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What is an Academic Coach?

An academic coach is your one-to-one advisor for your first year. Your coach will work with you throughout that entire first year, helping you make the transition between high school and college. In Bengal Bridge, your instructor is also your academic coach.

Dr. Kelly Moor

Director

(208) 282-3662 /4435

moorkell@isu.edu

When I went to college for my Bachelor's degree, I was a first-generation, low-income student. I had a strong desire to learn and good high school grades, but terrible math scores, no family support for education, and no idea that college could even be an option for me. Now, several years later, I have earned two master's degrees and a doctorate, and I am the director of the ISU First Year Transition program under which the summer Bridge program is housed. To say the least, I believe in the power of education to transform lives!

When I see my former Bridge students in the hallways, continuing toward their degrees, I feel great pride—pride in them, pride in their accomplishments, and pride in this program. Bridge offers the kind of support that can help you get in the door and find your footing in a university program, and it has been immensely successful.

Bianica Yellowhair

Instructor/Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662

yellbian@isu.edu

As a first-generation college student, I have a first-hand understanding of the struggles and obstacles you may face as a college student, but simply having that understanding doesn't mean anything if I can't assist and give back to others. As you begin your journey in higher education, remember one thing: the Academic Coaches are all here to support you and see you through your journey. My advice to you is: be proactive and ask us for help. My purpose and passion is to help you succeed as a college student!

Bruce Blair

Instructor/Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662 /2894

I am the abnormal Army Brat. I lived in the same town in southeast Alabama until I attended college at the University of Alabama. Since then, I have amassed millions of frequent flyer miles and have lived in Kansas, New York, Maine, Georgia, and now Idaho. I guess you could say that I have been trying to make up for the lack of travel in my youth. In my free time, I love to ride my bicycle with my wife, introduce my Idaho friends to great southern barbecue, watch my Alma mater win another national championship in college football, and explore my new home with my wife and hopefully soon our dog. As a first-generation student with a disability, I have personally experienced how hard college can be and that is why I love Bengal Bridge. Our students succeed, they have fun, and they are excited about their education and their future. I love my job and cannot wait to welcome more students into the Bengal Bridge family!

Elizabeth Smith

Instructor/Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662 /1637

smiteli7@isu.edu

My advice for incoming students is to get involved in the campus activities and network. There are so many free resources available to them at the university. All they need to do is ask for help. A huge hurdle first year students face is overcoming their fear of coming to school and thinking they can't "do" college. This is not the case! We have so many helpful people here--folks who want to see students achieve their best. Just ask us!

Guillermo Raya

Instructor/Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662 /1322

rayagui2@isu.edu

College is honestly the best part of your life. Learning, friends, fun, and memories is what makes college rewarding. Bengal Bridge gives you a unique start to that college career. It's all about you, literally. You get to start the fall college semester with as many as 9-10 credits already earned, learn how to study (which seems pretty easy at first, but it's harder than you think), explore what you want to do in life (such deep philosophy), and meet friends who will be with you at ISU. As a Bengal Bridge instructor and academic coach, I can help you reach your goals.

Julie Frischmann

Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662 /1079

frisjul2@isu.edu

Education is power. Bengal Bridge gives first-year students the opportunity to feel powerful and in control of their futures. The Bridge Program helps build confidence through new friendships, challenging coursework, effective study habits, and memorable adventures. I look forward to working with all Bengal Bridge students this summer and watching them thrive as they transition to campus life!

Misty Prigent

Instructor/Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662 /2615

clovmist@isu.edu

The Bengal Bridge program provides so many opportunities for students to adapt to the university culture and life and to learn how to be successful, thriving intellectuals. It really is a jump-start for students, helping them learn to navigate their courses, to know how to communicate with their professors, and to gauge the speed and rigor of university work. Every year, I am amazed to see the academic progress our students have made by the time they finish our program. I see so many of our past Bengal Bridge students around campus in leadership roles, getting into competitive programs, and making the best of their time in college, and they continuously tell me that they couldn't have done it without Bengal Bridge.

Dr. Steven Hall

Instructor/Academic Coach

(208) 282-3662 /4132

hallstev@isu.edu

One of the best parts of Bengal Bridge was getting to know my students. With this program, I had the ability to meet with them every day and was able to develop a rapport with them. Incoming first year students need to come to university for more than just classes--really get involved with Bengal Bridge and university activities. I think one of the hardest, but best parts of college is to learn how to rely on oneself, and also that you now have complete independence.

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