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What is Advising?


“Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community. Academic advising engages students beyond their own world views, while acknowledging their individual characteristics, values, and motivations as they enter, move through, and exit the institution.”   - The National Academic Advisors Association 

Each undergraduate in the College of Applied Science will be assigned an academic advisor.  Your advisor is listed in the Student Information System, but you may also contact your department office if you are uncertain who your advisor is.  Throughout your time at RIT, your advisor(s) will contact you to communicate important opportunities and action requirements.  Please maximize the benefit of your academic advisor by responding to communications in a timely fashion. 

CAST’s advisors are committed to your success.  Please contact your department, or follow the links below, to learn more about access to RIT systems, your program, AP/transfer credit, support services, and modifications to your academic plan.

CAST Advising Overview

The CAST Advising department strongly urges students to take advantage of the CAST Advising Tutorials page, linked below. On the page, you will find many answers to questions related to registration, policies, the quarter to semester conversion and more. You will also find important links to other content which will help ease you into life at RIT.

You may access the Tutorials Page at the following link. You will need to log in with your RIT Account Username and Password to access the page content.

Advising Overview Tutorials Page

CAST Advising Team

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Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety

Brittany Rourke
Brittany Rourke Academic Advisor

Civil Engineering Technology, Env. Mgmt & Safety
(585) 475-3169
3131 ENT

Mary Finger
Mary Finger Academic Advisor

Civil Engineering Technology, Env. Mgmt & Safety
(585) 475-7793
3103 ENT

The Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology


Lindsay Vallone

Lindsay Vallone Academic Advisor

Electrical, Computer & Telecom Engineering Technology
(585) 475-2172
2111 ENT

In May of 2013, Lindsay Vallone joined the College of Applied Science and Technology as an Academic Advisor in Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology. She is a great problem solver and thoroughly enjoys helping students navigate the waters of higher education. Lindsay started her career at RIT in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships as a financial aid advisor in 2008. Prior to joining the RIT team, she worked as a financial aid counselor at a small technical school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lindsay is very much looking forward to her new role in student advising. Lindsay earned a Master’s degree in Communication and Media Technology from RIT in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Plattsburgh State University in 2005. Never one to sit still, Lindsay was a nationally recognized figure-skater, and enjoys a wide variety of hobbies from motorcycling to knitting. She and her husband foster dogs for a local animal rescue agency, and she is an aspiring long distance runner.


Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology


Mary Ann Donato
Mary Ann Donato Academic Advisor

Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology (585) 475-7603 3107 ENT

I have been an RIT employee for more than 10 years working as a Senior Staff Assistant in the Center for Electronics Manufacturing & Assembly (CEMA) and recently as an Academic Advisor in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology. I earned a B.S. in Management from St. John Fisher College in 1988 and an Advanced Graduate Certificate from RIT in Strategic Training in 2011. I am currently in the process of completing an M.S. degree in Professional Studies at RIT and plan on graduating in spring 2012. I have served on various committees such as Imagine RIT and am currently on the Staff Success & Engagement Committee. I really enjoy my new role as an Advisor and it has been a pleasure to work in this new capacity with students, staff and faculty.

Joyelle Proctor
Joyelle Proctor Academic Advisor

Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
(585) 475-7415
1113 Golisano

I started my RIT career in the Center for Residence Life as a Community Enrichment Coordinator back in 2002. I joined the College of Applied Science in 2006 as an Academic Advisor in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and Packaging Science. I have truly enjoyed my experience working with students in Students Affairs and Academic Affairs. I remain student-centered and appreciate the opportunity to watch students grow.

I earned my Bachelor’s in Science degree in Broadcast Communications from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, a Master’s of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Buffalo State College.

I am very involved on campus. Currently I am a Faculty Member with RIT Leadership Institute, Executive Board member for AALANA Faculty & Staff Association, Co-Chair AALANA Connects Mentoring Program, Participant in RIT Pillars of Hope Chapter and numerous community service events.

In May 2011 I earned the CAST Outstanding Service Award.


Packaging Science


Stefanie Soroka
Stefanie Soroka Academic Advisor

Packaging Science
(585) 475-4974
1117 Golisano

Stefanie Soroka joined the College of Applied Science and Technology in 2005. Her role includes advising students in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and Packaging Science programs. Stefanie received both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at Plattsburgh State. Before coming to RIT in 2005, she worked in a variety of fields including Advising services, Alumni and Student Affairs in North Carolina and New York.


Hospitality and Tourism Management


Jayne Downes
Jayne Downes Academic Advisor

Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management
(585) 475-5575
4194 Eastman

I have been advising Hospitality Students since 2003 and have been at RIT since the early 1990s. My background is in Hospitality and Service, having worked in restaurants and bars, worked for caterers, as a Service Manager, and worked in a hotel starting in housekeeping and working my way up to Front Desk Manager by learning the night audit and payroll.

I earned an M.S. degree in Service Leadership & Innovation at RIT, a BS degree from SUNY Brockport, and an AS degree from Monroe Community College. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to advise the leaders of tomorrow in the Hospitality Industry.


Service Systems


Anne Zachmeyer
Anne Zachmeyer Academic Advisor

Department of Service Systems
(585) 475-5062

Anne is the graduate advisor in the Department of Service Systems. In this position she is responsible for advising all students in the MS in HRD and MS in SLI programs on campus, online and in several international locations. She is also an adjunct instructor for the Human Resource Development program.

Anne began her career at RIT in the School of Applied Industrial Studies in 1987 as a Registration Assistant before moving to the College of Continuing Education and the Career & Human Resource Development program. Anne earned a B.A. in Sociology/Social Welfare from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She also has an M.S. degree in Career and Human Resource Development from RIT with a focus on career development. Her internship was a career counseling pilot program that later developed into the Career Assessment Program. The CAP program was open to the Rochester community and ran for a number of years at RIT and she was one several career counselors.

Anne is currently on the Staff Council at RIT. Professional memberships include the National Academic Advisors Association and past president and member of the National Human Resource Association.



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