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Student Advising Center Advising Team

Helping you navigate the college experience while working toward your academic goals

Meet Our Advisors

Your advisor is here to guide you through your first year: answering questions, choosing a major, connecting you to campus resources, and much, much more!

For advising appointments, call 620-341-5421. We are located on the first floor of Plumb Hall, Room 106.

Helpful information on preparing for your appointment

Kathy Landwehr: She/Her/Hers


Kathy began working in the Career Services office at ESU in 1996. In 2000, she joined the Advising Center. Kathy was a first generation college student and oversees the First Generation college student initiative on campus She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and a BS in Integrated Studies from Fort Hays State University. Currently, Kathy advises the Elementary Education and Undecided students. Kathy is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and has presented at numerous National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conferences.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths: Restorative, Harmony, Responsibility, Intellection, Empathy

Dr. Catherine Bergman: She/Her/Hers

Academic Advisor

Dr. Catherine (Kate) Bergman has been teaching flute at Emporia State University since 2002. She currently directs the ESU Flute Choir, teaches applied flute and music appreciation classes, and serves as a part-time faculty advisor in the Student Advising Center. Dr. Bergman has worked in the SAC office since 2010.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths: Achiever, Learner, Input, Responsibility, Belief

Becca McKenzie: She/Her/Hers

Senior Academic Advisor

Becca moved to Emporia and began working in the ESU Department of Art office in 2015. She joined the Advising Center in July 2017. She has a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Organismal/Population Ecology from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Becca advises the Sciences, Math, Economics, and HPER majors. She is also our resident “Crazy Dog Lady” and works with her three dogs in flyball, tricks, and nosework.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths: Ideation, Relator, Analytical, Responsibility, Woo

Cassie Dieker:  SHE/HER/HERS

Administrative Specialist

Cassie joined the Student Advising Center in January of 2022.  Prior to coming to ESU, Cassie worked for USD 252 in the Board Office.  She has BS in History with an emphasis in Archival Studies and a minor in Marketing from Pittsburg State University.  Cassie coaches softball, basketball, and track for the Emporia Express Special Olympics team.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths:  Context, Learner, Responsibility, Harmony, Input

Alex Kuhlmann: (he/him/his)

Academic Advisor

Alex joined the Student Advising Center in June of 2022. Prior to coming to ESU, Alex taught high school mathematics for five years. In 2015 he graduated from ESU with a BSE in Mathematics Education, and most recently graduated with a MS in Academic Advising from Kansas State University in December of 2021. Alex is the biggest sports fan in the office as his office is filled with various Kansas City sports things.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths:   Adaptability , Communication, Includer, Belief, Responsibility