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Academic Advising & Planning


Do you need help selecting your courses or preparing to transfer to another institution? Anoka-Ramsey Advisors are available to help you understand your degree requirements, develop an academic plan to stay focused on meeting your educational goals.

  • Brian Wollum, 763-433-1188

    Director of Academic Advising & Veteran Services
    Cambridge & Coon Rapids Campuses

    Education: Minnesota State University-Mankato, BA Mass Communications: Public Relations & MS Educational Leadership

    Favorite Quote: “Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.” – Native American Proverb

    De'Lisa Bolden, 763-433-1144

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: Muskegon Community College, AAS General; Eastern Michigan University, BS Special Education & MA Higher Education: Student Affairs

    Favorite Quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase” – Martin Luther King

    Stacy Brunsgaard, 763-433-1277

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: North Hennepin Community College, AA; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BA Sociology; Globe University, MBA Human Resources

    Favorite Quote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

    Abby Burkhart, 763-433-1126

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: University of Iowa, BA Anthropology & Religious Studies; University of St. Thomas, MA Leadership in Student Affairs

    Favorite Quote: "You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You are important in your own right.” - Michelle Obama

    Tadd Heichel, 763-433-1313

    Veterans Advisor, Cambridge & Coon Rapids Campuses

    Education: Western Technical College, AAS Human Resources/Business Administration; Viterbo University, BA History; Montana State University, MA History

    Favorite Quote: “Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” – Mary Roach

    Aidyn Hillyard, 763-433-1225

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: University of Texas-San Antonio, BA English Literature with Creative Writing concentration & MA Counseling with Community Counseling track

    Favorite Quote: “I am the dialogue between my Self and el espíritu del mundo. I change myself, I change the world.” – Gloria Anzaldúa

    Kate Hostnick-Harper, 763-433-1255

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: St. Cloud State University, BS Social Work

    Deanne Kosel, 763-433-1964

    Academic Advisor, Cambridge Campus

    Education: Northcentral Technical College, AAS Sign Language Interpreting; Anoka-Ramsey Community College, AA; St. Cloud State University, BS Community Psychology

    Favorite Quote: “Success is more a matter of choice than of circumstance.” – Rory Vaden

    Merlita Lockman, 763-433-1298

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: Minnesota State University-Mankato, BA Psychology & MS Counseling & Student Personnel

    Advice to Students: "Knowing and utilizing campus resources will be key to your success at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Please set aside time to locate these resources during your first semester."

    DeShaun McDonald,763-433-1979

    Admissions & Academic Advisor, Cambridge Campus

    Education: Minneapolis Community & Technical College; Minnesota State University-Mankato, AA; Bay State College, BS Entertainment Management

    Favorite Quote: “Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

    Ryan Olson, 763-433-1385

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, AA; St. Cloud State University, BS Elementary Education

    Advice to Students: “See advisors early and often to make sure that you are always on track.”

    Anna Sorgert, 763-433-1879

    Academic Advisor, Cambridge Campus

    Education: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, AA; University of Minnesota-Duluth, BS Psychology; Concordia University St. Paul, MA Educational Leadership

    Favorite Quote: "It is the job that is never started that takes the longest to finish." – J.R.R. Tolkien

    Abbey Soldner, 763-433-1143

    Academic Advisor, Coon Rapids Campus

    Education: St. Cloud State University, BS Community Psychology & MS College Counseling & Student Development

    Favorite Quote: "Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength."

  • 30-minute appointments with Academic Advisors are available in-person or by phone. To schedule an appointment call 763-433-1230 or stop by the Information Desk at either campus. Please do not use email to try and make an appointment.


    • Degree & Course Planning
    • Transfer Planning
    • Program Information
    • Transcript Evaluations
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Convenient walk-in advising is available for quick questions (5 minutes or less) during specified hours. Students check-in at the Information Desk and are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The length of wait time will vary. Students may be asked to schedule an appointment for more detailed planning with an Academic Advisor. Please check-in at least 15 minutes before scheduled end times.

    Please note that Quick Stop Advising times at both campuses are subject to change due to various advising events. Refer below for availability and closures if you are planning on coming to campus for the sole purpose of seeing an Academic Advisor for Quick Stop Advising.

    Quick Stop Advising Hours:

    Mondays through Fridays: 10 am to 2 pm
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 4 pm to 5:30 pm

    Quick Stop Closures:

    Thursday, Oct. 4
    Monday, Nov. 12 - Holiday (College Closed)
    Thursday, Nov. 22 - Holiday (College Closed)
    Friday, Nov. 23 - Holiday (College Closed)
    Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Holiday (College Closed)
    Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Holiday (College Closed)

    Topics for Quick Stop Advising:

    • Placement Test Results
    • Concerns About Current Courses
    • Degree Requirements & DARS Report
    • Referral to College & Community Resources
    • Review of Course Schedule
    • Adding/Dropping/Withdrawing from Courses
    • College Policies & Procedures
  • The DARS interactive audit will show your completed coursework with Anoka-Ramsey and transfer credits that have been officially evaluated by the Records Office.

  • Many students come to Anoka-Ramsey with the intention of completing their general education coursework and transferring to a four-year college or university. What is important for students to consider is what general education courses they should be completing at Anoka-Ramsey to complement their planned major. Academic Advisors are available to meet with students to help ensure they are taking appropriate coursework for their planned major and transfer institution. Students should start this process as soon as possible and schedule an appointment to meet with their Academic Advisor.

Supplementary Information

  • Contacts

    Advising Services

    Voicemail & Email will be responded to within one to two business days

  • Locations

    Cambridge Campus
    Check in at Front Desk

    Coon Rapids Campus
    Educational Services Rm CR-C244

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