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Peer Advising

Peer advisors are an essential part of the Fox School of Business’ Center of Undergraduate Advising.

They provide the perspective of an upper-class student in the Fox School of Business. More importantly, peer advisors assist students’ transition into Temple University by sharing their strategies for academic success and knowledge of university resources.

Our peer advisors are recruited from amongst the brightest in the Fox School of Business, trained by the Center for Undergraduate Advising and mentored by an academic advisor. The peer advising program is coordinated by Karen Murtha and Allana Hooper within the Fox Center for Undergraduate Advising.

Peer advisors provide the following kinds of assistance to students:

  • Help facilitate conversations between the student and their assigned academic advisor or faculty advisor.
  • Assist with registration through Self-Service Banner.
  • Help with the use and understanding of DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System.)
  • Help with the understanding of student’s program evaluation sheet also known as a checklist.
  • Help with creating an academic plan.
  • Help schedule appointments with an advisor.
  • Help find the answers to questions in College and University web-based resources and refer students to appropriate departments when necessary.
  • Answer general questions about degree requirements, academic support services, university policies and procedures.
  • Provide information about opportunities, events and academic pursuits outside of the classroom.

To contact a Fox Peer Advisor, please email foxpeer@temple.edu

Meet Our 2014-2015 Fox Peer Advising Staff

Kyle E. Cowan

Major(s): Entrepreneurship

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple University for my institution of higher learning because of the challenging nature of the curriculum. I knew graduating from the Fox School of Business would distinguish me from other students in a competitive market of minds and character.

What I Love about Fox: I love the melting pot of backgrounds and different perspectives the school brings. I also love the professionalism that Fox exhibits. It's like its own corporate world.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I've done is focus and create my two businesses: Mobile Fitters (a wireless accessory company) and Grande Dreams (a sustainable, "E-Shirt" company)

Gina Marie Dupnik

Major(s): Accounting

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because it is a prestigious business school and because of the city it is located in. Philadelphia is AWESOME- make sure not only to take advantage of the resources Temple provides but to take advantage of the opportunities the city can give you.

What I Love about Fox: I love Fox because the faculty, staff and students are all willing to help you and there are numerous resources like CSPD that are only offered to Fox students...also our mascot is pretty awesome.

The coolest thing I've done: Answering this question for me is like trying to answer the question "who's your favorite band," I cannot choose just one, so here's a few -- I've fed a giraffe, recently I've been to 157 concerts in a year's time and I've swam with sting rays.

Kim Eastlake

Major(s): Marketing

Why I chose Temple: The Fox School of Business has a prestigious reputation; I love the city and all that it has to offer. The campus is also close to home.

What I Love about Fox: There are so many opportunities including scholarships, internships, and networking events and this school has a helpful, intelligent, and friendly staff.

The coolest thing I've done: Living in San Diego for a year because it brought me out of my comfort zone, taught me so many life lessons, and is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen!

Mike Fracas

Major(s): Management Information Systems

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because of its proximity to Center City and the diverse student body. I was attracted to how active and hard working Temple students are.

What I Love about Fox: The reason I love the Fox School of Business is because of their dedication to the students. Fox wants their students to succeed and they urge everyone to get involved. They realize that the job market is competitive, which is why they give us the tools to position ourselves to compete for top positions.

The coolest thing I've done: Studying abroad was the coolest experience I have had while at Temple. I was able to travel the world on my own and meet a lot of amazing people. Being able to physically experience huge events like Oktoberfest, a Spain vs. France national soccer game, and seeing the various different cultures was a once in a lifetime experience.

What I want to do after graduation: Ideally, I would like to incorporate my MIS background in order to solve business problems for companies using technology. I love meeting and interacting with new people, so I would love to pursue a consulting role where I can do client facing engagements.

Anticipated Graduation Date: January 2015

Alexandra Furer

Major(s): Human Resource Management, Legal Studies

Why I chose Temple: I chose to go to Temple because it is diverse and I knew coming here would give me incredible opportunities for my future. I felt that I would be successful with a Temple degree.

What I Love about Fox: I love that I got the chance to take a variety of 1101 courses that really helped me understand the parts of business I did and did not want to focus on.

The coolest thing I've done: I would say the coolest thing I ever done was win the basketball tournament, City Six, my freshman year. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Megan Gallagher

Major(s): International Business

Why I chose Temple: The diversity of the students and urban campus.

