New CFANS Advising Center: Meet Your Advisors!

New to CFANS this year is an advising center and model that will better serve undergraduate students. The new center brings all of the staff advisors together and offers enhanced services to improve students’ experiences in CFANS and help them stay on track to graduate with classes they need to launch their professional careers. Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication & Marketing students will be supported by Sarah Ellertson, Gary Cooper, and Michelle Overtoom.

Sarah Ellertson

Sarah Ellertson has been with the University of Minnesota for four years. She is the Recruiting and Academic Advising Counselor for the Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing Department where she has been for almost two years. Currently, she advises for Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communication & Marketing, and Agricultural and Food Business Management. Sarah has her B.S. in Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics from the University of Minnesota and is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. Youth Development Leadership program at the University of Minnesota.

 “My favorite part about being an advisor is being able to work with such wonderful students. Their motivation, desire to learn, humor, etc. is what drives me. I absolutely love being able to be a resource for them through their education. I also learn from them! The CFANS community is one-of-a-kind and I'm so thankful to be a part of it!”

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper has been with the University of Minnesota since 1999, where he started in the Department of Applied Economics. He still works in this department as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in addition to being a CFANS Academic Advisor. Currently, he advises for Agricultural and Food Business Management, Agricultural Education, and Applied Economics. Gary has his bachelors and masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.B.A from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

“During my advising sessions, my goal is to make the University a more user-friendly, manageable place and ultimately put each student at ease. I do this through my knowledge of institutional policies, procedures, and programs, and close contacts with the student affairs staff. Integrity of the advising process is important to me.”

Michelle Overtoom

Michelle Overtoom has been with the University of Minnesota since 2004. Michelle worked in One Stop Student Services for nine years and then transferred to CFANS and worked in Student Services until August 2016 when she moved into her role as an Academic Advisor. Currently, she advises for Agricultural Communication & Marketing, Applied Economics, Forest and Natural Resource Management, and Nutrition. Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College and a Master’s of Science degree in Education that focuses on Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University.

“My favorite part about my position advising students is the students. I have really enjoyed getting know students individually!”