Who should you see to get questions answered?

The Stratford School has designed an advising system to meet your needs as you progress through the program. Appointments are always recommended!

Academic advsor with students

What's my question? Who should I see?

I have a general question, a course or scheduling question, or a degree requirement question

Hazel Palmer
Academic Administrative Supervisor,
Student Services,
Room 1007A, ext. 23009
I have a question about applying
as an internal transfer students
from another program at Waterloo

At Waterloo:Andri Efstathiou
Arts Internal Transfer Advisor
Arts Undergraduate Office,
PAS 2439, ext. 35870

At Stratford:Lauren Kochanowski,
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator
Student Services,
Room 1007B, ext. 23004

I have questions about IT support,
printing, equipment loans, etc
Mark Byerley
IT Support Specialist,
Stratford Campus,
Room 1017, ext. 23010
I have questions about digital
design workshops

Jay Mielke or  Greg McIntyre,
Digital Media Lab Instructor / Multimedia Technician
Stratford Campus

I have questions about the
third-year internship

Katherine Prospero,
Events Specialist and Academic Assistant
Stratford Campus,
Room 2007A,
ext. 23026

I have special problems or concerns Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach,
Associate Director Undergraduate Studies
Stratford Campus,
Room 3128, ext. 23012

NOTE: When making contact with an advisor about a specific issue, please contact only one of the offices listed above. Do not send the same request to both offices, as this may delay response.

Your advisors are here to assist in making your university years as rewarding and uncomplicated as possible. If you have any questions and are not sure who to ask, start with your academic advisor. They can assist you with the following services:

  • Elective recommendations
  • Course information
  • Enrollment information
  • Administrative form assistance and processing, including override forms
  • Course sequencing
  • Announcements for upcoming opportunities and events for students
  • Degree checklists
  • General information Feel free to drop by and introduce yourself!

Academic Standing

At the end of each term, after grades are finalized your academic standing will be posted in Quest on your unofficial transcript. To remain in good academic standing you must maintain a 75% major average (all courses required for your major), and a 60% overall cumulative average. For students following the 2017-2018 academic calendar, you must maintain a 70% major average. If your marks fall below this, you should arrange to meet with an advisor immediately.

Declaring a Minor

Students are eligible to declare a minor in a secondary field. Please be advised that if you intend to complete a minor, you must make an appointment with the academic advisor for undergraduate studies of the department in question. For example, if you wish to minor in Psychology, you must speak with the academic advisor for undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology.

Please note that it might not be possible to complete a minor in the field of your choice due to course requirements and scheduling conflicts. The GBDA program is in no way obligated to support or make allowances for the additional course demands completing a minor may place on you, or for any scheduling conflicts with GBDA program requirements that may occur as a result.

Student Success

In addition to the general support services available to all students (e.g. Student Success Office, AccessAbility Services, Health Services, Counselling Services, etc.), we are developing a range of specific workshops, events, and study group sessions designed just for GBDA students. The Global Business and Digital Arts Community has been established on Waterloo LEARN and provides you with a calendar of events, along with important news and updates. Check often for information.