|CFANS Student Services Office |
190 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6074
Student Services Staff
H. T. Morse Distinguished Teaching Professor
Jay BelI was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia and spent much of my youth hiking and fishing in Southern Appalachian Mountains. I received my B.S. and M.S. degree in Agronomy from Virginia Tech and moved on to work in surface mine reclamation research in far southwestern Virginia for four years. After my wife and I started our family, we moved north where I completed my doctorate in Soil Science at the Pennsylvania State University in 1990. I joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in January of 1991. I have lived and worked internationally in Australia and Morocco and developed a research and teaching program focusing on the ecology of wetland soils, soil geomorphology, and applications of geographic information science to problems of soil mapping. I have taught courses in soil conservation, geographic information science, soil genesis landscape relations, wetland soils, introduction to environmental science, and soils and geology field trips around the upper Midwest. My passion always has been and will always be teaching. I find working with students and programs for our students to be the most exciting and rewarding aspects of my time here at the University of Minnesota.
I assumed the duties of Associate Dean in July of 2007. This position presents many challenges as well as many opportunities to help our college serve our students in the most effective way possible. We have a very talented staff in student services and they are a joy to work with on a daily basis.
Aside from my duties at the University I enjoy traveling with my wife, fishing and backpacking, snowshoeing, playing the guitar and ballroom dancing. I have two sons that I love to spend time with and enjoy taking long walks with our Golden Retriever.
Director of Student Services
I grew up in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, a small town along the Wisconsin River in southern Wisconsin. I completed a B.S. degree in Natural Resources (’78) and an M.S. degree in Forestry (’83) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to the University, I worked for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN and the Chequamegon National Forest, WI.
Laura Dupont-Jarrett, Ph.D., L.P.
Chief of Staff for Associate Dean Jay Bell
Hi there. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia for my bachelor’s degree, double-majoring in psychology and French. I participated in an exchange program to England in high school, and studied abroad in France during college—both hugely impactful experiences. I completed my master’s and doctoral degrees in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology here at the U, focusing my research on attitudes towards cultural difference. During my studies, I worked in a variety of student services positions, including working as an adviser at the University of Missouri, for the former College of Human Ecology, the College of Liberal Arts, and the department of African-American and African Studies. I also worked as a counselor for University Counseling and Consulting Services, and completed a practicum with International Student and Scholar Services, facilitating discussion/support groups for international students. My therapy training and practice has included providing individual and group therapy to clients at the Neighborhood Involvement Program, at the phone hotline Crisis Connection, and the University of Missouri’s Counseling Center. I’m a licensed psychologist in the state of MN. My most recent work was in administration and as a faculty member teaching graduate courses in psychology at Capella University.
Academic Programs Coordinator and Advisor
Lauren joined CFANS as the undergraduate scholarship coordinator in 2012 and added roles in faculty affairs and advising for the sustainability studies minor. Lauren worked with scholarships, orientation services, and Honors students at the University of Iowa. She has also worked for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, teaching and tutoring prep classes for the ACT, SAT, LSAT, and GRE. She received her BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Iowa and her MPhil in Latin American Studies from Cambridge University. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Lauren now lives in Minneapolis near the Mississippi River.
Student Services Coordinator
Karen was born and raised in West St. Paul, MN. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, she worked in Washington, D.C. for a United States Senator and then in Nebraska running her own business.
Karen became a University of Minnesota staff member in the College of Natural Resources in July of 1997 and most recently joined the Student Services staff in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
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Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graduated from the University of Minnesota. Moved to Nevada in 1980 and joined the University of Nevada, working for Student Services related offices.
Joined the CFANS team in 2001 where I am currently employed in Student Services related work as well. I try to make it a "one-stop shop" for all students to help them avoid the "run around."
