Academic Advising in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah helps you make the most of your experience at the U! As a student in Fine Arts you have many people to support you while you are here and your Academic Advisor may be the most important one! To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please call: 801.581.8146
HOW TO GENERATE YOUR DARS: Degree Audit reporting system instructions
Commonly Asked Questions
What is catalog year?
Catalog year is the year you declared your major. When running a DARS report for your major, you should always use the appropriate catalog year. You can do this by clicking the “Generate DARS Report for My Major(s)” link in your CIS.
Why is this important?
Degree requirements can change from year to year. This happens most commonly with major course requirements. You don’t want any surprises, do you? To be sure you are fulfilling the requirements for your particular catalog year, generate DARS for the correct year – YOUR catalog year.
What do I get with Academic Advising?
Read more at the What do I get with Academic Advising page.
College of Fine Arts Advisors
Office: MCD 126, 801.581.8146 for appointments, Email
Kira has over three years experience teaching, advising, and counseling students. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 2005. During her time on campus she worked with the Housing and Residential Education, University Tutoring Services, the CLEAR Program: Center for Engineering Leadership and the Utah Daily Chronicle. Since graduating from the University of Utah, Kira obtained a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana, where she was also an instructor. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of women’s health non-profit organizations across the country. Kira brings a vast skill-set and knowledge of student services and advocacy work to her advising to keep quality student experiences as the focus of what the College of Fine Arts does best. Kira also sits on the board of directors for the National Women’s Health Network. In her free time, she frequently sets aside time to draw or paint and can often be found with a camera in hand.
Lena May-Fraser, M.S., College of Fine Arts Academic Advisor
Office: PAB 216, 801.581.8146 for appointments, Email
Originally from Montana, Lena received her BS and MS in Psychological Science from Montana State University. She has served most recently as a general academic advisor at Montana State University in the Academic Advising Center and specialized in pre-medicine advising. She has coordinated an introductory psychology course, supervised graduate teaching assistants, and taught the first-year seminar for incoming students. Lena has also served as an academic counselor for TRiO – Student Support Services and coordinated a student retention initiative for the Office of the Provost. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue working with students in higher education and is excited to collaborate with and assist Fine Arts students as they navigate the University of Utah.
Nevon Bruschke, Art & Art History
Office: ART 161, 801.581.8677 for appointments, Email
Nevon has been with the University of Utah since 1992. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and earned a BS from the University of Utah in Exercise, Sports Science and Health with a Secondary Teaching Certification. She has worked with elementary and secondary students, but loves the University of Utah, especially the art and art history students. Nevon enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, and if time permits, also enjoys playing the piano, reading, boating, baking and watching a good movie.
Faye Barron, Theatre
Office: PAB 206, 801.581.6448 for appointments, Email
Faye is the Academic Advisor for the Department of Theatre. She has worked for the Department of Theatre since 1998.
Advising Philosophy: My Advising Philosophy is to have an open door policy. I am available to answer questions, offer support, and help you explore positive learning experiences. If I do not have the answer, I have the resources to connect you with someone who does. For over a decade, being a student advocate has been the most rewarding part of my job. I believe each student is our most important customer and our best product.
Mary Ann Dresher, Music
Office: DGH 434, 801.585.1563 for appointments, Email
Mary Ann Dresher, a mezzo-soprano, has soloed throughout the Intermountain West with such groups as the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West, the Southwest Symphony and Orchestra, America West Symphony and Chorus, and the Davis County Civic Chorale and Orchestra. Singing frequently in opera roles at Kingsbury Hall, most recently, The Magic Flute, Dresher has also performed Das Lied von der Erde with Paradigm Concert Series in Salt Lake City. In 2004, she performed as Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods at Murray Arts in the Park and with Westminster Players and in the summer of 2005, she was Dame Quickly in Falstaff at La Musica Lirica’s performances in Novafeltria and one in Pesaro in Italy, with Joseph Rescigno, conductor.