Welcome from the Dean of Student Academic Services - Fall 2023

Welcome (back) to campus! We are thrilled to see you in person and feel the vibrant energy on the USF campus again this fall. CASA continues to follow our core mission of providing compassionate academic and personal support to all undergraduate students. In addition to your major adviser in your School or College, CASA Academic Success Coaches are professional staff here to support your academic journey and make sure you are connected to any resources you may need along the way. You can find your assigned CASA Coach in the Student Hub under “Success Team,” which is also where you can make a one-on-one appointment with your assigned CASA Coach.

We are excited to introduce two new staff members to the community: Ester Marquez Perez and Tia Ruggles. Ester is the new program director of first generation initiatives, focusing on expanding our Muscat Scholars program (MSP) for first-generation students, among other first-gen initiatives. Tia is a new Academic Success Coach, working with our student-athlete population as part of her student caseload.

CASA continues to offer hybrid student support with in-person, phone, and online (Zoom) appointments. Your CASA Academic Success Coach will continue to hold their weekly drop-in hours online. New this semester, CASA will also be holding in-person drop-in hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the CASA lobby on the University Center 3rd Floor. Come stop by!

In addition, please look for registration support from CASA during Registration Week in November. We will host in-person and online support to assist you in navigating registration for the Spring 2024 term. You should also check your USF email regularly for communication from your major department regarding their advising process.

Please also check the Health Promotion Services website for Covid-19 resources to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

As always, CASA is guided by our Jesuit value of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” We continue to support students, families, faculty, and staff as part of our beloved USF Community.

Shona Milazo
Associate Vice President and Dean, Student Academic Services