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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

Shelly Gehrke, PhD

Assistant Provost
Enrollment Management and Academic Success

Shelly joined ESU in June 2010. She was previously at the University of Minnesota and The University of Texas. She has published and frequently presented at national conferences, especially on the topic of students on academic probation. Shelly has a PhD in Higher Education Administration and a MEd in College Student Personnel and Administration from The University of Texas (Austin). Her BS is from Stephen F. Austin (Nacogdoches, TX) in Environmental Science with a second major in Public Relations.

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

Kathy Landwehr

Associate Director

Kathy began working in the Career Services office at ESU in 1996. In 2000, she joined the Advising Center. 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

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

James Keating

Academic Advisor

James joined the Advising Center in October of 2018. Prior to working at ESU, he was an advisor at University of Northern Iowa and has been a professional in higher education since 2013. James has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies. Before becoming a professional advisor, James lived abroad in Lima, Peru and has lived in five different US states. James was a first generation student and truly enjoys helping students develop an academic plan that will help them reach their personal, education and career goals.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths: Context, Restorative, Adaptability, Empathy, Harmony

Becca McKenzie

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

Rachael Richardson

Administrative Specialist

Rachael joined the Student Advising Center in March of 2015. Originally, from the Emporia area, she has a BS in Sociology, with an emphasis in Family Studies, from Emporia State University. In addition to being a wife and mom to three kids, she also keeps busy with her family's farm.

Top 5 Clifton Strengths: Communication, Harmony, Positivity, Includer, Developer