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Preceptorial Assistant Council

Sarah Shotts

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Major
Sociology
Minors
Spanish & Business Administration
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
May 2017
PA Experience
Sarah was a PA for one year before becoming PAC Chair
USD Involvement
Honors Program, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Center for Student Success staff
Fun Fact
Sarah is certified to open water dive and spent last summer diving in Maui.

PAC Members

Allie Ross
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LLC
Globalization
Major
Communication
Minors
Spanish & Theology
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
December 2016
PA Experience
Allie was a PA for one year, this is her first year on PAC
USD Involvement
Bull Pit executive board, athletic tutor
Fun Fact
It's only snowed once ever in Allie's hometown, and it was on her 3rd birthday.
Austin Lords
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LLC
Faith and Reason
Major
Business Administration
Minors
Environmental Studies & Political Science
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
May 2017
PA Experience
Austin was a PA for one year, this is his first year on PAC
USD Involvement
Coaching Corps, intramural sports
Fun Fact
Austin is a huge Indianapolis Colts fan!
Brendan Sullivan
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LLC
Natural World
Majors
Marine Science & Environmental Studies
Minor
Political Science
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
May 2017
PA Experience
Brendan was a PA for one year, this is his first year on PAC
Involvement
Alcalá Club, Outdoor Adventures, University Ministry
Fun Fact
Brendan is PADI Open Water Scuba Certified.
Grecia Rojas
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LLC
Change
Major
International Business
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
May 2017
PA Experience
Grecia was a PA for one year, this is her first year on PAC.
Involvement
Founders Club President, Honors Program
Fun Fact
Grecia was kissed by a parrot once.
Mitch Krassin
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LLC
Intersections
Major
Business Administration
Minors
Theatre Arts & Business Management
Year in School
Junior
Expected Graduation
May 2016
PA Experience
Mitch was a PA for one year, this is his first year on PAC
USD Involvement
Semester at Sea, Quidditch Club Team, Theatre Department
Fun Fact
Mitch learned how to walk on four-foot tall stilts last year at USD!
Mayela Pizana
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LLC
Social Justice
Major
Interdisciplinary Humanities
Minor
Law and Ethics
Year in School
Junior
Expected Graduation
May 2016
PA Experience
Mayela was a PA for two years, this is her first year on PAC
USD Involvement
Alpha Chi Omega
Fun Fact
Mayela still sleeps with a night light.
Shalin Shah
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LLC
Sustainability
Major
Behavioral Neuroscience
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
May 2017
PA Experience
Shalin was a PA for one year, this is his first year on PAC
USD Involvement
Associated Students CAS Senator, American Medical Student Association
Fun Fact
Shalin likes to draw and paint. He's still waiting for his letter to Hogwarts.
Rachel Stein
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LLC
Honors
Major
Mechanical Engineering
Minors
Mathematics
Year in School
Junior
Expected Graduation
May 2016
PA Experience
Rachel has been a PA for three years, this is her second year on PAC
USD Involvement
Apha Delta Pi, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Labs
Fun Fact
Rachel studied abroad in London during the summer of 2014.
Riley Evans
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LLC
Space, Place and Sound
Major
Mathematics
Minor
Spanish
Year in School
Sophomore
Expected Graduation
May 2017
PA Experience
Riley was a PA for one year, this is her first year on PAC
USD Involvement
Tutor at Math Learning Center, Honors Program
Fun Fact
Riley loves pugs!

Preceptorial Assistant Council Advisors

Dr. Jonathan Bowman

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

jonathan_bowman Jonathan M. Bowman, PhD, was appointed associate dean for advising and curriculum in January 2014. He has been a member of the faculty since 2007 and is an associate professor of Communication Studies. Bowman has been the recipient of numerous teaching, mentoring, and research awards from a variety of regional and national institutions and associations. At USD, he has been the recipient of a Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, an Innovations in Experiential Education Award for his commitment to high-impact practices, and an Outstanding Preceptor Award for excellence in teaching and advising. He serves as a mento to undergraduates in multiple capacities, particularly those students involved in student government, greek life, academic honors, and campus faith-based organizations.

Merrick Marino

Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Student Success

merrick_marino Merrick Marino is the Assistant Dean and Director for the Center for Student Success and is the co-chair of the Committee for Undergraduate Student Success. He has also co-chaired university-wide initiatives on the First Year Experience and Second Year Experience at USD. After writing a book for entering college students shortly after graduating himself (1993: College Undercover: What Every Student Needs to Know), Merrick has spent the majority of his professional career working to support students in their transition to college, and particularly with peer mentoring programs. Before the PA Program was established, Merrick worked with the long-running “Mentor Connection” peer mentoring at USD. Merrick is also a two-time USD alum (’96 M.Ed. Counseling and ’03 MBA).