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Meet Our Advising Staff

Jeannie Cornelius, Academic Advisor

Jeannie Cornelius, Director of Advising

Hello – I’m Jeannie Cornelius, and I’m proud to be an Ichabod and a Washburn graduate!  In 2002 I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Psychology from Washburn, then went on to Emporia State University to complete a Master of Science in Counselor Education (2006).  Since I earned these degrees as a non-traditional student, I know first-hand how challenging it is to balance college, work, and family commitments.   







Collin Case, Academic AdvisorCollin Case, Academic Advisor   

Collin Case joined the Academic Advising staff in August of 2018, and works primarily with first and second year exploratory students. Prior to joining the Center for Student Success, he worked as the Traditional BSN Compliance Coordinator with the School of Nursing at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Collin earned his Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary History and Government Education with a Minor in History from the University of Kansas.






Kaydee Emperley, Academic AdvisorKaydee Emperley, Academic Advisor   

Kaydee Emperley joined the Academic Advising Office in February 2012.  Kaydee works primarily with student-athletes and students interested in transferring to Washburn as well as a small population of first and second year undeclared students.  She also plays a role in several sections of WU101 The Washburn Experience.  Prior to coming to Washburn, Kaydee earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Development with an Emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics from Kansas State University.  Kaydee also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from Benedictine College.






Colleen HannaColleen Hanna, Academic Advisor   

Colleen Hanna joined the Academic Advising staff in December of 2016. Colleen works primarily with first and second year exploratory students. Prior to joining the Center for Student Success, Colleen was part of the Washburn community as a University Service Advisor in the Student One Stop. Colleen earned her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies from Washburn University and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.







Meagan Smejdir, Academic AdvisorMeagan Smejdir, Academic Advisor   

Meagan Smejdir joined the Washburn community as an Academic Advisor in the Center for Student Success in February 2018. Prior to joining the Center for Student Success, Meagan served as the Fraternity/Sorority Advisor at Pittsburg State University, and as the Assistant Director of Collegiate Experience at Alpha Omicron Pi headquarters. Meagan earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Development from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Translation/Interpretation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.






Jennifer Grauer, Secretary for AdvisingJennifer Grauer, Secretary for Advising  

Jennifer Grauer has been with the Center for Student Success since March of 2013. She is a graduate of Barton County College and Full Sail University. She and her husband reside in Topeka.

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