Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Academic Success Coaches

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

Emmitt Forbush

Emmitt Forbush

Hometown: Byron, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Psychology
Interests: Army ROTC Cadet, Tour Guide, OTL, Success Coach and Peer Mentor.

I love working in Student Affairs and intend to earn a Masters in this area so I can continue to do this work professionally.  I am also in the process of becoming an Army Helicopter Pilot.

Isaac Hermann

Isaac Hermann

Hometown: Marquette, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Computer Networks and System Administration
Interests:  I am very active in St. Al's and I enjoy shooting sports and new technology.

Growing up in the U.P. I heard a lot about Michigan Tech.  I've wanted to go here since I was 13.  My first few semesters were rough, academically speaking.  I wasn't in the right major, and didn't have the study habits and time management skills.  After exploring my options and switching majors, I turned my grades around.  I've made the Dean's list the last couple semesters and just finished my first internship.  Overall, I've been very successful here at Tech and I am glad I get to help others be successful too.

Ethan Johnson

Ethan Johnson

Hometown: Ironwood, MI
Year: Fifth
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Interests: Alpine Ski Team, Mont Ripley Ski Patrol, Boardsports Enterprise, Peer Assistant for Success Courses and ExSEL Mentor.

I entered college without any formal understanding of time management or proper study habits.  During my first semester in the Wahtera Center's Frameworks for Success course, I learned so much about myself and what I was going to need to change in myself to succeed on this campus.  Four years later and after holding my different positions within the Wahtera Center, I continue to learn and adapt from the amazing people I meet and interact with.  I hope I can share my own experiences and continue to grow myself within these roles.

 

Katie Kiser

Katie Kiser

Hometown:  Peoria, IL
Year: Second
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Interests:  Quilting, Flute, Photography, Horseback Riding, Reading

My experience at Tech has been great so far!  I've had the opportunity to switch majors, and discover what I'm really interested in.  When I am not busy with class work, You can either find me working on a quilt or visiting the humane society.

Suzannah Lenz

Suzannah Lenz

Hometown: Hastings, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Chemical Engineering
Interests: Reading, Writing, Camping, Hiking, Skiing and Snowshoeing, Traveling, Being Creative, Experiencing and learning new things

Michigan Tech has truly become a home for me. I find myself learning and experiencing more each day. The students, faculty, and staff provide countless opportunities for fun, learning, and achieving your dreams. I enjoy Michigan Tech and know I am in the right place because it feels like home, the classes are interesting and provide a challenge, and the rewards for hard work are endless. I truly enjoy talking to, helping, and working with other Tech students. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and its endless beauty has always held a special place in my heart. The area is absolutely beautiful and filled with adventure. I look forward to the many fun times and experiences the UP and Michigan Tech has yet to offer!

Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda

Hometown: Harper Woods, Michigan
Year: Fourth
Major: Electrical Engineering - Electric Power Systems
Interests: Hiking, Traveling, Music, Reading, playing Soccer, learning new things

I transferred to Tech from a community college and it has been an amazing experience here.  I learned to love nature and also became a member of the Greek community through Sigma Tau Gamma.  I've been involved in the Wahtera Center since my second semester as an Orientation Team Leader (OTL), an ExSEL Peer Mentor and an Academic Success Coach.

Erin Richie

Erin Richie

Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
Year: Graduate Student
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Interests: Spanish, Psychology, Travel, Leadership

The first time I visited Tech, I was worried about it being far away from family. A trip through the Keweenaw and three years later, I'm so happy that I made this place my home. Michigan Tech keeps you on your toes; my time here has been filled with challenge, though those challenges have been balanced with amazing experiences and opportunities I know I wouldn't have had anywhere else. I'm so excited to be an Academic Success Coach and hope that my time in the office will lead to success and opportunities for those that I interact with.

Nathan Shaiyen

Nathan Shaiyen

Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria
Year: Third
Major: Software engineering
Interests:  Music, Dancing, Photography, Coding/Programming, Soccer, Writing, Traveling

Being at Michigan these past few years has greatly impacted my life. The community here is amazing and the people are also really amazing. Since I have been up at Michigan Tech I have learned a lot about my major and about myself through working with people who are not only highly motivated but also genuinely care about you succeeding. Michigan Tech and the people at Tech have become my family, a family that keeps getting larger every single day.

Viggy (Sivakumar Vigneshwar)

Viggy (Sivakumar Vigneshwar)

Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Year: Fifth
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Interests:  Traveling, Animals, Tasting new cuisines, Painting, Music, Reading, Learning new languages.

Michigan Tech has been one heck of a ride and still continuing!!  I've definitely been challenged and have grown a lot compared to when I first stepped foot on this campus.  The most important piece of advise I was given during my freshman year from a senior at that time was:
" There're two steps to succeed as a student at Michigan Tech:
1.  Know all the resources that you would need
2. USE THEM!!"
Ever since then I have adhered to this advise. I have also learned from my fair share of mistakes. I joined the Waino Wahtera Student Success Center because I want to do my part in helping prevent other students from making the same mistakes I made.