Academic and Career Engagement


The ACE First Year Experience Program within the College of Health and Human Services creates an environment that supports academic success during the transition from high school to college, by fostering a strong sense of community, belonging, and active involvement within CHHS and the broader UNH community.

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Strategic Objectives:

Through a 3-tiered approach consisting of academic advising, peer mentoring and first-year seminars, the ACE program commits to offering our first-year students:

  • Personalized and strategic academic advising
  • Tools to navigate various resources across campus
  • An intentional focus on active learning, reflection and decision-making while encouraging exploration of diverse major and career possibilities
  • An environment that fosters a strong sense of community and sense of belonging
ACE Three Tier Approach 


Academic Advising

Each First-Year CHHS student is assigned to a professional advisor. The academic advisor will meet with each student regularly throughout the fall and spring semester of their first year to provide guidance and academic support.

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ACE Peer Mentoring

Each CHHS First-Year student is assigned to an ACE Peer Mentor who has completed a minimum of one year at UNH. The mentors will meet weekly with their mentees in HHS 401 to maintain a strong connection and relationship.

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Career Engagement

The Career and Professional Success Team provides specialized career support to the College of Health and Human Services as well as instruct the HHS 402 - Foundations of Career and Professional Success seminar that runs during the spring semester.

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All first-year CHHS students will be enrolled in the following two seminar style courses run by the ACE Team Staff. 

HHS 401

The CHHS first semester seminar is a transformative first-year experience designed to empower students with the skills and resources they need for a successful transition to college. This one credit course aims to foster a vibrant community of learners by helping them explore diverse major and career opportunities while building a strong foundation for their academic journey at UNH.

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HHS 402

The Foundations of Career and Professional Success seminar will guide CHHS students as they identify ways to self-reflect and build experience to become well rounded applicants for experiential learning, graduate school, and future careers. An emphasis will be placed on identifying robust ways to build transferable skills through activities beyond the classroom. 

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2023-2024 Mentors

First Last Major
Kevin Austin Health and Physical Education
Emma Bapp Exercise Science
Katharine Bracke Social Work
Morgan Brandl Health Sciences
Meredith Buckley Health Management and Policy
Ian Doherty Sport Management and Leadership
Emily Hagan Human Development and Family Studies
Jenna Hamelin Exercise Science
Mary Henry Occupational Therapy
Aly Julian Human Development and Family Studies
Claire Kauppila Occupational Therapy
Colin LeBlanc Sport Management and Leadership
Cayleigh Malone Health Sciences
Anna McNulty Occupational Therapy
Emma Moll Communication Sciences and Disorders
Lauren Muratore Communication Sciences and Disorders
Jacqueline Perry Recreation Management and Policy
Mia Rosa Health Sciences
Sydney Rudis Undeclared 
Skylar Samanica Social Work
Kasey Simmons Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kareana Sylvain Social Work
Isabella Thompson Social Work
Natalia Vega Human Development and Family Studies
Julie Weiler Social Work
Kira Woog McGinty Sport Management and Leadership