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Who is My Advisor?

 

All first-year students are assigned a first-year advisor.  Advisor assignments are based on last name. We recommend students meet with their First-Year Advisor at least two to three times each semester. Your First-Year Advisor is available to help with college success and the transition to college, course selection, change of major, career planning, and transfer planning. 

  

  

For NEW students beginning in Fall 2015, please select the tab in which your last name falls to find out your First Year Advisor's contact information and advising availability.

For RETURNING students still in their first full year at the college (2014-2015 school year and prior), 
please follow the previous format: A-H, I-R and N-Z.

Last Name Begins With

First Year Advisor

Contact Information

 

 

 A - F  

Photo - Jose Salazar   

Jose E. Salazar, B.S. 
 

Phone -  908-526-1200 x8944
E-mail -  
Jose.Salazar@raritanval.edu

Advising Availability  

Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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 close iconJosé Salazar moved from Sarchi, Costa Rica to Bound Brook, New Jersey when he was 8 years old. He earned an Associate of Arts in Business at Raritan Valley Community College, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business at Montclair State University. He is currently working on a MBA with concentrations in Marketing Research Insights and Analytics and Business Strategy at Rutgers University. His favorite sports teams are the NY Jets, MIA Heat, NY Yankees, NY Red Bull, NJ Devils and Arsenal.

Last Name Begins With

First Year Advisor

Contact Information

 

 G - M

 

Photo - Andrea Cappello    

Andrea N. Cappello, M.Ed.

Phone -  908-526-1200 x8633
E-mail -  
 Andrea.Cappello@raritanval.edu

Advising Availability 

Monday 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.  
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
Show Advisor Bio
 close iconAndrea Cappello is originally from Hackettstown, NJ and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey. After teaching high school English for a few years, she decided to pursue a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. She is excited to be back in her home state working with students in the First Year Experience office at RVCC. In her downtime, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, cooking, baking, and reading.

Last Name Begins With

First Year Advisor

Contact Information

 

 

N - Z

Photo - David Ross   

  David J. Ross, Ph.D.

Phone -  908-526-1200 x8921 
E-mail -  
David.Ross@raritanval.edu  

Advising Availability 

Monday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 am - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Show Advisor Bio
close iconHi, my name is David Ross and I am the Director of the First-Year Experience Program and the First-Year Advisor to students whose names begin with the letters M-Z. I am a NJ native and have been working in higher education for over 13 years. I graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor's degree in Latin (yes, Latin!) and Master's Degree in Counseling & Higher Education. I  completed my Ph.D. at Walden University in Psychology and currently am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology and Student Development. The first-year of college is an exciting time. You will be exposed to so many new concepts and people. The habits you establish during your first semester will be those that help you succeed in your first year and beyond. My goal is to help you achieve your academic and career goals so that you continue on a path to success! If you ever have questions just stop by my office and I will be happy to help! I also teach "The College Experience" course which helps students adjust to the college environment through learning time management, college study skills and excellent critical thinking habits. I'm an avid Eagles, Phillies and Flyers fan, and enjoy spending time with my family including four kids.  

Student Ambassadors    

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Name: Ella Marie Bunsa
High School: Koinonia Academy
High School Graduation Date: May 2014
RVCC Major: Liberal Arts
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Clubs/Activities: Phi Theta Kappa
Interests/Hobbies: I love to read, play volleyball, spend time with my family and go to the beach as often as possible.

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Name: Nicole Friend
High School: Bernardsville High School
High School Graduation Date: June 2013
RVCC Major: Social Work
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Clubs/Activities: Student Ambassador, Vice President of CRU, EOF, Student Worker
Interests/Hobbies: Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Camping, Swimming, Scuba Diving, Travel, Dancing.

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Name: Keaton Gray
High School: North Hunterdon High School
High School Graduation Date: June 2013
RVCC Major: Liberal Arts - Social Science
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: August 2015
Clubs/Activities: President of the Reflection Room Planning Board
Interests/Hobbies: I seek change and transformative experiences. I ride horses, I yoga, I hike, I write, I create, I travel, I laugh, I love. I will be continue on to study how mindfulness, expressive art, and connection to nature aides in one's healing process.

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Name: Laura Nicholson
High School:
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RVCC Major: Physics
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Clubs/Activities: Astronomy Club, The Alliance, Student Government
Interests/Hobbies: Astronomy, Biology, Science Fiction, Origami, Cultivation of Cacti

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Name: Hadir El Farra
High School: Bound Brook High School
High School Graduation Date: June 2012
RVCC Major: Business Administration and Event Planning
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: May 2015
Clubs/Activities: Muslim Student Association, Intentional Culture Association, Slap Board, Sister to Sister, NJ Start Scholar, EOF Funded Student, Mile’s Program Graduate (Multicultural Initiative for Leadership & Excellence), and Kent Graduate.
Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, tennis, basketball and all the above!

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Name: Alexa Werrlein
High School: Bridgewater-Raritan High School
High School Graduation Date: June 2013
RVCC Major: Digital Media/Film Studies
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2015
Clubs/Activities: Psychology Club
Interests/Hobbies: Working with children, film (making and watching them), rock climbing, BBQing with family and the ocean.

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Name: Jerry Vogel
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Student Assistant

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Name: Melanye Nuñez
High School: Manville High School
High School Graduation Date: June 2013
RVCC Major: Liberal Arts - Social Science
RVCC Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
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At the end of your first two semesters at RVCC students will be transitioned to the Advising and Counseling Services Office.

The First Year Experience Office is located on the 1st floor of the College Center in suite C-143.

  Contact FYE! -   fye@raritanval.edu or 908-526-1200 x8522


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