FASTrack

Your road to academic success

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff offers a multilayered system of support. Our holistic approach helps FASTrack students during the transition to college.

Our academic advisor meets with each FASTrack student during orientation to schedule classes and to assist students with the initial adjustment to the university.  The academic advisor is available during the semester to review progress and to discuss grades and other performance indicators.

Academic mentors track student absences and grades, ensure student accountability, and offer one-on-one support to help students manage time, develop effective study skills and balance schoolwork with social life.

“My academic mentor doesn’t just care about the classroom. She cares about her students personally. She has made a huge impact on me already.” –FASTrack student

 

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Stephen Monroe

FASTrack Director
Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts
200 Ventress Hall
662-915-1448
smonroe@olemiss.edu

Dr. Monroe began his involvement in FASTrack during the pilot year, serving as the sole writing instructor. Since then, he has helped grow this great program, and has loved being involved.  “We have smart, hardworking students and a wonderful team of compassionate educators. I love FASTrack!”

 

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Jackie Certion

Coordinator for Enrollment and Advising
308 Howry Hall
662-915-1568
jcertion@olemiss.edu

As Coordinator for Enrollment and Advising for the FASTrack program, Jackie serves as the primary guidance for the students’ academic path.  As a member of the FASTrack team, she understands and knows the importance of being a major support system for each student.  “My willingness to GIVE coupled with their desire to LEARN has become my daily motivation.”

 


Camp Best

FASTrack Academic Mentor
225 Hume Hall
662-915-2592
ncbest1@olemiss.edu

Camp is keenly interested in meditation, mindfulness and other contemplative practices and has received extensive training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Oasis Institute/Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Camp loves Ole Miss sports and is also the proud  “Pops” of two grandsons, Campbell and Yates, who live with their parents in Madison.

 

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Marcia Cole

FASTrack Academic Mentor
302 Somerville Hall
662-915-2692
mscole@olemiss.edu

Marcia Cole, MSS, has worked as a lecturer, advisor, and academic mentor. Building on a background in sociology, counseling, and as an ordained minister, Mrs. Cole’s interests focus on providing FASTrack students with academic, emotional, and personal support as they make the transition from high school to college.

 

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LaTanya Dixon

FASTrack Academic Mentor
229 Hume Hall
662-915-2006
lldixon1@olemiss.edu

LaTanya co-coordinates FASTrack LLC activities in partnership with Student Housing. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with research interests in the transition to college, first-generation students, and STEM education. When she can find some free time, she enjoys hanging with friends, trying new crafts and recipes from Pinterest, and volunteering with United Way.

 


Gray Flora

FASTrack Academic Mentor
305 Somerville Hall
662-915-3410
egflora@olemiss.edu

Gray grew up in Macon, Mississippi, and graduated from UM. Prior to returning to Oxford in the summer of 2015, he lived in Charlottesville, VA, Nashville, and, most recently, Boston. He loves education policy, hip hop, reading, the NBA, Whit Stillman movies, and sitcoms from the 80s and 90s.

 


Susan Nicholas

FASTrack Academic Mentor
Director of FASTrack Peer Mentor Program
231 Hume Hall
662-915-1905
nicholas@olemiss.edu

In addition to her role as academic mentor in the FASTrack program, Susan loves working with the FASTrack peer mentors. She volunteers for the Collegiate Recovery Community at UM, supporting students who are in recovery from substance use disorder. Don’t be surprised if you see her lifting weights at the Turner Center during the lunch hour.

 

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Suzanne Wilkin 

FASTrack Academic Mentor
229 Hume Hall
662-915-1922
sawilkin@olemiss.edu

Before becoming an academic mentor in the FASTrack program, Suzanne volunteered with local charities Interfaith Compassion Ministry and Doors of Hope Transition Ministries.  When not mentoring or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking Italian food.