Purdue Science

Marsha Rhees, M.S.

Marsha Rhees ยป Syllabus


Purdue Advising Mission Statement:
Our mission is to partner with students, faculty, staff, departments, and administration to empower students to develop and implement an individualized plan for academic success, personal and career development, while integrating learning and enrichment within the University and community, as well as assisting students in understanding the nature, purpose, and value of higher education.

Goals of Advising:
My primary goal is to provide you with opportunities for success by assisting you with your educational goals throughout your educational journey at Purdue.

This syllabus is a tool designed to outline the advising experience. Advising is essential to the educational mission of our institution. Included in the syllabus is a set of student expectations and responsibilities as well as a set of expectations and responsibilities of me as your advisor. This syllabus is to be used as a resource and guide. Refer to it often throughout the semester.

Learning Objectives:
By participating in academic advising you will:

  • Identify fields of study that are consistent with your interests, abilities, and life goals.
  • Know how to navigate myPurduePlan (MPP) and locate your degree worksheet.
  • Develop and implement a meaningful educational plan.
  • Know how to locate University policies and procedures regarding registration, academic standing, and student conduct.
  • Know where and how to access appropriate support services to accommodate your unique needs.
  • Develop an awareness of your own personal responsibility within the advising process.

Responsibilities in the Advisor-Student Partnership

Advisor Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Understand Purdue College of Science degree requirements and effectively communicate them

Schedule regular appointments  and/or utilize walk-in hours during each semester

Provide a safe place in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests

Understand your degree requirements and ask questions if you are unsure

Refer you to campus resources as appropriate

Keep a record of your academic progress and goals

Listen carefully to your questions, concerns, and interests

Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions

Maintain confidentiality

Come to appointments prepared

Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success

Actively read my e-mail and be open to advice and developing your personal goals.

Assist you in making course and major decisions

Utilize campus resources to investigate career and life goals

Be available to you through walk-in hours, e-mail, and appointment times

Be courteous and attend the advising appointments you have scheduled on time or reschedule them



Your Purdue email account is your primary form of contact with the University.  Please keep your account functional and check it frequently.   Do not forward your Purdue email to a personal account.  Your Purdue email is the primary way the university, professors, or your advisor will communicate with you about academic issues, grades, class cancellations, and financial tasks.

Appointment or Walk-in?

I work on an appointment basis to discuss all registration or class scheduling issues. I have walk-in hours daily, but please utilize these times for quick questions that can be answered in a 10 minute time span in order to allow all students to access me when needed.  For available walk-ins, please email or check my walk-in calendar, http://www.science.purdue.edu/Current_Students/advising/advisor-walk-in-schedule.html


You will check-in for all appointments and walk-in times in LWSN 1123. Please do not come to straight to my office, wait for me to come get you from the main office.

Registration Appointments

You are required to meet with me, in person, once a semester to discuss registration and obtain your registration pin.  You cannot receive your pin via email.   Registration Appointments can be made at https://purdue.campus.eab.com/

I understand things come up like sickness and emergencies, just be courteous to my time and my other advisees.  Please cancel your appointment online and reschedule.  If you miss your registration appointment, please email me as soon as possible if you need to re-schedule.


You are required to be prepared for your advising appointments. This includes:

  • Reviewing your degree requirements and plan of study
  • Updating your Student Educational Planner (SEP)
  • Checking myPurduePlan (MPP) for any discrepancies
  • Preparing a list of questions and concerns
  • Preparing a rough list of courses to plan for the next semester

In our appointments, you can expect me to challenge you about your future plan and goals.  Please consider your career path holistically based on your goals and abilities.  This helps me to provide you with better recommendations, as well as available campus resources that will aid in your success.