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Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Student Success

The Sorensen Legacy Foundation Center for Student Success


In 2015, the College of Health adopted a centralized professional advising model for undergraduate education. This advising center was designed to provide a consistently excellent advising service to students, professional development opportunities for advisors, and allowance for faculty to concentrate solely on mentoring their undergraduates. With funding from the University President’s Office, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and the College of Health, the Center for Student Success (CSS) opened its doors to undergraduate students interested in a Health degree.

Our Team

Advising Team

Mission Statement 

The Center for Student Success empowers undergraduate students to take ownership of their education using collaborative partnerships and informed decision-making. We inspire, mentor, and challenge each unique student to achieve success. 


We want every student interested in health to have a life-changing experience, graduate, and enter their professional pathway fully prepared. 


  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Growth
  • Student Success
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Fostering Community
  • Accessibility
  • Integrity


Our Services

  • Academic Advising for College of Health, Undergraduate Students
  • Major & Career Interest Exploration
  • Referrals to Student Services 

Academic Assistance with

  • Faculty and Student Code Information
  • Petitions
  • Scholarships
  • Title IX Concerns: Contact Dr. Janet Shaw 
    • Phone: 801-585-5107
    • Office: HPR N-259'

Advisor Acknowledgement & Awards

Award Recipients of 2023

NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator Award

Shari Lindsey

NACADA Outstanding Advising Award: Certificate of Merit 

Maddie Miller

College of Health: Staff Excellence Award

Elirissa Hui

Award Recipients of 2022

UAAC Outstanding New Academic Advisor Reward

Elirissa Hui

UAAC Outstanding Experienced Academic Advisor Reward

Maddie Miller

Advising Highlights 2023

Appointments Taken


Emails Answered


Letters of Recommendation & Support


Advising Highlights 2022

Appointments Taken


Emails Answered


Letters of Recommendation & Support


Student Feedback About Our Advisors

Dave Belt

"Dave Belt is the reason I am surviving college, he is so helpful and really cares about the success of his students. I don't know what I would do without him."

Eric Gardner

“Eric is literally the only reason I know how to graduate. He's really help me outlined everything and explains things to me over and over again when I don't get it without getting mad.”

Johnny Rivera

"Johnny is the best advisor ever! I have been having issues with things and he completely understood me and helped me understand it's okay to do what's best for me even if other people disagree because I am the most important thing at the end of the day and I need to prioritize my health and mental wellbeing. Definitely relieved some stress and made me feel better about my plan of action moving onwards"

Elirissa Hui

“Elirissa is AMAZING! I'm so glad she transferred here to The U because I know a lot of other people would agree that she definitely helps students plan for their classes and helps with graduation requirements. I'm really grateful for all of her help especially when I learned something that could potentially deter me from graduating. The undergrads in the CSD program are definitely luckier than I was because Elirissa will help in any way she can and when she doesn't know the answers quite yet she makes sure to find out. I definitely feel like she is an advocate for the students.”

Kelly Brown

“Kelly is an exemplary advisor. I have met with her a few times, and I always leave feeling more confident. She does an excellent job answering my questions. Beyond that, she has the perfect personality for an advisor; she is very friendly, positive, and easy to talk to.”

Maddie Miller

“Maddie is a genuine and caring advisor. She is incredibly informed and diligent when it comes to working with her students. She is a credit to the office and the University of Utah.”