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Academic Advising

Meet Our Team

Our team is made up of our director, associate director, five full time staff academic advisors and six part time graduate academic coaches. We are all trained to advise in general requirements and academic policies. The Academic Advising partnership between faculty and staff academic advisors creates a seamless experience for students.  Staff Academic Advisors with specific college liaison areas are outlined below.

Tonnett Luedtke

Tonnett Luedtke, MA

Executive Director- Academic Resources

Disability Services Program, Academic Advising, & Learning Effectiveness Program  

[email protected]

About Tonnett:

Where is your favorite spot on DU’s campus?
Anderson Academic Commons

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?
The Color Purple, Game of Thrones

What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Ask lots of questions, take risks, build connections, communicate, and most of all, be yourself!

Share a quote you really like.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Biography

As a first-generation college student, I know firsthand the power of good advising in student retention and persistence. I am a strong believer in engaging students in meaningful conversation, which can connect them with resources, help them identify their strengths, and move them toward their goals.

I enjoy sharing my passion for holistic student development and often present on topics including having difficult conversations, developing resiliency, academic coaching, and inclusive excellence in academic advising. Most recently, my co-presentation "Helping Students Develop Bounce! Cultivating Resiliency" received the NACADA 2015 Best of Region award.

Originally from Texas, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston, followed by my Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver. In my life outside of DU, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two little boys. I am an avid runner and have completed one marathon and several half-marathons. I spend a lot of time outside enjoying Colorado's natural beauty.

Katie Seymour

Katie Seymour, MSHA

Associate Director of Academic Advising

Faculty Partnership and Liaison areas: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

[email protected]

About Katie:

Where is your favorite spot on DU’s campus?
I enjoy many spots on campus, but my favorite space is located in Margery Reed Hall, in the Reiman Theater. The theater was recently renovated and displays a beautiful Shakespearean mural framing the stage. The mural is magical.

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?
My favorite book is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This book really spoke to me and I have read it twice already. My favorite movie is the classic The Sound of Music. My current favorite TV show is House of Cards.

What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your professors or academic advisors, or any additional resource, for that matter. We are here for you and I have found that a lot of college students sometimes hesitate to ask for help. That is the last thing you should do!

Share a quote you really like.
“The arts make vivid the fact that words do not, in their literal form or number, exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition." – Elliot W. Eisner

Biography

I am a current Doctoral Student in DU’s Curriculum and Instruction Program with an emphasis in Curriculum Studies, and serve as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the Academic Advising Office. I am very interested in research around working with students at risk and students with learning disabilities, including Twice-Exceptional and gifted. My interests also involve looking at blended learning within the K-12 arena and how that could potentially impact higher education. Within my academic advising role, I utilize my advising skills around academic coaching to help students make connections between cognitive and non-cognitive skill sets.

I have over eight years of experience in the field of Higher Education. Formerly working as an Academic Advisor within Daniels College of Business and prior to working at DU, I held a position with Regis University working in its College for Professional Studies. At Regis, I worked on retention strategies and academic advising for the non-traditional adult student population pursuing degrees in Counseling and Education. I have a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Political Science and Spanish and hold a Masters of Health Administration and Management (MSHA) degree from Regis University. My research has related to the health care industry, specifically on long-term care related issues, and am published on my work and research on dementia patients and pain assessment measurements.

My hobbies include running, backpacking, eating and cooking, all things exercise (because I like to eat and cook), and spending quality time with family and friends. As a true Colorado native, I love to enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains with my two-year-old daughter, husband, and chocolate lab.

Zawdie Ekundayo

Zawdie Ekundayo, MA

Senior Staff Academic Advisor

Faculty Partnership and Liaison areas: The Ritchie School/Natural Sciences and Mathematics/ International Student and Scholar Services

[email protected]

About Zawdie:

Where is your favorite spot on DU’s campus?
My favorite spot on the DU campus is the Nelson Hall dining space. I love having so many choices of entrees and always having fresh fruit and vegetables available to me.

