Our Advisors | CASA


College of Arts and Sciences Advising

Our Advisors

Nancy Bucknall

Nancy Bucknall, Director

Phone: 336-334-4361
Office: 103M Foust Building
Email: n_buckna@uncg.edu

B.A. in English & Philosophy from the University of Central Arkansas. M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

I’ve been teaching at UNCG for over 20 years, and have been Director of CASA for 16 of those years. The best part about working in CASA is getting to work with 1st year students who have such ambition, talent, and curiosity driving them to learn more about the world. My hobbies include reading (especially North Carolina writers), hiking (especially in the North Carolina mountains), martial arts, and spoiling my cats.

Caitlin Saraphis

Caitlin Saraphis, Associate Director

Phone: 336-334-4361
Office: 103C Foust Building
Email: cmsaraph@uncg.edu

B.A. in History and English, UNC Greensboro 2007. M.A. in European History, UNC Greensboro 2009.

Caitlin has worked with CASA as a full-time advisor since 2010.  She advises primarily Archaeology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Classical Studies, and History majors, as well as pre-professional students with any CAS major.  She teaches courses on medieval, early British, and disease history.  Her primary administrative responsibilities include coordinating the College’s advising programming at SOAR and directing retention and persistence outreach for the College.  She also serves on the College’s Curriculum and Teaching committee and the University Advising Council. When not advising, Caitlin enjoys playing video games, reading, and hanging out with her partner and their three cats. 

Eleano Cowen

Eleanor Cowen, Assistant Director

Phone: 336-334-4361
Office: 103D Foust Building
Email: elcowen@uncg.edu

B.A., University of Georgia, Master of Communication, Georgia State University.

Eleanor has worked with CASA as a full-time academic advisor since 2010. She advises primarily Media Studies, Psychology and Interior Architecture majors. She teaches courses in Media Studies and in the Freshman Seminar program. Her primary administrative responsibilities include leading Convocation Day activities for incoming students in the College of Arts & Sciences and she serves on the Freshman Seminar Advisory Committee.

Media credits include working for National Geographic Television and Discovery Communications as an Assistant Editor/Sound Editor, and a variety of roles in narrative, commercial, and industrial productions. Eleanor is an animation enthusiast and recently published a book entitled Animation Behind the Iron Curtain.

Christopher Jordan

Chris Jordan, Assistant Director

Phone: 336-334-4361
Office: 103K Foust Building
Email: cvjordan@uncg.edu

B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at UNC Greensboro.

I have worked with CASA during SOAR since 2017, and now work full-time as an advisor. I teach an introductory Communication Studies course. My interests are in interpersonal and positive communication. My hobbies include gaming, swimming, and travel.

Calvin Lowery, Assistant Director

Phone: 336-334-4361
Office: 103L Foust Building
Email: crlowery@uncg.edu

B.S. in Electronics and Computer Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law.

M.S. in Leadership in Higher Education.

Calvin has worked in Student Services for nearly 10 years. Calvin enjoys working with 1st year students as they make the transition to college and prepare to follow their dreams. He also has a passion for serving others. Additionally, Calvin is committed to increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the higher education system in all facets (students, staff, faculty, and administration). Therefore, his interests include the recruitment, retention, and graduation of all students.

Ryan Ridpath, Program Manager

Phone: 336-334-4361
Office: 103A Foust Building
Email: raridpat@uncg.edu

B.A., History and Psychology, UNC Greensboro
M.A., Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, University of Nottingham

Ryan has worked with CASA since February 2022 providing administrative support to advisors and front-line advising to students. He manages the day-to-day operations of the office and communicates extensively with faculty and staff within the College. He has experience as a secondary social studies teacher and has taught religious studies courses in higher educational contexts. He supports students in language proficiency verification, scheduling appointments, and registration outreach. When not in the office, he likes to go to the gym, play video games, reading sci-fi/fantasy, and hanging out around the fire with his friends and partner.

Candy Rumph

Candie Rumph, Advisor

Office: 305 Sullivan Science Building
Email: cnrumph@uncg.edu

B.S. in Biology with a Biotechnology Concentration and Chemistry minor at UNC Greensboro. M.S. in Biology at UNC Greensboro.

I have held several different advising roles at UNCG. I have worked with CASA since 2016 as an Academic advisor and as a SOAR advisor.  I recently added the role of Health Careers advisor.  I teach Human Anatomy and Human Physiology labs in the Biology Department. My hobbies include reading, action movies, and traveling.

Amy Ernstes

Amy Ernstes, Advisor

Office: 417 Graham Building
Email: amernste@uncg.edu

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago. M.A. in Sociology from UNC Greensboro.

I have worked with CASA for several years, starting in 2008 as a graduate assistant and SOAR advisor, while earning my MA here at UNCG. I started teaching in the Sociology Department in 2013, and now also work with CASA as an academic advisor. I find Sociology fascinating (and important; one of my favorite topics is Intersectionality) and I love teaching and its opportunity for me to introduce students to what it means to think sociologically. Working with students is what makes my work personally meaningful, and I especially appreciate the enthusiasm and ambition of first year students!

Margaret Hood

Margaret Hood, Advisor

Phone: 336-256-2738
Office: 323 Sullivan Science Building
Email: mkpowell@uncg.edu

B.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University. M.S. in Biology from UNC Greensboro.

I am the anatomy lab coordinator, and I teach introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors as well as physiology and anatomy labs. I have been an academic advisor for CASA since 2006.

Robin Maxwell

Robin Maxwell, Advisor

Phone: 336-256-0066
Office: 325 Sullivan Science Building
Email: rgmaxwel@uncg.edu

B.A. and M.A. in Biology at UNC Greensboro. I teach Microbiology, Invertebrate Zoology, and General Biology. I have taught and advised at UNC Greensboro for 32 years, in addition to moonlighting teaching in a Physician Assistant program, doing research in microbial contamination of a consumer product, and grading AP exams for College Board.

I am currently the Chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and Director of the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, so I help students trying to get into medical, dental, veterinary, and other schools as they plan, prepare, and apply to the program of their choice.

Jeff Colbert

Jeff Colbert, Advisor

Phone: 336-420-7057
Office: mjcolber@uncg.edu
Email: 414 Graham Building

I am a two-time alumnus of UNC Greensboro (B.A. in Political Science–December, 1984/Masters in Public Affairs–May, 1986) and I began teaching at UNC Greensboro in Spring, 1988. I principally teach PSC 100, 105, and 210, but I also regularly teach in the Warren Ashby Residential College and in the Freshman Seminar Program. I have served as an academic advisor at UNC Greensboro for more than 20 years. My daughter graduated from UNC Greensboro with an Elementary Education degree and her husband is a UNC Greensboro alumnus as well (Computer Science). I am an avid UNC Greensboro Spartan fan and can be frequently seen (and heard) at UNC Greensboro athletic events! My wife and I are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church.