Student Success Advising

AIC’s Student Success Advisors are here to: 

  • Assist with course selection and registration 
  • Help students explore and choose a major and minor(s) 
  • Connect students with campus and community resources  
  • Support successful academic progress each semester 
  • Help students develop and achieve academic and career goals  

As a student transitions into their junior and senior years, they will be connected  a faculty advisor. The Student Success Advisor will continue to be available to help juniors and seniors navigate aspects of registration and connect students with resources.  

Students who are on academic probation and/or have been notified of not reaching Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) need to meet with their academic advisor and complete the academic improvement plan contract.


Faculty Advisors for juniors and seniors: 

  • Assist with course selection and registration 
  • Help students stay on track for degree completion and graduation 
  • Support a student’s professional network development 
  • Connect students with campus and community resources 


Student proven tips and strategies for success 

  • Attend all classes!  
  • Connect with other students in your classes! 
  • Buy/rent all your books and get a laptop! 
  • Read your AIC email! 
  • Manage your time and use a calendar! 
  • Learn college level study and note-taking skills at the Noonan Tutoring Center 
  • Remember why you are here! To get that degree! 


How do I find my student advisor?  

  1. Log in to the myAIC portal
  2. Select My Profile from the left navigation menu
  3. Select My Academic Info 
  4. Select My Unofficial Transcript 
  5. Your student success advisor will be listed on your unofficial transcript 

Meet the Advisors!

Meet the Advisors!

Christine Foster Cates
Office SL105
413-205-3260 |

Programs I advise: Accounting • Communication & Public Relations • Digital Marketing Communication • Economics & Finance • General Business • Healthcare Management • Integrated Studies • Interdisciplinary Science • International Business • International Studies • Liberal Studies Management • Marketing Media Communication Studies • Public Administration

About me

Hi! My name is Christine Foster Cates. Before coming to AIC, I worked for 7 years in Alabama as a Transfer/Academic Advisor for Student Support Services at Gadsden State Community College, and in New Jersey at Raritan Valley Community College as an Academic Advisor. I received my B.A. in Communications from Utica College of Syracuse University and then because I loved my college experience so much decided, “How can I make this a career” and went on to get my M. Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University as well as this past year received a post-master’s certificate from the University of North Georgia. I have worked in various capacities in higher education over the last 20 years, including Residential Life, International Services, and Disability Services I have also worked in Ecuador, South America as well as Atlanta, GA. I am excited to be here at AIC and look forward to helping you reach your full potential and find your path. In my free time I love to travel, garden, make creative things, and enjoy time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you so stop by and say hi when you get a chance.

Kevin Lopez Giraldo 
Office SL105
413-654-1730 |

Programs I advise: Nursing • Exercise Science • Occupational Therapy • Public Health • Physical Therapy • Pre-Health • Pre-Nursing

About me

I’m from Lowell, Massachusetts and I now live in West Hartford, Connecticut. I received my B.S.E. From the University of Hartford and my M.Ed. at Merrimack College. I’m a big Boston sports fan! Specifically, I like watching football and basketball but I played Ultimate Frisbee and Rugby when I was in college. I like to stay active but on my downtime I love to listen to music or watch movies and I’m always open to new suggestions. I have always loved dogs but I recently got a cat named Tortellini!

Chad Levesque
Office SL107
413-654-1741 |

Programs I advise: Athletic Administration and Leadership • Criminal Justice • Cybersecurity • Psychology • Sociology • Sports and Recreation Management • Undeclared Undergraduate

About me

I spent 20 years in law enforcement and love my family and sports. I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Southern Vermont College and am in the process of completing my M.S. in Sports Leadership and Coaching at Western New England University. I played baseball and basketball in college where I was a two-year captain for baseball and an All-Conference and D3 Northeast Region selection for baseball. I previously coached baseball here at AIC and was an advisor for student-athlete success. I have four college-aged children (three are triplets) and I understand the support needed to help students have a positive educational experience. My wife and I enjoy road trips and bike rides and love spending time with our family including our two Newfies, Tank and Kimber. I am a lifelong New England sports fan and listen to a wide range of music.



If you’re looking for more information or want to visit your Student Success Advisor, please visit:
Student Success Advising
Shea Memorial Library; Lower Level

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