Hi. I’m Bob Pederson, Director of the Liberal Arts Undeclared Program. I enjoy working with open-minded students who are interested in exploring their options. I look forward to working with you through course selection this spring and orientation this summer. It’s great to have you as part of our program!
As a former undecided student myself and UMF alumni (Self Designed – Psychology and Art), I enjoy working with students and assisting with their course selection and major exploration. I encourage students to think about being undeclared as a positive step towards learning more about themselves and their interests. UMF has much to offer, plus we are small enough to give you the personal attention you deserve. I hope to see you at UMF!
Greetings! My name is Cyndi McShane and I’m a UMF grad (2007). Welcome to the Liberal Arts Undeclared Program! I enjoy working with students who are up for learning about themselves and the world around them. I advise students on academics and internships, and, as a Career Counselor, I help students explore their options for after they leave UMF. It is never too early to start thinking about tomorrow. Life’s path is full of surprises and is rarely direct, but it’s full of interesting views. Let’s get you a viewfinder to see what you’re doing in a constructive way.
Welcome to the Liberal Arts Undeclared Program! One of my favorite jobs here at UMF is to assist students as they explore and plan for the next steps in their lives. In my role as a career counselor I frequently meet with first year and transfer students and help them with this process. I look forward to helping you as you begin your time at UMF and as you get ready to move on to your next step.
Kate Baum O’Donnell
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Hi there! I’m Kate (and that’s my dog, Poppy). I am a UMF grad (2007) who was undecided, then majored in education, and then switched to Creative Writing, with lots of wandering-and-wondering in between. Now, I work in Alumni Relations and am the senior class advisor, but I love to help undeclared students throw caution to the wind, try unexpected things and figure it all out. I have worked for a hotel, a retirement community, and even completed two Walt Disney World internships! In my spare time I enjoy geocaching, running with the dog, camping in the summer, snow shoeing in the winter and very occasionally (read: not occasionally) watching bad reality television.
I enjoy helping students navigate options that will eventually help you decide on a major! While I was not an undeclared student in name, I clearly was undecided in that I changed my undergraduate major 5 times! I changed my mind about my master’s program just before enrolling as well. My career path? My studies led me to my job(s) as Registrar at UMF, instructor of health education, first year studies, psychology, and emergency medicine. If you are adventurous and interested in exploring a variety of courses, you’ve chosen the right program!
Director of the TLC
Where should I start? How about, I had 9 majors in 5 years? Or, at the end of my first semester of college, I only managed to pass one class? Should I mention that the class was “Walking 101”? What about the fact that, even thought it took a few more semesters, I started figuring things out? I passed more classes, found what I wanted to study (Painting and Art History), pulled up my abysmal grades, went on for my masters & eventually my PhD (both in Education). I mention all of these things because it helps to know we all travel different paths. I feared an undeclared major and instead dove headlong into a series of poorly chosen, ill-fitting options. You have already made a better decision than I did because being an undeclared student at UMF is an opportunity to explore your interests and sample a lot of great majors!
Director of Application Development and Support Services for ITS
Hi, I am the Director of Application Development and Support Services for Information Technology Services. Prior to working at the University, I spent over 3000 days at sea as a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer, traveled to dozens of countries and lived within several different cultures. In addition to working for UMF I am; a Disaster Responder, a Selectperson for the Town of Wilton, and cyber security specialist. Some of my interests and passions include being an avid outdoors enthusiast; kayaking, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, wilderness survival, remote camping. I am also a terrain analysis enthusiast, pertaining to remote sensing techniques and its applicability to physical, biological, and criminal investigations.