Professional Academic Advisors

As advisors, we want to ensure your next steps in your academic career are what’s best for you and your future. Our goal is to equip you with the information you’ll need to achieve your dreams. Answering questions about your four year plan, choosing a new major/minor, determining your study abroad options, making a schedule that juggles work and school, or just a little advice on what classes to pick next - our job is to help.


Jenny Connolly

Professional Academic Advising Manager
Office for Professional Distinction / CBB 5

Jenny completed her undergraduate degree in Social Science Education and later earned her Master of Arts in Education; Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa. Her entire career has been devoted to UNI. She's held positions with the Department of Residence, Office of Admissions and UNI Business. Jenny has a passion for education and is committed to your success as a student and in your career. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and reading! Fun Fact: Jenny has run 2 marathons! 

Jenny Connolly works with students with last names T-Z and all business teaching majors. 

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Denita Gadson

Professional Academic Advisor/Diversity & Inclusion
Office for Professional Distinction / CBB 5

Academic success is imprinted in Denita’s DNA. She began her career in academia—teaching at two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the University of Iowa, where she earned her PhD. The first among her 15 siblings to graduate from college, Denita enjoys empowering students as an Academic Advisor and challenging them to consider the value add proposition of their decisions on their personal and civic life and professional development. In her spare time, Denita enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and volunteering at her church and in the community.

Denita Gadson works with students with last names F-K.

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Elisabeth Soliz

Professional Senior Academic Advisor
Office for Professional Distinction / CBB 5

Elisabeth completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Advertising, Sales and Promotion at UNI. She later completed her Master of Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Leadership. Beth prepares students for academic success through the communication of academic policies, procedures, and program expectations. Beth serves as the Community College Liaison for UNI Business and advises business students who plan to study abroad. Outside of work, Elisabeth enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.

Elisabeth Soliz works with student with last names A-E and all second BA students.

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Nick Mulholland

Professional Academic Advisor
Office for Professional Distinction / CBB 5

Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Business Management with a Leadership Certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He then completed his Master of Art degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. His entire professional career has been at UNI and he has held positions in Residence Life, the Office of Academic Advising and UNI Business. Nick has a passion for student empowerment and success.

Nick Mulholland works with students with last names L-S.

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Yi Cheng

Professional International Advisor & SDJU Liaison
Office for Professional Distinction / CBB 5

Provide academic guidance to Shanghai Dianji University (SDJU) students, international students, and other students in each of the major areas of business studies. Act as a liaison between administrators at SDJU and UNI. Support the internationalization strategy of UNI Business. Support recruitment of international business students from partner institutions. Develop programs of study for incoming international students in UNI Business.

Yi Cheng works with all students from China.

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