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Gregory Sawyer

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TRIO Student Support Services adviser

40 Education Sciences Building
For appointments, call 612-625-0772
Direct: 612-625-3355
sawy0011@umn.edu

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About me

I have been connected with the University off and on for about 16 years as a student and an employee. I did my undergraduate work in the College of Liberal Arts, earning a bachelor of arts in psychology. I have eight years of advising experience in General College and in the College of Education and Human Development. I currently work for the TRIO Programs in the college. My responsibilities include providing guidance and support to first-generation, low income, and underrepresented undergraduate students. I assist our students in their navigational efforts of course selection and major planning, as well as engagement of co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

I earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. I enjoy music, exercise, and trying to keep up with my three daughters and all of their activities. I love the cliché of the youth being the future, and I want to do whatever I can to contribute to a bright and prosperous future. I believe in doing this through education.

We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our communities. If there is information you feel would be helpful for us to know, including disability or other accommodation needs, I invite you to share it with me directly or let the front desk know when you schedule an appointment.

Drop-in advising

Mondays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in 40 Education Sciences Building

Note:  At times during the semester these hours do fluctuate. It is always best to call ahead to ensure the drop-in hours are still available.

Drop-in hours will be different for every adviser.

Drop-in advising is usually limited to a 10 to 15 minute session. Students needing more time should schedule a 30 minute appointment by calling TRIO Student Services at 612-625-0772.

Examples of issues for drop-in advising

  • Review of classes and class schedules
  • APAS review and updates
  • Petition discussions
  • Signatures for academic forms
  • Financial aid and student finance related questions
  • Short Q & A
  • General discussion
  • Non-academic topics (such as time management, connecting on campus, etc.)
  • Referral to resources