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About Your Instructors

Hello UGST 1000! We are looking forward to a great semester with all of you. The first year seminar is designed to introduce you to major/career resources, study skills tools, and connect you to the UNT campus community. W hope you will find the materials, assignments and activities in this class useful to support your academic transition and help you decide your academic path. Here is a little information about your UGST 1000 Instructors and Peer Mentor:

Laura Pasquini , Academic Counselor & Instructor (@laurapasquini)

 Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, I have called Dallas, TX home for almost the last four years. Many of my scholastic and professional experiences have placed me in a variety of locations, including upstate NY, Ohio, Paris, London, and Toronto. Besides instructing this course, I am an Academic Counselor with the Office of Exploring Majors and a doctoral student with the Learning Technologies department in the College of Information. My PhD program is the Applied Technologies and Performance Improvement (ATPI) with a minor in Management & Educational Research. My research lies in the areas of open education and collaborative learning environments for both learning and training development. When I’m busy not researching or studying, I can often be found reading a good book, doing something active (cycling, swimming, running or yoga), flying on a jet plane (I LOVE to travel), practicing my guitar skills, snapping photos, blogging, enjoying a concert, or catching up with family/friends both near and far.

Although I was not an undergraduate student at UNT, I am quite familiar with what it means to “find your way” both academically and professionally. My bachelor’s degree was in English & History at the University of Guelph, and then I pursued a Masters in Education at Niagara University. Along the way I have worked in Advertising, Sales, Education (K-12 & Higher Ed), Hospitality/Tourism, International Education, Recreation and Corporate Training. I believe that there are many roads that will lead you where you want to go; you just have to be open to new experiences along the way. I look forward to helping you start your journey and navigate your way this semester.

Erin Day, Academic Counselor & Instructor (@d_erin)

Wow, not really sure how I can follow Laura’s introduction. My story is not nearly that exciting.

I am a Kansas girl, born and raised. Some of your core courses will be larger than my hometown. That’s right. Hope, KS has a population of 400 and my graduating class was 15. K-12 in Hope was in the same building!

My undergrad degree was earned through a couple institutions and I learned to value the role of my academic advisor in the transfer process. I spent a year at Barton County Community College before moving on to Kansas State University where I earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. I know, I know. A little random. I thought I wanted to work with agricultural patents (i.e. cloning). Along the way I worked at several different higher ed instutions and was hooked. My master’s is in Higher Education with a Community College focus here at the University of North Texas. I am now the director of advising for the Mayborn School of Journalism.

My family has called Texas home for seven years. My husband owns a farrier service. Go check it out if you don’t know what that is. It is a pretty interesting gig. My son, Tobin, just started Kindergarten this week. My baby, Caitlin, will be a year in September. You guessed it. Chasing after this crew keeps me fairly busy but if I ever have spare time you catch me baking, attempting to broaden my German skills and cheering on a college athletics team, preferably basketball but football will do.

Just remember that learning is a lifelong process. There is no reason to worry if you find yourself following a different path than you had planned by the end of this course. You’re not alone. We’ll learn, grow and explore together.

Adriene Tate, Peer Mentor (@ARTatePR)

Prior to arriving at the University of North Texas, I’ve lived my entire life in Port Arthur, TX. I am currently a senior at the Mayborn School of Journalism studying Strategic Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. My minors are Marketing and Social Science with an emphasis in History and Political Science. My interest in journalism varies from social media, advertising and media relations. I hold an officer position in two professional journalism organizations: National Association of Black Journalism (NABJ) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Beside my involvement in journalism, I serve as a resident assistant at Maple Hall and a peer mentor for the Black Student Experience.


For the last two years, North Texas has not cease to amaze me. From finding the right resources on campus or just wanting to make new friends you can find it all at UNT. Please use me as your resource. I am always happy to answer any questions concerning academics or campus involvement.

“Learning is the discovery that something is possible.” ~Fritz Perls


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