What I Love about Fox: The great advisors!

The coolest thing I've done: I dug to the middle of the earth; the details are confidential.

What I want to do after graduation: Work for a company which deals heavily with business in South Korea.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2016

Stephanie Kilroy

Major(s): Actuarial Science & Management Information Systems

Why I chose Temple: Initially entering Temple as an Actuarial Science major, I wanted to attend a school where I can strengthen and utilize my mathematical skills but also receive a well-rounded business education. The Fox School of Business appeared to be that perfect fit for me.

What I Love about Fox: I love all the professional development opportunities Fox offers. Almost every day there are recruiters that come to Fox to talk and get to know us, the students. Every time I speak to one of these recruiters or employees, I am building a network and strengthening my communication skills. These opportunities are invaluable.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I ever done was backpacking in New Mexico for two weeks! It was so much fun and probably one of the best experiences of my life!

What I want to do after graduation: I would love to attain a job where I can utilize my analytical, IT, and risk management skills that I am learning here at Temple.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Joon-Yong Kim

Major(s): Management Information Systems

Why I chose Temple: I decided to come to Temple University because it offers great opportunities in studying abroad and has a close connection with other countries.

What I Love about Fox: I love Fox School of Business because they have one of the top Management Information Systems programs and a great SPO.

The coolest thing I've done: Being hired as Fox Advisor!!!

Nancy Le

Major(s): Risk Management & Insurance

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because I have always wanted to go to school while living in the city and of course attend the highly remarked Fox School of Business. The main reason is because I have heard nothing but positive feedback from alumni who had great college experiences here.

What I Love about Fox: Fox offer generous amounts of opportunities for student's professional growth. I am fortunate to be able to go to a school that will help me prepare for the workplace and to succeed in it.

The coolest thing I've done: When I was 14, I was able to travel to Taiwan and Vietnam with just my younger sister. It was scary figuring out where to go around the airports and deciding which planes to board. This was very confusing especially at that age and with no parental guidance for help. This thrilling experience fueled my interests in traveling. I got to visit many countries along the way such as Japan and Taiwan all by myself. We even stopped by Anchorage, Alaska!

Meredith Martin

Major(s): Marketing

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because it offered lots of opportunities for me to grow as a young adult. I lived in a small, rural town all my life and Temple offered me a place to not only get a great education but also experience culture and diversity at a large university in a big city.

What I Love about Fox: I love that Fox helps each of their students become professional business people that upon graduation are ready to take on the business world. Every day that I walk into Alter Hall I feel that I'm working towards my professional goals and everyone at Fox is there to help me.

The coolest thing I've done: I've been swimming ever since I've been able to walk and when I was in 7th grade I was able to attend a swim clinic with Olympic Silver medalist Eric Vendt, who placed second only to Michael Phelps in the 400 individual medley. I was able to swim with him and get individualized feedback from this amazing swimmer. He even told me that I had "a beautiful backstroke."

Jonathan Mason

Major(s): Accounting

Why I chose Temple: I originally chose Temple because of the Men's Track & Field team. I was a sprinter in high school. I also competed in the Long Jump and Triple Jump.

What I Love about Fox: The resources that Fox provides for students is priceless. Fox does a great job of connecting students with pathways to their goals.

The coolest thing I've done: In the summers of 2011 and 2012 I toured the country playing drums for a band named SoulSeed. Amazing time!

Chaitra Nataraj

Major(s): MIS

Why I chose Temple: I chose temple because of the diversity of the campus.

What I Love about Fox: My favorite thing about Fox is the connections and people I have met.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I have ever done is travel to four continents.

What I want to do after graduation: I hope to be a business analyst at a large firm after graduation.

Anticipated Graduation Date: August 2014

Mike Rohm

Major(s): Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate

Why I chose Temple: Temple is located in a city with many jobs to offer and it has a good track record of job placement.

What I Love about Fox: The SPOs are my favorite because it allows students to direct where they want their learning to go in the field they see themselves working.

The coolest thing I've done: Parasailed in St. Thomas

What I want to do after graduation: Work in the insurance industry and do real estate investing on the side.

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2015

Saman Safdar

Major(s): Accounting

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because of the diversity of the campus.

