About Our Team
Neal Conley, M.A., Director, Academic Resource Center
Outside of work I enjoy…cooking, painting, making music, watching films and TV, listening to NPR, brewing beer, and reading.
When I went to college I wish I would have known... to investigate the possibility of studying abroad. There is a real window of opportunity that may not present itself in the same way later in life!
Dolly Scott-Payne, Office Coordinator
Outside of work I enjoy…experimenting with the preparation of exotic dishes for my husband to try out. I also love reading, singing, sculpting and watching documentaries and mysteries.
When I went to college I wish I would have known... how to FULLY utilize the benefit of having access to academic advisement. By doing so, I would have taken courses that would have accelerated the attainment of my degree.
Continuing Studies Advisors
Brian Foley, M.Ed., Senior Advisor
Outside of work I enjoy…running, visiting the Jersey shore, vegetable gardening, and movies.
When I went to college I wish I would have known…the benefits of having a job on campus. Working on campus saves time commuting from class to work and you can make valuable connections with faculty and staff. I did work on campus starting in my junior and senior year and it inspired me to become a higher education professional.
Myriah Lipke, M.A.
Outside of work I enjoy…spending time with my family, eating a variety of delicious foods, and the local music scene.
When I went to college I wish I would have known… to put 10 hours a week into each course and attend my professors' office hours regularly to have the best shot at As.
Jun Qiao, M.A.
Outside of work I enjoy... reading and traveling with family and friends.
When I went to college I wish I would have known... the practical ways of learning.
University Studies Advisors
Nathalie Mondesir, M.P.A., Senior Advisor
University Studies students A-Fh
Outside of work I enjoy... Learning French (J’aime francais!) and reading about the Tudor Dynasty.
When I went to college I wish I would have known... how valuable an experience doing a study abroad semester would be. Not going abroad while in school is my biggest regret.
Irina Veramidis, M.Ed.
University Studies students Fi-Le
Outside of work I enjoy… trying the various restaurants Philadelphia has to offer, discovering new music, and traveling.
When I went to college I wish I would have known… reaching out for help from faculty and administration isn't a sign of weakness or failure; it just means a little extra-help is needed to achieve your personal and academic goals.
Leanna R. Arnold, B.A.
University Studies students Lf-Rn
Outside of work I enjoy…traveling, cooking vegetarian dishes, exploring the city, and spending time on my roof deck with friends.
When I went to college I wish I would have known…the various dual-major, minor, and certificate options that were compatible with my major. These degree options can help you become academically diverse and can make you stand out in the job market.
Tracy L. Malz, M.S.
University Studies students Ro-S
Outside of work I enjoy…spending time with my friends and family, laughing at my children as they explore the world, catching up on celebrity gossip, and eating Mexican food.
When I went to college I wish I would have known…the importance of gaining experience before declaring my major. Although I thought being a lawyer was my best option, after working for attorneys before senior year, I realized I needed to pursue a different path.
International Student Advisor
Joanne B. Garfield, M.A.
University Studies students T-Z
Outside of work I enjoy… traveling, coffee with friends, spending time with my family, reading and meditating. I also love spending time at my "happy place," My Fairtrade Lady in South Jersey, my friend's fairtrade store.
When I went to college I wish I would have known… about study abroad opportunities and taken advantage of one. A global perspective is critical in today's world.
Peer advisors work at the Academic Resource Center's front desk and play an integral role advising students during orientation. Peer Advisors are the frontline of the office. They greet you with a friendly smile when you walk in the door, they answer your questions, refer you to campus resources, and guide you when picking classes during the sometimes overwhelming, yet always exciting orientation process.
For Peer Advisor profiles and more information about what they do please see our Peer Advisor page. You may also review our peer manual. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!
Peer mentors are former University Studies Undeclared students who have since declared their major and are here to talk to University Studies students about their experiences. Formal mentorships are available or you may see our amazing mentor staff in the office. Please see our Peer Mentor page for more information.
Who We Serve
The Academic Resource Center serves four student populations:
University Studies students are degree students but have not yet declared their major.
Continuing Studies students are non-degree students, meaning they are not currently in a degree program at Temple.
Global Exchange Program students are students enrolled as non-degree students for one or two semesters through a competive exchange program offered by Temple University.
Students in Transition are Temple students not quite sure of their academic path. This group includes students undeclared in other schools or colleges at Temple and students considering changing their major or school or college.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Continuing Studies will hold evening hours on Wednesday 1/16 and 1/23 until 6:30 pm
The Academic Resource Center
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19122
University Studies general questions: email@example.com
Continuing Studies general questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Student advising questions: email@example.com
Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM. If you are not already on campus, please remember to leave extra time for parking and walking to our building so you are able to arrive on time for your appointment. If you are meeting with us for the first time please arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork.
Please call to schedule an appointment.
We also see students on a walk-in basis during designated hours. Express Advising is for advising sessions that will take no longer than 15 minutes. If your situation requires more time we may ask you to schedule an appointment for a future date. Please note: new Continuing Studies students must schedule an appointment.
Express Advising hours:
9 AM – 11 AM
2 PM – 4 PM
9 AM – 11 AM
2 PM – 4 PM
9 AM – 11 AM
2 PM – 4 PM