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Academic Advising Team

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Monica Cottrell

Director of Advising
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Monica Cottrell has spent over a decade working as a professional advisor in higher education and, before coming to Moravian, served most recently as Career Advisor, Associate Professor at Lehigh Carbon Community College.  She has extensive experience in academic and career advising, and working with transfer students.  As an active member of NACADA (The Global Community for Academic Advising), Monica has presented both regionally and nationally, most recently in 2019 at the NACADA annual conference on the topic of First-Year Experience and Advising Strategies for Student Success and Retention.  She is currently serving as the Eastern PA liaison on the Region 2 Steering Committee and as a member of the Advising Community on Transfer Students Steering Committee.  Monica holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Akron, and a BA in Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania.

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Allyson Waylen

Academic Advisor
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Allyson Waylen has worked as a professional advisor since 2016 and has experience working with first-year students and students who are transitioning between majors. Before coming to Moravian, Allyson worked as a Professional Academic Advisor and Academic Coach at Gwynedd Mercy University. Additionally, Allyson taught First Year Experience in the fall and spring semesters and served on various committees like the Strengthening Advising Committee, the General Admissions Committee and the Registration Event Committee.  Allyson earned a M.S. in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs from West Chester University and a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University.

Ben MoyerBen Moyer

Academic Advisor
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Ben Moyer joined the Moravian community with over 7 years of advising experience. Most recently he was at Alfred State College where he advised Undeclared & General Studies students. The majority of Ben's higher education experience comes from his time at South Dakota State University where he served as an Academic Advisor in the College of Nursing and assisted in recruitment efforts and transfer services during his time at SDSU. He taught First-Year seminar courses and went to the National First-Year Experience Conference in 2019 that led to him selecting a text for the College of Nursing to utilize as their common read book. He was a member of the Transfer Recruitment & Marketing Committee as well as Coordinator to the Nursing Student Ambassadors. Ben earned his M.Ed in Counseling and Student Affairs from Bloomsburg University and B.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from Kutztown University. 

Becki SilverBecki Silver

Academic Advisor
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Becki Silver has been a professional advisor since 2014.  She has extensive experience working with first-year and adult students and a strong foundation in major exploration.  Before coming to Moravian, Becki was the Career Advisor and an Assistant Professor at Lehigh Carbon Community College.  She has over twenty years of experience working in education.  She began as a high school English teacher before moving into the counseling role that led her to academic advising.  Becki holds an M.S. in Youth Counseling from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and is a Moravian University alum with a B.A. in English.