What I Love about Fox: I love the opportunities and experiences offered.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I’ve ever done is snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What I want to do after graduation: I hope to get my CPA license and work for the IRS.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Katherin Salinas

Major(s): Accounting

Why I chose Temple: I liked Temple because of its size and diversity. When I came to Temple for a tour, I immediately knew that the Fox School of Business was where I wanted to be.

What I Love about Fox: The Fox School of Business offers so many resources to students. I have benefited from taking advantage of various CSPD events. I attended many workshops and was involved in SPOs early on in my college career. I was therefore able to obtain an internship at PwC the summer before going into my junior year. Fox's faculty and staff have been beyond helpful!

The coolest thing I've done: Traveled to Peru for a month

What I want to do after graduation: I hope to work at a Big 4 public accounting firm. I also plan on taking 150 credits before starting a full-time job to sit for the CPA exam.

Anticipated Graduation Date: January 2015

Tyler Seiferheld

Major(s): Accounting

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because I wanted to transfer somewhere entirely different from where I came from. Temple is so fast paced and I always find something new to do to keep myself busy!

What I Love about Fox: : I love all of the opportunities that Fox gives me to be able to network with other students, business professionals, and potential employers. Not every business school places such an emphasis on networking and building your professional image like the Fox School of Business does.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I have ever done was travel across the country when I was only 12 years old. I have been to almost every single state including New York, Oregon, and even Texas.

Matt Senderling

Major(s): Marketing, International Business

Why I chose Temple: I knew I was interested in business so I started looking at the Fox School of Business because it has a good reputation. I visited Temple's campus and I enjoyed it very much. I realized I prefer to go to college in a city and I thought the Fox School and Temple were a good fit for me.

What I Love about Fox: What I love about the Fox School of Business is there are always opportunities to network, expand one’s experiences and improve on one’s business and social skills.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I have ever done is study abroad in Rome, Italy for the summer of my freshman year. It is the greatest experience of my life.

What I want to do after graduation: I want to work in marketing promotions or advertising at an advertising agency that exposes me to the entertainment industry.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Bridget Silk

Major(s): Business Management (Soon to be Entrepreneurship)

Why I chose Temple: There are several reasons why I chose Temple. I love the city atmosphere and how it's a fast paced type of school. There are so many different things to get involved in from clubs, to sports, and even things to do in the city. I want to start my own charity after college and Temple has given me the opportunity to have leadership opportunities with lots of community service organizations so I can more easily curtail the type of charity I want to start.

What I Love about Fox: The Fox School of Business is beautiful and a great place to learn and meet great people. Since the beginning of my freshman year, I have been very involved and there are many amazing outlets to do things you love to do. From Student Professional Organizations, to connections with big businesses, Fox has the perfect mixture of professionalism with the community atmosphere.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I've ever done so far is having been a part of the Fox School of Business Living Learning Community (LLC). I have made such amazing friends through the LLC and memories that will last a lifetime.

Robert (RJ) Snyder

Major(s): Finance

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because from the moment I set foot on campus I just wanted to stay here.

What I Love about Fox: I love all the opportunities that are available to me.

The coolest thing I've done: I rode an elephant and held a baby lion in Thailand.

What I want to do after graduation: I would love to own a gym some day.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Vince Turnbull

Major(s): Actuarial Science & Jazz Performance (Music)

Why I chose Temple: I decided to go to Temple because I wanted to be at a large university that could offer its students access to a lot of different resources; Temple has more than exceeded this expectation. I also liked the fact that Temple had many different majors that I could choose from (just in case I wanted to change my mind about what major I wanted to graduate in)!

What I Love about Fox: Fox offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved to jump-start their professional development. I feel that I have grown a great deal since entering Fox.

The coolest thing I've done: Took a helicopter to walk on top of the Mendenhall glacier in Alaska!

What I want to do after graduation: Eventually work as an actuarial consultant, and continue to grow both as a professional & a person.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015

Domenique Watson

Major(s): Accounting

Why I chose Temple: I chose Temple because of the broad range of majors and minors that are offered, as well as the location and how diverse the campus is. I also liked how involved Temple is with its surrounding community.

What I Love about Fox: I love all of the resources available at Fox, the business foundation you receive, and being a peer advisor! The staff encourages students to do community service, become involved in SPO's, develop professionally, and network. Not to mention, the academic advisors are so helpful.

The coolest thing I've done: The coolest thing I've ever done was work for the EPA for one summer when I was in middle school.

What I want to do after graduation: Obtain my CPA license and become an accountant for a company.

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015