’03 – ’21) in Toronto. I grew up in River Hebert, Nova Scotia, and completed both my undergraduate (class of ’97) and graduate (class of ’01) degrees at Acadia University. Then my Bachelor of Education degree at The University of Western Ontario (class of ’05).

Helping others with their academic goals is important to me; whether it is supporting students with developing their learning/study skills, delivering workshops, coordinating/facilitating UNIV 0001: University Student Success course, or supervising the Supplemental Instruction program, I am committed to student success.

CAASS Team Tip: James offers this quote by Brene Brown: “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

CAASS Team Trivia: Most recently I was in South America (pre-COVID) for 4 months exploring Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru.

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James Jollymore, Learning Strategist and Student Success Coordinator

I’m a writer, editor, and a teacher of those. For 20 years I’ve edited new and established Canadian writers while teaching Writing Process, Editing, Creative Writing, and Poetry courses here at the Mount. I present or speak a lot on metaphoric insight, multi-voiced texts, and creative forms of scholarship, and I love transforming a person’s writing experience and process and creation. Let’s face it: writing feels hard! It’s a somewhat unnatural translation of the world — human beings existed just fine without it for most of our existence on the planet. We’re all still learning how to do it. At the Writing Centre, we love to help with any writing issue — academic, professional, or creative — for students enrolled in any graduate or undergraduate program.

CAASS Team Tip: Book early, book often — up to a limit of 1 booked appointment per week per Mount student. This encourages students to apply what’s been learned in sessions and to avoid becoming dependent on their tutor: we want each student to become a more flexible, clearer, and confident writer.

CAASS Team Trivia: I have a secret lichen collection.

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Clare Goulet

Hello MSVU! My name is Josh Weatherbey and I’m the Office Assistant for the CAASS. In this role, I support the Academic Advisors, Writing Centre, and Learning Strategist. Feel free to reach out if you have questions, you’re not sure where to begin or who to contact. The best way to reach me is either through email: advising@msvu.ca or phone: 902-457-6657.

I recently graduated from MSVU in May 2023. During my time here I held several student jobs such as being a Mount Mentor, Student Marker, Research Assistant, and as the Research Ethics & Integrity Student Intern. Although I was thrilled to graduate, I’m very excited to accept this position and stick around for a little longer.

CAASS Team Tip: The best way to book an appointment is through our online booking portal, as you can easily see the next available appointment, and select a day/time that works best for you.

CAASS Team Trivia: After 10 years of being a competitive trampolinist, I sadly retired from the sport after gaining a titanium rod and four bolts in my left leg.

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