Peer Support

Academic Success Coaches are peer advisors trained to assist with time management, study habits, social interaction, and more. Our coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and majors, but they all share the same goal: help their fellow students succeed at Michigan Tech.

Meet the Academic Success Coaches

Kim D'Augistino

Kim D’Augustino

Hometown: Harrisville, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering
Interests: snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, walking dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society, cooking, baking, Society of Women Engineers, and Mind Trekkers

I came to Michigan Tech because after visiting campus, I fell in love with the University, the people, and the community. Each year has proved to be more exciting than the last and I love the opportunities that are presented to me as a Husky! I have an involved schedule and I feel like I could use my time management skills and general excitement for the Keweenaw and Michigan Tech to help others.

Collin Doerr-Newton

Collin Doerr-Newton

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
Year: Fifth
Major: Sound design

In addition to my role as an Academic Success Coach, I’ve served as a Resident Assistant, a Peer Assistant, a Student Supervisor, and as President of the Society of African American Men. In all of these roles, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with a lot of students. I love to help students using my own personal experiences and the skills that I've gained over the past four years at Michigan Tech.

Taylor Driscoll

Taylor Driscoll

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Mechanical engineering technology

Coming in straight from high school, I had a rough time adjusting to my first year at Michigan Tech. I want to help make sure that fewer students will go through the stress of being unprepared, or, if that’s already the case, help them learn how to correct their mistakes.

Megan Farrish

Megan Farrish

Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas
Year: Fourth
Major: Mechanical engineering

I came to Michigan Tech because of the beautiful U.P., the tight-knit college community, and the excellent engineering program. Academics are the most important thing about college life. A lot of students get caught up in all of the other opportunities, but none of that matters if you aren't doing well in classes. That’s the reason you're at college in the first place—for your education and career preparation. I struggled with asking others for help, so I want to be someone students can feel comfortable with. I want to spread the word that it’s okay to ask for help.

Buck Foltz

Buck Foltz

Hometown: Houghton, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Psychology

I grew up in Chicago, but now call Houghton my hometown. I came to Michigan Tech to finish my degree, which I started 35 years ago. I transferred to Tech, bringing credits from three other universities. I’m married with children and have served with the Houghton Fire Department and on the township board of education. My work experience ranges from a mechanic to a parenting education coordinator. My wide variety of life, work, and school experiences give me a perspective that may be helpful to others.

Jesse Linebarger

Jesse Linebarger

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Business management with a psychology minor

I like to meet new people, learn new things, play and watch all sports (basketball is my favorite), participate in outdoor activities, watch movies, and travel. I enjoy helping people. This Center has helped me throughout my years at Michigan Tech and I want to be able to contribute all that I can to ensure that other students succeed. Knowing that I can make a difference in a student’s academic career or even life gives me satisfaction!

Kodi Padilla

Kodi Padilla

Hometown: Amasa, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Civil engineering
Interests: Music, dancing, downhill skiing, volleyball, and broomball

I came to Michigan Tech because it has a great engineering program and it is close to home. I have had many mentors during my time at Tech who provided a great deal of advice and assistance through the years, and I would like to share what has so graciously been given to me.

Kristina Rushlau

Kristina Rushlau

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Year: Second
Major: Environmental engineering
Interests: Swim club, Engineers without Borders, biking, hiking, and reading

I love the outdoors and I love to explore. I also really enjoy helping others. This summer I spent some of my time building units to clean water in developing countries. I’m eager to use my skills to help fellow students at Michigan Tech.