Meet the CAS Advisers and Staff!



SHANNON ESSELINK
Shannon Esselink is the Director of Advising Services in the College of Arts & Sciences. She has been in higher education for over 17 years. Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Shannon strives to provide the best advising services for the College of Arts and Sciences students through the numerous committees she serves on in addition to her active daily role in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office, whether meeting with students, faculty, or staff.
Her advice for students is "Connect with as many people as possible. Every contact enriches your life in multiple ways."

ANN SELVA
Ann is the Assistant Director in the College of Art and Sciences Advising office.  She has a Associate of Applied Sciences in Mental Health/Social Work from OCC, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from OU and a Master of Arts in Counseling from OU.  She previously worked at Hallmark, a bank, as a Social Worker in Foster Care, and as a counselor in a Counseling Center.  Some interesting facts about Ann is that she played soccer for 9 years and took up jogging after college.  She has a heart for helping people and loves OU, because the Faculty and Staff share that same heart.

 ANNE JACKSON
 
Anne Jackson is a Senior Academic Adviser. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University.  She has been in the field of advising and counseling for 20 years, with 13 of those years serving as an Academic Adviser at OU.  Anne feels strongly that students will gain an advantage by following their passion and utilizing their strengths.  She advises students to take charge of their academic career by planning ahead and connecting with a faculty member on campus.  Her goal is to help students take advantage of all the great opportunities that exist on OU’s campus so they can discover and meet their academic, personal, and career goals.

KELLY GIANETTO
Kelly advises students in all majors except MTD and is an OU CAS Psychology graduate of 2009. When she's not advising students she enjoys traveling with her husband and learning about other cultures and cuisines. She also loves visiting her parents in Traverse City as often as possible during the summer months. Her favorite thing about Oakland University is all the available opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to interact, engage, and get involved!

MATT PRENTICE
Matt is an Academic Adviser who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and his Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. He also teaches COM 101 and sees our Music, Theatre & Dance majors.
Matt lives in nearby Auburn Hills with his wife, two boys, and one cat.  He loves the close-knit feel of Oakland University and enjoys running into people in the community that have that Oakland connection.

MELODI SCHUCHMANN
Melodi is an Academic Adviser who earned her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. Melodi also teaches COM 101 and specializes in Music, Theatre & Dance majors.
Her advice for students is "Take advantage of the resources around and don't be afraid to ask for help."

KACIE CADOTTE
 
Kacie is one of the Professional Academic Advisers, who sees all CAS majors. She lives in Auburn Hills and has a dog, Kyzer, who she loves taking to the dog park. Kacie recently took a six day white water rafting trip down the Colorado River and then hiked out of the Grand Canyon. Her favorite thing about Oakland University is that students can get the opportunity to build a personal connection with faculty, advisers and staff.
  
JIM BILINSKI
 
Jim advises all CAS majors and serves as one of the specialists for our Music, Theatre, and Dance students. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a secondary education teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Arts from Oakland University. His suggestion for OU students is to ensure that they maintain a proper work-life balance: your relationships with others as well as your physical and mental health are just as important as your studies. He is also a huge proponent of documenting your university experience - whether it's through Spotify playlists, photojournals, keeping a blog, and/or some other form of creative outlet - because graduation will arrive before you know it (and it'll be rewarding to revisit those creations and reflect on all that you learned, accomplished, and experienced at Oakland).

 NANCY GURSIN
 
Nancy Gursin is a part-time Professional Academic Adviser who advises all CAS majors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Valparaiso University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. Nancy has been advising for five years at OU.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her three children.  Nancy enjoys hearing students' goals and dreams and helping them move forward toward achieving them.

SHANNON STRIBLING
 
Shannon is an Office Assistant III and one of the first friendly faces that will greet you at the advising office.  Shannon has worked in higher education for over 10 years and has been with OU since 2009.  In addition to her position at OU, she is a seamstress and enjoys making clothes in her free time.  Shannon enjoys the sense of belonging and community that OU provides not only to its students, but to its faculty and staff.

SHERI ROURKE