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?
My favorite book is the novel The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Mario Vargas Llosa about a failed Trotskyist revolutionary in Peru. My favorite film is Kiss of The Spider Woman with Raul Julia and William Hurt as prison cell mates in an unnamed South American country. My favorite TV show is, easily, House of Cards about a Washington, DC, power couple who will stop at nothing in their quest to rule the free world.

What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Pay close attention to your heart and feed your passions—seek wisdom to inform your major life choices.

Share a quote you really like.
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters." – Fredrick Douglas

Biography

I majored in Philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta and earned my Master of Arts degree from DU's Korbel School of International Studies. I worked in the U.S. Congress and the African Development Bank in West Africa before returning to Denver to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior. I taught Africana Studies and Political Science full-time for several years at Metropolitan State University of Denver before returning to the University of Denver in 2001 as a professional academic advisor.

I love working with students on figuring out how DU systems work and how to graduate having had powerful, life-expanding experiences like study abroad and internships as well as exciting courses taught by dynamic faculty. I also love to encourage everyone in my orbit to think critically about all aspects of Western “civilization.” I see my work, principally, as that of an educator, just like my grandmother and my mother before me.

April Osborne

April Osborne, M.Ed.

Staff Academic Advisor, Pre-Law Advisor

Faculty Partnership and Liaison Areas: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Please visit the Pre-Law Portfolio Page for more information about Pre-Law!

[email protected]

 About April:

Where is your favorite spot on DU's campus?
My favorite spot (for now) is Sturm College of Law. I love that it is a LEED certified building and that the library is on 3 levels. This building embodies what I love about college campuses.

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?
My favorite book: Harry Potter Series
Movie: Star Wars Series
TV Show: I have many favorites, but the show I have watched the longest is Greys Anatomy.

What is one piece of advice you have for students? 
Seek out help and a mentor before you even think you need it. Four years goes by incredibly fast, and we want you to take full advantage of faculty and staff that are here to help you have a successful college experience.

Share a quote you really like.
"One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others." - Lewis Carroll

Biography

I was born and raised in Austin, Texas where I also attended college at The University of Texas with a BS degree in Kinesiology and Health. Before starting my master’s degree, I worked full time trying out a few different industries including a high school college access program, sport and consumer marketing, and state government. During that time, I knew something was missing, and decided that working with students was my passion. I attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and received my Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education. After graduation, I set my eyes on Colorado and joined the Academic Advising team in September 2017.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Pablo, and our two dogs MJ and Sam. I am so excited that Denver has so many parks that we can take them to! I am looking forward to trying new activities in Denver and going to explore the mountains. I like trying new things including foods and travel. I am excited to see what my Denver adventure awaits.

Erin Toothaker

Erin Toothaker, MA

Staff Academic Advisor

Faculty Partnership and Liaison Areas: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Denver Scholarship Foundation; Daniels Fund  

[email protected]

About Erin:

Where is your favorite spot on DU’s campus?
Beans- I love stopping by the café for coffee and a chat.

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?
Book: Fiction- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.
Non-fiction: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Movie: Pride and Prejudice
TV Show: Currently, Jessica Jones and Brooklyn 99

What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Make great friends and mentors and explore your education.

Share a quote you really like.
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" ― Robert Browning

Biography

Erin Toothaker comes from University of Denver's University College where she worked as an Enrollment Manager for nearly two years, prior to that she worked in the Office of Graduate Studies. She has worked at a variety of institutions and has several years of experience in experiential education. Currently, she is working on her doctorate in Higher Education from the Morgridge College of Education. She earned a Master's in History from Miami of Ohio and a Bachelor's in English Literature and History from MacMurray College. Erin loves Amtrak adventures, weekend trips to visit friends and family, coffee, reading, thrifting, and watching weird movies or YouTube videos with her Fiancé Stephen and Bagheera, their cat.