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I believe Education is the driving force in creating a better, more just and equitable civil society. I would therefore be happy to assist you with planning your BA degree, help you identify options if you experience challenges or difficulties and explore ways to enhance your educational experience.
If you are currently studying in a different Faculty and are wondering whether the Bachelor of Arts degree would be a better fit for your interests and goals, I would be happy to meet to discuss the possibility of a transfer to the BA degree.
Kanella (Nellie) Voudouris
As you plan your BA degree, deciphering all those rules and regulations can be confusing. My role is to help you gain a better understanding of how the BA degree is structured. The flexibility of the BA degree enables you to achieve your academic goals by designing a degree program that caters towards your interests. The key to your success is to develop these interests, so that you are more engaged both inside and outside the classroom. If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies, I am here to discuss your academic options with you. I have been an Arts academic advisor for many years so I know the Faculty and the University community extremely well. My approach and experience fosters an encouraging and supportive environment for you as you use our resources to successfully complete your degree.
One of the high points of my job is that I oversee the Arts Student Advising Program. ASAP is a student outreach program and our ASAPs assist our office by doing front-line advising. They have been selected because they genuinely want to help their fellow students. Along with the ASAPs, I see all my student advisees through the student life cycle from being newly admitted, to the time they graduate. I also oversee the student outreach events, such as Orientation/Discover McGill, CEGEP Information Day, the Arts Program Fair, Parent’s Tent and Open House, and I oversee volunteer ambassadors at Arts Convocations. I am one of the first persons you will meet at Orientation and I will be one of the first persons to greet you at Convocation. I am also a member of the University Senate (2016-2019).
My favourite part of what I do... is meeting with you! If you are a newly admitted student starting out in your U0 Freshman year, pass by the information counter at OASIS and just ask for me. No appointment necessary! I'd be happy to review and approve your Freshman course selection, or to discuss any issues that might arise for you during your U0 year. I'm also available right through to your graduation.
My undergraduate degree is from McGill in Sociology and Women's Studies, and I'm very passionate about feminism and social justice issues. I also enjoy good food, fashion, and especially music, blogging about music, and oh yeah, music!
Feeling like you could be getting more out of your university experience? Wondering how your B.A. is going to advance your career path? Unsure about what you’re going to do after graduation? OASIS is pleased to offer Arts students an in-house Career Adviser. Linking the value of your degree to the quality of your own personal and professional development, the Career Adviser helps you connect your undergraduate experiences to “what comes next.” By learning to strategically develop oneself through the access and engagement of University resources, opportunities, and experiences, Arts students learn to leverage their most important asset for life-long learning and success!
To help better connect your university experience to what comes next, book an appointment today with your Arts OASIS Career Adviser, Brandy Jugandi, at brandy.jugandi [at] mcgill.ca.
Need an answer? Not sure who to ask? As Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator, I provide front-line academic advising for Arts Students at OASIS. Whether you’re unsure of where to go, how to plan your degree, how to navigate the McGill network, or just have general questions, I’m here to help. I work on Study Away, Transfer Credits, the Arts OASIS website and send out regular communications about upcoming events and academic deadlines to students via e-mail and our social media platforms. Throughout the year, I also collaborate with OASIS’ various advisers on different projects ranging from freshman advising, inter-faculty transfers and graduation. Feel free to send an email to advisor.arts [at] mcgill.ca with any questions you might have.
Students: If you are encountering problems with the IUT-CREPUQ process or have questions about transfer credits, you may email studyaway.arts [at] mcgill.ca or get a drop-in with me.
Staff: For administrative related issues do not hesitate to contact me.
Are you thinking about spreading your wings and flying away to study at another university for a semester? As the Faculty of Arts OASIS Study Away Coordinator, Anne's duties include approval of bilateral exchange and independent study away applications. She and her colleagues present information sessions on applying for a study away or bilateral exchange semester. She is available by email, info sessions, question and answer sessions, and appointments. Anne also helps students at the Arts OASIS counter. She started working at McGill in 1976 but left McGill in 1991 to work at the University of Guelph. Anne returned to McGill in 2006 at which time she promised to remain at McGill until she retires!
Anne has two children, two grandchildren and two dogs. She loves animals, gardening and loves being on McGill campus end of August when students return and the campus becomes alive again.
Assistant to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, I receive all student requests and process all student matters that involve, or appeal to, Professor Miranda Hickman.
As a mother of triplets and recent McGill graduates, I well understand the challenges that you may encounter while achieving your undergraduate degree. I completed a Certificate of Public Relations at McGill while working here and really enjoy being a life-long learner. I also look forward to celebrating with you the reward of your success at graduation!
A.S.A.P.s (Arts Student Advising Program)
ASAPs are senior Arts students who provide peer advising through the OASIS office. They have a wealth of firsthand knowledge of student life at McGill and university procedures. If you would like to speak to someone who can understand exactly what you are experiencing right now, don’t hesitate to reach out to an ASAP. They can assist you throughout the summer and the academic year. You can reach them between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays via their online chat or in person at the OASIS counter!
Welcome from Professor Miranda Hickman, Acting Associate Dean, Student Affairs
At Arts OASIS, we think of the university experience as multifaceted—and students as multidimensional individuals. Academic advising is at the core of our mandate. We are here to assist you with degree planning and to help you think about how to make the most of your time at McGill in the Faculty of Arts. We can provide resources, both in person and on the web, for you to position the work you do in your individual programs (your majors and your minors), together with extracurriculars, in the context of a larger picture – of both your degree and of your future.
Our motto—indicating our commitment to the Faculty of Arts, and work in the Humanities and Social Sciences—is “It starts with Arts.” Yet what we also emphasize is that your Arts degree starts with you. We will work with you to make sure your degree is on course; but in larger terms, we can also help assess your areas of interest, strengths, needs, and preferred paths, toward possible futures. We can also refer you to services around campus ready to support your health and wellness at McGill.
Today, those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts can feel under pressure to justify their choice to work in the Humanities and Social Sciences when many choose to move into areas such as science, engineering, and management. Yet Arts graduates are widely recognized, and valued, for their critical thinking, communication skills, capacity for empathy, cultural awareness, sense of the past, knowledge of diverse traditions around the globe, ability to cross divides of nation and language, and creativity.
As Dean Antonia Maioni of the Faculty of Arts notes, Arts graduates are known for being the “best prepared for the unexpected”—well equipped to be flexible in a rapidly evolving contemporary climate. (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/arts-graduates-a...).
The late Steve Jobs of Apple underscored the importance of including Arts graduates in professional teams for their creative thinking. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/steve-jobs-technology-alone-is-...
So whether there’s a specific question on your mind about your paths while at university – or a broader-brush question about what you might step to after the BA, and how the many aspects of university experience here can support that direction, please be in touch with Arts OASIS.
This year, on our website and in our office on the first floor of Dawson Hall, we have available newly enhanced resources for Study Away, Degree Planning, and assessment of your skills, interests, and needs. We also offer a career-focused academic advisor on site. Please come to the front window at Dawson Hall, where our team can address your initial queries – and if it’s the best option, we’re glad to arrange for a follow-up meeting with one of the Faculty Advisors at OASIS.