SSS Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 1, August 2016


Ave Maria University recognizes that many students face a variety of challenges adapting to the academic requirements of a university education. Our Student Support staff is dedicated to supporting all of our students in the pursuit of academic excellence. Learning support is available free of charge in the form of tutoring for all subject areas, academic counseling, and teaching study skills. Where? At “the Hub,” Ave Maria’s tutoring center, on the second floor of the Student Union building. Adaptive Services are also available for students with documented disabilities.

Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Student Support Team


Mon - Thurs: 10am - 10pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 4pm - 10pm

Find us in The Hub, on 2nd floor of the Student Union
  • Academic advising for undeclared students*
  • Course selection & registration
  • Selection of majors/minors
  • Individualized study plans
  • Counseling regarding study skills and time management
  • Support for transfer students 
  • Peer tutoring for all subjects
  • Individual and group tutoring
  • Peer review of term papers
  • Accommodations for students with documented disabilities
  • Guidance regarding academic probation and scholarship status
  • Referrals for clinical counseling
*Students who have declared a major are assigned a faculty member in that discipline to advise the student regarding courses and careers.


Peer tutoring at Ave Maria is offered by students who excel in particular subjects and receive faculty approval to tutor. Tutors are usually juniors, seniors, or graduate students, and they are trained by our staff. Each tutor is scheduled for several hours a week. No appointment is needed and tutoring is free. Tutoring occurs at the learning center known as “the Hub,” located on the second floor of the Student Union building. Tutoring schedules for various subjects are available in the Hub. Tutors are paid by the university and approach their work in a serious but friendly manner. Tutoring is available sixty (60) hours a week, every day but Saturday. See the schedule of Hub hours in this newsletter.
All incoming students are assigned to one of four Student Support Advisors. Once students declare a major, they are assigned a Faculty Academic Advisor. So what's the difference?
     Student Support Advisor           
  • Advises students in general academic matters (i.e., core curriculum, study skills and strategies, course selection, and course registration)
  • Offers guidance in the exploration of various major/minor options for students who have not yet declared a major
     Faculty Academic Advisor
  • Offers expert advice regarding courses and majors within his or her specific discipline
  • Approves a student's classes for registration each semester
  • Serves as a resource for information regarding graduate programs, internships, and career paths


Ave Maria University is proud of the dedicated members of its Student Support team who work together to offer students the support needed to learn, excel and thrive at AMU.

Janet Holtfreter, former AMU student-athlete, is now Academic Advisor and the dynamic Manager of Student Support Services Read more...

Maria Padron, an Honors graduate of AMU, is our newest Academic Advisor Read more...

Lawrence Doherty, with teaching and counseling experience in high schools and colleges, now serves as Academic Advisor Read more...

Sharon O'Reilly, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and Director of Adaptive Services Read more...


Ave Maria University is committed to ensuring that each qualified individual with disabilities has an equal opportunity to take part in all of the educational and employment related  programs and services offered by the University. The following services are available as accommodations to our students.
  • Tutoring
  • Extended time on tests (time and a half)
  • Isolated testing environment
  • Readers for tests
  • Books on tape
  • Learning lab with adaptive technology, ie. Kurzweil 3000
  • Tape recordings of lectures
  • Instruction in study strategies
  • Confidential interview and record management
  • Counselor assistance to facilitate applicable accommodations
Student Union - Office 1073

Counseling Services at Ave Maria University are provided free of charge to students and utilize the best practices of mental health treatment along with Christian principles to support students as they pursue their educational goals. Common concerns that college students bring to this office involve: adjustment, stress and time management, alcohol/drugs, anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, eating disorders, and relationship issues. Services offered include:
  • Individual personal counseling
  • Mental health consultation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medical and psychiatric referrals
  • Workshops, discussion groups, and video screenings
Ana Maria Li-Rosi, LMHC, NCC, Director of Clinical Counseling Read more...
John A. Aragona, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Learn more...

Student Union - Office 2031


What's FERPA? The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Why should I fill it out? It permits AMU to disclose the student's confidential personal information to designated third parties, such as parents or guardians.

Where can I find it? From the registrar, any Student Support Advisor, or in the forms section of our webpage.
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