University of Wisconsin–Madison
Providing central coordination for the undergraduate advising and career services communities

Orientation Advising Team (OAT)

OAT is a re-invention of the long standing SOAR Advising Committee – expanding its role to focus to the educational and philosophical priorities of advising new students. The committee is responsible for planning and implementing the SOAR advising program, as well as exploring the links between SOAR and the fall semester Academic Orientations.

This committee is intended to take advantage of the recent changes to the University’s advising structure by relying on the staff and resources in both the Center for the First-Year Experience and the Office of Undergraduate Advising to carry out its priorities.

OAT meets approximately every other week for 90 minutes during the academic year, starting in October.  OAT meets 5-6 times in the summer during SOAR.

Katie Paar, Office of the Registrar

Kristin Armstrong, School of Human Ecology

Jackson Kennedy, Wisconsin School of Business

Ryan Zavodnik, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Chris Diorio, Center for the First Year Experience

Kate Knudson, School of Nursing

Carrie Kruse, University Libraries (College Library)

Diana Maki, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Katie Seibel, Office of Admissions

Dana Wieners, Cross-College Advising Service

Nikki Witt Penwell, College of Letters & Science

Nathan Phelps, FIGS & Course Access

Catherine Turng, College of Engineering

Todd Reck, Enrollment Management

Dave Sedor, Intercollegiate Athletics Academic Services

Christine Evans, Letters & Science Honors Program

Michael Sullivan, School of Education

Chris Verhaeghe, Center for the First-Year Experience

Todd Reck, School of Music

Amy Zwaska, School of Pharmacy

Jen Walsh, Chair, Office of Undergraduate Advising


OAT meeting schedules and minutes can be accessed on the committee’s wiki page (please note, UW-Madison NetID authentication is required to access the wiki).

OAT has a representative from each advising unit at SOAR. The members are appointed by their school/college/advising unit each year.

To indicate your interest in joining OAT, please take the OUA Committee Interest Survey.