CoES Academic Advising Center

Meet the Advisors

Karen Kaylor Thompson, Academic Advisor & Transfer Coordinator

Karen Thompsonkt@clemson.edu

Advisor for students A - B

Education 

  • B.A. Psychology, B. A. Sociology, Wingate University
  • M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance Services, Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Member, NACADA
  • CoES Representative, Orientation Advisory Board
  • CoES Representative, Academic Recovery Program
  • ASC workshop leader, Time Management

Ms. Thompson advises new freshmen and transfer students in the General Engineering program. She is also first contact for prospective transfers and engineering dual degree students.

Ms. Thompson has worked at Clemson University since 1996. She spent many hours working for and with students in the Student Affairs Division in the University Union and Littlejohn Coliseum. She also worked in Undergraduate Admissions as a freshman admissions counselor and a transfer credit evaluator.

Karen is married to Chad Thompson, and they have two sons, Reece and Kaylor. She enjoys her book club, hiking and camping, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Alrinthea Carter, Academic Advisor & International Programs Coordinator

Alrinthea Carteralrinth@clemson.edu

Advisor for students C - G

Education

  • B.A. Mass Communications, Winthrop University
  • M.Ed., Counselor Education, Student Affairs Administration, Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Member, NACADA
  • CoES Representative, University Study Abroad Committee
  • NSAPP (New Student Academic Progress Program) Advisor

Ms. Carter advises new freshmen and transfer students who wish to become engineers and chemists. She also is the CoES liaison to the Office of Study Abroad. She works with CoES majors who wish to take advantage of the fantastic options for study abroad, while earning valuable credit toward their degrees.

Ms. Carter is new to the CoES Advising Center. She is a former admissions counselor for Clemson. She looks forward to meeting her students and helping them to get the most out of their Clemson Experience.

In her off time, Ms. Carter is accomplished photographer, and enjoys exploring the state for interesting pieces of vintage architectures and twists of nature. She also enjoys the history of fashion design and fashion construction. She hopes to create a field of fashion engineering. Ms. Carter was born in Texas, raised as a South Carolinian, and grew up in Wuerzburg, Germany, and is always happy to explain what that means. She is a proud Clemson “local”, and lives with her hilarious cat, Guster.

Meg Newton, Academic Advisor & Freshman Orientation Coordinator

Meg Newtonnewton8@clemson.edu

Advisor for students H - M

Education

  • B. S. Computer Science, Clemson University
  • M. Ed. Educational Counseling/Student Affairs, Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Member, NACADA
  • CoES Representative, Orientation Advisory Board
  • NSAPP (New Student Academic Progress Program) Advisor
  • ASC workshop co-leader, Time Management

Ms. Newton advises new freshmen and transfer students in General Engineering and all freshmen Chemistry students. Also, she is the coordinator of Freshmen Orientation for General Engineering.

Ms. Newton has a wide variety of work experiences. She was a software engineer for NCR Corporation, a stay at home mom, and an interior designer for Southern Homes of the Upstate.  She believes that academic advising in the College of Engineering and Science is perfect fit for her varied interests and abilities.

Ms. Newton is married to Robby Newton and has three children. Her daughter, Lauren works in the Study Abroad Office at USC and is in graduate school there in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Her son, Brandon, is a senior at Clemson majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and her son, Trevor, is a junior in high school. In her free time, Ms. Newton enjoys reading, exercise and travel.   

Andrew Edmunds, Academic Advisor & RISE Coordinator

Andrew Edmundsedmund2@clemson.edu

Advisor for students N - R

Education

  • B.A. Secondary Education, Clemson University
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (in progress), Clemson University

Professional Activities

  • Member, NACADA
  • Member, ACUHO-I 
  • NSAPP (New Student Academic Progress Program) Advisor
  • Living-Learning Community Council Representative

Mr. Edmunds advises new freshmen and transfer students in the General Engineering program. He is also the coordinator for the Residents in Science and Engineering (RISE) Living-Learning Community.

Mr. Edmunds served as a Resident Assistant at Clemson University for three years before coming to work for the College of Engineering and Science in May of 2012.

Mr. Edmunds is currently working towards obtaining his M.Ed. in Counselor Education: Student Affairs. Originally from Florence, S.C. he is a second-generation Clemson graduate and proud Clemson football fan. In his spare time he enjoys running, reading novels, and cooking Southern food. 

 

Jessica P. Creel, Director of Academic Advising

Jessica Creelpelfrey@clemson.edu

Advisor for students S - Z

Education 

  • B.S. Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina – Spartanburg
  • M.Ed. Counselor Education, Clemson University
  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership (in progress), Clemson University

 Professional Activities

  • Member, NACADA
  • CoES Representative, University Advising Committee
  • CoES Representative, Council on Undergraduate Studies
  • CoES Representative, New Student and Sophomore Programs
  • CoES Representative, Enrollment Management Committee
  • NSAPP (New Student Academic Progress Program) Advisor
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Site Coordinator

Ms. Creel advises new freshmen and transfer students who wish to become engineers.

Ms. Creel joined the Clemson staff in 2007, as a student services coordinator for the College of Engineering and Science. In May 2010, she took over the role of Director of the CoES Advising Center. As someone who had a very intense experience as an undergraduate student, she is eager to help students learn how to manage their time, and stress levels. 

Ms. Creel is married, and has three dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, trying out new recipes, and going to the movies when she isn’t studying.

 

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