Chavis Accepts Challenge of Advising

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Published on October 22, 2014

Look no further for help navigating through the maze affectionately known as college courses. Tracey Chavis rises to the challenge of advising the Housatonic student population.

Chavis, currently an Academic Advisor in HCC’s Academic Advising Center, is no stranger to academia. This UCONN alumnus spent decades working in various departments in higher education. His past high ranking positions include serving as a dean at St. Vincent’s College of Nursing and a Director of Financial Aid. However, these did not provide him with the student interaction he prefers.

When asked about the types of awards he’s earned over the years Chavis jokes he “can’t remember them all.” Most are merit and performance based, reflecting his continuing capability to go above and beyond. Despite this, gaining said accolades proved to be a trying task.

As one of the two academic advisors, he works with new and continuing students towards building schedules and interpreting the curriculum specific to their goals. He handles all transcript credit evaluation as well. Chavis admits that this job requires him to be a “jack of all trades.” While professors are the experts in their respective fields, in order to better serve students, he needs to have general knowledge of all academic departments. After working at Housatonic for 9 years, one would wonder what keeps him coming back. “It’s you young people,” Chavis remarks fondly. The students are his main source of motivation and encourage him to help us progress in our college years.

The self-described music fanatic “would love to see Housatonic broaden its communications department.” He wishes to supervise a radio station built for the HCC community fit with its own advertising sector for clubs and events. Chavis states that this would give anyone interested in this field hands on experience, not only with technique, but with professionalism as well.

Don’t be afraid to stop in the Academic Advising Center located in Lafayette Hall Room A111. Tracey Chavis’ calm, friendly demeanor will assist you whether it’s answering a few questions or figuring out next semester’s class. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. Just be prepared to enjoy smooth jazz playing in the background of your session.