Link to Kirkwood Community College

One of the best decisions you can make as a college student is meeting with an advisor every semester. Advisors help develop academic plans specifically for your program or major, clarify requirements for obtaining a degree and provide quality transfer information to other institutions. Click here for more information about degree requirements.

Advising is a free service to all Kirkwood students. An advisor can help you choose the right classes and programs, help with registration, review your transcript, prepare you to transfer, arrange to get help with your studies and more!

Appointments are generally available weekdays, including evenings. To meet with an advisor stop by the One Stop (Iowa City information desk) or call (319) 887-3658 to set up an appointment.

Calvin Gaston
Advising Coordinator

Calvin's Bio

Calvin has worked for Kirkwood since 1994. He became an Academic Advisor in 1998.  As an Advisor, he helps students in determining their educational goals, and helps navigate students toward other student services that foster success. In 1994, Calvin earned a Liberal Arts A.A. degree from Kirkwood after transferring from the University of Iowa.  He then transferred back to Iowa to obtain his B.A. in Psychology which he earned in 1997. Calvin also has a Masters in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University.
Tara Gallardo
Academic Advisor

Tara's Bio

Tara received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994.  She also earned her Masters in Student Affairs Postsecondary Education from UNI. Tara serves primarily as an academic advisor, and also organizes the Iowa City new student orientations. She is also involved with the Early Warning System, working with new and returning students who may need assistance completing their degree.
Michael Hussey

Michael's Bio

Mike received his A.A. from Kirkwood Community College in December 1993 and his B.A. from the University of Iowa in May 2014. Mike helps students with financial aid and academic advising. He also assists with multiple Student Services duties as they come up on the Iowa City Campus.  Mike has worked with Kirkwood since 2009 at various campus positions
Nick Borders
Director of Student Services

Nick's Bio

Nick earned an Associate of Arts from Southeastern Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University, and a Masters in Higher Education from Iowa State University. His professional background includes correctional education, admissions, academic advising, and financial aid.  Nick enjoys helping students successfully navigate college, from application to graduation.  In his free time he enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his family.