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Academic Advising


Contact our advisor from Des Moines: 
Susan Sherbak, Academic Advisor

Susan claims Old Town, Maine and Virginia Beach, Virginia as home but grew up moving around with the military; so she had known from a young age that she wanted to settle in Washington State. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor, Susan was a Resident Director at universities in Virginia, Colorado, and Washington; before deciding it was time to move off-campus. She left higher education for a short time, working as a project manager/coordinator, before realizing she missed working with students.

In her spare time Susan enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog, running and hiking, sewing and gardening, cooking and eating, watching for eagles and tracking boats in Des Moines, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

Educational Background:
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, Virginia Tech
Masters of Arts in Higher Education, College Student Development, University of Denver

Favorite quotes:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Think about the impact you have on the people around you.” – Michael Mead Yaqub

“You can’t smile all day if you don’t start now” (words of advice from a friend)

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General Transfer Advising for Des Moines Center Programs

Contact Information:
To make an appointment call: 206-439-3800 x3801
Location: CWU – Des Moines Campus, co-located at Highline College, 2400 South 240th Street, Higher Education Building, Building 29

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