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Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
Kay grew up on a dairy farm near a small town in western Wisconsin. After technical school and working for a few years she began her career at the University of Minnesota in 1987 with the Department of Surgery. She moved to the St. Paul campus’ College of Natural Resources in 1999 which is now the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Freshman Admissions Counselor
Program Coordinator, Access to Success
Many Indigenous people have certain protocols for introductions. In keeping with the protocols of my Ojibwe ancestors, please allow me to introduce myself first Ojibwemong:
Boozhoo, Mark Bellcourt niin indizhinikaaz zhaanaashiimong. Bimose Inini idash nindigo Ojibwemong. Gaawiin ningikenimaasii indoodem. Gaa-Waabaabiganikaag niin indoojibaa. Ashkibugziibing nindayendaa noongom.
Greetings, my English name is Mark Bellcourt. However, I am called Walking Man in Ojibwe. I do not know my clan. I come from White Earth, but now I live in St. Paul.
I earned my Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2005 in higher education policy and administration. My research interests are in Indigenous worldviews of math and science and how they can be better integrated into the mainstream curriculum. My master’s degree is in counseling and psychological services and bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and communications. I am currently the Coordinator for the Access to Success (ATS) program in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) and academic adviser in the College of Education and Human Development.
Sheryl completed a BS degree in Forestry from SUNY Syracuse, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She held temporary positions with the US Forest Service in Utah and Maine before returning for an MS degree in Forest Genetics from NCSU in Raleigh, NC. After that, she directed forest genetics research for a forest products company in Colombia, South America for three years, followed by work as a forest geneticist with the US Forest Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Sheryl began working at the University of Minnesota in Student Services with the College of Natural Resources (CNR) in 1995. She is currently the academic advisor for three majors.
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Gary Cooper joined the Department of Applied Economics in October 1999 as a full time P/A undergraduate coordinator working in tandem with the College on enrollment management efforts in support of the Bachelor of Science programs in Agricultural and Food Business Management and in Applied Economics. His original duties were to advise all freshmen students entering the department, assist the two major coordinators with student service activities and programmatic issues, and teach ApEc 1001, “Orientation to Applied Economics,” a one-credit required course for all majors.
Gary’s responsibilities in the Department and in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have evolved over the past eight years. In our Department, he retains his original duties and also teaches ApEc 1905, “Freshman Seminar: The Ordinary Business of Life,” which he developed in 2004. In CFANS Student Services his duties have included working as an academic advisor for freshman majors in Animal Science (in 2002), assisting the Director of Student Services in co-advising partnership students at Southwest Minnesota State University (in 2003 - 04), and directing the College’s Student Learning Communities initiative (2004 - 06). Currently, Gary assists the major coordinator of the Agricultural Industries and Marketing major (2002 - present) and has transitioned into a leadership role within CFANS as directing the old collegiate honors program (2008 - present).
Tracene Marshall, M.Ed
Tracene was raised in the Ohio’s steel valley. She attended Kent State University and in 1981 she received a BA in Political Science and a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration in 1992. She has provided academic advising and career counseling to diverse groups of students for over sixteen years. Tracene has previously worked at Oberlin College, St Catherine College, Hamline University, Carleton College, and Concordia University. She enjoys assisting students with their overall academic and personal development and believes it is important to support and challenge students as they persist through graduation.
Tracene comes to CFANS from the CLA Arts Community. She is the primary advisor for freshmen in Forest Resources, Bioproducts Marketing and Management, and Fisheries and Wildlife Departments and helps them navigate their first year experience. Also, she serves as a referral person for all students, in the previously stated departments, with questions/issues regarding academic requirements. In addition, Tracene supports the Admission Office recruitment of prospective students for these respective majors.
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Cassandra (Cassie) Peterson
Academic Advisor and Recruiter
Robin Perez is a transplant from Indiana, arriving in Minnesota in February 2004. She earned her BA and MA degrees in Media Arts and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University before moving from Indiana to Minnesota. Robin worked as an Online Academic Advisor as well as Adjunct Communications instructor before joining the University of Minnesota as an Academic Advisor for CFANS.